First look at Mark Millar's 'Apollo 13 meets The Time Machine' comic Chrononauts

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Nov 13, 2014

The mind behind Kick-Ass is cooking up a brand-new sci-fi comic called Chrononauts, and we have a first look at the “Apollo 13 meets The Time Machine” series right here.

Developed by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, The Secret Service) and Sean Murphy (The Wake, Punk Rock Jesus) for Image Comics, Chrononauts is described as an escapist time-travel adventure in the vein of Guardians of the Galaxy or Doctor Who. Plus, with some retro sci-fi attitude and cheeky humor thrown in.

The series basically follows two guys from the future who start bouncing around the time stream interacting with all kinds of different historical eras. It makes for a fun pitch, and with Millar pulling the strings and Murphy on art, it could be one heck of a cool ride. Here’s Millar’s take via Entertainment Weekly:

“‘Man’s first step into the past’ was really the starting point for this, planting an American flag in the soil the day before even Columbus arrives. But of course it all goes horribly wrong and so we have these two guys stranded in the time-stream, trying to get home, but at the same time at this incredible advantage the people around them don’t have. It’s essentially a buddy story about two best friends who can jump around between 16th-century Persia, the American Civil War or New York in the ’20s.”

For anyone who has seen some of Murphy’s previous work, the art should look familiar (in a good way). It continues his specific style that made The Wake such a stunningly cool book, and it sounds like he’s having a good time digging into his bag of retro sci-fi tricks to put it together:

“When Mark first sent me the pitch, I remember showing it to my wife. She looked at me and said, ‘Oh my God—this book is so you!’ I rarely get to work on a script with comedy, so this entire project has been a real treat. For the sci-fi designs, I created the suits to be a bit retro—like F1 racing suits from the 1960s. It’s a bit more fun and whimsical, and fits the tone of the characters better. A lot of sci-fi tries to reinvent the wheel; for Chrononauts, I went through the last three decades and picked a mix of the coolest stuff that would also feel familiar. That way the readers can focus more on the story and less on the tech.”

Millar has conceived the project in mini-arcs, and the first four-issue run is set to hit shelves in March 2015. He also has two more Chrononauts arcs in the pipeline once those arrive.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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