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Martian Universe

The Martian Universe, created by Julian Darius, is a shared sci-fi universe in which intelligent life on Mars began its space age while humans were still painting in caves.

The universe’s initial story, “The Girl from Mars,” is being serialized in Martian Comics. The story follows Izzy Montoya after her apparent possession by a Martian woman, who is simply interested in a vacation from her technologically advanced life on Mars, which she finds boring. She’s forced to navigate Izzy’s human life, including her sister Rita, before meeting the Other, the villain of the story. He then narrates his activities on Earth, in which he kept America at war for profit.

Alongside “The Girl from Mars,” Martian Comics publishes stories set throughout the history of Martian civilization. Darius has stated that these stories will eventually tell a vast and complete story of a civilization that spans nearly 20,000 Earth years.

To date, the Martian universe comprises four comic-book titles. The universe’s flagship title, Martian Comics, was begun in 2014. It has published far more issues than any other title. The first spin-off, Kimot Ren, was launched in 2016 and stars a Martian android. The second spin-off, Lazarus, the Forever Man, was launched in 2017 and features the Biblical Lazarus, who first appeared in early Martian Comics issues. The third spin-off, The Synthetics, was launched in 2018 and focuses on Martian robots (such as Kimot Ren, although stories in The Synthetics are set in a far earlier period). A fourth spin-off, a series of graphic novels under the Cities of Mars umbrella, is planned for 2019.

Martian Comics #1

“I Dream of Mars!” -- 8 pages

  • script by Julian Darius; story by Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman; art by Sergio Tarquini
  • The Girl from Mars, chapter 1
  • first appearance of Isabella “Izzy” Montoya

“Moving In” -- 6 pages

  • script by Julian Darius; story by Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman; art by Sergio Tarquini
  • The Girl from Mars, chapter 2
  • first appearance of Rita Montoya

“New Myths” -- 7 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Sergio Tarquini
  • The Girl from Mars, chapter 3
  • first appearance of Jonathan Skilling / the Other

“The Galilean” -- 5 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Sergio Tarquini
  • first appearance of Lazarus (in cameo)

sketch page -- 1 pages

  • art by Sergio Tarquini

cover by Darick Robertson; published by Martian Lit; $2.99; cover-dated July 2014

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Martian Comics #2

“You Can’t Say Dallas Doesn’t Love You” -- 15 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Sergio Tarquini
  • The Girl from Mars, chapter 4

“Lazarus” -- 13 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Sergio Tarquini

cover by Sergio Tarquini; published by Martian Lit; $2.99; cover-dated Nov 2014
Martian Comics #3

“One Small Step” -- 2 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Jason Muhr

“Safari” -- 17 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Mansyur Daman

“Ezekiel” -- 3 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Sergio Tarquini

“What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem?” -- 11 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Sergio Tarquini
  • Lazarus story

“Another Small Step” -- 3 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Jason Muhr

“Small Talk with Rats” -- 10 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Sergio Tarquini
  • The Girl from Mars, chapter 5

“The Other” -- 6 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Sergio Tarquini
  • The Girl from Mars, chapter 6

cover by David A. Frizell; published by Martian Lit; $4.99; cover-dated Dec 2015
Martian Comics #4

“The Devil’s Confession” -- 33 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Sergio Tarquini
  • The Girl from Mars, chapter 7
  • tells the story of Winthrop Northmore, 1945-1961

“Cargo Cult” -- 6 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andi Supriyono

sketch page -- 1 pages

  • art by Andi Supriyono

cover by Sergio Tarquini; published by Martian Lit; $3.99; cover-dated May 2016
Martian Comics #5

“The Canals of Earth” -- 23 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Mansyur Daman and David A. Frizell

original pages 2-8 -- 7 pages

  • art by Mansyur Daman

cover by David A. Frizell; published by Martian Lit; $2.99; cover-dated July 2016
Kimot Ren #1

“Mutiny” -- 6 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar

“Four Minutes on the Ceiling” -- 4 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar

“Philosophers Would Say” -- 3 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar

“Atmospheric Conditions” -- 6 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar, Karl Jauslin, and Adolf Vollmy

“Blending In” -- 12 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar

sketch page -- 1 pages

  • art by Andre Siregar

cover by Andre Siregar; published by Martian Lit; $2.99; cover-dated Aug 2016
Martian Comics #6

“New Frontiers, Part 1″ -- 15 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; pencils by Sergio Tarquini; inks by Sara Nietto
  • The Girl from Mars, chapter 8, part 1
  • begins the story of Wallace Irons, 1961-198X, focusing on the Kennedy administration
  • at the end of this installment, 100 pages of “The Girl from Mars” had been published

“December 1963″ -- 5 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; pencils by Sergio Tarquini; inks by Sara Nietto

pin-up -- 1 pages

  • art by Sergio Tarquini

“Mutiny” -- 6 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar
  • reprinted from Kimot Ren #1

cover by Ean Moody; published by Martian Lit; $2.99; cover-dated Sept 2016
Martian Comics #7

“New Frontiers, Part 2″ -- 33 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; pencils by Sergio Tarquini; inks by Sara Nietto
  • The Girl from Mars, chapter 8, part 2
  • continues the story of Wallace Irons, focusing on the Vietnam War through 1966

cover by Andre Siregar; published by Martian Lit; $3.99; cover-dated Oct 2016
Martian Comics #8

“New Frontiers, Part 3″ -- 12 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; pencils by Sergio Tarquini; inks by Sara Nietto
  • The Girl from Mars, chapter 8, part 3
  • continues the story of Wallace Irons, covering 1967 and part of 1968 (including the Tet Offensive)

