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From the creator of Babylon 5 and Jeremiah comes the greatest superhero epic in recent years! J. Michael Straczynski and a team of the best and brightest artistic talents in the industry unite to tell the saga of 113 strangers united by one event they will never forget. This super-hero tour-de-force is collected, beginning to end, in one massive bookshelf volume. Follow th From the creator of Babylon 5 and Jeremiah comes the greatest superhero epic in recent years! J. Michael Straczynski and a team of the best and brightest artistic talents in the industry unite to tell the saga of 113 strangers united by one event they will never forget. This super-hero tour-de-force is collected, beginning to end, in one massive bookshelf volume. Follow the super-powered "Pederson Specials" as they grow up, live, love, die, and ultimately try to save the world. One of the greatest comic series ever is now available for your bookshelf!


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From the creator of Babylon 5 and Jeremiah comes the greatest superhero epic in recent years! J. Michael Straczynski and a team of the best and brightest artistic talents in the industry unite to tell the saga of 113 strangers united by one event they will never forget. This super-hero tour-de-force is collected, beginning to end, in one massive bookshelf volume. Follow th From the creator of Babylon 5 and Jeremiah comes the greatest superhero epic in recent years! J. Michael Straczynski and a team of the best and brightest artistic talents in the industry unite to tell the saga of 113 strangers united by one event they will never forget. This super-hero tour-de-force is collected, beginning to end, in one massive bookshelf volume. Follow the super-powered "Pederson Specials" as they grow up, live, love, die, and ultimately try to save the world. One of the greatest comic series ever is now available for your bookshelf!

30 review for Rising Stars

  1. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I kept thinking this book was going to be stupid because the spine is half yellow and says "Top Cow" and the other half is black and says "Rising Stars" in the same font. So I thought it was a comic called Top Cow because I'm dumb and didn't notice all the other Top Cow comics. So anyways! Finally I read it. It was pretty good! This is a story about 100 or so people who got superpowers when a flash happened in their town while they were in utero. So kind of like X-Men but a limited number of peop I kept thinking this book was going to be stupid because the spine is half yellow and says "Top Cow" and the other half is black and says "Rising Stars" in the same font. So I thought it was a comic called Top Cow because I'm dumb and didn't notice all the other Top Cow comics. So anyways! Finally I read it. It was pretty good! This is a story about 100 or so people who got superpowers when a flash happened in their town while they were in utero. So kind of like X-Men but a limited number of people who all know each other and aren't immortal. They grow up and use their powers for good or evil, and horrid things happen. I really enjoyed the story and the writing wasn't too bad, and the art was pretty standard. I'm not really a big fan of that really smooth, obviously computer-graphics colouring style, but that's just me. Some of the dialogue was pretty goofy and melodramatic, but that's okay. I'm not reading comics for the Jane Austen subtle wit. The thing that annoyed me the most is how all the "cool dudes" had long gross hair and wore trench coats, and reasonable haircuts were used to show how conformist and dumb people were. It wasn't distracting, just sometimes comics really remind me of who-writes-comics. Oh well!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Connolly

    Great story. Mostly linear and well written. Had s few touching moments too that were rather well done. 5 stars.

  3. 5 out of 5

    B Love

    I thought that this was a great start to the series and can't wait to read the next five. The characters were great and after reading JMS's Earth One : Superman, I was not disappointed. A great storyteller. I thought that this was a great start to the series and can't wait to read the next five. The characters were great and after reading JMS's Earth One : Superman, I was not disappointed. A great storyteller.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nana Yeah

    Definitely entertaining; I love books that show how corrupt people in power can be when they are afraid/intimidated

