The Official Index to the Martian Universe

This document is intended as an index to the Martian Universe, listing all stories in their recommended reading order. It is current as of The Synthetics Vol. 1 (Oct 2021).

Red text is used for material that has not yet been published, and bold red text indicates “doubly red” material (material that, unless changed, would remain normal red after publication).

In the following, some changes (such as added pages or relettering) are noted, but other changes (whether to dialogue, captions, or the art) made to stories for collected editions are too numerous to catalog here.

Naturally, much that is planned can’t be noted below (spoilers!). This includes not only planned stories, but entire sections which occur between those noted below.

§1. The Girl from Mars

This was the first story published in the Martian Universe. Although set near the present, chronologically prior to a vast amount of material, it’s intended to be read first.

The story is told in numbered chapters.

This section’s current status: perhaps 1/4 complete. Once the historical material catches up to the framing narrative, the story will continue in a different direction.
1. “I Dream of Mars!” (8 pages)

DESIGNATION: The Girl from Mars, chapter 1

IN-STORY DATE: Fall 20141

CREATORS: Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman (story), Julian Darius (script), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #1 (July 2014)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Bumper Compendium #1 (Feb 2016), The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020)

NOTE: A Martian girl apparently possesses college student Isabella Montoya.

2. “Moving In” (6 pages)

DESIGNATION: The Girl from Mars, chapter 2

IN-STORY DATE: none

CREATORS: Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman (story), Julian Darius (script), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #1 (July 2014)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Bumper Compendium #1 (Feb 2016), The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020)

NOTE: The Martian girl adjusts to Isabella’s life and meets her sister, Rita.

3. “New Myths” (7 pages)

DESIGNATION: The Girl from Mars, chapter 3

IN-STORY DATE: none

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #1 (July 2014)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Bumper Compendium #1 (Feb 2016), The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020)

NOTE: The Martian possessing Izzy talks with Izzy’s sister Rita, who agrees to go along with the Martian claim. Meanwhile, Jonathan Skilling (not named) learns of Izzy.

4. “You Can’t Say Dallas Doesn’t Love You” (15 pages)

DESIGNATION: The Girl from Mars, chapter 4

IN-STORY DATE: none

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #2 (Nov 2014)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Bumper Compendium #1 (Feb 2016), The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020)

NOTE: Split between two time periods, set days apart. In the earlier one, Izzy and Rita test Izzy’s apparent powers, then get summoned to Skilling’s corporate headquarters in Dallas. In the later timeline, Izzy and Rita arrive in Dallas and meet Skilling, who offers Izzy the job of spokesperson, but Izzy identifies Skilling as a Martian.

5. “Small Talk with Rats” (10 pages)

DESIGNATION: The Girl from Mars, chapter 5

IN-STORY DATE: none

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #2 (Dec 2015)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Bumper Compendium #1 (Feb 2016), The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020)

NOTE: Skilling uses his powers to cause his secretary, Tina, to commit suicide.

6. “The Other” (6 pages)

DESIGNATION: The Girl from Mars, chapter 6

IN-STORY DATE: none

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #3 (Dec 2015)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Bumper Compendium #1 (Feb 2016), The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020)

NOTE: Skilling explains his intention to become famous on Mars by narrating his adventures to Izzy before killing her and Rita.

7. “The Devil’s Confession” (33 pages)

DESIGNATION: The Girl from Mars, chapter 7

IN-STORY DATE: none

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)2

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #4 (May 2016)

COLLECTED IN: The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020)

NOTE: Skilling convinces Rita to take the gun from Tina, then narrates his time as Winthrop Northmore, covering 1945-1961.

8. “New Frontiers” (48 pages)

DESIGNATION: The Girl from Mars, chapter 8

IN-STORY DATE: none

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (pencils), Sara Nietto (inks), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)3

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #6-7 (Sept-Oct 2016)

COLLECTED IN: The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020)

NOTE: Skilling begins to narrate his time as Wallace Irons, covering 1961-1966, including the assassination of JFK and the escalation of the war in Vietnam.