“The Second Most Dangerous Game, Part 1″ -- 11 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Mansyur Daman

sketch page -- 1 pages

  • art by Mansyur Daman

cover by Janaina Medeiros; published by Martian Lit; $2.99; cover-dated Dec 2016
Kimot Ren #2

“The Clarity of Morning” -- 10 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar

“One of Us” -- 10 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar

“A Show of Marvels” -- 16 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar

cover by Andre Siregar; published by Martian Lit; $3.99; cover-dated May 2017
Martian Comics #9

“The Second Most Dangerous Game, Part 2″ -- 24 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Mansyur Daman

cover by Ace Continuado and Jeffrey Huet; published by Martian Lit; $2.99; cover-dated July 2017
Martian Comics #10

“The Second Most Dangerous Game, Part 3″ -- 21 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Mansyur Daman

a preview of “How I Learned to be Immortal” -- 6 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Sergio Tarquini and Sara Nietto
  • reprinted from Lazarus, the Forever Man #1

cover by Mansyur Daman; published by Martian Lit; $2.99; cover-dated Aug 2017
Lazarus, the Forever Man #0

“Lazarus” -- 13 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Sergio Tarquini
  • reprinted from Martian Comics #2

“What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem?” -- 11 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Sergio Tarquini
  • reprinted from Martian Comics #3

“A Talk about Religion” -- 10 pages

  • an interview by A. David Lewis of Julian Darius

published by Martian Lit; $0.99; cover-dated Sept 2017
Lazarus, the Forever Man #1

“How I Learned to be Immortal” -- 70 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; pencils by Sergio Tarquini; inks by Sara Nietto and Sergio Tarquini

cover by Julian Darius; published by Martian Lit; $5.99; cover-dated Oct 2017
Martian Comics #11

“New Frontiers, Part 4″ -- 20 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; pencils by Sergio Tarquini; inks by Sara Nietto
  • The Girl from Mars, chapter 8, part 4
  • continues the story of Wallace Irons, focusing on the Martin Luther King assassination

pin-up -- 1 pages

  • art by Julian Darius

cover by Julian Darius; published by Martian Lit; $2.99; cover-dated Dec 2017
The Synthetics #1

“Gladiators” -- 27 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Steven Legge

“How I Spent the Robot Revolution” -- 10 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Steven Legge

“His Name was Journey 1″ -- 9 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar

sketch pages -- 6 pages

  • art by Steven Legge

sketch page -- 1 pages

  • art by Julian Darius

sketch page -- 1 pages

  • art by Andre Siregar

cover by Steven Legge; published by Martian Lit; $2.99; cover-dated Jan 2018
Martian Comics #12

“The New Pet” -- 9 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by TBA

“The New Owner” -- 6 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by TBA

“New Frontiers, Part 5″ -- 26 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; pencils by Sergio Tarquini; inks by Sara Nietto
  • The Girl from Mars, chapter 8, part 5
  • concludes the story of Wallace Irons, focusing on the Robert F. Kennedy assassination and the 1968 presidential election

Izzy Montoya pin-up -- 1 pages

  • art by Marlena Mozgawa

Rita Montoya pin-up -- 1 pages

  • art by Marlena Mozgawa

cover by TBA; published by Martian Lit; $3.99
Kimot Ren #3

“If I Ran” -- 7 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar

“Lady Josephine” -- 6 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar

“Wilgefortis and Son” -- 17 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar

“The Winter’s Tale” -- 7 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andre Siregar

cover by Andre Siregar; published by Martian Lit; $3.99
Martian Comics #13

“I Dream of Hell!” -- 12 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Cloves Rodrigues

“Foo Fighters” -- 10 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Andi Supriyono

sketch page -- 1 pages

  • art by Cloves Rodrigues

sketch page -- 1 pages

  • art by Andi Supriyono

cover by Marlena Mozgawa; published by Martian Lit; $2.99
Martian Comics #14

“Letters from the Underworld”

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Cloves Rodrigues

cover by Marlena Mozgawa; published by Martian Lit; $2.99
Martian Comics Collected #1
published by Martian Lit
Martian Comics #15

“Dinosaurs of Mars!” -- 17 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Mansyur Daman, Jason Muhr, and Andre Siregar

“New Zealand” -- 4 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Cloves Rodrigues

cover by Jason Muhr; published by Martian Lit; $2.99
Martian Comics #16

“Another Me” -- 13 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Cloves Rodrigues

“McCarthy” -- 7 pages

  • pencils by Sergio Tarquini; inks by Sara Nietto

cover by TBD; published by Martian Lit; $2.99
Martian Comics #17

“The Tears of Khera, Part 1″ -- 40 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Mansyur Daman

sketch pages -- 3 pages

  • art by Mansyur Daman

cover by Mansyur Daman; published by Martian Lit; $3.99
Martian Comics #18

“The Tears of Khera, Part 2″ -- 36 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Mansyur Daman

cover by Mansyur Daman; published by Martian Lit; $3.99
Martian Comics #19

“The Tears of Khera, Part 3″ -- 35 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Mansyur Daman

cover by Mansyur Daman; published by Martian Lit; $3.99
Martian Comics #20

“The Tears of Khera, Part 4″ -- 35 pages

  • written by Julian Darius; art by Mansyur Daman

cover by Mansyur Daman; published by Martian Lit; $3.99
Lazarus, the Forever Man #2

“The Second Coming”

  • written by Julian Darius; pencils by Sergio Tarquini; inks by Sara Nietto

cover by Andre Siregar; published by Martian Lit

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