Starbrand and Nightmask #1
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Starbrand and Nightmask #1

Writer: Greg Weisman Artist: Dominike Stanton Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 16, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 5
6.4Critic Rating
6.6User Rating

Two former Avengers with tremendous power - and almost zero life experience - are on their own, trying to find their place as HEROES, COSMIC ENTITIES and...COLLEGE STUDENTS? What meal plan will cover a cosmic metabolism? Can two all-powerful entities share a dorm room the size of roach motel? Can you safely teleport to Mars after partying all night long at your first kegger? Find out in Starbrand & Nightmask!
Rated T+

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Dec 15, 2015

    I recommend Starbrand and Nightmask #1 personally because it fits what I like to see in comics. Fresh and slightly stylized art, familiar characters, and snark. Im glad I took a risk on this series because its one that I will definitely be looking forward to every month. We have a new lead who is a person of color, disability is represented without infantilizing or objectification, and the reveals at the end of the issue promise something explosive, especially in the next issue. If you want something fun and light, definitely check out this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Jan 27, 2016

    I'm excited about this series. It's not my favorite book by far, but it could go places that I'd love to read. As a matter of fact, I'd love to see it turn into something a little less super, and just spend a lot of time on young people in college in this wonderful new world. Either way it goes though, it's made sure that I'll be around for a few more issues, at least. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    PopOptiq - Terrence Sage Dec 17, 2015

    Starbrand and Nightmask can hold its own as its own thing, but even with the guest stars you can feel the strings of connections to the wider Marvel Universe. It'll be interesting going forward to see how the two heroes can combat both classes and villains all over campus in this new series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Dec 17, 2015

    Overall the comic encapsulates just what defined Marvel in the early days. Great power, great responsibility, fallible heroes, and a sense of normalcy that defined it against square jawed superheroes. What distinguishes Starbrand and Nightmask is the greater scale that Kevin and Adam play on. Both in their heroism and the mistakes theyve made, from the cosmic multiverse-saving heroism, to Kevin Connors lingering guilt over the deaths of the people in his previous school during the White Event. While the story may seem looming in light of Secret Wars, this is definitely a comic worth getting if youre looking for a smart, and classic superhero story to get into. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Dec 16, 2015

    Starbrand and Nightmask #1 was a solid start in giving these two some relevance in All-New, All-Different Marvel. Like other titles this one is showing the importance of who they are behind the mask, and that is the best way to flesh out superheroes who haven't had that chance to fully blossom. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Dec 21, 2015

    Starbrand and Nightmask #1 is a solid comic. From start to finish it admirably transports you back to a simpler time for Marvel Comics without losing the thought, complexity, or diversity of today. What holds it back from being great is the lack of explanation or innovation. It feels as though Greg Weisman has made a risky choice to hold out on showing us the hook of this series until his set up is complete next issue. The art is cartoony and enjoyable, if it wavers in quality, and the characters are intriguing, but the first issue fails to define the series. Here's hoping it lives up to its promise and that the fans will be around to see when it does, because I want to see where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 14, 2015

    Overall, the comic is decent and has potential. I'm clearly not blown away by it, but Starbrand's last foray in college mixed with him going back should make for an interesting time and concept. Still, hopefully we'll get something different other than the characters to make the series stand out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Levi Hunt Dec 17, 2015

    This series has a lot to prove still, but it's off to a fun start. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Dec 15, 2015

    "Starbrand & Nightmask" #1 sets up a pretty clever dynamic, but Weisman and Stanton succeed better at the ordinary than the extraordinary. There are a lot of resurrected ideas in the post-"Secret Wars" landscape, and it will take a few issues to see if this one really sticks. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Dec 15, 2015

    Starbrand and Nightmask #1 the perfect example of the middle of the road experience. There's nothing bad about it that will make you hate it, but there's nothing about it yet that really jumps out or gives it its own unique identity. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones Dec 16, 2015

    I'm not really sure what I just read, and to be honest, it wasn't bad. Unfortunately, this is not the version of Nightmask and Starbrand for me. Read Full Review

  • 5.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 20, 2015

    Feels like an all-too-conscious attempt to recast the duo in a Ms. Marvel/Squirrel Girl vein, but has it's moments… Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 15, 2015

    Starbrand and Nightmask has all the trappings of a classic Marvel story. It has two ultra powerful leads trying to lead a normal life along with their superhero careers, attempting to live and love as they do battle with evil doers. While Greg Weisman taps into some tried-and-true Marvel storytelling beats, the unanchored nature of the plot along with the less-than-stellar artwork makes Starbrand and Nightmask #1 more of a bust and less of a boom. Hopefully further down the line that scale will start to tip more toward the latter. Read Full Review

  • 3.0 - Chase Magnett Dec 16, 2015

    At least in Avengers both Starbrand and Night Mask had engaging costume designs, but here they are reduced to the simplest versions of technicolor displays. That simplification applies to body type and facial expressions as well. Rather than emphasizing a cartoonists' economy of line, Domo Stanton's work is merely reductive. It results in both action and drama that reads as being entirely unengaging as figures stand and pose instead of moving. Everything about Starbrand and Night Mask #1 feels like the simplification of something better, from costumes to characters to concepts, it's all a lesser version. While the plot and art may function, it does so in such a way that it is difficult to recall just how it worked even a few minutes after reading. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Dec 16, 2015

    Truly the weakest of the All-New, All-Different relaunch so far. Read Full Review

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