There is a new cosmic superhero in Marvel's universe, but not everyone is happy about it. With the former Heralds of Galactus uniting to kill her, and only the Avengers willing to defend her, it's anyone's guess if the new Starbrand will even survive... and the same goes for the baby she's carrying, too.
The planetary defense mechanism known as the Starbrand may not have the same name recognition as the Avengers whose comic she has crashed into, but her power can't be understated. The cosmic gift has been granted to several wielders throughout history, starting with Earth's first dinosaur superhero. But when the last known Starbrand died, and signs of a new wielder erupted from deep space, the Avengers went in search of the new host. Right into a Shi'ar prison galaxy, in fact, where they learned that the new chosen host of the Starbrand is pregnant, out of control, and sentenced to death. Even for the Avengers, it's turning into one heck of a twisting adventure. And the new preview pages from Marvel confirm Avengers #30 has saved a few surprises for last.
It wouldn't be an understatement to call this mission a total disaster for the heroes. Not long after arriving, Thor was infected by the Brood, the existence of a red sun began to kill Blade the vampire hunter, and the forces of the Shi'ar Gladiator and the Heralds divided them. Since this is a comic book, that also meant some fantastic upgrades and reveals, too. But for as satisfying as it may be to watch Black Widow armor up, or witness Man-Thing transforming Blade, the actual Starbrand herself is in genuine danger of being killed for a power she can't control. And no matter her crimes, Earth's mightiest heroes can't stand aside. Which is where Avengers #30 picks up.
The preview pages may not be what fans expect, after the previous issue left the unnamed woman facing down Gladiator, with the Avengers in the thick of their fighting. The issue arriving this Wednesday to conclude the tale, however, finds the heroes safely back home, recounting the ordeal to Black Panther. Standing before a hospital bed containing... mother? Baby? Both? That mystery will have to wait, for now just enjoy this sneak peek:
Check out the full solicitation details and plot synopsis below:
- AVENGERS #30
- Release Date: January 29th, 2020
- Written by: Jason Aaron
- Art by: Ed McGuinness
- Cover Art by: Mico Suayan
- STARBRAND REBORN Conclusion: WHO WILL BE BRANDED? In a Shi'ar space prison the size of a galaxy, the cosmic war for the Starbrand super weapon comes to its cataclysmic conclusion. Who is the shocking new wielder of the Starbrand? And will they survive long enough to control the epic planet-melting power at their disposal? Not if Gladiator of the Shi'ar has anything to say about it. But the space-ravaged Avengers will have a thing or two to say about it too. Including Brood Thor, Captain Corsair, the War Widow, the new-look She-Hulk and Blade... as you've never seen him before!
Avengers #30 will be available at your local comic book shop on January 29th, 2020