Marvel Comics is finally reprinting the epic Mark Gruenwald “Cosmos In Collision” storyline from the ’90s Quasar series featuring Wendell Vaughn, the protector of the Universe, taking on the half-Inhuman half-Deviant cosmic villain known as Maelstrom.
While originally solicited for a September release, I see Amazon has updated their listing to reveal the Quasar Cosmos In Collision TPB will be released October 23.
While previously only a Spanish version was available, I recall petitioning Marvel Comics to get this released ten or more years ago when we launched the “Bring Back Wendell Vaughn As Quasar” campaign. Marvel unfortunately killed off Quasar during the Annihilation event and replaced the character, which upset a lot of us Quasar fans. So we got together at the Quantum Zone website and came up with the idea to send Marvel Comics the now famous Quasar cake asking Marvel to reprint the classic series. We also sent Marvel real letters, t-shirts, fan art and petitions, which eventually led to the character coming back in the 2007 Nova series.
The “Bring Back Wendell Vaughn as Quasar” campaign actually led to the start of Cosmic Book News, as at the time, Marvel didn’t really care much about the cosmic books, so I decided to create a website devoted to Marvel Cosmic comic book news (“Cosmic Book News”). Then editor on the books, Bill Rosemann, took a liking to us fans and regularly provided us with scoops, exclusive interviews, previews, solicit information, art and more. Bill Rosemann even credited us cosmic fans for the reason the James Gunn Guardians of the Galaxy movies got to be made, as without the cosmic fans supporting the titles (Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova), the comics would have quickly been cancelled and the movies never would have been made. So in essence, we see Quasar was responsible for the MCU Guardian of the Galaxy flicks! Go Quasar! Fun fact: Superstar artist Greg Capullo got his start with Quasar!
Here is the info for the Quasar Cosmos In Collision TPB which sports that super cool Todd McFarlane cover from issue #14:
QUASAR: COSMOS IN COLLISION TPB
Written by MARK GRUENWALD
Penciled by MIKE MANLEY & GREG CAPULLO
Cover by TODD MCFARLANE
Quasar takes on Maelstrom in the fight of his life! As Protector of the Universe, Wendell Vaughan takes his job seriously, but he’s only human — and his cosmic mentor, Eon, has long warned of a looming threat that will destroy all that is. Can Quasar possibly prepare himself for the mind-bending battle to come? Meanwhile, Captain Atlas and Doctor Minerva want Quasar’s quantum bands — and they’re not the only ones. And when the members of the extradimensional Squadron Supreme find themselves stranded on Earth, Quasar must aid them in a galactic conflict between the Stranger and the Overmind! Plus: Wendell’s new employee is hiding a dangerous secret! When Maelstrom strikes, Quasar is thrown into a perilous journey beyond life and death — from Infinity to Oblivion and more. Can he emerge a new man and stop a cosmos in collision? Collecting QUASAR #10-25.
416 PGS./Rated T …$34.99
Quasar cake fans sent to the Marvel Comics offices: