AfterShock Comics has announced Midnight Vista, a new sci-fi tale following a young man and his step-father after they’re both abducted by aliens. The series is written by Eliot Rahal, illustrated by Clara Meath, colored by Mark Englert, and lettered by Taylor Esposito.
Midnight Vista stars Oliver Flores and his step-father, Nomar Perez. They turned right onto Midnight Vista Road and disappeared. At least, that’s how it looked to everyone else. In reality, they were abducted by aliens. The police declare them legally dead. To everyone else in Albuquerque, Oliver was the “Milk Carton Kid.” His story became a cautionary tale of a young boy who was kidnapped and killed by his step-dad.
Years later, Oliver shows up in town again. He’s fully grown and he remembers everything…but no one believes him. This is loosely based on a real life experience Rahal had as a child. He says:
Yes. It’s a weird thing to type on the page… but when I was a child I believe I had a close encounter and, as a result, have a couple of hours of missing time. It’s a much longer and complicated story than that — one that I’ve been telling for a really long time. And Midnight Vista is the latest incarnation of it. That event — whatever it was — was the most important thing that ever happened up until meeting my wife and getting married. It has shaped a lot of my personality. It’s a vital part of my experience. And the craziest part all of it is… I barely remember any of it.
Midnight Vista has a similar vibe as Birthright from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment, but replace the fantasy elements with sci-fi. This feels darker in some ways though and reminds me a bit of Fire in the Sky, which is a movie that freaked me out as a kid and I still can’t really watch as an adult.
On working with Eliot and the rest of the creative team, artist Clara Meath says:
Everything has been stellar (pun intended)! Mike and Christina are great editors, very encouraging and communicative. Eliot is awesome, hands down; he goes out of his way to be engaging, validating and supportive. Full time creative work can sometimes be isolating and exhausting, and Eliot gets that my wellbeing is directly tied to the wellbeing of the project, and keeps an eye out for both. His writing is clever, poignant, and very funny at unexpected moments; he gives just the right amount of information to leave me free to be creative and really lean into visual storytelling.
Midnight Vista #1 features a main cover by Juan Doe and a 1:10 incentive cover by Rahzzah. It’s set for release on September 4th, 2019.