Most of the comic book news lately has focused on things like their ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, just who is going to be in Captain America: Civil War (and is it really even just a Captain America movie at this point?), and how Spider-Man is coming home. That’s all well and good, but the latest tidbit to come out involves both your TV and one of the comic book giant’s coolest sci-fi titles, as Jim Starlin’s Dreadstar is headed to the small screen.
Starlin is best known for his space opera comics, like his work on Guardians of the Galaxy, which you may have heard of at this point. And if that weird ass collection of mismatched outlaws can become a huge hit, there’s hope for Dreadstar, which definitely falls on the stranger side of things. And even better than the simple fact this is happening, Starlin is on board not only as a producer, but also as a writer. Lets hope they let him do the bulk of the heavy lifting in that realm.
Here’s what Starlin has to say about bringing his comic book character to life:
I consider Dreadstar to be an extension of my family, so it took me a while to feel comfortable letting anyone else take care of this project. It has taken some time, but I know I’ve put my trust in the right team and I’m excited to collaborate with Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink to bring Dreadstar’s unique brand of chaos to television.
Dreadstar focuses on Vanth Dreadstar, the lone survivor or the decimated Milky Way, and his strange collection of crewmates, which includes the likes of Syzygy Darklock (I can’t wait to hear that name come from my TV on a weekly basis), a cyborg sorcerer; Willow, a telepath; and Oedi, a kind of cat man. They fight to end an ongoing war between The Church of the Instrumentality and the Monarchy, two ancient, evil empires run by Lord Papal and King Gregzor, respectively.
This is a big, ambitious story, one that will require a ton of investment in sets and costumes and special effects, and you have to wonder where it will wind up. One of the big cable networks or a streaming service seems like the best bet, but who knows at this point. You also have to wonder how it fits into the greater Marvel picture. Starlin created characters like Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, and Gamora, so is there a Guardians of the Galaxy crossover in store?