Monday, October 16, 2017

Starset – The PROX Transmissions (Graphic Novel)

Marvel Comics recently released an 88-page graphic novel titled, The PROX Transmissions.  It is the ambitious collaboration between Dustin Bates, the vocalist and founder of the Columbus-based progressive modern rock band Starset and fan-favorite writer Peter David (Ben Reilly: Scarlett Spider, Spider-Verse) along with acclaimed artist Mirko Colak (The Punisher, Red Skull). 
Alongside front man duties for Starset, Dustin Bates is also an electrical engineering PhD candidate, has done research for the U.S. Air Force and taught at the International Space University in France.  Bates and his band mates have created The Starset Society, an over-arching concept that encompasses everything about the band including their visually stunning live performances (they’ve performed in planetariums), music videos and this graphic novel. 
Starset’s 2015 debut album, Transmissions (Razor & Tie) set the storyline in place which follows, as stated in the press release: “A secret transmission from the far reaches of the galaxy falls into the hands of SETI radio astronomer Dr. Stephen Browning. His world begins to unravel as he discovers the cryptic message including information of advanced technology and a dire warning from the future. After Browning seeks aid of brilliant-yet-impetuous playboy Dr. Aston Wise, the two set off on an epic journey to discover the meaning of the transmission, only to discover that they are pawns in a much bigger game.  Humanity hangs in the balance as powerful forces vie for control of the future, with only Wise and Browning to stop them.” 
Starset’s stellar sophomore album, Vessels - led by the chart-topping hit single, “Monster” - was released in January on Razor & Tie and continues the sci-fi saga introduced musically on Transmissions and now, visually in The PROX Transmissions.
Order the physical copy of The PROX Transmisisons graphic novel:  
Watch the video of “My Demons” from the album Transmissions:


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