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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Sci-Fi

A coming of age space story, flying saucers, The Mother Of All Evil Gods, Captain Kirk's non-canon adventures, George Orwell, and Manuele Fior's much anticipated new project round up this batch of sci-fi solicitations.



(W) Magdalene Visaggio (A/CA) Claudia Aguirre

It's 2381, and Basil Miranda, on the verge of graduation, knows exactly what she's doing with the rest of her life and always has: a primo assignment on the best ship in the fleet alongside her best friend in the world. She has meticulously prepared herself, and the final Fleet Exam is tomorrow. But what if none of that is what she really wants? And why hasn't she ever asked herself that before?

Lost on Planet Earth is the latest expectation-defying series from Visaggio, the Eisner-nominated writer of Kim & Kim and Eternity Girl. Lost on Planet Earth reunites Visaggio with artist Aguirre. The pair previously collaborated on Kim & Kim and created the acclaimed series Morning in America; they are joined by letterer Zakk Saam and editor Joe Corallo.

o Collects the original digital series Lost on Planet Earth.


Why this caught my eye:

Fans of Kim & Kim should definitely check this out, and I like the coming of age in space approach.



(A) Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino, Wallace Wood, Gene Fawcette, Jack Sparling

Here it comes, blasting into orbit! Just take a look - there's Captain Rocket, Attack on Planet Mars, Flying Saucers, Robotmen of the Lost Planet, and Space Man! All reproduced completely from cover to cover, just like the original comic and absolutely crammed with tales of science fiction, fantasy, horror and suspense created by the absolute cream of 1950's comic book talent including Gene Fawcette, Joe Kubert, Carmine Infantino, Wally Wood and Jack Sparling.


Why this caught my eye:

First, just look at that cover. Second, that's an impressive group of creators, and this sounds like a dense chunk of sci-fi fun.



(CA) Alexis Zirritt

"The series drips cosmic craziness... a fantastic blend of psychedelic color schemes and science fiction. It feels like a love letter to Kirby and psychedelic 70s rock posters." (-Graphic Policy)

It's been twenty years since the riders defeated the DESTROYER GOD OF EVIL and saved the galaxy. But when THE MOTHER OF ALL EVIL GODS appears and threatens to take control of every dimension and every strain of possible reality, the now cybernetically-enhanced ex-riders will come together and travel into her mind to ASSASSINATE HER SOUL!

It's a suicidal mission into an infinite vortex of blood and death!

Collects issues 1-4. MAR211158

Why this caught my eye:

You can't really go wrong with "Travel into her mind to ASSASSINATE HER SOUL!"



(W) Chris Claremont (A/CA) Adam Hughes

Don't miss the classic Star Trek tale by comic legends Chris Claremont and Adam Hughes, represented in an oversized magazine format. In this stunning adventure, Captain Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise find themselves teamed up with the Klingons and Romulans to fight a galactic threat that no government dares admit exists.


Why this caught my eye:

I'm not the biggest Claremont fan but I do appreciate nice oversized reprints. The Hughes artwork should offset the overly chatty elements of Claremont's scripting, and if you're in the mood for what's now basically a non-continuity What If for Star Trek this should be fun.



(W) George Orwell (A/CA) Fido Nesti

One of the most influential books of the twentieth century gets the graphic treatment in this first-ever adaptation of George Orwell's 1984. In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called the Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a deadly match against the powers that be. With evocative, immersive art from Fido Nesti, this vision of George Orwell's dystopian masterpiece provides a new perspective for longtime fans but is also an accessible entry point for young readers and adults who have yet to discover the iconic story that is still so relevant today.


Why this caught my eye:

I'm a fan of the idea of populating classrooms and libraries with various graphic novel adaptations of classics, the more iterations the better. That way educators can pick and choose versions or have their classes run comparisons. Nesti's artwork is an interesting fit for this story as well, it kind of gives me some Seth vibes.



(W) Manuele Fior (A) Manuele Fior

This highly anticipated new graphic novel from Manuele Fior (The Interview and 5,000 KM Per Second) showcases his singular talents as a once-in-a-generation visual artist and a deeply empathetic writer who uses science fiction to look to the future of humanity.

The "Great Invasion" originated from the sea. It moved north across the mainland. Many fled, while some took refuge on a small concrete island called Celestia, built over a thousand years ago. Now cut off from the mainland, Celestia has become an outpost for criminals and other misfits, as well as a refuge for a group of young telepaths. Events push two of them, Dora and Pierrot, to flee the island and set sail to the mainland. There, they discover a world on the precipice of a metamorphosis, though also a world where adults are literally prisoners of their own fortresses, unintentionally preserving the "old world" at a time when a new generation could guide society towards a better humanity.

Celestia is the most ambitious and successful graphic novel to date by one of the world's most exciting storytellers.


Why this caught my eye:

I'm really loving the look of the previews, and this just sounds like an ambitious bit of sci-fi.


I fell really behind on showcases a bit ago, so I have more sci-fi I'll showcase on the next batch!

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