After five months of anticipation building, the details behind The Weeknd’s comic book debut “Starboy” have finally been revealed.
On March 23, Marvel Comics announced via press release that the forthcoming series will be set in the fictional city of Alphatron and will chronicle the conflict between mob kingpin and cannibal Jack “The Chef” Smiley and superhero Starboy. As Weeknd fans might’ve guessed, the “Starboy” comic will expand upon concepts introduced in the Canadian singer-songwriter’s 2016 album of the same name.
“The Weeknd Presents: Starboy” will be written by the erstwhile Able Tesfaye, Weeknd’s creative director La Mar Taylor and noted comic book scribe and screenwriter Christos Gage (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”) The series’ art will be provided by acclaimed Marvel and DC Comics penciler Eric Nguyen and colorist Guru-eFX and its first issue will go on sale June 13.
Although Marvel’s press release does not specify whether or not the series will be set in the publisher’s central comic book universe, which features characters such as the Avengers and the X-Men, it does carry a “Parental Advisory” warning. As most of Marvel’s titles do not feature the kind of explicit content that would necessitate such a warning, the series will likely be set in a stand-alone continuity.