It is well documented that I’m a huge Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted) fan. He is by far, my favorite comic book writer and I eat up everything that he creates. His latest project, with artist Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, The Wake), is called Chrononauts; and it just may be my favorite thing that he’s ever done.
The premise is about a couple of buddies who travel Space and Time and Millar describes as “Apollo 13 meets The Time Machine.” He goes on to describe the story below.
“Man’s first step into the past’ was really the starting point for this, planting an American flag in the soil the day before even Columbus arrives,” Millar says. “But of course it all goes horribly wrong and so we have these two guys stranded in the time-stream, trying to get home, but at the same time at this incredible advantage the people around them don’t have.”
He also talks about how much more grounded the story is and is a bit more serious than say, Doctor Who. “It’s essentially a buddy story about two best friends who can jump around between 16th-century Persia, the American Civil War or New York in the ’20s,” Millar says.
Sean Murphy is also very excited about the project, and talks about how he was approached with the script.
“When Mark first sent me the pitch, I remember showing it to my wife. She looked at me and said, ‘Oh my God—this book is so you!’ I rarely get to work on a script with comedy, so this entire project has been a real treat,” Murphy says. “For the sci-fi designs, I created the suits to be a bit retro—like F1 racing suits from the 1960s. It’s a bit more fun and whimsical, and fits the tone of the characters better. A lot of sci-fi tries to reinvent the wheel; for Chrononauts, I went through the last three decades and picked a mix of the coolest stuff that would also feel familiar. That way the readers can focus more on the story and less on the tech.”
Images via EW
What’s your thoughts on the Time-Travelling adventures by Mark Millar and Sean Murphy? Sound good, or just a Doctor Who/Quantum Leap ripoff? Sound off in the comments!