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Stan Lee and BOOM! Team for Three New Comics

Posted by Luke Brown On July - 22 - 2010

In a press conference held yesterday before San Diego Comic Con officially started, Stan Lee and BOOM! Studios announced plans to publish three new comics created by Stan Lee.

Earlier this year, BOOM! began placing ads claiming “Stan’s Back.” The ads featured the instantly recognizable signature of Stan Lee, yet there was nary a word about what it all meant. Until yesterday. Revealed during a press conference held before Preview Night began at San Diego Comic Con, BOOM! and Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment will team to bring three brand-new characters to life in the new monthly comics Soldier Zero, The Traveler, and Starborn. Though Lee has created these new characters, the books will actually be handled by some of the industry’s current top talent. Paul Cornell will take on the writing duties for Soldier Zero, the story of a handicapped teacher who finds himself accidentally bonded to an alien war suit. The Traveler, a story about a mysterious time-traveling hero on the run, will be helmed by Mark Waid, and Chris Roberson will tackle Starborn, which focuses on a man who finds he’s the heir to an intergalactic empire. All three books sound like solid concepts, and I hate to be the guy that says this, but I think they’ll be better off with Stan not writing them.

There’s no doubt that Stan’s work during the early days of Marvel helped shape an entire industry, but I think all three of the writers attached to these projects can serve these new titles better. Stan’s work on the “Just Imagine…” line was only moderately enjoyable at its best, and a complete waste of time at its worst. Waid and Cornell have stout followings, and for good reason. It’s actually because they’re both working on those books that I’m interested in checking them out. While Roberson doesn’t have as robust a back catalog of comics work as the other two writers, I’ve enjoyed his work on iZombie, and can’t wait to see what he does with a more traditional superhero adventure. The books begin shipping this fall, and we’ll to have more on these titles as their release date approaches.

You can check out the complete press release, including character and cover art, below.

During a press conference at Comic-Con International today, POW! Entertainment and BOOM! Studios revealed the characters, series and creative teams for three superhero titles to be published by Stan Lee and BOOM! Studios this fall. The three titles are:

SOLDIER ZERO, written by DOCTOR WHO and ACTION COMICS scribe Paul Cornell with art by SUPERMAN artist Javier Pina, tells the story of a wheelchair-bound astronomy teacher who finds himself in a freak accident that bonds him with an alien weapon of war.

THE TRAVELER, written by Eisner Award-nominee and BOOM! Studios Chief Creative Officer Mark Waid with art by AMAZING SPIDER-MAN artist Chad Hardin, features a mysterious new superhero with time-traveling powers battling the Split-Second Men, super-powered assassins from the future.

STARBORN, written by iZOMBIE’s Chris Roberson with art by THE X-MEN’s Khary Randolph, tells the story of a regular guy who discovers he’s the heir to an intergalactic empire, putting him the center of a war between five alien races.
At the press conference, Stan Lee revealed the character designs for all three characters and the covers for October’s SOLDIER ZERO by Trevor Hairsine and Dave Johnson.

SOLDIER ZERO #1 will also be shipping with a special cover signed by Stan Lee. Fans will need to contact their local comic book shop for more information on how to acquire this limited edition item.

The revelation this past March of Stan Lee presenting this series of three superhero titles at BOOM! followed on the heels of a viral marketing campaign announcing “Stan’s Back” that hit the internet in late February. The L.A. Times’ Hero Complex & L.A. Times’ Brand-X also got in on the action, running the “Stan’s Back” campaign in print and on their respective website. All the banner ads linked back to www.stansback.com, a site which had only the “Stan’s Back” logo and nothing else disclosing additional information.

For one week, the internet was in a frenzy, with comic fans everywhere trying to figure out what could the “Stan’s Back” teaser campaign mean. This culminated with the announcement that Stan Lee is back, this time at BOOM! Studios creating a line of three superheroes.

Today’s announcement of all three characters, series and creative teams ends the speculation that started with the “Stan’s Back” campaign.





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