"Silver Star stands next to Captain Victory as one of Kirby's greatest independent creations — those he gave the greatest thought and attention to," says Alex Ross, renowned artist and noted fan of the medium's classic creators. "It's a key accomplishment of the Kirby: Genesis series to return these characters to visible prominence in the field. Silver Star is Jack Kirby's Superman and Dr. Manhattan all rolled into one."
Thus it makes sense that Silver Star is being spun out of the pages of Kirby: Genesis, Dynamite Entertainment's King Kirby tribute series, into his own solo title from writer Jai Nitz and artist Johnny D. It's the story of Morgan Miller, the first Homo-Geneticus in the world, who has been fighting supervillainy and global threats in secret for 30 years.
Nitz had plenty to say about how excited he is for this project. "I recently saw Grant Morrison at Comic Con in San Diego. He hugged me and asked how the Kirby stuff was going. He did that because he gets it. Of course he does. He just wrote Supergods, a book about the connection between the superheroic stories we tell and ourselves. He knows that no one has ever told superheroic stories better than Jack Kirby. When I say 'ever' I don't mean just in comics. I mean ever. Jack Kirby is in the pantheon alongside Homer and Shakespeare. I get to write Silver Star, the last great Kirby creation. Like our publisher Nick Barrucci said, 'It isn't Kirby and [Joe] Simon, or Kirby and [Stan] Lee, or Kirby and whoever– it's just Kirby.' It's about human potential and the future of superpowers. It's the kind of thing Morrison talks about in his book. It's crazy ideas, unbridled with the needle buried in the red. I want to write comics like that, but I get to jam with Kirby, the greatest master of our medium, from the inception stage. It's great big gobs of fun. Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek are doing the real highwire act by putting all these distinct Kirby creations in the same universe and kicking the dial up to eleven. I'm surrounded by genius. There is a genius scaffold, genius collaborators, genius creators, and genius hugging fans. I'm so happy to be along for the ride I could burst."
Check out these cover images for Silver Star, from Alex Ross, Jae Lee and Mark Buckingham. Lee refers to Kirby as "the greatest creator this medium has ever known," while Buckingham simply says "Jack Kirby is comics."