  5. 5 out of 5

    Richard Haas III

    Where do I begin with Rising Stars? Well, let me just say, do not judge a series by their #0 issue. I learned that real quick with this series. The prequel issues were take it or leave it; they’re okay, stupid, better and brilliant— and in that order. But none of that matters. What matters is the main meat of the comics: issues #1 through #24 and let me say... they blew me away. The art is pretty basic for the most part (what you’d expect a superhero comic to look like); however the art design wa Where do I begin with Rising Stars? Well, let me just say, do not judge a series by their #0 issue. I learned that real quick with this series. The prequel issues were take it or leave it; they’re okay, stupid, better and brilliant— and in that order. But none of that matters. What matters is the main meat of the comics: issues #1 through #24 and let me say... they blew me away. The art is pretty basic for the most part (what you’d expect a superhero comic to look like); however the art design was off the chain— especially early on. Pretty often there was a brilliant layout or artistic mockup I will say. But the art didn’t the big draw here (pun unintended)... it’s the writing. Prior to reading this, I hadn’t been all too familiar with Straczynski’s work— perhaps just the Spider-Man: Civil War miniseries and Clint Eastwood’s Changeling were the only glimpses I’ve seen of his writing. But after reading this, I’m certainly a fan. The writing is absolutely beautiful. Every issue. For such a big and grand magnum opus, Straczynski writes it so simply. He holds back when he needs to and embraces the epicness of certain moments with a real-world sentiment, effectively avoiding teaching over the top until perhaps the end of each arc. It’s such a big story that spans for nearly sixty years and the amount of changes that happened through the series would be utter nonsense by many of other writers, but Straczynski writes it in a way that we accept it. Like almost as if we’ve been reading these characters in comics for decades already. It’s all fluid to the last detail. Sure there were a couple issues that were alright or weren’t quite up to speed, but the overwhelmingly vast majority of the issues were nearly perfect in every way. Often in film, tv, novels and comics you get what I call forced subversion which is all about subverting expectations for the sake of subverting expectations (i.e. Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Season 8 of Game of Thrones), but with Rising Stars you get it the way it should be— subverting expectations for the sake of the story. I never want to spoil the story for anyone, so I won’t go into major details, but every time something happens with a twist, that twist doesn’t just propel the story but rather it also enhances it, often by furthering character development through changing dynamics or quite literally the playing field. I’m honestly struggling to think of things I didn’t like from the title series. Perhaps the only thing of any weight might be that often I would confuse characters because they all pretty much looked the same (and maybe that was by design) but, again, that’s more a critique on the art of anything. The writing is air tight. There’s not much I can say without giving away too much but you can tell many creators were inspired by this story, from Heroes to The 4400 to the full Marvel Civil War arc to even other self-contained superhero universes such as the one in The Boys. It’s mark is there and it is legendary. I hope one day it’s made into a television series because the world needs to talk about Rising Stars once again.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lorenzo Benella

    Ho letto questa storia dopo molto tempo aver acquistato l'omnibus e posso dire che è una buona storia,con buoni disegni e con un finale non perfetto ma coerente. In realtà la mia valutazione sarebbe di 3 stelle e mezzo, l'opera va letta e apprezzata però per quanto mi riguarda non è eccelsa e non racconta niente di nuovo, è solo una buon racconto di fantascienza. Per quanto riguarda l'autore, dopo aver apprezzato il lavoro su spiderman (tranne il finale che anche se non tutto farina del suo sacco Ho letto questa storia dopo molto tempo aver acquistato l'omnibus e posso dire che è una buona storia,con buoni disegni e con un finale non perfetto ma coerente. In realtà la mia valutazione sarebbe di 3 stelle e mezzo, l'opera va letta e apprezzata però per quanto mi riguarda non è eccelsa e non racconta niente di nuovo, è solo una buon racconto di fantascienza. Per quanto riguarda l'autore, dopo aver apprezzato il lavoro su spiderman (tranne il finale che anche se non tutto farina del suo sacco, secondo me, è una delle macchie più grandi della storia della marvel) con questa serie trovo la conferma di un signor scrittore di fumetti.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Mackintosh

    Amazing. Even though I've read it over a dozen times, I still love it. It still makes me laugh and makes me cry. JMS has a real talent for creating realistic characters. They may be fictional but they feel as Real as any Velveteen Rabbit. There's a depth which is often lacking, especially in comic book characters. It's a great story about a what if. What if people really had the sort of powers you see in comic books? They wouldn't all try to save the world. There's a great line where Poet, the nar Amazing. Even though I've read it over a dozen times, I still love it. It still makes me laugh and makes me cry. JMS has a real talent for creating realistic characters. They may be fictional but they feel as Real as any Velveteen Rabbit. There's a depth which is often lacking, especially in comic book characters. It's a great story about a what if. What if people really had the sort of powers you see in comic books? They wouldn't all try to save the world. There's a great line where Poet, the narrator, says their powers didn't change who they were, just made them more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence Kapture

    Dumbest part so far: The Poet punches another renegade special to show him that The Poet has gotten weaker as the result of the people preying on them, when the whole book so far has been about specials killing specials to become more powerful. Big plot hole, circling the drain around the hugely stupid tactic of punching someone during an argument in order to gain cooperation. Four pages later, someone else is apologizing to the Poet... who sucker punched the other guy, remember, and The Poet is Dumbest part so far: The Poet punches another renegade special to show him that The Poet has gotten weaker as the result of the people preying on them, when the whole book so far has been about specials killing specials to become more powerful. Big plot hole, circling the drain around the hugely stupid tactic of punching someone during an argument in order to gain cooperation. Four pages later, someone else is apologizing to the Poet... who sucker punched the other guy, remember, and The Poet is all like, aw shucks, the dude was just afraid.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    JMS is a genius. The range and scope of projects he's worked on is sufficient proof of that, and Rising Stars is perhaps my favorite of all of his work. The setup, the characterization, the plot, and the scope of Rising Stars are all exemplary of the author's seemingly endless creativity and passion for story-telling. Low star reviews on this book are probably a matter of complaining about how huge the thing is and how easily it falls apart. Who cares? Not me. It's the story matters, and this st JMS is a genius. The range and scope of projects he's worked on is sufficient proof of that, and Rising Stars is perhaps my favorite of all of his work. The setup, the characterization, the plot, and the scope of Rising Stars are all exemplary of the author's seemingly endless creativity and passion for story-telling. Low star reviews on this book are probably a matter of complaining about how huge the thing is and how easily it falls apart. Who cares? Not me. It's the story matters, and this story is one of the best.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Norbert

