Real Name: Suzanne Selby

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Prisoner;
    former migrant worker, Roxxon limestone plant worker

Group Membership: None

Affiliations: Avengers (Black Widow/Natalia Romanova, Blade/Eric Brooks, Captain America/Steve Rogers, Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers, Ghost Rider/Robbie Reyes, She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, Thor/Thor Odinson), Boy-Thing, Silver Surfer (Norrin Radd), Space Coyotes

Enemies: Firelord (Pyreus Kril), Gladiator (Kallark), the Shi'ar, Terrax (Tyros)

Known Relatives: Unidentified daughter (Starbrand)

Aliases: "Madam"

Base of Operations: Ravenstarr Prison Galaxy;
    formerly Kansas City, Kansas, USA

First Appearance: (mentioned): Avengers VII#27 (January, 2020);
    (fully seen): Avengers VII#29 (March, 2020)

Powers/Abilities: As a host for the Star Brand, Suzanne Selby could project interstellar energy and fly through space unaided. In times of intense pain, Starbrand would assume a flaming energy form and would lose control of the energy emanating from her body.

Height: Unrevealed
Weight: Unrevealed
Eyes: Blue (glowing yellow when manifesting powers)
Hair: Strawberry blonde

History: (Avengers VII#30 (fb)) - Suzanne Selby worked at a Roxxon limestone plant in Kansas City, Kansas for fifteen years before the plant closed and moved to Madripoor. Out of work, the pregnant Selby and her boyfriend were recruited by the Space Coyotes, ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. agents who trafficked aliens. Smuggled into the Shi'ar Empire alongside numerous other alien migrant workers, Selby became a grape picker, barely making ends meet and not able to afford a trip back to Earth. Not long after Selby was separated from her boyfriend somewhere in the Reiggart System, Selby was caught by the Shi'ar border patrol as she was picking krawberries for three imperial credits a day. Detained as an illegal alien, Selby was taken to a holding moon, where she remained for weeks until she was brought before the Shi'ar Intergalactic Immigration Court and sentenced to three years in the Ravenstarr Prison Galaxy with her unborn child sentenced to two years, pending birth. While being transported to Ravenstarr, Earth's Star Brand chose Selby as its latest host and its power exploded outward from Selby's form. Destroying her transport craft, Selby, now transformed into the new Starbrand, flew out into Ravenstarr as she went into labor.

(Avengers VII#27 (fb) - BTS) - As Selby's Star Brand power fluctuated during her labor, the power flared out, burning Star Brand-like scars onto the foreheads of Shi'ar soldiers who retreated from the Ravenstarr Prison Galaxy in an escape pod. Majestor Gladiator of the Shi'ar Empire later visited the surviving Shi'ar officers that had returned from Ravenstarr and saw the Star Brand-shaped burns on their foreheads. Speaking to the captive former Ravenstarr prisoner, the Brood Zeta 987-349, Gladiator was warned that "murder star would brand him" by the Brood before Gladiator slaughtered the alien. Gladiator then traveled into space towards Ravenstarr, seeing a Star Brand-shape flare in the sky around the prison galaxy and informing his subordinates to contact the Avengers.

As the Avengers prepared for their mission into space, She-Hulk thought about recent cryptic warnings that an all-seeing Daredevil had recently provided and how Captain America thought the Star Brand might have something to do with their impending space mission. Thinking of how the previous Star Brand host had exploded, She-Hulk wondered if this new Starbrand might be able to answer questions She-Hulk had about her new powers, hoping that the new Starbrand was not as lost as she was.

(Avengers VII#28 (fb) - BTS) - Learning of the new Starbrand, three former Galactus heralds (Silver Surfer, Firelord and Terrax) banded together to find and destroy the new Starbrand.

(Avengers VII#27 - BTS) - Days after they ventured into the Ravenstarr Prison Galaxy, the Avengers found themselves trapped by the prisoners' magnetic webs and Captain America thought to himself how they had not heard from the Shi'ar in days nor had they had any contact with the new Starbrand other than seeing its effects. While Captain America subsequently battled a Brood-infected Thor, the lost Ghost Rider, Black Widow, Blade and Boy-Thing drove through the Ravenstarr Prison Galaxy, passing several prison planets with Star Brand-like burns.

(Avengers VII#28 - BTS) - Following the defeat of the Brood-infected Thor, Captain America and Captain Marvel discussed how they needed to find the new Starbrand and get back to Earth before Thor lost whatever was left of his true self. Captain America felt that the sooner they found the Starbrand, the sooner they could save their teammate. When Ghost Rider and his group of Avengers were attacked by the Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider confronted the Surfer and learned that they both sought the new Starbrand. The Surfer suggested the Avengers leave Starbrand to him but Ghost Rider refused, suggesting the Surfer was scared of the Starbrand that none of them had yet met. The two then battled, during which the Surfer commented that the Avengers wanted the Starbrand because they were assembling the primordial forces whether they realized it or not. The Surfer eventually caused Ghost Rider's Hell-Charger to crash onto a nearby prison planet, at which the Avengers received a communication from Gladiator informing them that he had found the new Starbrand.

