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Of all the places for a new superhero television series to come from, the last I expected would be a show based on a character relatively few people remember, from a company that no longer exists.

Yet that's exactly the case for Jim Starlin's Dreadstar. He first appeared in Epic Illustrated (a fantasy-orientated magazine similar to Heavy Metal), then his own series in the now defunct Epic Comics (a Marvel imprint) in 1982 (the character appeared in another series, also from Epic, called Dreadstar and Company).

Dreadstar was very much Star Wars-inspired, and dealt with a group of rebels caught in the middle of a conflict between the two major powers in the galaxy, the Instrumentality (an empire based on religion and where a lack of devotion could result in death) and the Monarchy (an empire lead by a royal family, like Britain early in its development, when it was conquering as much of the world as it could).

He appeared in comics again, though this time under the Bravura imprint (a division of Malibu Comics, which is also defunct).

"I Am Much More Than A Pretty Face!"
"I Am Much More Than A Pretty Face!"

The series was epic in scope and scale, and while a few years ago I would have said that there was no way that it could be made into a television series, though with today's green screen techniques and CGI technology the world that Jim Starlin created is finally possible.


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