    The series is very much in JMS style in that it throws in a large number of characters with different theological/philosophical issues, then half way through the series a single revelation changes the perception of everything. The ending seems a little hurried. The compendium includes a number of side stories which certainly add a good amount to the characters. The short of it: If you like Babylon 5 and, to some extent Heroes, then you'll like this. The series is very much in JMS style in that it throws in a large number of characters with different theological/philosophical issues, then half way through the series a single revelation changes the perception of everything. The ending seems a little hurried. The compendium includes a number of side stories which certainly add a good amount to the characters. The short of it: If you like Babylon 5 and, to some extent Heroes, then you'll like this.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Emrah

    I am generally into graphic novels from vertigo, love the real anti-heroes that actually can be evil and vunerable both physically and mentally. Always thought that what it would be like super powered individuals could do to a world that corrupted not by super villans or intergalactic beings but normal humans just like in our world. This comic let me taste it all. The story had a potential to be much more deeper and longer. There was not many comics that can wet my eyes like this one...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Friedrich

    This epic tale about a generation of superheroes is not easy to follow, because there are so many characters. It's an ambitious piece of work, as it gets very political in the end. Unfortunately the story just has its good moments and most of the characters are not really likeable. The art changes a few times, which makes the ending look not as polished as the beginning. This epic tale about a generation of superheroes is not easy to follow, because there are so many characters. It's an ambitious piece of work, as it gets very political in the end. Unfortunately the story just has its good moments and most of the characters are not really likeable. The art changes a few times, which makes the ending look not as polished as the beginning.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I've never read superhero comics but I'm so glad I read this one, because it's REALLY good. I read them all back to back, just couldn't stop. Very impressive. Great story (made me realise just how satisfying a plot with a decent beginning, middle and end can be), lovely characters, nice artwork: as near to perfect as a comic can get! I've never read superhero comics but I'm so glad I read this one, because it's REALLY good. I read them all back to back, just couldn't stop. Very impressive. Great story (made me realise just how satisfying a plot with a decent beginning, middle and end can be), lovely characters, nice artwork: as near to perfect as a comic can get!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Lovett

    Easily the most overrated comic I've ever read. Looks and feels like the worst of 90's comics but with the added gravitas of a writer who seemsed to have firmly believed that he was writing the next Watchmen. Easily the most overrated comic I've ever read. Looks and feels like the worst of 90's comics but with the added gravitas of a writer who seemsed to have firmly believed that he was writing the next Watchmen.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Grognardian

    Pretty interesting take on the superhero-genre, but suffers from both some hurried twists and sometimes feels less important than it should have been. the artwork varies somewhat,but never bothered me much.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joana Leitão Teixeira

    awsome!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shaunna

    I finished this in a day. It was that good. The storytelling was superb and that artwork, magnificent. I'd recommend this to anyone who was a fan of Heroes (pre- writes' strike). I finished this in a day. It was that good. The storytelling was superb and that artwork, magnificent. I'd recommend this to anyone who was a fan of Heroes (pre- writes' strike).

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jade

    Seriously fantastic.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Fdrnewdeal

    I really am not inot graphic novels or comics, but this blew me away back when I read it. Great use of the medium.

  20. 4 out of 5

    P

    Really enjoyed the story, but this book has the worst binding I've ever seen. Really enjoyed the story, but this book has the worst binding I've ever seen.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    A truly great series; completely captivating from beginning to end with rich characters and thoughtful storylines. I slowed down halfway through the book because I didn't want it to end. A truly great series; completely captivating from beginning to end with rich characters and thoughtful storylines. I slowed down halfway through the book because I didn't want it to end.

  22. 5 out of 5

    tony

    If you're wondering what Heroes ripped off besides X-men, look no further. If you're wondering what Heroes ripped off besides X-men, look no further.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Good, but: 1) had a tendency to get a little corny at times, and 2) the spin-offs were TERRIBLE. Jaysus!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Russell

  25. 4 out of 5

    Niko Koivistolainen

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jared

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jax

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nick Swinehart

  29. 5 out of 5

    DaniDevil

  30. 5 out of 5

    Peter

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