9. “Planet Vietnam” (66 pages)4

DESIGNATION: The Girl from Mars, chapter 9

IN-STORY DATE: none

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (pencils), Sara Nietto (inks), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)5

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #8 (Dec 2016) and 11-12 (Jan-Sept 2018)

COLLECTED IN: The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020)

NOTE: Skilling continues to narrate his time as Wallace Irons, covering 1967-1968, including the assassinations of RFK and MLK, as well as Nixon’s election. Introduces operatives possessing Veronique, Kathleen, and Raoul; only Raoul survives.

10. “Lunatocracy” (62 pages)

DESIGNATION: The Girl from Mars, chapter 10

IN-STORY DATE: none

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #22-24 (Apr-July 2021)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Catch-Up Edition #1 (Sept 2021), The Girl from Mars Vol. 2 (???)

NOTE: Skilling continues to narrate his time as Wallace Irons, covering 1969-1973, including Nixon’s tenure over the war and ending with the U.S. withdrawal. During this time, Raoul moves to Vietnam to run operations there, where he remains after the U.S. withdrawal.

11. “Transfers of Power” (45 pages)

DESIGNATION: The Girl from Mars, chapter 11

IN-STORY DATE: none

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #25 (??? 2022)

COLLECTED IN: The Girl from Mars Vol. 2 (???)

NOTE: Skilling concludes his narration of his time as Wallace Irons, covering 1973-1975.

12. “The Private Branch” (96 pages)

DESIGNATION: The Girl from Mars, chapter 12

IN-STORY DATE: none

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics ???

COLLECTED IN: The Girl from Mars Vol. 2 (???)

NOTE: Skilling begins to narrate his time as Daniel Chenoweth, covering 1976-1981.

* Originally lettered in all-caps solely by Colin Bell. Relettered for The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020).

1 Date added when collected in The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020).

2 Originally lettered in all-caps, but relettered for The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020).

3 Originally, the portion from Martian Comics #6 was lettered by Darius and Legge, while the portion from Martian Comics #7-8 was lettered solely by Legge. All portions were originally lettered in all-caps, but were relettered for The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020).

4 This chapter originally appeared as a continuation of the previous one, but the two were divided and the second half given a new name for The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020).

5 The portion from Martian Comics #11 was originally lettered in all-caps, but was relettered for The Girl from Mars Vol. 1 (Nov 2020).

§2. Cities of Mars

This series, which has not yet launched, will follow Kyshi Miro on his journey to visit all 12 Martian cities, beginning in (what would later be designated) the year 0 A.K.M.

This section’s current status: barely started.
1. “The Horizons of Khera” (104 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 0 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Mansyur Daman (art), Julian Darius (touch-ups), Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: The Horizons of Khera (original graphic novel, ??? 2022)

COLLECTED IN: none

NOTE: On his journey through the 12 cities of Mars, Kyshi Miro visits the totalitarian city of Khera, which he finds in the midst of a a crisis caused by a growing vegetative network seen as one of the city’s “miracles.” As the growth continues, it transforms Kheran life and culture. Khera had previously been seen in “The Tears of Khera” and “The Miracles of Khera.” Although this was the first volume of Cities of Mars to be published, it is chronologically the second.

§3. The First Millennium

A number of Martian stories are set in the first millennium A.K.M. During this time, the cities of Mars grow closer together and evolve past our current level of Earth technology. While the stories below technically go past the first millennium, those stories complete the first millennium’s themes.

This section’s current status: there’s a lot to go, although “The Tears of Khera” is intended as this section’s finale.
1. “One Small Step” (2 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 537 A.K.M.*

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Jason Muhr (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)1

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #3 (Dec 2015)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: Mars lands on Phobos, while humans are painting in caves.

