Dark Matter (comics)

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Dark Matter
DarkMatterCover1.png
Cover to Dark Matter #1, art by Garry Brown
Created by Joseph Mallozzi
Paul Mullie
Publication information
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Schedule Monthly
Formats Limited Series
Genre Science fiction comics
Publication date January–April 2012
Number of issues 4
Main character(s) Marcus Boone, Jace Corse
Griffin Jones, Ryo Tetsuda
Portia Lin, unnamed girl
Creative team
Writer(s) Joseph Mallozzi
Paul Mullie
Artist(s) Garry Brown
Letterer(s) Richard Starkings
Comicraft
Colorist(s) Ryan Hill
Creator(s) Joseph Mallozzi
Paul Mullie
Editor(s) Patrick Thorpe

Dark Matter is a comic book series created by writers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie. The science-fiction story follows six individuals who wake up in a spacecraft with no memory of their past. The concept was originally intended for a television series, but was published through Dark Horse Comics with art by Garry Brown.[1] On October 15, 2014, Syfy announced they had picked up a 13-episode first season of a Dark Matter TV series, which premiered on June 12, 2015.[2]

Publication history[edit]

Mallozzi credits The Shield, The Dirty Dozen, and the Thunderbolts as his inspiration for the concept.[3] The series was originally designed for television, but was later altered into a comic series for Dark Horse Comics. Syfy and Space, along with the original creators Mallozzi and Mullie, later adapted the comics to the television series that premiered on June 12, 2015.[4]

The four-issue Rebirth series was published from January to April in 2012, and a collected edition was released in October 2012.

Plot[edit]

After waking on board a spacecraft with no memories, four men, a woman and a girl arrive at a mining colony, the craft's preset destination. They land and meet the locals, who tell the crew about a group of mercenaries being sent to kill the colonists so a corporation can steal the planet. Upon returning to their craft to discuss helping or abandoning the colonists, the crew learn from the craft's computer they are the mercenaries the locals fear. When the corporation's army arrives to destroy the colony, four of the crew members join with the colonists to repel the invaders. The other two take the spacecraft and negotiate a contract for the colony with a different corporation. The invading corporation leaves, and the crew return to their spacecraft, unsure of where they will go next and where their journey will take them next.

Critical reception[edit]

The series received positive reviews, and the first issue was the 256th best selling comic by units in January 2012.[5][6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chris Arrant, Dark Matter interview, Newsarama, 21 November 2011
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 15, 2014). "Syfy Acquires New Original Drama 'Dark Matter' from the Writers of 'Stargate'". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved October 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Tabula Rasa" letter column in Dark Matter #3 (March 2012)
  4. ^ http://www.bellmedia.ca/pr/press/new-sci-fi-series-dark-matter-exerts-gravitational-pull-june-12-space/
  5. ^ Cabeal, Dustin, Dark Matter review, www.comicbastards.com, 10 April 2012
  6. ^ Dark Matter 2 review, www.ign.com, 8 February 2012
  7. ^ Monthly Comic Sales January 2012, www.comichron.com