“Mercury Heat” is a new series from Avatar Press written by Kieron Gillen with art by Omar Francia and Nahuel Lopez. So far I’ve only read the first four issues, which doesn’t even comprise the first arc, but I’ve been loving every panel.

The premise is the colonization of Mercury and the “Wild West”-ness of it all, with the story centering on a police officer investigating a suspicious death with ties to the Mercurian mob. It’s noir plus hard sci-fi with a somber futuristic view where everyday people are just struggling to survive day by day, with the closest comparisons for me being “Blade Runner” with a dash of “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”.

What makes this book great for me is that Gillen is able to weave a murder mystery tale with great characterization and world-building. It really seems like Gillen has this whole fascinating, hard-boiled, lived-in, future world(s) built up in his head and is only slowly revealing it to us the audience piece by piece.

This book is scratching my hard sci-fi, Phillip K. Dick-loving itch, and I can’t wait to read more.

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