2. “The Canals of Earth” (24 pages)2

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 903 A.K.M.*

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Mansyur Daman (art, pages 1-7, 9-10, and 12-24), Marlena Mozgawa Lenamo (art and colors, page 8), David A. Frizell (art and colors, page 11), Donovan Yaciuk (colors, pages 5-6 and 12-24), Diego Rodriguez (colors, pages 1-4, 7, and 9-10), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)3

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #5 (July 2016); page 8 originally appeared as the cover to Martian Comics #13 (Oct 2018)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: After a discussion of Martians’ evolving conception of Earth, Mars makes its first manned landing on Earth. Introduces the Martian goddess Earth.

3. “The Tears of Khera” (150 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1030-1219 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Mansyur Daman (art), Roni Setiawan (colors, painted pages [6-7, 27, 28, 30, 37, 40, 47, 67, 74, 82, 89, 97, 101, 121, 126, 132, and 137]), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors, TV pages [11-12, 20, 43, and 45], wanted poster [79], and final sequence [138-150]), Cloves Rodrigues (other colors and greyscale), Julian Darius (touch-ups), Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #16-21 (June 2019 – Mar 2021)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 2 (June 2021)

NOTE: As a child, Mai Junya cries purple tears, seen as one of Khera’s “miracles.” This destroys her family but, in time, leads to Khera’s democratization. Told using selective color and in-universe artifacts as part of the narrative. First appearance of Khera and first published reference in the series to Kyshi Miro.

* Date added when collected in Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

1 Originally lettered in all-caps solely by Colin Bell. Relettered for Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

2 Originally 23 pages, but expanded for Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019) by inclusion of Martian Comics Vol. 1 #15′s cover by Marlena Mozgawa Lenamo into the story proper.

3 Originally lettered in all-caps, but relettered for Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

§4. Rise of the Synthetics

The story of the second millennium (well, the final seven centuries of it) is focused on the Robot Revolution of 1408 A.K.M. and the subsequent integration of Robot City into Martian civilization.

This section’s current status: perhaps 1/6 complete. Whole themes of this section have yet to be revealed.
1. “No Threshold” (13 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1339 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Steven Legge (art), Donovan Yaciuk (colors), Steven Legge and Julian Darius (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: The Synthetics #2 (Dec 2020)

COLLECTED IN: The Synthetics Vol. 1 (Oct 2021)

NOTE: A discussion of robotic consciousness and the then-current state of robotics on Mars. Introduces Ultimo.

2. “Volatile Memory” (13 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1346 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Steven Legge (art), Donovan Yaciuk and Peter Dawes (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: The Synthetics #2 (Dec 2020)

COLLECTED IN: The Synthetics Vol. 1 (Oct 2021)

NOTE: A request for assisted suicide tests a caretaker android’s programming. Introduces Galong.

3. “What Martians Want” (30 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1394-1407 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Cloves Rodrigues (art and colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: The Synthetics #0 (Feb 2019)

COLLECTED IN: The Synthetics Vol. 1 (Oct 2021)

NOTE: A whorebot struggles with the history of robot rebellions in Martian fiction. Introduces Landra.

4. “Gladiators” (27 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1408-1410 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Steven Legge (art), Donovan Yaciuk (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: The Synthetics #1 (Mar 2018)

COLLECTED IN: The Synthetics Vol. 1 (Oct 2021)

NOTE: Gladiator androids experience the Robot Revolution from the sidelines. Introduces Ripshot, Clawburst, and Nibbles.

5. “How I Spent the Robot Revolution” (10 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1408-1418 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Steven Legge (art and colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: The Synthetics #1 (Mar 2018)

COLLECTED IN: The Synthetics Vol. 1 (Oct 2021)

NOTE: A Martian family flees its sentient apartment and takes refuge with another Martian. Introduces Mara.

6. “Stereotypes” (4 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1413-1418 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Steven Legge (art and colors), Steven Legge and Julian Darius (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: The Synthetics #3 (Jan 2021)

COLLECTED IN: The Synthetics Vol. 1 (Oct 2021)

NOTE: Ripshot, Clawburst, and Nibbles learn a lesson in robot body typing.