(Avengers VII#29) - When the Hell-Charger was attacked by former Ravenstarr prisoners, Black Widow donned her War Widow armor and fought them off, offering to spare his life in exchange for information as to the whereabouts of the new Starbrand. Before the prisoner could fully reveal the location, however, Silver Surfer killed him and warned that the Avengers would not get to find Starbrand. Insisting that the Avengers could not do what was necessary involving the Starbrand, the Surfer accused the Widow of letting entire worlds burn for the life of one human life, tipping off the Widow that the new Starbrand was from Earth. Defeating Black Widow, the Surfer explained that Starbrand's fate had already been decided but he was soon engaged by Blade, who wore Boy-Thing as a suit of armor to battle the Surfer. The heroes fought Silver Surfer until a nearby prison planet exploded in Star Brand-shaped flames, tipping all off to the new Starbrand's location. While Ghost Rider's team of Avengers and Silver Surfer prepared to follow the stellar energy pangs of the new Starbrand, Captain America's group was fighting Terrax and Firelord, who insisted that the Star Brand should never have existed in the first place. Fighting Terrax one-on-one, She-Hulk thought how this new Starbrand needed the Avengers' help to control her newfound powers and subsequently blasted Terrax with gamma energy as Firelord remarked that the Avengers could not even protect their teammate Thor, much less a Star Brand host. Firelord then proclaimed himself the herald of the new Starbrand's death until his fight with Captain Marvel was interrupted by the same Star Brand energy spike witnessed by Ghost Rider's group elsewhere. As the Avengers realized that the new Starbrand's powers had fully awoken, Gladiator confronted Suzanne Selby and ordered her to stand down. Refusing, Selby blasted Gladiator and expressed her pain and how she had not wished to be possessed of the Star Brand's power. As Gladiator sentenced the Starbrand to death, she insisted that she could not control her powers when her pain grew and that she had not meant to earlier burn some of the other Ravenstarr prison planets. Despite Starbrand's pleas, Gladiator continued his sentence, adding to the death sentence Selby's unborn child, prompting Selby to threaten to destroy the entire galaxy to save her child.

(Avengers VII#30 (fb)) - Refusing to allow Gladiator to harm her baby, Selby blasted Gladiator with the Star Brand's energies while Gladiator offered him sympathies and tried to explain that th Star Brand was too powerful to be allowed free. Gladiator was then attacked by the Brood-infected Thor as Terrax and Thor arrived on the scene and the exhausted Selby collapsed. Before Terrax could kill Selby, Captain Marvel attacked him and reported back to the other Avengers that she had found the new Starbrand. Silver Surfer arrived soon after and, after seeing that Selby was pregnant, attempted to halt Terrax's attack to discuss the matter but Terrax opted to kill all present combatants. Ghost Rider, Blade, Boy-Thing and Black Widow arrived moments later and Ghost Rider suggested getting Selby into his Hell-Charger and out of there but Captain Marvel informed Ghost Rider that Selby was in no state to be moved. Captain Marvel then reported a medical emergency and Captain America and She-Hulk arrived, warning the former Galactus heralds and Gladiator to stay away from Selby. Surfer agreed to spare Selby but Gladiator insisted that both Selby and her child were dead the moment the Star Brand made Selby its host. Determined to help Selby, She-Hulk absorbed Selby's pain-triggered Star Brand energy projections as Captain America helped Selby deliver her daughter. The other Avengers battled Gladiator and the Galactus Heralds while a laboring Selby announced that she needed to get herself and her baby back to Earth. Unfortunately, Selby died in childbirth as Captain America successfully delivered Selby's newborn daughter.

Returning to Earth with Selby's infant daughter, Captain America informed Black Panther how the Star Brand had bonded with the pregnant Selby inside the Ravenstarr Prison Galaxy. Black Panther remarked that he could imagine how that went when Gladiator found Selby and Captain America replied that if Black Panther thought Gladiator had tried to kill Selby, he was right. As Captain America further explained Selby's story to Black Panther, Black Panther revealed that she had been identified as Kansas resident Suzanne Selby and informed the other Avengers of Selby's origins. Upon hearing the story, Captain America informed Black Panther that Selby had died in childbirth despite all efforts to revive her. Looking at Selby's corpse, Captain America then asked Black Panther if had been able to find Selby's next of kin but Black Panther replied that Selby had none.

(Avengers VII#32 - BTS) - When Tony Stark returned to the Avengers, he jokingly asked Thor if Suzanne Selby's daughter was his child and wondered if Selby had disclosed her status during the Avengers' encounter with her. Thor assured Stark that Selby's infant daughter was not Stark's child and explained that while the Avengers might have failed Suzanne Selby, they would fiercely protect Selby's daughter.

Comments: Created by Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness, Paco Medina and Mark Morales.

Suzanne Selby's height & weight was impossible to approximate as she only shown either in flashback not near anyone whose height & weight have been officially determined or in present hunched over or laying down.

Profile by Proto-Man.

Starbrand (Suzanne Selby) has no known connections to:

images: (without ads)
Avengers VII#30, p14, splash page (Starbrand, main image)
Avengers VII#30, p11, pan3 (Suzanne Selby, headshot)
Avengers VII#30, p11, pan2 (Suzanne Selby pre-transformation)
Avengers VII#30, p13, pan4 (transformation)
Avengers VII#29, p18, pan3 (Starbrand in energy form)
Avengers VII#29, p20, splash page (Starbrand manifesting the Star Brand power)
Avengers VII#30, p3, pan2 (Starbrand projecting stellar energy)

Avengers VII#27 (January, 2020) - Jason Aaron (writer), Ed McGuinness (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#28 (February, 2020) - Jason Aaron (writer), Ed McGuinness (pencils), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#29 (March, 2020) - Jason Aaron (writer), Paco Medina, Ed McGuinness (pencils, inks), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#30 (March, 2020) - Jason Aaron (writer), Ed McGuinness (pencils), Francesco Manna (pencils, inks), Mark Morales (inks), Tom Brevoort (editor)
Avengers VII#32 (May, 2020) - Jason Aaron (writer), Ed McGuinness, Francesco Manna (art), Tom Brevoort (editor)

First Posted: 05/17/2020
Last updated: 05/17/2020

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