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JMS AT RASTB5M SAID:
OCT.26.1998
[Rising Stars] follows the events after the small town of Pederson, Illinois, is struck by a mass of energy from an unknown, but non-terrestrial source. Everyone who was in utero at the time of the flash is affected, resulting in 113 individuals who develop abilities of a most unusual and highly individual form. (The power is to some degree shaped by who they are, just as they are shaped to some degree by the power.)

To read more about why this comic series remains unfinished, please visit our JMS Comics forum or read JMS' comments on our Rising Stars Act 3 page.

It was getting too cumbersome to have all the trade paperbacks and novelizations mingled in with the single stand alone bonus issues on one page so we have split them up.

NOTE: Books are listed by type then by publication date from oldest to newest.

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#1-8: Rising Stars - Born in Fire (Act 1)
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Jan 2001 -- Format: TPB
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This is the story of how we came to be. Of what happened to us, and those we knew, and loved, and fought. Where it went right ... and where it went wrong. Sixty years. One-hundred and thirteen people, born with the power. The story of the world we touched. And all the places where the world touched us. And terror and the beauty and the death of what happened in the spaces in-between.

MONICA'S REVIEW:
It is definately worth getting if you are new to comics or don't care to have all the individual issues laying around. This trade paperback (TPB) is a collection of the first eight Rising Stars comics that also has an introduction by Neil Gaiman (of Sandman fame). This series has nothing to do with the B5 universe but instead, it is more like a traditional super hero comic series ... with a twist like only JMS can give. I am not usually a comic book reader but I found this series most enjoyable.

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There is another page that collects all the JMS trade paperbacks in the J. Michael Straczynski section. There is also a Leather Bound Edition (signed by JMS) and a Leather Bound Remarked Edition (signed by JMS and remarked by artist Livesay).

JMS AT B5 SAID:
12.8.2000
And for those missed the first few issues of Rising Stars and have been wondering when the trade paperback was coming out...well, it's out. "Rising Stars: Born in Fire" gathers the first 8 issues, plus various covers, with Neil Gaiman's introduction.

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#9-16: Rising Stars - Power (Act 2)
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Apr 2002 -- Format: TPB
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In Rising Stars (Volume 2), J. Michael Straczynski continues the tale of The Specials, 113 humans born with extraordinary powers. The specials wage war, not only on each other, but on the rest of the world as well in this epic story of the struggles of the real world against extra-ordinary power. With an all new cover by current series artist Brent Anderson this great collection is the perfect way to revisit your favorite Rising Stars moments or finally piece together those missing issues.

MONICA'S REVIEW:
This volume collects issues #9 to #16 and is a handy way to catch up on the Specials if you weren't able (or willing) to get the single issues. I highly recommend this if you missed the single issues or want to preserve them for collecting. I also find it much more enjoyable to read the entire act without having to fiddle with bags and boards every few minutes.

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#0,1/2,Pre: Rising Stars: Visitations
Author: J. Michael Straczynski -- Published: Oct 2002 -- Format: TPB
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Collected together for the first time, you can now get your hands on some of J. Michael Straczynski's most sought after Rising Stars stories. Including the rare zero issue (subtitled "Rising Stars") with an additional 6 page story illustrated by Gary Frank about Slappy the Clown (originally included in the zero re-print issue and subtitled "Initiations"), the limited 1/2 issue (subtitled "Special"), and the very FIRST Rising Stars Preview/Prelude issue (subtitled "Visitations"). This incredible collection showcasing several unique tales of the Specials is not to be missed! Plus, with added sketches and an all new cover by Brent Anderson, this great collection is sure to find a home with you!

MONICA'S REVIEW:
I am not sure what they mean by "added sketches" but the cover is indeed new. This is a great way to collect all those hard to find bonus issues that further explain the story of the Specials. It is also nice that this mini-trade collects the various cover art for each issue as well. This trade is definitely worth picking up if you haven't been able to find any of these issues on your own and probably for a lot cheaper as well!

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#1-8: Rising Stars: Born in Fire
Author: Arthur Byron Cover -- Published: Jul 2002 -- Format: Paperback
Novelization
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An original novel based on the hit comic book series! It covers the events that happened in issues #1-8.

Over twenty years ago, a comet struck the Earth just outside the town of Pederson, Illinois. There were 113 children in utero when the flash hit, and every one of them was affected, gaining extraordinary super-powers as they grew older.

The people of the world, initially worried by what the children might become when they reached adulthood, now fear what they will do with the powers they've gained and who might suffer should the "rising stars" start to think they could run the world better.

MONICA'S REVIEW:
I have yet to read this book...

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#9-16: Rising Stars: Ten Years After
Author: Arthur Byron Cover -- Published: Dec 2002 -- Format: Paperback
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An original novel based on the hit comic book series! It covers the events that happened in issues #9-16.

Ten years have passed since the Specials—men and women gifted with incredible powers—had their standoff against the government. Feared, hunted, and yet revered, they have scattered across the globe, only to be forced to come together once more when the Special known as Critical Maas takes the city of Chicago hostage.

Now, a small group of her former friends have decided to take it back, in exchange for a pardon from the government. But their actions will not come without a heavy price to pay for the Specials—and the world....

MONICA'S REVIEW:
I have yet to read this book...

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