This is an intriguing one. Jim Starlin wrote and drew the DC series Hardcore Station in the late nineties, a kind-of Bablyon 5 for the DCU, a space station with a million strong population at the crossroads between many alien races. The home of Captain Comet, it had a number of DC superhero guest stars passing through. Although finding it a disappointment, he returned to the location in 2006’s Mystery In Space, the Rann-Thanagar Holy War and 2009’s Strange Adventures, all from DC Comics.
So where is it appearing next? Well not in the New 52. Not at DC at all. But at 215 Ink.
They’re the publishers of Jim Starlin’s Mindgames, an original graphic novel described as;
A Hardcore Station story: Dr. Zareb Alter, a licensed telepathic therapist on Earth, has a problem. He is in reality Xenos DeFoncé, of the notorious DeFoncé crime organization of Hardcore Station and his family members are trying to pull him back into their dirty business. He is tasked with using his telepathic/telekinetic powers to find out who murdered Grimhold DeFoncé, the family’s sinister patriarch. Once back on Hardcore Station, Xenos is forced to investigate his own family, a genetically altered collection of enhanced-powered psychopaths and other kinds of deviants. But the further Xenos’ investigation progresses the more unanswered questions pop up. Something more is going on here and Xenos has to figure out what, if he hopes to survive this visit home.
Because the original Hardcore Station was a creator owned comic, even though the likes of Superman and Martian Manhunter popped up in it. And even though subsequent depictions of Hardcore Station in other DC stories didn’t always mention that, that’s how it stayed.
Neat trick. If you can pull it off.
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