Quebecois creator François Vigneault’s acclaimed graphic novel Titan will be printed in the US for the first time this year via Oni Press. Originally published through Study Group Comics and then collected in French by Éditions Pow Pow in 2017, the sci-fi story examines the violence inherent in capitalist systems, including the corruption of powerful “elite” and the danger of exploitation.
Here’s the full synopsis:
When MNGR First Class João da Silva arrives on the moon of Titan to take charge of Homestead Station, he finds the massive mining colony plagued by tensions between the giant, genetically-engineered Titan workers and the Terran management. As anger mounts, what began as a routine posting quickly turns into something far more dangerous.
Phoebe Mackintosh thought she left her fighting days behind her when she turned her back on the “mixing” circuit. Now, she finds herself caught between a past she’d rather forget and a future she can’t predict.
Together, they must find a way to pull Homestead back from the brink of disaster… Or Titan might be the spark that sets the entire solar system ablaze.
“I worked on Titan for over five years, most of that while I was still living in the States. I was born and raised in the USA, and spent almost my whole life there, so it’s no surprise that Titan is inspired by historical and social currents of my homeland,” Vigneault said in a statement. “Science fiction typically does a terrible job of accurately predicting the future, but it has always been a great way to explore contemporary anxieties (just ask H.G. Wells). Titan is my attempt to write a fun, exciting sci-fi story, but at the same time maybe it can be some food for thought as we head into the election, and beyond.”
Also in a statement, editor Grace Bornhoft said, “Titan grabbed me in the first few pages. I immediately recognized that it had all the elements of a gripping sci-fi thriller, but it was the story of the tension between the exploiter and the exploited that sets this book apart. Even though it’s set in the far reaches of outer space, Titan has a lot to say about our present world that I think will light a spark with readers.”
Titan will be available online and in US stores September 15, 2020. Check out the cover art below.
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