7. “Ghosts of the Revolution” (18 pages)

DESIGNATION: a Detectiron mystery

IN-STORY DATE: 1424 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Steven Legge (art and colors), Steven Legge and Julian Darius (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: The Synthetics #3 (Jan 2021)

COLLECTED IN: The Synthetics Vol. 1 (Oct 2021)

NOTE: A client, who lost track of his friend in the revolution, approaches Robot City’s only detective for help. Introduces Detectiron.

8. “Robots Attack!” (4 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1415-1623 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Steven Legge (art and colors), Steven Legge and Julian Darius (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: The Synthetics #3 (Jan 2021)

COLLECTED IN: The Synthetics Vol. 1 (Oct 2021)

NOTE: In early Robot City, Nibbles enjoys “Robots Attack!” trading cards. Two centuries later, Ripshot, Clawburst, and he attend an organic lecture on the same cards.

9. “His Name was Journey 1″ (9 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1863 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: The Synthetics #1 (Mar 2018)

COLLECTED IN: The Synthetics Vol. 1 (Oct 2021)

NOTE: A “builderbot” finds a new life in Robot City. Introduces Journey 1 and Sunisha, the super AI “god” of the Synthetics.

* Originally lettered in all-caps, but relettered for The Synthetics Vol. 1 (Oct 2021).

§5. The Third Millennium

With the resolution of centuries-long tensions with Robot City, Mars turns outward in the third millennium, exploring the solar system.

This section’s current status: barely started.
1. “Marooned” (28 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1927-2039 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: TBD

COLLECTED IN: none

NOTE: To be added after publication.

2. “Nemot Rising” (116 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 2297 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Hernán González (art, pages 1-43, 50-116), Steve Beach (art and colors, pages 44-49), Nicolás Brondo (colors, pages 1-43, 50-116), Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Nemot Rising (original graphic novel, ??? 2022)

COLLECTED IN: none

NOTE: Mars first encounters life from outside the solar system.

3. “Dinosaurs of Mars!” (16 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 2987 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Mansyur Daman (art, pages 1-3 and 6-16), Jason Muhr (art, page 4), Steven Legge (art, page 5), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors, page 1-3 and 5-16), Andrei Tabacaru (colors, page 4), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #12 (Sept 2018)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: A discussion of the Martian fascination with dinosaurs and of evolution.

§6. The Big Gap

This section, covering five and a half millennia, is not an official designation and will eventually be broken up into multiple periods of time. Comparatively few stories (per millennium, at any rate) have been told in this vast period. In the final millennium of this period, Mars develops Projection Tank technology and begins enlightening Earth.

This section’s current status: barely started. Whole themes of this big span of time have yet to be revealed.
1. “Safari” (17 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 3286-3313 A.K.M.*

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Mansyur Daman (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)1

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #3 (Dec 2015)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: Features a male coming-of-age ritual in the city of Khylos. First appearance of Khylos.

2. “Letters from the Underworld” (58 pages)2

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 3313 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Cloves Rodrigues (art, pages 1-5, 7-58), Marlena Mozgawa Lenamo (art and colors, page 6), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors, page 1-5, 7-32, and 34-58), Roni Setiawan (colors, page 33), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #13-15 (Oct 2018 – Apr 2019)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: Features a female coming-of-age ritual in the city of Khylos. Focuses on the goddess Serda, who is introduced here along with the goddess Fali.

3. “Cargo Cult” (6 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 6908 A.K.M.*

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andi Supriyono (art), Donovan Yaciuk (colors), Julian Darius (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #4 (May 2016)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: The origin of the double crown of Egypt.

4. “Another Me” (13 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 7667 A.K.M.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Cloves Rodrigues (art and colors), Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #25 (???)

COLLECTED IN: none

NOTE: To be added after publication.

5. “Ezekiel” (3 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 8241 A.K.M.*

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)3

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #3 (Dec 2015)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: Features the prophet Ezekiel.

6. “The Miracles of Khera” (11 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 8281 A.K.M.4

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Mansyur Daman (art), Roni Setiawan (colors, pages 2-7), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors, pages 1 and 8-11), Julian Darius (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #24 (July 2021)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Catch-Up Edition #1 (Sept 2021), Martian Comics Vol. 3 (???)

