Dark Horse Comics has announced Starship Down, a new four-issue sci-fi mini-series debuting in March 2020. Written by Justin Giampaoli, illustrated by Andrea Mutti, colored by Vladimir Popov, and lettered by Sal Cipriano, the comic follows Jocelyn Young, a cultural anthropologist who discovers an extraterrestrial ship buried deep under the ice of Siberia. She consults with US Naval Intelligence while meddling Russians, Vatican officials, media spotlight, and her own insecurities threaten her efforts to keep the fabric of society from falling apart all around her.
Writer Justin Giampaoli says:
Starship Down is a sci-fi drama that was truly an exercise in “write the type of story you want to read.” The heart of the story is really about finding your true place in the world, in a way that’s not bound by what’s come before. Dark Horse is such a welcoming publisher, home of so many daring and off-beat genre mashups. It seemed like the perfect place for a fun thriller full of rich social issues to examine and Andrea is a dream collaborator with a true eye for sci-fi. He understands that attention to detail helps sell the world, but he also delivers the type of raw emotion and humanity that readers need to connect with in order to care.
Starship Down has a great vibe to it, like a sci-fi thriller. Based on the description and the creators involved, I’m definitely interested.
Artist Andrea Mutti added:
Starship Down is the sum of many narrative aspects that I love: history, science fiction, technology, myths, legends and religion … joined with adventure and the solid presence of non-two-dimensional characters. It remains pure entertainment but touches very profound social and emotional aspects, a fine example of how a comic can range and touch themes of a certain level.
Starship Down #1 is set for release on March 18th, 2020.