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Monday, June 18, 2018

QUANTUM MORTIS A Man Disrupted #2

Arkhaven Comics is very pleased to be able to announce that QUANTUM MORTIS A Man Disrupted #2: Zero Zero Tango is now available for Kindle and Kindle Select.

Chief Warrant Officer Graven Tower is a ruggedly handsome military policeman who hates aliens. Fortunately, as a member of His Grace's Military Crimes Investigation Division - Xenocriminology and Alien Relations, he gets to arrest a lot of them. Sometimes he even gets to shoot them.

Chief Tower and Detector Derin Hildreth of the Trans Paradis Police Department are investigating the murder of the Crown Prince of Morchard on the shadowed streets of Trans Paradis City, but the alien government-in-exile is less than entirely helpful. The royal house of Morchard appears to be considerably more interested in seeking revenge than seeing justice done. But there is no way that Tower or MCID are going to let any vengeful xenos start another war in their house!

QUANTUM MORTIS A Man Disrupted #2: Zero Zero Tango is 27 pages, retails for $2.99, and is available via Kindle and Kindle Unlimited. Matvei Daniilovich is still the illustrator, but starting with this issue, we arranged to get him a professional colorist in order to move from a bi-monthly release schedule to what we hope will be a monthly one, so you may note that the colors are a bit more vibrant in this issue. UPDATE: Look Inside is now enabled, so you can see these for yourself.

From the reviews of Quantum Mortis A Man Disrupted #1: By the Book:
  • The plot is interesting, and the universe feels like it has actual history and depth. Instead of skipping over the richness of the original novel the comic gives you a lot to read rather than just pretty pictures which you quickly turn past to find out what happens next.
  • It's just the first issue, but the story is fantastic so far. I haven't read the book on which it is based, so it's totally new to me. I really love the look and slightly Blade Runner aesthetic and noir feel.
  • The story was good and got me interested in the characters. Dialog was snappy and smart. Hard to say what tech levels would be on a distant planet in the 3000s, after some big wars, but the tech-setting feels about right for a sci-fi crime-noir story.
  • Old school comic book. Cute girl, manly hero, robot comedy relief, dark conspiracy, gritty high tech future.
  • A fun start to an intriguing story, excellent retro artwork (I suspect that at some point in this storyline, a rocket-ship will land upright on a plume of flame, as God and Robert Heinlein intended), good banter, and the shadow of a prince's corpse burnt into the ground as foreshadowing of things to come. This is going to be a fun series, count me in for more!
A print edition of issue #2 will be available in a few weeks in a gold logo edition.

UPDATE: Off to a good start:

#1 in Kindle Store > Comics & Graphic Novels > Military
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Comics & Graphic Novels
#3 in Kindle Store > Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

ARKHAVEN UPDATE: the gold logo print edition of ALT-HERO #1 CRACKDOWN is now available again from the Castalia Books Direct store. Backorders should be shipping tomorrow. It should be live on Amazon again by the end of the week.

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34 Comments:

Blogger Not a lefty June 18, 2018 7:03 AM  

I sincerely hope this is the alt-movie.

Blogger VD June 18, 2018 7:09 AM  

That's the exciting thing. There is genuine interest in this as well as ATOB and Alt-Hero. If the first one is made and it succeeds, there is a very good chance that more across a broad spectrum will be made. What the "art and action" crowd from the comics industry doesn't understand is that it is the story and characters that ultimately matter, as they are much more effective in providing a solid foundation for effectively expanding into other storytelling mediums.

Blogger MendoScot June 18, 2018 7:24 AM  

Bought.

Anyone of the three would make for a great movie, but the Hero movies have been saturated recently. I vote for QM.

Blogger MendoScot June 18, 2018 7:26 AM  

I don't have anything against ATOB, I jst suspect that it's epic scope would make for a more expensive movie.

Blogger VD June 18, 2018 7:42 AM  

I don't have anything against ATOB, I jst suspect that it's epic scope would make for a more expensive movie.

Precisely. That's something for down the road, but it's something that is already generating interest because everyone wants something in the vein of LOTR or A Game of Thrones and ATOB is the best available alternative out there.

I suggested The Promethean as a first movie. Funny, inexpensive, and set in London. They understood my reasoning, but the focus of the interest is on Alt-Hero.

