Multimedia rock band Starset have long been interested in the cosmological — their music radiates otherworldly, mechanical themes, and the group itself is actually based on a science-fiction concept. In Starset’s alternate universe, the band was created by “the Starset Society” to publicize emerging technologies and their impact on earthlings.
Now, Starset’s world — walking the line of reality and fiction — comes to life in a new graphic novel, The Prox Transmissions. The novel, written by Starset frontman Dustin Bates and Marvel’s Peter David (Ben Reilly: Scarlett Spider, Spider-Verse) and illustrated by Mirko Colak, SKAN, and others, is immersed in Starset’s galaxy, telling the story of Dr. Stephen Browning who intercepts a secret transmission from space. But because Starset’s world is laced in dystopia and disaster, Dr. Browning finds himself in chaos as the message proves to be a dire warning from the future — prompting him to seek help from Dr. Aston Wise, as they embark on a quest to discover the meaning of the message with the fate of humanity in their hands.
“I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to create this graphic novel with Marvel Comics on behalf of The Starset Society,” Bates says. “I’ve been a fan of Marvel since I was a little kid wishing I was the Hulk (and little did I know how much I’d end up identifying with Bruce Banner as I grew into adulthood). It’s an honor to be working with such an iconic brand to spread the inception story of the Society via The Prox Transmission.”
The Prox Transmissions is out this September. Check out the cover and an excerpt of the book below.