No, I’m not sure what it is with Kickstarter and Eclipse Comics right now (past that Eclipse had a fine lineup over the years), but there’s another old Eclipse title worth your attention. Unlike Scout, this one is a reprint, not a continuation. Aztec Ace is an early 80s time travel adventure bouncing between the 23rd century and Aztec times featuring Caza (the titular Ace), the 1930s native Bridget Chronopolis who stumbles into wake, the floating head of Sigmund Freud and the villainous Nine-Crocodile.
The series was written by Doug Moench (Batman, Master of Kung Fu, Moon Knight) and drawn by several people, notably Dan Day and Thomas Yeates.
I happened to pick up the full run at a convention a couple years back, so I’ll vouch for it. I thought it held up well and it ought to appeal to anyone who likes their Doctor Who best when they’re doing a high adventure plot. It’s not exactly a Doctor Who format, but it’s compatible and has a similar tone and feel at times. I do wonder if this version of Freud was an influence on Bob the Skull in The Dresden Files?
Official PR follows:
IDW Publishing’s It’s Alive! imprint has announced plans to publish the first-ever collection of the time-traveling Indy cult comic book hit from the 1980s, Aztec Ace! In support of the project, It’s Alive has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, which can be found at:
Aztec Ace: The Complete Collection will be a 500+ page, action-packed, intellectual, time-travel adventure starring a citizen of the original Aztec Empire named Caza (AKA Ace). Traveling between the ancient world and the 23rd century, Ace – along with his pupil Bridget Chronopolis and his navigator, the floating disembodied head of Sigmund Freud – struggles to save his own dimension from time paradoxes created by his enemy, the mysterious Nine-Crocodile.
Aztec Ace was originally created and written by legendary Batman scribe and Moon Knight creator Doug Moench, edited by Cat Yronwode, and illustrated by a host of talented artists including Dan Day, Michael Hernandez, Ron Harris, and Thomas Yeates.
This collection will mark the first time the original issues of Aztec Ace have seen print in any form since their original publication in 1984 by Eclipse Comics. This project also marks It’s Alive! publisher Drew Ford’s return to large-format, all-encompassing collections, such as The Puma Blues by Stephen Murphy and Michael Zulli, and U.S.S. Stevens: The Collected Stories by Sam Glanzman, both Eisner Award nominees. Ford has launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover the costs of development, which include a new foreword, intro, and cover, plus the digital scans and restoration of all 15 original issues.
To help meet the funding goals (and stretch goals), the Kickstarter will be offering exclusive, one-of-a-kind Aztec Ace sketches from some of the top talents in comics today! Superstar artists including Bill Sienkiewicz, Paul Pope, Jeff Lemire, Michael Avon Oeming, Kelley Jones, Joe Staton, and more have already created Aztec Acesketches, which will become available for purchase at different times during the campaign!
Stretch Goals include a cover gallery of all original 15 covers from the series, a sketch gallery of all the one-of-a-kind Aztec Ace sketches, an Aztec Ace short story written by Doug Moench and illustrated by Tim Sale, and the publication of a never-before-seen 52-page Aztec Acescript by Doug Moench.
The campaign also offers Early Bird Specials on PDFs, books, t-shirts, and even original pages of Aztec Ace art by Dan Day! These Specials will only be available until June 6th!
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.