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The alien origins of humanity are revealed in STARSHIP DOWN from Dark Horse

The sci-fi political thriller by Justin Giampaoli, Andrea Mutti, Vladimir Popov, and Sal Cipriano is due out in March.

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Dark Horse Comics has announced Starship Down, a new four-issue miniseries that explores what happens when humanity is faced with the truth about itself. Written by Justin Giampaoli, illustrated by Andrea Mutti and Vladimir Popov, and lettered by Sal Cipriano, the sci-fi series follows an anthropologist who discovers an ancient alien ship.

Here’s how Dark Horse describes Starship Down:

Starship Down follows cultural anthropologist Jocelyn Young after the earth-shattering discovery of an extraterrestrial ship buried deep under the ice of Siberia.

As she consults with US Naval Intelligence on the investigation, meddling Russians, Vatican officials, media spotlight, and her own insecurities threaten her efforts to keep the fabric of society from crumbling as mankind discovers its startling origin.

The series sounds fascinating, part high concept sci-fi story and part political thriller. the series is the latest collaboration between Giampaoli and Mutti, who have previously worked together on Rome West for Dark Horse.

Check out the cover to the first issue, as well as the full text of the publisher’s announcement of the series, below. Starship Down #1 is due out in stores and digitally in March 2020.

Starship Down #1

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (December 18, 2019), Creators Justin Giampaoli (Thirteen Minutes), Andrea Mutti (Rebels), alongside colorist Vladimir Popov (Relics of Youth), and letterer Sal Cipriano (Invisible Kingdom), bring you the new sci-fi miniseries Starship Down.

Starship Down follows cultural anthropologist Jocelyn Young after the earth-shattering discovery of an extraterrestrial ship buried deep under the ice of Siberia.

As she consults with US Naval Intelligence on the investigation, meddling Russians, Vatican officials, media spotlight, and her own insecurities threaten her efforts to keep the fabric of society from crumbling as mankind discovers its startling origin.

“Starship Down is a sci-fi drama that was truly an exercise in “write the type of story you want to read.” The heart of the story is really about finding your true place in the world, in a way that’s not bound by what’s come before.

Dark Horse is such a welcoming publisher, home of so many daring and off-beat genre mashups. It seemed like the perfect place for a fun thriller full of rich social issues to examine and Andrea is a dream collaborator with a true eye for sci-fi. He understands that attention to detail helps sell the world, but he also delivers the type of raw emotion and humanity that readers need to connect with in order to care.”—Justin Giampaoli

“Starship Down is the sum of many narrative aspects that I love: history, science fiction, technology, myths, legends and religion … joined with adventure and the solid presence of non-two-dimensional characters. It remains pure entertainment but touches very profound social and emotional aspects, a fine example of how a comic can range and touch themes of a certain level.”—Andrea Mutti

Starship Down #1 (of four) arrives March 18, 2020 and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop now.