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Review – Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe

Space 1999 Aftershock and Awe CoverI didn’t know much about Space: 1999. I never watched the television series and only knew a little from some of the ancillary products that came out around it. I went in to Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe as a blank slate. The art looked cool and I know writer Drew Gaska can do an awesome sci-fi so I dove in.

September 13, 1999: An atomic accident causes the moon to be blown out of orbit and hurled into the unknown, the survivors of the lunar base stationed there launched toward their destiny across the stars. In the wake of this disaster, Earth itself is ravaged by the scientific, environmental, and social repercussions of a world robbed of its moon. Presenting remastered classic material from the ’70s with all-new material created to update the tale for a modern audience.

The graphic novel is really two parts. The first is the lead up and disaster that causes the moon the slingshot into space. If you think this comic is going to be the future as we’d imagine, get rid of that expectation. This is based on a series where 1999 was the future. The computers are huge, technology laughable, but Gaska continues with the original material and doesn’t seem the update the feel at all. There’s no updating the tech or look, this is the future imagined in the 70s. And that’s something I really enjoy about the series. It feels like something I would have found during that time. The writing, the look, it’s retro in a very cool way. My biggest issue was, I was wondering how the Earth was dealing with this catastrophe while reading the first part, which brings us to the second part.

The second part deals exactly with that plot issue, remove the moon from the Earth and all hell will break loose. We see how those connected with those on the Moon deal with the disaster on Earth. I have no idea how realistic that part is, but it has the feel of a disaster movie, beyond entertaining.

So, you have two stories in one here and it’s a lot of fun. The comic feels like something from the 70s, and that’s a good thing. There’s a solid story here, the mishandling of nuclear materials leads to a disaster of epic proportions, at the same time there’s a mysterious planet looking to be explored. Cool disaster story with lots of set up as to what’s to come.

If you’re a fan of the television series or enjoy a solid sci-fi story, do yourself a favor and grab a copy.

Story: Andrew E. C. Gaska Art: Gray Morrow, David Hueso, and Miki

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview – Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe

SPACE: 1999: AFTERSHOCK AND AWE

Original Graphic Novel
Retail Price:
 $24.95 U.S.
Page Count: 152 pages
Format: hardcover, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
On-sale Date: Dec. 12 in comic book stores, Dec. 15-25 in bookstores
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-88-6
Diamond Code: AUG120787
Written by Andrew E. C. Gaska
Illustrated by Gray Morrow, David Hueso, and Miki
Cover by David Hueso and Miki
Rating: T+ – TEEN PLUS (16 and up, may contain moderate violence, moderate profanity use and suggestive themes )

The classic 1970s sci-fi TV series returns with all-new material! September 13, 1999: An atomic accident causes the moon to be blown out of orbit and hurled into the unknown, the survivors of the lunar base stationed there launched toward their destiny across the stars. In the wake of this disaster, Earth itself is ravaged by the scientific, environmental, and social repercussions of a world robbed of its moon. Presenting remastered classic material from the ’70s with all-new material created to update the tale for a modern audience.

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Archaia Announces Two New Digital-First Titles

Archaia Entertainment has announced two new titles to add to their digital-first partnership with comiXology, Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe and Mumbai Confidential.

Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe is the first in a series of hardcover graphic novels based on the late 1970s television show. Written by Drew Gaska with art by David Hueso, Gray Morrow and Miki, the comics are a reintroduction to modern audiences.

The new title reignites this classic property about an atomic accident that sends the moon hurtling out of Earth’s orbit and into deep space. The story begins in Awe, which adapts the pilot episode of SPACE: 1999, “Breakaway,” as seen through the personal logs of Commander John Koenig and Professor Victor Bergman on Moonbase Alpha, expanded to include both new and unfilmed material, and utilizing the remastered art of comics legend Gray Morrow as a basis for this revolutionary retelling of a sci-fi classic. Future digital single issues will continue the story as Aftershock explores the social, political, and environmental impact of this disaster on Earth itself.

Mumbai Confidential is a gritty crime noir with an authentic Indian twist, written by Saurav Mohapatra and painted by Vivek Shinde.

