Mark Russell To Tell The Tale Of A Terminally Ill Man’s Mission To Mars In ‘Traveling To Mars’

by Olly MacNamee

Eisner-Award winning Mark Russell’s next new creator owned series will be with Italian artist, Roberto Meli and Ablaze Publishing/Arcania Studios, entitled Traveling to Mars. As reported by The Beat, Russell and Meli’s sci-fi mini-series chronicles the story of a terminally ill man’s quest to be the first person to travel to the red planet.

Here’s the full synopsis and first look:

“TRAVELING TO MARS tells the story of former pet store manager Roy Livingston, the first human to ever set foot on Mars. Roy was chosen for the unlikely mission for one simple reason: he is terminally ill and has no expectation of returning. Roy is joined on his mission by Leopold and Albert, two Mars rovers equipped with artificial intelligence, who look upon the dying pet store manager as a sort of God. Against the backdrop of not only his waning days but those of human civilization as well, Roy has ample time to think about where things went wrong for both and what it means to be a dying god. A riveting story of planetary exploration and of finding meaning in your final days.”

Russell tells The Beat:

TRAVELING TO MARS is an intimate story about the end of days. Both Roy’s and ours. But Mars is as good a place as any to bow out of existence, I suppose.

And, as this is a Mark Russell written series, expect some thought-provoking themes too, as Rich Young, co-founder of Ablaze explains:

TRAVELING TO MARS is an extraordinary story that invites readers to explore and reflect upon some complex philosophical questions and presents a compelling adventure with a relatable, if unlikely, hero.

Traveling to Mars #1 will be out on Wednesday, November 9th. Now for that sneak peek:

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