New Universe analyses: Star Brand #16 & 17

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New Universe analyses: Star Brand #16 & 17

Post by Creelman » Sun Oct 17, 2010 9:58 pm

Star Brand
SBRAND 16
Published: November 1988

First story
Written by: John Byrne; Drawn by John Byrne (art)
Appearances: the Star Child; Jacob Burnley; Roger Price; Jane Price; Ken Connell; Billy Burnley
Brief synopsis: The Star Child learns more about life on Earth and uses his power to prevent anything from ever dying. Badly injured, Ken Connell operates his own church, claiming that the “Old Man” is God. Connell is only kept alive because of the Star Child's actions. Jane and Roger Price convince the Star Child that it is wrong to deny humanity the release of death. The Star Child undoes this act, causing Connell to die, and also removes the Star Brand from Roger. Later, he visits Jacob Burnley and passes the Star Brand to him.
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Second story
Written by: Gregory Wright; Drawn by Kieron Dwyer (penciler) & Jackson Guice (inker)
Appearances: Keith Remsen [Nightmask]; the "madman" (in dream)-BTS
Brief synopsis: Back at Fort Benning, Nightmask falls into a coma for a week when he is pulled into the dream of a paranormal who kills via nightmares. The madman threatens to kill him unless Nightmask helps the paranormal escape his own mind. Nightmask enters the killer's mind and finds his greatest fear: the Justice Killer. Exploiting that fear, Nightmask escapes from the dream and awakes from the coma.
References: As noted on page 1:1, pages 1 through 1:3 take place on July 29, 1988. Pages 1:4 through 6:4 take place in the Nightmare Killer's dreams immediately after page 1:3. Pages 6:5 through 6:7 take place a week later.

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SBRAND 17
Published: January 1989

First story
Written by John Byrne; Drawn by John Byrne (breakdowns) & Tom Morgan (finishes)
Appearances: Jacob Burnley; Col. Mac Browning; the Witness [Nelson Kohler]; Billy Burnley; Ken Connell (cameo); Mueller (introduction); Cpl. Jorgenson (introduction)
Brief synopsis: Jacob Burnley attempts to re-create Pittsburgh with the Star Brand's power. Nelson Kohler, the Witness, reveals to Burnley that his recreation is impossible and that all he has accomplished is to create a "memory" of Pittsburgh, the city itself is lost. At the same time, Ken Connell rises from the dead yet again.
References:

Flashback (9:4-11:5)
Appearances: the Witness [Nelson Kohler]; Ken Connell
Brief synopsis: Recap of events of the Pitt.

Second story
Written by Fabian Nicieza; Drawn by Ron Lim (penciler) & Mark McKenna (inker)
Appearances: Keith Remsen [Nightmask]; Teddy Remsen; Dr. Lucian Ballad; Lita Mercado (cameo); Hilary James (introduction, in dream)
Brief synopsis: Keith visits Teddy at Bethesda Naval Hospital where she is being treated by Dr. Ballad. He sends Nightmask into Teddy's dreams in an effort to revive her from her coma caused during dream analysis that went awry during the Pitt explosion. Although his Nightmask persona is unstable and torments Teddy, Keith is able to shed the persona and appeal to her as himself. With his help, Teddy awakens from her coma.
References: Pages 1:1 through 2:1 take place in Teddy's dreams. Pages 2:2 through 2:6 take place immediately after page 2:1. Pages 3:1 through 6:5 take place immediately after page 2:6 in Teddy's dreams. Page 6:6 takes place immediately after page 6:5.

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Chronology entries:
Ballad, Dr. Lucian
JUSTICE 23/2
PF 24
*SBRAND 17/2
[…]

Browning, Colonel MacIntyre
JUSTICE 22
JUSTICE 24
PF 24-VO
PF 25
SBRAND 15
*SBRAND 17
[…]

Burnley, Billy
{SBRAND 15}
*SBRAND 16
*SBRAND 17
[…]

Burnley, Jacob
{SBRAND 15}
*SBRAND 16
*SBRAND 17
[…]

Connell, Ken
SBRAND 15
*SBRAND 16
*SBRAND 17
[…]

Kohler, Nelson/The Witness
{DP7@ 1}
PITT
*SBRAND 17
[…]

“Madman”
{SBRAND 16/2}
[…]

Mercado, Estrellita “Lita”
NMASK 10
*SBRAND 17/2
[…]

Price, Jane
SBRAND 14
*SBRAND 16
[…]

Price, Roger
SBRAND 15
*SBRAND 16
[…]

Remsen, Keith/Nightmask
DP7 23 (5:1-6:8)
DP7 23 (10:1-10:6)
DP7 24
DP7 25/2
JUSTICE 25/2
*SBRAND 16/2
*SBRAND 17/2
[…]

Remsen, Teddy
JUSTICE 15
*SBRAND 17/2
[…]

Star Child
SBRAND 15
*SBRAND 16
[…]
-Dan

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