Rell is your typical space mercenary except for the fact she has a halo. The halo is part of a 3D hologram she projects as her appearance—and it’s a technology a lot of people would like to get their hands on. Meanwhile, Rell would just like to get rid of her halo so people don’t project their angel fantasies on her—and her new job searching space for the huge floating body of the dead god Det’houna isn’t helping.
That’s the set up for Halogen #1 by Josh Tierney, Afu Chan and Giannis Milonogiannis, a lively SF tale set on a space station with two levels—¨p top for the good guys, and down below for the space mercenaries who hang out in bars. There’s a lot of back story and set-up crammed into the first issue but it’s all executed by Chan with the great character designs that are his signature. All sorts of aliens, robots and floating dead space gods jump out at the pages—comics world building reporting for duty.
Halogen #1 is the first issue of a four part series from Archaia, the first issue goes on sale March 4, and the FOC is today so do your thing.
HaloGen #1 (of 4)
Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Author: Josh Tierney
Artist: Afu Chan
Main: Afu Chan
10 Years Incentive Cover: Ramón K. Pérez
Incentive Cover: Giannis Milonogiannis
Format: 32 pages, full color
WHY WE LOVE IT: We’ve published four books thus far in Josh Tierney’s Spera series because we simply love his characters and storytelling. Now, he teams up with fellow webcomic creators Afu Chan (Spera) and Giannis Milonogiannis (Old City Blues, Prophet) for a new creator-owned, sci-fi adventure.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Having first collaborated on the Eisner Award-nominated Spera series, the creative team behind HaloGen is no stranger to kick-butt ladies, epic world-building, and sweeping adventures. This time they’re strapping on their sci-fi boots for a series perfect for fans of Prophet, Rocket Girl, and The Fifth Element.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: There’s a rumor on Cityship Q that the gigantic body of a dead god was found floating in space. Rell, an agent woking for the HaloGen organization, is tasked with finding the location of the god and retrieving it by any means necessary. Using her ability to form hyper-realistic holograms, Rell is about to take on the first mission she might not be able to finish.
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