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Wld Stars 5

Wild Stars 5: The Artomique Paradigm

February 5, 2021 Update
On Sale Now!

Because of delays and getting the artwork so late in the campaign,
Cirsova has decided to scrap the Kickstarter solicition,
and put the Spring 2021 issue ON SALE NOW for early shipping March 31!

This change of plan has resulted a change in what will be available.

The main cover by Anton Oxnuk is available in both paperback and hardcover.

The Genzoman variant cover is availabe in paperback with the traditional trade text,
and as a virgin cover in hardcover.

Publisher Alex Alexander's Chen cover is available in both paperback and hardcover.

So to recap, here are the paperback covers (again, Chen is NOT an Artomique),
click on any paperback cover to be taken directly to Amazon:

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Here are the hardcover editons:

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January 22, 2021 Update

Here's a sneak peak at one of Dark Filly's illustrations for The Artomique Paradigm
that will run with Part One in the Spring issue.
Red Queen by Dark Filly

That's the Red Queen, also known as the Red Witch and something else very similar that rhymes
(and the last word begins with a B), sitting next to Achilles Hister, who looks in good health for a man
who should be around 250 years old. And speaking of being in good health--didn't the Red Queen die in
Wild Stars 3: Time Warmageddon
--eaten alive by a red grief--
shown below in Mark Wheatley's illustration from the back cover of the
SOLD OUT first edition? How the heck does someone come back from something like that?

Wild Stars 3 first edition back cover

The answers to all these mysteries await in Wild Stars 5: The Artomique Paradigm,
on Kickstarter now--where you could be come the proud owner of Dark Filly's original art
for her illustration above!

Available for Pre-Order NOW!

Serialized across 2021's Cirsova Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense issues #6 through #8,
Michael Tierney's latest Wild Stars novel is the most dramatic yet!
It features a finale you won't expect and space battles that would look fantastic adapted to the cinema.
It's something you've never imagined before!
And it's been being set up ever since Book One.
Way back when all the Wild Stars comic book series were collected in the 2002 Wild Stars 1: The Book of Circles,
one reviewer was surprised that the main antagonists, the Artomiques, had survived
their attempt to destroy our reality and replace it with theirs--where fascism ruled the world.

The Artomiques have been making brief appearances throughout the subsequent novels,
but now you get to see exactly what they've been up to over the next 200 years!
Yes, you read that right :)
This time the Artomiques plan not just world domination--but dominion over all the stars as well!

Cirsova Publications is going all out on this.
The cover shown is by Anton Oxenuk,
who did the cover for Michael Tierney's posthumous collaboration with Edgar Rice Burroughs
on Young Tarzan and the Mysterious She when it debuted in Cirsova.
Once again Anton did a fabulous job, and is the first to llustrate the debut of a new character,
Bullson--the child that former president Bully Bravo didn't know he had!
Go back to the prelude of Wild Stars 3: Time Warmageddon for clues.

Anton also illustrated the stunning wraparoiund cover for the Wild Stars Omnibus hardcover,
which collected all Wild Stars material published up to that point.

But this isn't the only cover that Cirsova has commissioned for Part One of The Artomique Paradigm.

Genzoman from Udon Studios created an alternate cover which features Bullson's encounter with the Artomiques--
which is their first full cover appearance (Easter Egg Alert: there is a cameo on Anton's cover)!

Genzoman Cirsova #5 cover

This spectacular cover by Genzoman is available exclusively on the Kickstarter offering!
Genzoman's cover follows sequentially directly after the scene illustrated by Anton Oxenuk.
But wait, like a genzu knife commercial--there's more!

Black-and-white interior illustrations for The Artomique Paradigm will be done by Dark Filly--
with her rendition of The Red Queen (yeah... she's back--you'll have to find out how) being offered on the Kickstarter!

