The “alien gladiator” Shatterstar is going to be the star of his own limited solo series starting this fall. The series will be written by Tim Seeley (“Green Lanterns”) and drawn by Carlos Villa (“Lockjaw”).
The character first debuted in “New Mutants” #99 by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld back in March 1991. Writer Tim Seeley was 12-years old when he saw those pages and said he was the “perfect age to be intrigued by him.” Since then, Seeley’s interest in the character has focused on the “‘hardboiled noir’ aspects” and this is the focus the new series will have.
In an interview with Marvel.com, Seeley describes Shatterstar’s life being “violence for sport” and trying to get away from that, but there’s only a “thin thread” that separates him from his old life, one that is easy to break. This constant internal battle within Shatterstar is at the heart of the writer’s pitch: “When the life he built crumbles, Shatterstar is forced to ask himself if he truly ever gave up the gladiator ring.”
Seeley finally described the series as being “part John Wick, a dash of Will Eisner’s ‘A Contract with God,’ and infused with lots of lots of interdimensional X-Men Super Hero mythos.”
Since the announcement, Rob Liefeld himself has said he is “excited” to see what the series brings to the character he created.
“Shatterstar” #1 will start the limited series on October 3.