AceShowbiz - Singer The Weeknd is launching a special line of clothing to celebrate the upcoming release of his own Marvel comic book. The "Can't Feel My Face" hitmaker will drop the first issue of "The Weeknd Presents: Starboy" on June 13, but fans will have the opportunity to purchase new Marvel-branded merchandise for the graphic novel from Friday, May 18.
The R&B star announced the news late on Wednesday, May 16 by posting images of the limited edition collection on social media. "Marvel XO 'Vol. I Issue 1' Collection Coming May 18th..." he shared on his Instagram Story timeline.
The musician wrote "The Weeknd Presents: Starboy" with his longtime friend and creative director La Mar Taylor, and Christos Gate. It features artwork by Eric Nguyen and Guru-eFX, and focuses on the rise of local hero Starboy, who comes to the rescue of the citizens of Alphatron, a city terrorised by serial killer and criminal mastermind Jack 'The Chef' Smiley.
The Weeknd, real name Abel Tesfaye, then showed off a selection of T-shirts, hoodies, a crew neck top, a jacket, and a cap featuring his XO trademark and the red and white Marvel logo, with some items also bearing graphics from the comic book.
The Weeknd initially teased the project in September 2017, and confirmed its summer launch in March.
"Marvel is the pinnacle of success in their field and I've been a lifelong fan of their work," he shared in a statement. "To be able to partner with them is a dream come true."
"Starboy" was also the title of The Weeknd's Grammy winning 2016 album.