Blogger michimartini June 18, 2018 7:53 AM  

Reading now - wow Vox, thank you for including a mention of discordianism, i had to laugh audibly. That one i only know about because it was mentioned in the very awesome web-comic called "userfriendly" by Illiad. That one didn't endure though, in contrast to dilbert.
And I really like the deep conversation between the protagonist and his augment - has a bit of "ghost in the shell" awesomeness to it.

Blogger B-Rex June 18, 2018 8:14 AM  

I love that cover; classic

Blogger tuberman June 18, 2018 8:26 AM  

Great developments. Watched your darkstream. I'll read this comic soon.

Movie interest is best of all!

Blogger Matthew McDaniel June 18, 2018 8:38 AM  

Atob. Is he like Conan?

Blogger Uncle John's Band June 18, 2018 8:50 AM  

Love the Kirby flavored cover.

"What the "art and action" crowd from the comics industry doesn't understand is that it is the story and characters that ultimately matter"

This should be shouted from the rooftops. Things that look cool in comics look absurd in live action, and current attempts to make comics look more like the movies lead to bland visuals. Art is definitive at the level of medium but story is transcendent.

The downstream implications of Arkhaven were apparent from the start. Nice to see that things are progressing.

Blogger James Dixon June 18, 2018 9:22 AM  

> Love the Kirby flavored cover.

So I'm not the only on that notice the homage. :) Good.

Blogger CoolHand June 18, 2018 9:25 AM  

Matthew McDaniel wrote:Atob. Is he like Conan?

AToB

A
Throne
of
Bones

The first book in VD's epic fantasy series Arts of Dark and Light.

It's an excellent read, as was what has been released of book two, A Sea of Skulls.

They're huge books, but well worth the time.

Blogger Flannel Avenger June 18, 2018 9:57 AM  

I am surprised that there's such an interest in making an Alt-Hero movie so quickly. I figured that the first story arc would need to completely published before that became an option.

Blogger The Observer June 18, 2018 10:19 AM  

@13 Correct me if I'm wrong, but so far the Dark Lord's let slip that 1) the studio's mostly on our side, 2) it's relatively small and reliable, and 3) some preliminary work's been done. The Freestartr already proved that there's a market for such, and superhero movies are the big in thing now, so. Whatever studio it is, they don't have to wait for further success to get in while the going's good.

I'd be more excited with animation, especially with a lot of fallout recently with people noticing western animation getting crappier and crappier, the latest being the Thundercats reboot, but we don't have a line of Alt-Hero toys to sell - yet.

Blogger tuberman June 18, 2018 10:39 AM  

"but we don't have a line of Alt-Hero toys to sell - yet."

You could have ordered a Rebel statue on the Freestartr!

Blogger Matthew McDaniel June 18, 2018 10:43 AM  

Throne of bones. Vox is the Marcel Proust of the AltRight. Only with more beheadings.

Blogger David The Good June 18, 2018 11:01 AM  

Got it.

The art really snaps.

Blogger tuberman June 18, 2018 11:02 AM  

I Read this comic, excellent, with one hitch, it's not a novel, so it moves slower then a novel, and I am spoiled by novels. Will probably buy the full novel. The illustrations are a nice extra though, but story is king.

Reaching comic book readers is vastly important, as boys seldom read novels anymore. I suspect Alt-Hero comics and Castalia House can make a difference with that in the future. The movies will be critical, and the sooner good ones can be produced, the better.

This has me smiling, especially the movie plans coming about this fast. Moar Culture Wars!

Blogger Not a lefty June 18, 2018 11:47 AM  

"but we don't have a line of Alt-Hero toys to sell - yet."

LOL, just wait a few more weeks. Based on the speed of the schedule of announcements like falling dominos, action figures will arrive soon enough. Crowd source > comics > clothing > movies > [action figures] > [??? Lunch boxes ???]

Kiss made a fortune on lunch boxes. I say go old school. Captain Europa beating up badthinkers would make a great lunch box.

Blogger James Dixon June 18, 2018 11:50 AM  

Looks like it's finally time for me to buy that Kindle Unlimited subscription I've been putting off.

Blogger AdamD June 18, 2018 12:16 PM  

It's not really 27 pages is it? I think there's a typo on the amazon description.

Blogger VD June 18, 2018 12:38 PM  

It's not really 27 pages is it?

