Jonathan Hickman says his new space opera series Frontier is "like Star Trek, but super depressing."
Set in a future where humanity has been expelled from a galactic alliance, the Earth is allowed back in once the alliance goes to war in order to shore up their numbers.
"I just wanted the story to reflect kind of how I feel about society right now. Like, why would we assume expansion is going to work out? I mean, I have hope, but that’s it, any expectation I had as a kid when I first started reading this stuff — that the future, or exploration, or colonization is guaranteed — is nonexistent,” Hickman told Polygon. “I have hope, but the idea that some species would take a long, hard look at humanity and think, ‘Yeah, those guys look awesome, got to have them in our utopian society, immediately’ seems like wishful thinking."
Though Hickman has increased his output of creator-owned work since wrapping Secret Wars at Marvel, Frontier is unique in that Hickman is drawing the series himself in addition to writing.
"It’s been about eight years since I’ve flown solo and I’m a little rusty so Andy Kuhn is helping me with layouts. But other than that, it’s all me."
Fontier's first arc will feature expanded 56-page issues, and will hit shelves in November.