AfterShock Comics has announced The Last Space Race from writer Peter Calloway and artists Alex Shibao and Natalia Marques, a new sci-fi series about humanity's first contact with an alien ship.
“A massive object - the size of Manhattan - enters the solar system. It isn't a threat, going to harmlessly sail in and out near orbit of Saturn," explained writer Calloway in a statement. "But then the mysteries begin to pile up. Its trajectory isn't effected by Saturn. Its infrared signature is brighter than it should be. When Hubble is turned toward it to get a high resolution picture, the truth comes out. It is a massive alien space ship. But, oddly, it's not responding to any hails. Who built it? Why is it here? What does it want? And perhaps most importantly: how many technological secrets can be learned by the first ones that get there. Thus launches humanity's Last Space Race."
According to Calloway, his inspiration for The Last Space Race is the exploratory high science fiction of writers such as Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov.
"I'm excited for this book to come out because I'm a science nerd," he explained. "I believe humans are - at our core - explorers. Whether that's in art, history, entertainment or in science, the best possible versions of ourselves are asking questions and trying to dig deeper, learn more. There is no place more unexplored or more important to our long term survival than space. And yet - as a country - we seem to have given up."
"Well, that's not entirely true," Calloway admitted. "While the US government has given up (see: the end of Space Shuttle missions), there are several people who haven't. Elon Musk. Jeff Bezos. Richard Branson. It's private citizens that have taken over the quest for space exploration. And The Last Space Race reflects that: they are ones who are racing to get there. If, of course, they ever do.”
The Last Space Race #1 is due out on shelves October 9. Here's the full solicitation for the first issue:
THE LAST SPACE RACE #1
$3.99 / 32 pages / color / on sale 10.09.18
Writer: Peter Calloway
Artist: Alex Shibao
Colorist: Natalia Marques
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover A: Alex Shibao w/ Natalia Marques
Cover B: Juan Doe
It started as an anomaly. An outlier in the noise that’s so common in astronomical data. But the truth sends the United States—and the world—careening into what will become humanity’s LAST SPACE RACE.
Leading the effort for the United States is one man, Sasha Balodis. A fun-loving tech billionaire turned aerospace titan, Sasha’s seemingly perfect life has been gripped by recent tragedy. Building and launching the most expensive, most ambitious and most important project in history—well, it gives him something to live for again.
There’s only one thing standing in his way: his arch-rival and chief aerospace competitor, Roger Freeman.
Written by Peter Calloway (TV’s Legion, Cloak & Dagger, Under the Dome) and drawn by Alex Shibao (Independence Day), THE LAST SPACE RACE is an imaginative investigation into wonder, hope and humanity’s grandest purpose—a truly original story AfterShock couldn’t be more fired up to tell.