The story proper is 23 pages. Plus cover, title page, Arkhaven ad, and QM ad.

Blogger Cetera June 18, 2018 1:27 PM  

I freaking LOVE the first page alternate cover. That actually shocked me, and I spent several minutes just looking at it, doing nothing else. I then went back to it and did the same again later.

I get why the cover is the cover, but man, I really, really like that darker motif with the positively glowing blaster beams and stars and highlights and eyes. Really, really nice job on that. Please pass along my kudos. It is attention grabbing in all the right ways for me. I'd almost suggest that be the cover for this issue.

Blogger SirHamster June 18, 2018 2:30 PM  

The Observer wrote:I'd be more excited with animation, especially with a lot of fallout recently with people noticing western animation getting crappier and crappier, the latest being the Thundercats reboot, but we don't have a line of Alt-Hero toys to sell - yet.

Just mentioning Thundercats made me briefly visualize that low effort art style applied to these comics.

The horror. The horror.



I just got my paper copy of the QM #1 comic, and it was a great read. Am getting a little thrown off by the blank pages at the end of the comic.

Any plans to use that space productively in the future?

Blogger Cubby8126 June 18, 2018 3:11 PM  

Can't wait for the alt movies....alt-wood? Regardless, i look forward to the kickstarter

Blogger michimartini June 18, 2018 3:29 PM  

I don't know if it is feasible to fix some of the typos in the lettering before you go to print.

page 3 make up you're mind
page 20 converning
page 22 because as afar

Very excited to see how well this is coming along.

Blogger SmockMan June 18, 2018 5:12 PM  

EVS had more generally positive stuff to say about Vox and Alt-Hero on his last live stream.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbjszs5Ohbw&feature=youtu.be&t=29m43s

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey June 18, 2018 6:15 PM  

Chief Warrant Officer Graven Tower is a ruggedly handsome military policeman who hates aliens. Fortunately, as a member of His Grace's Military Crimes Investigation Division - Xenocriminology and Alien Relations, he gets to arrest a lot of them. Sometimes he even gets to shoot them.

Noice. Very triggering. Good name, too. Like SGT Rock.

Blogger VD June 18, 2018 6:22 PM  

I don't know if it is feasible to fix some of the typos in the lettering before you go to print.

Already fixed in the digital, thanks for those. Will get them uploaded tonight and we'll be sure the print edition is clean.

Blogger The Overgrown Hobbit June 18, 2018 8:04 PM  

Oh, bravo! All the flaws and technical issues of QM-1 have been addressed and seamlessly improved. The only remaining one I perceive: some difficulties with the character models. Based on the rest of the comic, however, it's increasingly likely that this is a storytelling design choice by the illustrator. And he'll probably end up pulling it off, too.


I took QM-2 out under the oak tree to enjoy it and was engrossed from start to finish. Being an admirer of the novels, it's difficult to perceive how well QM the comic works as story. But I'm so happy that the philosophical chat between the deservedly cynical hero and his A.I (viz Being and mind) made it to the comic.

One doesn't go looking for moments of transcendent beauty in a kick-ass SF action adventure: the machine intelligence serf being the mind that yearns for the gospel. But it's still really neat!

Blogger R Webfoot June 18, 2018 11:08 PM  

Refreshed on #1 before reading #2 last night... #2 is even better, and it convinced me to get the book.

I did see some technical issues in the panel-swiping thing on #1; I think I've seen it in a few other Arkhaven / Dark Legion ecomics. I'll go back over and get a complete list of out-of-order / skipped panels; the Kindle for PC app makes it really easy to see since it shows the whole page and just highlights the selected panel.

Blogger Will June 19, 2018 8:49 PM  

Did left and right get reversed in the panels at the beginning of Chapter Four?

Blogger VD June 19, 2018 9:41 PM  

No, why do you suspect that?

Blogger Will June 19, 2018 10:36 PM  

On pages 10 and 11, Tower's AI advises him to kneel on the left knee, and that the guard will tap him on the right shoulder. But it appears Hildreth and Tower go down on their right knees, and the guard taps Tower on his left shoulder. I may have misinterpreted something, though.

I'm really enjoying QM btw, both the story and artwork, in particular the colouring. Congratulations and thanks to you and your team for successfully launching Arkhaven. I've got multiple copies of everything printed so far.

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