I WAS ABOUT halfway through Project Luna: 1947 when I was reminded, once again, why I love reading comic books. In the aftermath of a horrifying discovery at a crash site in Roswell, New Mexico (sound familiar?), four men are preparing for an exploratory trip to the moon and they’re packing Thompson submachine guns in case they run into any hostiles. You read that right, machine guns… on the moon. Sure, the weapons have been modified to operate in the lunar environment, but still, machine guns on the moon? And how the heck do we get to the moon in 1947, anyway?
But this is why God gave us comic books.
And so it goes in this ripping sci-fi adventure from the excellent UK-based publisher Markosia, a short-but-sweet graphic novel that delivers global alien conspiracy and good, old-fashioned butt-kicking in the pulpiest fashion possible.
This is only the second book I’ve read by author Martin Hayes, and I must say I rather enjoy his unabashed style. He comes up with a wild idea and just throws himself into it, headlong. He’s got quite a way with salty male characters, too, especially when they’re in conflict—either with each other or some monstrous external enemy. Here, as he did in the terrific Abominable Glory, Hayes gives us a disparate collection of tough guys who must overcome their mutual animosity if they are to have any chance of making it out of the book alive.
Artwork by Jim Boswell (FutureQuake) is quite solid, especially insofar as it captures the distinct personalities of the characters, human and otherwise.
Throw-in a few cameo appearances by real historical figures, and what you get is an oddly compelling alternate history of the postwar era. The book winds-up with a solid conclusion, but there’s clearly some room for a sequel, and I genuinely hope we get one.
PROJECT LUNA: 1947
Markosia; Pub. 2013
Color; 99 pages; Age Rating: 12+
Writer: Martin Hayes; Art: Jim Boswell
Available in Print and Digital