Michael Tierney also has artwork in this issue--of a sort.
Advertised on the cover is the first part of a 3-part serialization reprint of the Bad Axe comic book from the 1990s.
The original artwork for this series was long lost, leaving only the original comics--
printed on pulp paper in black-and-white with heavy ink coverage.
After 30 years of being shuffled around in back issue bins, the copies Cirsova had to work with were poor and heavily ink-smudged.
Michael did the digital restoration for this entire, nearlly 100-page story,
including the color cover restorations,
endeavoring to enhance the original artist's attempts at utilizing black on black shading. Touhou on Cirsova 6

And there's still more bonuses to come:

For their 5th Anniversary celebraton with this issue,
Cirsova will be offering exclusive formats on the Genzoman cover in their upcoming Kickstarter,
which will have hardcover and softcover versions of both covers that will not be available any other way--
along with yet another, third cover, shown to the right!

Despite what the cover headline says:
That not a scene from The Artomique Paradigm being pictured.
The Artomiques may be from an alternate reality--but they are not furry fascists.
That's an illustration by Cirsova editor "Alex" Alexander of a licensed Touhou character
(used by permission) celebrating the magazine's 5th Anniversary!

And... if Kickstarters aren't something you do, Anton's cover will soon be available for preorder on Amazon.

Put the Wild in your Stars for 2021 and check it all out here!

Here are Anton's covers mentioned earlier:

Young Tarzan Wild Stars Omnibus

Click either image for more details!

And here is what has gone before in the Wild Stars!

Wild Stars 4

Wild Stars IV: Wild Star Rising

A New Wild Star Is Born!
Wild Stars IV is bringing the whole family for the 35th Anniversary Event!

In his promo video (you can watch here) Cirsova publisher Alexander said:
"Wild Stars is incredible science fantasy ... on the scale of Jack Kirby's Fourth World. It's almost incomparable."

Jon Mollison did an in depth review (here) about Wild Stars 4:
"Michael Tierney is one of the brighter stars in the constellation of Cirsova authors."

"The seamless merger of sci-fi and fantasy... crackles,
and the adventures leaps... with a relentless pace that's a joy to follow along.
New characters step on scene fully formed, and fully described for newcomers to the series,
and Tierney doesn't shy away from jerking the rug out from the reader's expectations
in a way that is both fun and inspiring."

""Wild Stars Rising"... makes for a great introduction to the world.
In many ways, the Wild Stars universe reminds me of the Lensman series,
and if you've ever read that classic series by the old master Doc E. E. Smith,
you'll recognize that for the compliment it is."


Five Star Review on Amazon for the Cirsova 1st edition of Wild Stars 4:
"This is the must have book no matter where you are in this series.
...strong character arcs and drama alongside galaxy-spanning space battles...
The Wild Stars series is built for people who want a story that is rich with drama, thick with a story...
it gives you everything you could want in a story and still leaves you wanting more."


5-Star Review on Amazon for the Cirsova edition of Wild Stars 1:
"A Fantastic Fantasy!
Amazing series, the absolute definition of great fantasy!
Top tier writing, wonderful art and imagination, a truly gripping tale spun to keep you coming back more."


Here's a 5-Star review on Lulu for the Omnibus:
"A stunning and enjoyable read - the omnibus is worth the investment to ensure completeness of the read,
along with the immensity of the tome. The wraparound cover... would make a dynamic poster!
I recommend this work for anyone who is a fan of pulp sci-fi or space opera -
along with anyone who is a fan of non-derivative works."




Here's the rundown of what each of Cirsova's five books in the Wild Stars 35th Anniversary set includes:

Wild Stars 1 cirsova edition
Click the image above, or this link to go directly to the Kickstarter offering.

Wild Stars 1: Book of Circles -- Cirsova Publications edition

Wild Stars 1: Book of Circles is a 296-page collection of the 1984 Wild Stars: Erlik comic, material from the 1986 Wild Stars Portfolio, the 1988 Wild Stars: First Marker comic, the 7-issue 2001-2002 comic series, plus all of the new art and bonus materials from Little Rocket Publication's 2004 and 2014 paperbacks, and the 2009 and 2014 hardcovers.

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This epic story is presented in the enlarged magazine format for the first time!
The Cirsova Publications editon also features a new introduction by publisher "Alex" Alexander.

