Our solitary moon is getting an extraordinary amount of attention lately, with the recent annular eclipse event unfolding last week, probes from Japan and Russia accidentally crashing onto its cratered regolith surface, India's Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft touching down near the lunar south pole this past summer, and NASA's forthcoming Artemis 2 and 3 moon missions slated for 2024 and 2025.
Adding to the lunar lunacy is Image Comics' "Moon Man," a new sci-fi comic book series launching in January of 2024, written by Grammy Award-winning musician Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi and Eisner Award-nominated co-writer Kyle Higgins ("Radiant Black," "NO/ONE"). Onboard this spacey project are rising star illustrators Marco Locati and Igor Monti ("Inferno Girl Red," "Deep Cuts") with letters by Eisner Award-winning artist Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou ("Midlife").
"Moon Man #1" hits the marketplace on Jan. 31, 2024 courtesy of Image Comics, Black Market Narrative and Mad Solar with an extra-long premiere issue and companion Kid Cudi mixtape.
"This might be one of the top three coolest things I've ever been a part of. This story is something that took a lot of love from everyone involved, and I'm so excited for the world to finally experience 'Moon Man,'" said Mescudi in press statement. "I promise you this comic will be unlike anything you've read before. To each and every person that picks up a copy and shows support in January—I love you more than you can imagine. Thank you!"
Here's the official synopsis:
"'Moon Man' follows Ramon Townsend, a man ready for a quiet life after gaining unexpected celebrity status for steering his ship and crew safely home from a near-disastrous moon mission. Whatever went wrong on that failed moon mission, whatever happened in the missing minutes the cameras didn't capture, all Ramon really wants is to settle down back home in Cleveland. But those missing minutes hold an Earth-shattering secret — and, with all eyes turned to him, Ramon will soon find himself becoming something the world has never seen before."
"'Moon Man' is a book about What's Next — what's next for Ramon Townsend, for superhero stories, for humanity. In the face of corporations that seek only to possess and control, the ideals that make up our best heroes have never been more relevant," Higgins added in the same press release. "This is a series that will explore not only what it means to come into great power, but also what it means to discover the truth about the world — and the universe — around us. What kind of change is Ramon willing to make?"
Blasting off with a variant cover collection by industry luminaries like Rod Reis ("Winter Soldier") and Matt Taylor; Eisner Award winners Sanford Greene ("Bitter Root") and Christian Ward ("Black Bolt"); alongside legends Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz, Image Comics' "Moon Man #1" lands on Jan. 31, 2024.