MNGR João da Silva is assigned to the Homestead mining colony on Titan after their previous MNGR becomes suddenly ill, and the station returns another unprofitable quarter. What he finds is a station on the brink of exploding, with tensions high between the Terran management and their Titan workers. The Titans were genetically modified long ago to be stronger and larger than Terrans, able to withstand the harsh conditions on Titan. João decides that what the workers need are trackers so that he can analyze immense amounts of data to figure out where the inefficiencies lie. The Union workers, through their liaison Titan Phoebe Mackintosh, disagree with João’s assessment whole-heartedly, and instead assert that the station needs upgraded machinery. Phoebe and João try to work together to save Homestead, while others decide a violent coup will fix the problems of the mining colony, and finally bring liberation to all Titan.
Vol 2: The Dead Sea, illustrated by Dustin Nguyen
Andy gets fished out of the ocean and healed only to be sent to a Vamp Camp as food. Mother arrives in the nick of time to “save” him, but only to use as part of her tracking spell to find Mila. Telsa and Helda take Mila to an island where they have hidden their space ship, and a daring rescue reveals Helda’s love for her captain. Meanwhile, an attack on Mother’s coven forces her back to her lair, where she discovers all of the mothers, and the source of her powers, is gone. She is visited by her former self, and we see her terrible path to become Mother.
This story begins in the year 2125, years after a strange plague called Cagaster has broken out and wiped out 2/3rds of the human population. This plague turns infected humans into giant, human-eating bugs. Kidow is an exterminator, tasked with killings infected humans and bugs alike. On an expedition, Kidow stumbles upon a father and daughter who had been attacked by bugs. The father is past saving, but he makes Kidow promise to take his daughter back to the city, E-05. Kidow gets Ilie a job at the boarding house and restaurant where he stays, and the owner, Mario, quickly takes a liking to Ilie’s positive attitude. Mario sends Ilie on an errand that has her tangled with the Mouse Brigade, a band of orphans-turned-pick-pockets. Meanwhile, a dark and mysterious stranger is targeting exterminators and killing them in brutal ways, and Kidow might be the next target!
Illustrated by John Jennings
Lauren is a teenager living in a walled-in community in the middle of a dystopian LA basin. Society has collapsed, and the outside world is full of scavengers, prostitutes, drug addicts, murderers, and violent criminals. Police could come and investigate, but it costs money. Lauren also “suffers” from hypersensitivity - she can feel the pain, or pleasure, of others. After a night of unrest forces Lauren from her home, she decides to travel north where water isn’t as expensive and there might be some work. She also plans on founding a community dedicated to Earthseed, her belief in a God as Change, amongst other ideologies. Along the road, Lauren picks up strangers who travel together for safety, but may one day believe in Earthseed.
Most of this volume is the fight between several squads on a mission to steal Yuma’s black trigger. In the end, Jin fights most of them off with his black trigger. He then brokers a deal with Headquarters to make sure Yuma will be allowed to enlist as a border agent. The day finally arrives, and Yuma stuns all the new recruits and trainers with record times trials. Amatori impresses a trainer with her skills as a sniper.
Yuma, Mikumo, and Amatori have joined the Tamakoma branch of Border, and their hope is to rise to the level of S-Rank so that they can be chosen for a mission to the Neighbor home world. We learn that Yuma, as well as Jin, possess Black Triggers, the strongest of all triggers, and Border wants to take Yuma's trigger from him. But, Black triggers are made when someone sacrifices their life for you, so transferring of Black Triggers is nearly impossible. Yuma and Jin both tell the story of who sacrificed for their black triggers: for Jin, it was his mentor; for Yuma, it was his father during a battle when he was young, preserving Yuma as a twelve-year-old. Yuma also has a limited amount of time to solve the problem of his preserved body, because it is deteriorating. We also learn that Yuma's side-effect is really handy, especially when it comes to dealing with the squads from other Border branches who come to steal his black trigger!
Osamu meets up with a young girl named Chika, who is the younger sister of one of Osamu's friends, previously killed by a Neighbor. Chika has a strange gift - she seems to attract Neighbors exorbitantly! Yuma sheds some light on the case, and it turns out that Chika's Trion levels are off the charts! He also explains that Neighbors come to Earth to capture humans because they need to use them as Trion batteries, so there's a chance that Chika's brother is still alive. As Yuma explains everything, another Border team comes to take him out, but they are woefully unsuccessful. Osamu believes that neither Yuma nor Chika will be safe at this rate, so he decides to come clean Border command and demand protection for his friend.
Vol 1, The Apocalypse Suite: illustrated by Gabriel Bá
For reasons unknown, one one day, 47 women around the world gave birth, even though they weren't pregnant at the beginning of the day. An eccentric millionaire, knowing these children were something special, tried to adopt as many as he could, and got to seven of them. Flash forward to when the kids are 10, and six of the seven defend the Eiffel tower from a robot named Gustav Eiffel. Another big time jump, and the kids are now all adults. The team has disbanded and scattered to the corners of the Earth and beyond. The death of their father brings six of the seven kids together again. Number Five is still missing. Number Seven, Vanya, doesn't have any perceived powers other than playing the violin, and she's shunned by her super-powered siblings for a tragedy that happened years ago. Vanya's ostracization causes her to make some really terrible choices that affect her family.
Several years ago, strange portals formed over the city and let in alien monsters referred to as "Neighbors". An organization called "Border" sprung up to combat the neighbors, and the city returned to relative peace. In present day, we follow Osamu, seemingly an average high school student who meets and befriends a transfer student, Yuma, a foreigner becoming accustomed to Japan. Turns out, neither boy is who they say they are. Osamu is a trainee for Border, and Yuma is a mysterious boy who claims to be a Neighbor. One thing is for sure, Yuma is extremely powerful and knows quite a bit out Neighbor monsters, including how to take them down. Osamu is initially conflicted in whether to report Yuma or not, but decides to keep an eye on Yuma and find out his true intentions for coming to Earth.
Illustrated by Eduardo Ferigato
In this story, we follow Amala, a warrior of the Kingdom of Arcadia. She joins forces with hero Brycemere to take out the big bad. But, Amala has a mind of her own and that's NOT a good thing. As it turns out, he's a player, and she's an NPC, and she fights against the player character no matter how many times he reloads from the save point. Amala's creator, Rebecca, tries to fix Amala, but for better or worse, Rebecca put too much of her own self into the character, and thus accidentally created A.I. Amala transcends to different levels of existence in a sort of Steven Spielberg's A. I. type-feel.
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