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Rising Stars

Born In Fire (Vol. 1)

By J. Michael Straczynski

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| Paperback | 9781582401720

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TOP COW is proud to bring you issues 1-8 of the critically acclaimed series RISING STARS. This is the first story arc written by J. Michael Straczynski and tells the tale of the beginnings of the Specials. With new cover by MIDNIGHT NATION artist G Continue

TOP COW is proud to bring you issues 1-8 of the critically acclaimed series RISING STARS. This is the first story arc written by J. Michael Straczynski and tells the tale of the beginnings of the Specials. With new cover by MIDNIGHT NATION artist Gary Frank. This collection is the perfect way to revisit the earlier issues of RISING STARS in one sitting or to discover fro the first time the mose realistic superhero epic since Alan Moore's Watchmen.

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    Babylon 5 which was written by JMS remains my favourite tv show of all time. I find his writing their incredible. So when I discovered he'd written his own comic book series I wanted to try it. It was (again) about superheros but I thought it'd be wo ...(continue)

    Babylon 5 which was written by JMS remains my favourite tv show of all time. I find his writing their incredible. So when I discovered he'd written his own comic book series I wanted to try it. It was (again) about superheros but I thought it'd be worth investigating anyway. I have to say I was quite disappointed. The storyline is quite mediocure. Kids are born with superhero powers, raised together, then at some point when they grow up start killing each other off as their powers start to fade and the other ones dying brings them back. The story was told in a very expository fashion. There were lots of repeated flashbacks. Each flashback focusing on one character, where it seems like it would have been better to have done all the childhood stories together as one coherant comic.

    The thing that surprised me the most about the comic though was the lack of women characters. While there were supposed to be over 100 people with these powers the stories all focused on the men. The few women that did get mentioned had incredibly gendered superpowers, most beautiful woman alive, most incredible singing voice. When it was revealed that the woman without powers did have them, it was also revealed that'd she'd been abused and had MPD and was the "victim" fighting back. (Whereas the guys were just allowed to fly, be strong, be superheros and cops and super criminals). It was not at all what I expected from the man who wrote Lyta, Delenn and Ivonava.

    Rather than buy the next in the series i have requested a copy from the library. I'm hoping it gets more interesting in the second and third instalments. But I'm thinking this just isn't for me. Some of the exposition is lovely and the characters monologues are very good. But apart from these flashes of brilliance there is very little here that I found drew me in.

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Book Details

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 192 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 1582401721
  • ISBN-13: 9781582401720
  • Publisher: Top Cow Productions/Image Comics
  • Publish date: 2001-01-01
  • Dimensions: 64 mm x 1,096 mm x 1,676 mm
  • Also available as: Mass Market Paperback , School & Library Binding
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