Epic space opera comic series World Reader to feature dead worlds and cosmic ghosts

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Jan 26, 2017, 12:30 PM EST

AfterShock Comics is about to add a chilling new sci-fi tale to its quickly expanding roster.

World Reader will follow the adventures of a psychic astronaut named Sarah who can talk to the ghosts of dead worlds. The story hails from Jimmy Kimmel Live! writer Jeff Loveness, who got some great reviews for his Groot Marvel Comics series (he's also currently working on Marvel's new Nova comic book title), and artist Juan Doe (American Monster, Animosity: The Rise).

According to AfterShock Comics, the series is meant to appeal to “fans of Arrival, Interstellar and The Expanse.” Now, being a huge fan of The Expanse and all things weird and wonderful in space myself, that definitely gets my attention! Here's an official synopsis:

Meet Sarah, an astronaut traveling from dead planet to dead planet, talking to the ghosts of dead worlds ... as she fights to discover the secret that’s killing the universe. But Death doesn’t give up its secrets so easily, and as she’s hunted from planet to planet, Sarah struggles to maintain the trust of her crew and her own sanity in the endless ocean of lives. Every world has a story, and if she can find the secret tying them all together, she can save Earth from being the next world to die.

Here’s what Jeff Loveness said in an official statement:

"When [editor in chief] Mike Marts and AfterShock offered me my first creator-owned series, I tried to pitch the biggest idea I could think of. I've always loved big, existential sci-fi that takes a swing at the Universe. Films like [Andrei] Tarkovsky's Solaris and 2001, mixed with modern ones like Contact and Arrival and Ray Bradbury sci-fi were huge huge influences on this story.

AfterShock gave me the freedom to combine spirituality, sci-fi, and horror with Cosmogony and Apocalypse narratives in every issue. We've got a psychic astronaut traveling to dead worlds, talking to space ghosts and trying to figure out what's killing life across the Universe .... Should have something fun and weird for everybody."

Artist Juan Doe added that World Reader “brings to the forefront the questions humans have had from the beginning of civilization, the questions of origins and why we were created, and it is very much an operatic space thriller with some nice twists and turns.”

World Reader is slated to launch on April 19. Dig into these few pages from the comic book below and let us know what you think.

(via THR)