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‘Barbalien: Red Planet’ Origin Story Set

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The Warlord From Mars Gets an Origin Story That Shines a Light on The AIDS Crisis

The Black Hammer world that Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston have created is getting some new material this summer as Dark Horse Comics has revealed a Barbalien: Red Planet miniseries. It comes from writer Tate Brombal ith Eisner-winning artist Gabriel Hernández Walta (Vision, Sentient).

Barbalien: Red Planet #1 (of five) will debut just in time for LGBTQ Pride Month and will hit shelves June 24, 2020, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. In addition to that, the crossover event of 2019 in the hardcover collection of Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice, will be available everywhere books are sold April 7, 2020!

Plot Concept: Mark Markz has found a comfortable life on Earth as both a decorated police officer and as the beloved superhero, Barbalien. But when Mark is suddenly thrust onto the frontlines of the AIDS crisis, his role as a cop raises doubts and he must now reckon with his own closeted sexuality. Growing tensions make balancing his disparate identities seem impossible—especially when a Martian enemy from his past hunts him down on Earth to take him home, dead or alive. Heroism, privilege, and complacency are all called into question, as Mark becomes more-and-more embroiled in the activism of the time and with the man leading its charge—the handsome and headstrong Miguel.


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