Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Inspiracion: Fragged Empire edition - Comics

My books are due for delivery this afternoon from the Fragged Empire Kickstarter, and to say I'm excited is an understatement.  Here's the elevator pitch: Farscape & Firefly's love child is the stage for Milton's Paradise Lost In Spaaaace, but this time Lucifer comes back and wages an apocalyptic war on the Gnostic custodians. After the last Archon falls, the Great Rebel departs for cosmos unknown leaving behind its genetically honed warhost of Nephilim to their own devices. Two hundred or so years later, the various species are jockeying for position and forging a future among the haunted stars.
I've been watching and reading a lot of sci-fi/space opera stuff in anticipation:

Descender, written by Jeff Lemire and drawn by Dustin Nguyen. Colossal robots known as "Harvesters" forcibly downsize galactic civilization, sparking a pogrom of synthetic life. A companion android, who may be the answer to big mysteries, reactivates on the mining colony turned mass grave that was once his home. Drama and suspense ensues as Tim-21 is pursued by specialized bounty hunters and various galactic polities.

Prophet, written by Brandon Graham and drawn by a rotating stable of artists.  In the far flung future, Earth is a squatters paradise for a myriad of alien species as the human race has long since faded into obscurity.  A contingency algorithm awakens John Prophet from stasis, setting him on a quest to revive the comatose Earth Empire from hidden enclaves and assert Humanity's dominance over the cosmos.  It's all very Jack Kirby + Conan + Metal Hurlant, lots of big ideas flung at the wall and stuck to each other, conceptually very dense.
Guardians of the Galaxy, written by Dan Abnett and drawn by Danny Lanning.  Undermanned, under powered, but with plenty of piss & vinegar, this underdog iteration of the Guardians are out to stymie existential threats.  Launched after the back to back Annihilation crossovers, the team includes stalwarts such as Rocket Raccoon, Starlord, Groot, Gamora and Drax as well as Marvel Cosmic deep cuts such as Quasar, Mantis, Adam Warlock and Moondragon.  This run was the basis for the 2014 film, and its definitely one of my favorites.

ODY-C, written by Matt Fraction and drawn by Christian Ward.  It's Homer's Illiad on a galactic scale, the gods are still assholes but the Achean & Trojan heroes are all women.  There are three separate plots following Odysseus, Agememnon, and Menelaus on their separate treks across wine dark space.  The first volume is solid re-skin of the core text, the second volume is where things get really weird.

Moving Pictures next.

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