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Heavy Metal’s ‘Starward’ #1 sells out and gets second printing

Retailers can put in orders for the ‘Starward’ #1 second printing until May 23rd.

Press Release

Heavy Metal Entertainment has announced their YA comic Starward #1 has sold out and is going back to print. Steve Orlando and Ivan Shavrin’s series was released last month.

The second printing cover for Starward #1 is will feature a special cover illustrated by Shavrin and designed by Voodoo Bownz. The second printing of Starward #1 is now available for retailers to order on PreviewsWorld here until this Monday, May 23rd, and it will be available to purchase in stores on June 15, 2022.

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“Ivan Shavrin and an interconnecting Starward variant? A cosmic lightbulb burst apart in my head when I heard the news,” said writer Steve Orlando. “The world of Starward exists because of Ivan’s innovative, intensely creative work, so I couldn’t be more excited to see the Starward Sisters explored to live across this massive, multi-issue canvas. And as they jump off the cover of the book, inside the pages, the sisters will have to find a way to break out of that most all-encompassing of traps—reality itself!”

For more on Starward, don’t miss our interview with Steve Orlando on the AIPT Comics podcast.

This is the first in a series of interconnecting covers featuring the Seven Starward Sisters which will be available as variant covers starting with issue #2.

Heavy Metal's Starward #1 heads for second printing

Check out the second printing cover below.

Heavy Metal's Starward #1 heads for second printing

“Working on Heavy Metal’s Starward series has been a freeing and magical experience. It’s like Steve and I were put on a catapult, pulled, and released into free flight in any given direction we chose to go in. The process has been full of creativity and wild ideas,” said artist Ivan Shavrin. “We’ve had support at every step from Executive Editor Joseph Illidge, and complete mutual understanding. I’m proud of the work I’ve done with Steve, who I’ve admired since reading Undertow, and with Heavy Metal, who has nurtured this unique project.”

What’s Starward about?

Starward follows college student Stephanie Cohen, who is on a fast track to a medical degree, as decided by her parents. Stephanie was never consulted on choosing the path for her own life, so now she’s drowning in pre-med when she’d rather be studying classics, folklore, and mythology. But on the eve of her twentieth birthday, as Stephanie prepares to stare into her own personal summer abyss for yet another day, she gets a gift unlike any she could possibly expect. Now she must unite the mythical reincarnated Seven Starward Sisters to defeat the world-destroying villain Kaos and save the world!

Check out the rest of the connecting covers in full detail below.

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For more on this news, read the official press release below.

Los Angeles, CA – Heavy Metal Entertainment announced today that the first printing of STARWARD #1, Heavy Metal’s first ever YA series written by superstar scribe Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman), has sold out at the distributor level and will be going back to press for a second printing. The second printing of issue #1 will feature a dazzling special cover illustrated by Starward interior artist Ivan Shavrin and designed by Voodoo Bownz. This is the first in a series of interconnecting covers featuring the Seven Starward Sisters which will be available as variant covers starting with issue #2. 

Starward follows college student Stephanie Cohen, who is on a fast track to a medical degree, as decided by her parents. Stephanie was never consulted on choosing the path for her own life, so now she’s drowning in pre-med when she’d rather be studying classics, folklore, and mythology. But on the eve of her twentieth birthday, as Stephanie prepares to stare into her own personal summer abyss for yet another day, she gets a gift unlike any she could possibly expect. Now she must unite the mythical reincarnated Seven Starward Sisters to defeat the world-destroying villain Kaos and save the world!

“Ivan Shavrin and an interconnecting Starward variant? A cosmic lightbulb burst apart in my head when I heard the news,” said writer Steve Orlando. “The world of Starward exists because of Ivan’s innovative, intensely creative work, so I couldn’t be more excited to see the Starward Sisters explored to live across this massive, multi-issue canvas. And as they jump off the cover of the book, inside the pages, the sisters will have to find a way to break out of that most all-encompassing of traps—reality itself!”

“Working on Heavy Metal’s Starward series has been a freeing and magical experience. It’s like Steve and I were put on a catapult, pulled, and released into free flight in any given direction we chose to go in. The process has been full of creativity and wild ideas,” said artist Ivan Shavrin. “We’ve had support at every step from Executive Editor Joseph Illidge, and complete mutual understanding. I’m proud of the work I’ve done with Steve, who I’ve admired since reading Undertow, and with Heavy Metal, who has nurtured this unique project.”

The second printing of Starward #1 is now available for retailers to order on PreviewsWorld here until this Monday, May 23rd, and it will be available to purchase in stores on June 15, 2022. 

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