Martian Lit. 2013
Story by Julian Darius & Kevin Thurman
Written by Julian Darius
Illustrated by Sergio Tarquini
Coloured by R.L. Campos
I have to say that sometimes you come across something that sounds interesting and you think okay the premise is good and who doesn’t like these kinds of tales? A science fiction type story where Martians are real and unbeknownst to Earth’s population they are thriving and studying us. Not a war of the worlds type story this was more lets put our own people into situations so we can actually have a first hand experience being a human and living on the planet and see what type of beings they really are.
The story centers around Izzy Montoya a young woman going to college who dreams with rather increasing ferocity about Mars and of being a woman on the strange planet. As the story unfolds something odd happens and by the end of chapter one it’s pretty cleared up why she’s having these dreams and the impact that realization has on her life. I was a little surprised to be honest and very pleasantly so.
One of the things that struck me about the writing here is how much more intelligent, see use of words normally not found, in the narration. I find it actually refreshing because it means this was done by someone who loves words and knows their meanings and can accurately use them so for a bibliophile like myself it’s lovely. On the plus side you can also learn a few new words or uses for them just by reading the story.
Izzy’s journey of new self discovery of who she is and her new home is pretty fascinating stuff. I love how she embraces this new life and starts to assert herself in new ways and even changes the terms she uses when in class. There are scenes that makes something of a decidedly adult nature namely sexual encounters she’s experienced that detail how she feels about her life and having this numb feeling that she’ll go to extreme lengths just to experience some sort of feelings.
She is experiencing new feelings though and it’s because of who she is and where she finds herself and being able to use the knowledge she grew up with to gain some easy praise from teachers as well as discovering things new to her like Literature, Earth stories that are unlike anything she’s ever known. Her attempts to fully understand and enjoy her surroundings make for some incredibly awkward and fun situations. She does love college parties though and seeing them interact with one another and trying to figure it all out is fun for her.
I really do enjoy how the story is broken down by using chapters like in a novel, all done by the same folks so it’s incredibly uniform and flows like it should. The pacing goes faster than I was expecting and the story diverges in ways I never would have anticipated and that again is a huge bonus. So there’s plenty here that makes sense or doesn’t depending on your point of view. Suffice it to say the Martians have been involved with the Earth much longer than anyone ever thought.
Then interior artwork is what I’d expect from a small self-published company it’s good solid work with flashes of really fascinating stuff. I have to admit that the imagination required to bring Mars and the Martians to life was much more inspired than the ordinary people are but that’s harder to nail. I can see that if Sergio brings the passion to the humans he does to the Martians this will be exceptional work.
This is definitely worthy of your attention so find em on Comixology.