It’s been said, more than once in this particular column, that the science fiction genre has become an extremely popular mainstay in comics over the last half decade. And we reader are the luckier for it!
This Wednesday, like many Wednesdays before it, showcases a new number, a new entrant, into the pantheon of recent sci-fi.
Follow me after the jump for a look at Rafael Albuquerque’s newest creator owned series, Ei8ht!
Written by: Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson
Illustrated by: Rafael Albuquerque
Published by: Dark Horse Comics
Time travel. It’s a tricky thing, isn’t it? Travel back to the Jurassic age, step on a butterfly and BOOM! The Axis powers won the Second World War! That’s how it works, right?
Well, maybe not always.
Like I mentioned earlier, science fiction, especially, reality-altering, hardcore science fiction, has gone quite mainstream in comics over the last few years, and every comic book publisher is getting in on the action. Take a look at space-time love story of Trillium by Jeff Lemire, published by Vertigo Comics; or the hard science of FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics (once known as Collider), by Simon Oliver and Robbi Rodriguez, also published by Vertigo Comics. Of course, there’s also the madcap dimension jumping of Black Science by Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera and Dean White, published by Image Comics. That’s only to name a few.
Add Ei8htto that list.
A five-issue mini series fro Dark Horse Comics, Ei8ht is written and illustrated by fan-favourite Rafael Albuquerque, best known for his American Vampire series, along with Mike Johnson, also on writing duties. It tells the fast-paced science sci-fi story of the time-jumping chrononaut (one of the best words, ever!) Joshua, stuck in a place called the Meld – an inhospitable dimension in time. He has no memory or feedback form the team of scientist that sent him. All he has is gut instinct, some future technology…and, mysteriously, the number “8” written on his arm.
As a beautiful looking mini-series, one that moves quickly, shifting between various time periods, Ei8ht should prove to be a classic sci-fi mystery in the making! You can take a sneak peak of it right here.
Don’t wait for the future, and don’t look back on the past. Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Eight #1!