Written by James Ferguson
Published on Sunday, 20 July 2014 16:41
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The Fuse: Volume 1 Coming in August
There are all kinds of cool crime stories in comics lately. You know what's making them different? They're in space! Red City and Roche Limit are the two most recent additions to this newish sub-genre, but The Fuse was there before either of them. (All three are published by Image Comics too.) The first arc of the sci-fi murder mystery series by Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood is getting collected in August.
The trade paperback, entitled The Russia Shift, takes place 22,000 miles above Earth. It's here that a five mile long steel city called Midway orbits, housing a half million people. When two “cablers” -- Midway's discarded and derelict – turn up dead in front of city hall, newcomer Detective Ralph Dietrich and veteran detective Klementina Ristovych are on the case. What a great way to get to know each other as they're new partners. I'm sure they will really bond over a few corpses.
"Sci-fi, detective stories, and murder mysteries are three of my favorite things, and The Fuse mashes them all up into something unique,” said writer Johnston. “We've been blown away by the response from our readers — especially women, who love Klem and her kick-ass attitude — and we hope this collection will encourage even more people to visit the claustrophobic, corrupt, and violent world of Midway City. Straight up."
"Imagine a small urban city with all its different cultures and personalities, and compact it into a five-mile-by-five-mile structure floating in space.” said artist Greenwood. “It's pressurized and volatile and gritty, and much like the folks who come to live aboard the Fuse, every issue feels like a fresh start where I'm drawing a dozen new and different things every time. It's never what you expect."
The Fuse: Volume 1 collects the first six issues of the book and will retail for the bargain price of $9.99. The trade paperback will be available at your local comic book shop on August 27th and at book stores on September 9th.
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