The Weeknd is not the first music artist to get a comic book based on him. The Black Eyed Peas, Kiss, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga have all preceded him. However, we just received new details about the comic which is set to be released this summer.
The comic, entitled The Weekend Presents: Starboy, was first announced last October at New York Comic Con. We now know that it is being written by The Weeknd himself along with La Mar Taylor and Christos Gage. The art is by Eric Nguyen and Guru-eFX.
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According to Marvel, Starboy is the story of a city called Alphatron that is suffering from a crime wave courtesy of Jack “The Chef” Smiley, a ruthless murderer who has unified all criminal organizations. Even more gruesome is the fact that he likes to eat the people he kills. The city needs a hero. Apparently it’s not getting one, but what it does get is Starboy…whoever exactly that is. We just know he bears a striking resemblance to The Weeknd.
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In a statement on Marvel’s website, The Weeknd said
Marvel is the pinnacle of success in their field and I’ve been a lifelong fan of their work. To be able to partner with them is a dream come true.
The Weeknd fans behold: we have been given a gift from the Starboy himself. On October 7th at New York Comic Con, Abel Tesfaye finally unveiled his teased collaboration with Marvel Comics. Starboy, set to release next year, is a comic book series based on Tesfaye’s 2016 album of the same name.
The series is meant to be a play on the album, or, more specifically, a continuation of the identity he takes up on this album. “I guess this is the fourth chapter,” he told Pigeons and Planes at the Marvel Comics booth, where he was signing official copies of the first issue.
The album itself tells the story of a man living in a world of imagination and delusion, and, between those, are stormy emotions, drugs, and women. Fans of The Weeknd know that these are recurring themes in his music, so we can all appreciate the man for staying consistent and focused.
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The character Starboy is drawn to look like Tesfaye. It’s interesting to see how he’s transposed a character we’ve only imagined through his music into a comic book. Tesfaye does assure us that we’ve seen him before, saying, “He’s definitely made his appearance in different records in the past, as well. He’s a more braggadocious character that we all have inside of us.” Do you think you could find Starboy in The Weeknd’s sonic library?
Tesfaye and Marvel haven’t announced an official release date of the comic book but, as far as we know, he will be opening up a few pop-up shops around the U.S. and Canada next year where you’ll definitely go Starboy-crazy. Check below to see if he’s stopping by your city: