Comic(s) Relief: Southern Cross Will Cross Sci-Fi, Horror, And Mystery This Winter

By David Wharton | 6 years ago

SouthernCrossAdding a mystery element to a science fiction setting can make for some truly memorable storytelling. What’s the story behind this crashed alien vessel filled with strange leathery eggs? Who destroyed the Scopuli? What are the Reapers? Throw in a dash of good old-fashioned horror and you’ve most certainly got our attention. If the same holds true for you, you might want to check out Image Comics’ Southern Cross, due out this winter from Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger.

Here’s how Cloonan herself describes the series, to go along with the creepy-ass cover above:

Southern Cross is an ongoing Sci-fi mystery, with a healthy dose of creeping horror thrown in for good measure. The first six issues take place on a voyage to Titan, Saturn’s largest moon, as Alex Braith uncovers a mystery surrounding her sister’s recent death — one that is ultimately going to change her life, and the lives of countless others.

Belanger is a self-described huge horror fan, and he initially pitched the idea of a collaboration to Cloonan. “He asked me to write him a science fiction horror story,” recalls Cloonan. “Tell me, how could I resist that offer?”

As for Belanger, he says he’s wanted to draw this sort of story for years:

I think the scariest stories, the most successful thrillers are the ones that start as a subtle tease, then build to bloody crescendo. Becky has tapped directly into that vein with her chilling mini comics — anyone who has read them knows she can weave a nail-biting story. … [T]his book is a chance for us to really get under your skin. So strap in and prepare to experience another dimension in terror.

Image will release Southern Cross beginning in Winter 2014.


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