Here we have the release notes and link to the Kickstarter project and of course a review by yours truly.
“In the near future, Earth is devastated by a chain of cataclysmic events leading to a pandemic collapse of governments. The human race narrowly escapes Earth with technology amassed by mega-corporations, and colonises Mars and Venus. As Venus becomes home to the working class, and Mars the seat of power, long-running political and cultural clashes return. Talk of revolution permeates the ether. Humankind finds itself once again at the crossroads of extinction as… VENUS RISES.
VENUS RISES is an independent, creator owned series by J. G. Birdsall. It was originally a live action web series, produced back in 2007. Relying heavily on physical sets, rather than green screen, it quickly became too costly to maintain. Production was shut down after just 3 episodes. In 2014, the remaining shooting scripts were adapted into a 2-parter comic book called “Venus Rises: Threshold.” It served as a proper ending to the web show.
EXORDIUM #1 (released this month) continues the adventure, this time chronicling the lives of Teresa (Terry) Holden and Hollister Pelt III, as the civil war between Venus and Mars unfolds around them.
Captain Terry Holden strives to keep her salvage business neutral in an ever escalating civil war, while Hollister Pelt is tasked to save his parent corporation from a hostile takeover. The two story lines will eventually merge into one as the new series unfolds.”
From my perspective, this is an exceptionally well-written piece of science fiction, which goes into some detail about the science and engineering behind the story. It’s almost as if the creator has a degree in space travel!
It’s also a look into a possible dark, not-so-distant future of the human race. The artwork perfectly complements the excellent storyline, with vibrant colours that make the scenes pop off the page. I think it would be very well suited to an animated format as well.
In short, a great story with brilliant artwork and a great character base. I am certainly going to back this project; if you’d like to as well, you can find the Kickstarter project here: Venus Rises Kickstarter