Mark Millar has revealed the ‘launch’ book of his upcoming new creator-owned Millarworld superhero comic book universe he’s positioning as “the twenty-first century version of the Marvel Universe.”
The space-fantasy Starlight will debut as a six-issue limited series in March from Image Comics with art by Croatian artist Goran Parlov (Fury Max #13), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Millar describes the series to THR as “Flash Gordon-meets-The Dark Knight, centering on a space hero who saved the universe 35 years ago but came back to Earth, where no one believed his fantastic stories. He settled down, got married, had kids and got old. And then...?”
"And then that old, sparky Buster Crabbe-era rocket-ship comes back and needs him for one last adventure," Millar told THR. "It's Buzz Lightyear meets Unforgiven.”
Starlight (which, interestingly seems to be referred to at “RocketMan” in the filenames of 3 of the 5 preview images) will be followed in May by the previously announced MPH, a 6-issue spin-off of Kick-Ass set in Detroit about four college-age teenagers who chance upon an illegal street drug that gives them the power to move at light-speed for seven days.
Set to be drawn by Duncan Fegredo, Millar calls that series “The Fast and the Furious without cars ,” offering a “completely new way of doing super-speed in comics.”
Starlight and MPH are 2 of what Millar expects to be “four-to-five” titles coming out in 2014-15.
Expect an announcement of Starlight's Hollywood option any day now.