For more details behind Wild Stars 1, start your journey here.

Wild Stars 2: Force Majeure -- Cirsova Publications edition

Wild Stars 3 - 2nd edition
Click the image above, or this link to go directly to the Kickstarter offering.
Wild Stars 3 - 2nd edition

Wild Stars 2: Force Majeure wraps an 83,000 word novel around 38 comic book pages that includes the
Little Rock Publications release of the Force Majeure: Prairie Bay comic in 2002.

In addition to the 38 pages of comics are 50 flashback illustrations
presented here for the first time in an enlarged magazine format!

Plus, unique things were done with the packaging.
While virgin front covers are common in the comics industry,
they are fairly unheard of in the magazine and book industries.


Cirsova did it last year with the virgin wraparound dust wrapper for the
first edition hardcover of Wild Stars 3, and is doing it again
for the entire Wild Stars 35th Anniversary set!

Another unique aspect of this book set is how
the back covers of all four books can be joined together
to create a larger image.

mulitversal scribe Stuff like that is usually only done with front covers.

This is what happens when an aggressive publisher teams up
with a creator who's been active in the independent publishing industry since 1977.
That's when Tierney released The Multiversal Scribe, a magazine for which he did all the art
and wrote stories in five different genres. Click the image to the right
or this link for more details about this and the 1980s Wild Stars comics.

Wild Stars 1
Michael Tierney printed the 1988 Wild Stars: First Marker comic in his garage,
which is one of the only comics ever created, written, illustrated, lettered, and printed by the same person,
as well as being the first comic to feature foil stamping on the front cover,
and the first to feature die cutting on the front cover,
and to date, the only comics to ever feature die cutting on the back cover!
Then there's the whole limited edition aspect of each copy being a unique edition.
Again, click the image or this link for more information.

For a preview into the contents of Wild Stars 2 click here.

Wild Stars 3 new cirsova cover
Click the image above, or this link to go directly to the Kickstarter offering.

Wild Stars 3: Time Warmeggedon -- 4th Cirsova edition

The 35th Anniversary cover is shown above!

In 2018 Cirsova Presents first published Wild Stars 3: Time Warmeggedon in
thee different editions (shown below), and all of them instantly sold out.

Shown below is the main cover with art by Tim Lim,
a wraparound variant by Mark Wheatley,
and a second variant wraparound by Mark Wheatley done in a virgin format for the hardcover edition.

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Bonus material contained in the new, 4th edition,
are reprints of Shark Fighter and
The Grass Maiden (originally published as The Bears of 1812),
each of which was previously released in Cirsova Magazine.

PLUS, this 4th Edition also contains the first publication of a new epilogue,
and a new Wild Stars short story,
The Grimgrip.

For the Kickstarter launch of the 35th Anniversary Set,
Cirsova Publishing also bonused two limited edition art prints from Mark Wheatley's interior artwork.

The Red Grief was originally presented in color on the back cover of the main 2018 edition,
while The Battle of the Time Travelers was published in color for the first time!

Wild Stars 3 interior art Wild Stars 3 - 4th edition

For a preview into the story of Wild Stars 3, click here.

Wild Stars 4
Click the image above, or this link to go directly to the Kickstarter offering.

Wild Stars 4: Wild Star Rising -- First Edition

The basic concept behind the Wild Stars is that 75,000 years ago, mankind made their first migration into the stars.
What hasn't been told before is why they took that exodus.
The cover of the Cirsova first edition reveals one reason.

Wild Stars 4: Wild Star Rising finally explains everything, taking readers back to the last days of the exodus and into the final battle
with an enemy intent on wiping all traces of man from the face of the Earth.
(Note: Wild Stars 4: Wild Star Rising should not be confused with the 1977 limited edition novel Wild Stars Rising,
which takes place later in the future history of the Wild Stars
)

From there the story moves to the really ancient past,
where immortals battle on the edge of a black hole in the conclusion of the quest for Phaedra,
and their battle continues on into the no-so-distant future for a final confrontation like nothing you've ever imagined!

