Jim Starlin has to be having a decent summer, what with Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet taking center stage at the movies. So what he been spending his time on? A Kickstarter. Or rather Ominous Press is running a Kickstarter for two Starlin projects: Black Book: The Art of Jim Starlin (which includes a “first glimpse of a new Dreadstar story) and an oversized hardcover edition of Starlin’s illustrated prose novella, Mindgames.
Seeing as how Mindgames is set on Hardcore Station, you might be asking yourself, “didn’t that used to be a comic book?” Indeed, it was a comic Starlin did at DC several years back. He hasn’t abandoned it.
Here are the official details:
As “Avengers: Infinity War” dominates the worldwide box office, the legendary Jim Starlin, creator of Thanos, the Infinity Gauntlet, Drax, Gamora, and many more, is joining with Ominous Press to release two exciting projects!
Ominous Press is proud to present the Jim Starlin Collection.
The first is Black Book: The Art of Jim Starlin, a new collection of Starlin artwork, most of it never published previously. The 112-page hardcover spans Starlin’s entire career, including classic images, rare private commissions, personal work, never-before-published sequential pages, and even the world’s first glimpse of a new Dreadstar story.
This is pure Starlin, in all its cosmic power and glory. The images contained in the Black Book are all hand-picked by Jim Starlin, who has written commentary throughout. The cover is brand new, and may well be the last image Starlin draws after an accident injured his drawing hand.
The second project is an oversize hardcover edition of Jim Starlin’s illustrated prose novella Mindgames, a science-fiction epic set on Hardcore Station.
In Mindgames, telepath Dr. Zareb Alter is in reality a former member of a notorious interstellar crime organization. Alter is pulled back into his dirty family business as he tries to solve a murder on Hardcore Station. Along the way, he must contend with a genetically-altered collection of power-enhanced psychopaths, as well as deviants of all kinds, if he intends to reach the heart of the mystery.
Starlin’s expansive, lavish artwork for Mindgames will be reproduced in gray tones, as the acclaimed illustrator originally intended. The result is a graphic and narrative tour de force from a master storyteller.
Described by the creator himself as “Starlin-brand sci-fi and weirdness” and checking in at more than 100 pages, this is the only hardcover publication of this story. Mindgames is the beginning of a four-part Hardcore Station story cycle.
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