The Orville Boldly Goes Into Comics
The second season of The Orville has launched on Fox, continuing to be a sci-fi comedy hit. The Seth MacFarlane written-and-starring series has been critically acclaimed, has shaken up its cast, and boldly goes where others fear to tread. Now, the men and women on that proud(?) vessel are taking another great leap. This time, it’s into comic books.
This past weekend, Dark Horse Comics announced it would be publishing a four-part The Orville series. The issues act as two two-part episodes, and will bridge the gap between season 1 and season 2. The show’s executive producer/writer, David A. Goodman, takes on the writing chores. David Cabeza will join him on art, with Michael Atiyah on colors. The books promise to have the combination of action, humor, and social commentary that the show is known for.
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The first two issues will be the “episode” “New Beginnings”. The logline describes it as “On their way to a fleet conference, Ed and Gordon investigate a distress signal from a century-old buoy belonging to a Union ship. Back on the Orville, Kelly tries to mediate when Bortus insists on enrolling Topa into school despite him being only a few months old.”
The final two issues will comprise the story “The Word of Avis” “which sees the Orville intercept a small Union ship en route to the interstellar territory of the easily aggravated Krill. The passengers, originally thought to be a group of xenoanthropologists, turn out to be much, much more interesting and dangerous than the crew of the Orville could’ve imagined.”
This is part of the show’s wider branching-out into new merchandise. The Orville is rapidly becoming a mighty new sci-fi franchise.
The new series from Dark Horse launches from space dock on July 17th.
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