Two of Stargate‘s team of writers are jumping to a new medium: Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie have penned a 4-issue comic series, Dark Matter, for Dark Horse Comics. The first installment of the 4-issue limited series is available today!
The writing partners joined Stargate SG-1 in its fourth season back in 2000 and remaining with the franchise through five years of Atlantis and two of Stargate Universe. They also did a stint on the upcoming action series Transporter: The Series.
Here’s the official series description:
A derelict ship floats in space, its troubled crew awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Their search for answers triggers the vessel’s deadly security system: a relentless android bent on their destruction. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, redemption, betrayals, and hidden secrets best left unknown.
The book’s art is done by Garry Brown, and colors by Ryan Hill. A 4-page preview of issue #1 is at DarkHorse.com.
Mallozzi said that he is currently pitching Dark Matter as a high-end cable television series. “I was telling my agent yesterday that we really need to position Dark Matter as the SF equivalent of a Sopranos or a Breaking Bad, a premium series with twists, turns, and serialized potential,” he wrote on his blog. “Sound crazy? Well, three years ago, the notion of an ongoing zombie series may have seemed ludicrous to most and yet, now, it’s one of the hottest shows on cables.”
AMC’s zombie series The Walking Dead is one of the highest-rated original dramas on cable, and has been renewed for its third season. It started as a comic series in 2003.
Pick up Dark Matter issue #1 now at TFAW.com or your local comic shop ($3.50), or download a digital copy from Dark Horse ($2.99)! It’s also available at the iTunes Store (via the Dark Horse app) for your iPad or other digital device.
Read more and chat with one of the comic’s authors at Joseph Mallozzi’s blog.
(Thanks to Chris and Christopher for the tip)