When a grief-stricken bad-cop is the victim of a hit-and-run that also claims the life of a street urchin, he goes off on a mission on his own to discover the identity of the driver. But when the driver turns out to be an over-the-hill, Bollywood B-Movie actor, he finds himself in direct confrontation with his ex-colleagues, who are now de factor gangsters in uniform who use the actors’ movies to launder their money. The digital single issues of Mumbai will feature exclusive, digital-only side stories and editorials from well-known comic luminaries not included in the print edition.

The first chapters of both are available today on comiXology. Both hardcover collected volumes will be available later this year and early 2013, respectively, but the monthly digital releases will debut this week on the comiXology platform — available across iPhone, iPad , Android, Kindle Fire, and the Web.

Archaia Entertainment Targets a July Launch for Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes

Official Press Release

Archaia Entertainment Targets a July Launch for Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes

Features 30 Full-Color Illustrations From The Industry’s Most Acclaimed Artists

CHICAGO (May 23, 2011) – Archaia Entertainment has set July 25th for the release of Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes, its first illustrated novel, through its new book trade distributor Publishers Group West (PGW).

Written by celebrated author, artist, and digital producer Andrew E.C. Gaska, and adapted from a story by Gaska, Rich Handley, Christian Berntsen and Erik Matthews, Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes recounts what happened between the scenes of the classic 1968 Twentieth Century Fox film, centering on the astronaut John Landon, Chimpanzee scientists Dr. Milo and Dr. Galen, and Gorilla Security Chief Marcus. The book contains 30 full-color paintings and another 19 black-and-white illustrations, including a cover by legendary artist Jim Steranko (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and interior art from some of the top talent in the industry, including renowned book cover painter Ken Kelly (Conan, KISS), Joe Jusko (Savage Sword of Conan, Tarzan), Sanjulian (Eerie, Vampirella), Mark Texeira (Ghost Rider, Wolverine), Leo Leibelman (Heavy Metal), Matt Busch (Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica), Brian Rood (Indiana Jones, Star Wars), Tom Scioli (Godland), David Hueso (G.I. Joe: Storm Shadow) and newcomers Dan Dussault (Critical Millennium) and Dirk Shearer (Mice Templar).

Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes marks an expansion of Archaia’s successful collaboration with Gaska, following up on his science fiction comic epic, Critical Millennium: The Dark Frontier, which has received early critical acclaim.

“It means a lot to have this project be set for release and we cannot think of a better partner to have than Archaia with their outstanding production value,” said Gaska. “It’s been a great working partnership with 20th Century Fox and an honor to contribute to this legendary franchise.”

Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes also marks Archaia’s first venture into prose books.

“We’re very excited about our first foray into prose fiction publishing, particularly being able to work with a brilliant creative talent in Drew Gaska and a storied franchise like Planet of the Apes. I’m a huge fan of the original film and Conspiracy is a great example of an author playing successfully in an established narrative canon. We are very excited to introduce this extraordinary science fiction release across the book trade and genre markets and look forward to Conspiracy emerging as one of the year’s most talked-about titles,” said Mark Smylie, CCO of Archaia.

The original Planet of the Apes was an immediate pop-culture phenomenon, spanning decades with several film and television sequels, including the 2001 remake starring Mark Wahlberg and the latest, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, starring 127 Hours star James Franco, Harry Potter’s Tom Felton and Immortals’ Freida Pinto.

About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

About Drew Gaska
For the past decade, Gaska has served as a freelance consultant for Rockstar Games on such hit titles as Grand Theft Auto, Red Dead Redemption, the Midnight Club series, and all other major releases. He is the founder and creative director of BLAM! Ventures, a guerrilla design studio that produces print and digital media for the comic book and science fiction industry. Gaska is currently writing and directing a Space: 1999 revival graphic novel and digital media series – continuing the legacy the show started thirty five years ago – as well as working on various new graphic novel projects.

About Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising
A recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Licensing and Merchandising licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, one of the top suppliers of primetime entertainment programming to the broadcast networks.

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