Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dark comic book series Birdwatching From Mars delayed until early 2010

Dark speculative fiction author Barry Napier announced on his blog that the first issue of Birdwatching From Mars, a forthcoming comic book series written by Napier and illustrated by a team of artists, will not be available for purchase until March 2010. In the meantime, you can read this detailed synopsis of the series:

It’s been six years since the asteroid struck Earth. It seemed to have come out of nowhere and by the time the scrambling defenses of the world even noticed it, there was nothing they could do. This seemed odd, seeing as how the asteroid was roughly the size of California.

In the panic of the world, each nation handled things their own way. In America, a lottery was held; 3,000 people were randomly selected to live in government operated military bunkers -- one beneath Utah and one beneath Virginia. These people survived the impact and, while still alive, are left to live their lives confined to these underground hideaways.

Over their heads, a few scattered survivors roam the landscape. They are beaten, starving, half-mad. A great deal of those that survived the impact became infected with... something... something that has turned them into ravenous monsters that hunt the uninfected. And beyond this horror there is something else; a new creature walks the Earth, beasts that were not part of Earth prior to the impact. The survivors have no idea what to think of these creatures or of the infected humans, but the leaders in the underground compounds are beginning to piece things together.

And they have started to look skyward, towards the heavens, towards our red neighboring planet. Mars, it seems, shares a very similar history with Earth. It is also a planet full of mystery and horrors that astronomers never discovered.

It’s a shame that the secret operation to transport the world’s elite population to a secret base on Mars was not privy to that information. Because as the survivors of Earth fight their own battles, there is a very bloody situation developing on Mars... one that will forever link the two planets in a gruesome inescapable history.

Stay tuned for more info or follow developments yourself on the Birdwatching From Mars blog.

Pictured: A piece of the forthcoming Birdwatching From Mars.


Barry Napier said...

Thanks so much for plugging the project! Work is well underway and we are all very excited about it. I'll be sure to contact you directly as new developments occur. Also, note that our penciler, Luis Puig, has recently worked for NBC, on a limited edition Heroes comic.

Paul said...

Thanks, Barry. Please keep us informed!