SDCC 2018: Mankind Enters The Last Space Race This October With Aftershock

by James Ferguson

Space is something that has fascinated us for ages. We wonder what else is out there and if we’re alone in this universe. With the possibility of civilian space travel on the way, it is an exciting time to be a space enthusiast. You won’t have to train like an astronaut to be one. That’s inspiring and adventurous, which is the exact tone and feel of The Last Space Race, a new series coming in October from AfterShock Comics.

The Last Space Race is written by Peter Calloway, illustrated by Alex Shibao, colored by Natalia Marques, and lettered by Marshall Dillon. It starts when a strange anomaly is detected entering the solar system. This massive structure turns out to be an alien ship and it’s not responding to any hails. Questions arise as to what it is and where it came from. How many technological secrets does it contain? This spawns a race to the stars by private citizens looking to get their hands on space age patents.

Writer Peter Calloway says:

I’m excited for this book to come out because I’m a science nerd. 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.

The Last Space Race sounds like it’s packed with the kind of awe-inspiring science fiction we don’t see as often as I’d like. Calloway recommends it for fans of Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, and Stanley Kubrick. That’s a pretty impressive trio of creators.

The first issue of The Last Space is scheduled for release on October 9th, 2018. It will feature a regular cover by Alex Shibao with Natalia Marques and another by Juan Doe.

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