But, wait! That's still not all!

Wild Stars 4 also features the bonus Multiversal Guide Wild Stars Glossary:
a 29,000 word navigational map to clue you in on every person, place, or thing
throughout the wild history of the Wild Stars.


Here's what all four full wraparound covers looks like:

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And here's what the four back covers look like when combined:

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Wild Stars Omnibus -- Second Edition hardcover

Wild Stars Omnibus

The Second edition is even larger than the first!

This 720-page tome contains everything from all four Books of the Wild Stars
and features a wraparound cover (shown here without text) by Anton Oxenuk, who also
illustrated the cover for Michael Tierney's posthumus collaboration with Edgar Rice Burroughs on Young Tarzan ,
which was also published by Cirsova.

Be warned! Because of this book's prodigous size and weight, it could be consided a leathal weapon.

To see what the proofs of the actual books look like, visit this 35th Anniversary feature article,
and the Shark article below it gives details about the back cover of the Omnibus.

Wild Sharks of the Wild Stars!


Wild Stars III: Time Warmageddon

SOLD OUT 2018 Limited Editions

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Reviews:

Tara Cuvelier at Geekisphere.com rated Wild Stars III as an 8.8 on a scale of 10.

Tara described the basic concept of the Wild Stars as being:
". . . absolutely awesome."

About the story she said:
"The plot kept me engaged throughout.
It is definitely a fast-moving story, dropping you into the action right from the beginning.
There really are no slow spots . . .
There is so much happening--time travel, interdimensional travel, ships that can move planets around, and more.
It's a very richly imagined world . . . I thoroughly enjoyed the energetic romp that is Wild Stars III."


You can read Tara's review in its entirety at Geekisphere.com

Amazon.com has Wild Stars III rated 5 out of 5 Stars:

A strong addition to the series

The Wild Stars series is built for people who want a story that is rich with drama, thick with story...
Michael does a good job of making this a stand alone story or jumping on point...
If you're looking for well developed original content then this is a book series you need to check out.

Here are excerpts from a Review on Passing It Forward:

". . . a manly hunk of manliness . . .
"Wild Stars III will put hair on your chest."



For reviews of all the previous Wild Stars books, comics, and more of Michael Tierney's works, check out the Review page!

Reviews

Who is Michael Tierney?

michaelphoto1 Beyond the Farthest Star
Michael Tierney has been involved in comics and the publishing industry since the 70s. Owner and proprietor of both The Comic Book Store and Collector's Edition, Michael was a Finalist for both the Star*Reach Comics Retailer of the Year Award in 1985 and the Will Eisner Spirit of the Comics Retailer of the Year Award in 1999, has been an Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide Advisor since the 1990s, and is a staple of Central Arkansas' comic scene. A former journeyman printer and printing division manager, he's written, published, and at times even penciled, inked, and printed his own comics. He is currently writing, lettering, and coloring Edgar Rice Burroughs' Beyond the Farthest StarTM online, and his four volume Edgar Rice Burroughs 100 Year Art Chronology was published by Chenault & Gray in 2018.

Michael has been a regular contributor to Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, who released the 2019 35th Anniversary set of Michael's Wild Stars comics and books. Cirsova Publishing is a Central Arkansas semi-pro publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Its flagship publication, Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine was a 2017 Hugo Awards finalist for Best Semi-Pro Zine.

They also published Michael's posthumas collaboration with Edgar Rice Burroughs on Young Tarzan in 2019.

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For Information:
Michael Tierney/Little Rocket Publications: www.thewildstars.com
Cirsova: www.cirsova.wordpress.com / Twitter: @cirsova


To read what the critics thought of WILD STARS I and II, visit the REVIEWS PAGE.

Michael Tierney's bibliography can be found here!



Mary Tierney painting

For other preview material, you might like the page dedicated to the
impressive oil paintings by Mary Tierney. In the trade paperback they
are reproduced in black & white. They can be seen in their glorious
full color only in the original comics and the new 35th Anniversary
Hardcover edition
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