NOTE: Neb Sarl, Head Archivist of Tandria (a position once held by Kyshi Miro), recounts some of the miracles of Khera and speculates that they sound like side effects caused by the Projection Tank. The use of painted pages recalls their usage in “The Tears of Khera.” First appearance of Tandria.

* Date added when collected in Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

1 Originally lettered in all-caps solely by Colin Bell. Relettered for Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

2 Originally 57 pages, but expanded for Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019) by inclusion of Martian Comics #15′s cover by Marlena Mozgawa Lenamo into the story proper.

3 Originally lettered in all-caps solely by Colin Bell. Relettered for Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

4 Date added when collected in Martian Comics Vol. 3 (???).

§7. The A.D. Period (Prior to Kimot Ren)

This period, which covers about one Martian millennium (8571-9539 A.K.M.), heavily (although not exclusively) features stories starring Lazarus.

This section’s current status: there’s a lot to go.
1. “The Galilean” (5 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 8571 A.K.M.1

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)2

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #1 (July 2014)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: Features Jesus. Lazarus first appears in a cameo.

2. “Lazarus” (13 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: none (but takes place parallel to “The Galilean”)

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #2 (Nov 2014)

COLLECTED IN: Lazarus, the Forever Man #0 (Sept 2017), Lazarus, the Forever Man Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Follows Lazarus through Jesus’s crucifixion. Lazarus departs Judea.

3. “What Has Athens to Do with Jerusalem?” (13 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: none

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #3 (Dec 2015)

COLLECTED IN: Lazarus, the Forever Man #0 (Sept 2017), Lazarus, the Forever Man Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Lazarus, living in Athens, witnesses Paul preaching about Jesus.

4. “How I Learned to be Immortal” (70 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 64-73 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (pencils), Sara Nietto and Sergio Tarquini (inks), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)3

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Lazarus, the Forever Man #1 (Dec 2015)

COLLECTED IN: Lazarus, the Forever Man Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Lazarus follows news about Judea, then leaves Athens to visit there. In the process, he learns how his immortality works.

5. “I Dream of Hell!” (12 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 9088 A.K.M. (999 A.D.)

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Cloves Rodrigues (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #12 (Sept 2018)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: A medieval man in Cluny, France, sees the effects of the Projection Tank as demonic. The title refers to the first chapter of The Girl from Mars.

6. “29,850 Eyes” (8 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1014 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Cloves Rodrigues (art and colors), Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Lazarus, the Forever Man #3 (???)

COLLECTED IN: Lazarus, the Forever Man Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: To be added after publication.

7. “The Last Safe Place on Earth” (7 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 9237 A.K.M. (1280 A.D.)

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Cloves Rodrigues (art and colors), Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #23 (May 2021)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Catch-Up Edition #1 (Sept 2021), Martian Comics Vol. 3 (???)

NOTE: Martians evacuate New Zealand, prior to human arrival.

8. “The Merchant of Venice” (22 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1597 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Mansyur Daman (art, pages 1-4, 9-10, 13, and 18-22), other info yet to be determined, Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Lazarus, the Forever Man #3 (???)

COLLECTED IN: Lazarus, the Forever Man Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: To be added after publication.

* Originally lettered in all-caps solely by Colin Bell. Relettered for Lazarus, the Forever Man Vol. 1 (???).

1 Date added when collected in Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

2 Originally lettered in all-caps solely by Colin Bell. Relettered for Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

3 Originally lettered in all-caps, but relettered for Lazarus, the Forever Man Vol. 1 (???).

§8. Kimot Ren: American Sojourn

This extended story begins in 1849 A.D.

This section’s current status: about 1/2 done. (That’s the best of any section, currently.)

1. “Mutiny” (6 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 9540 A.K.M. (1849 A.D.)1

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Donovan Yaciuk (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #1 (Aug 2016)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Tolek Ren takes command of a Martian flying saucer, which then crashes near a Western town.

2. “Four Minutes on the Ceiling” (4 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1849 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Donovan Yaciuk (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #1 (Aug 2016)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Kimot Ren rescues his master, Tolek Ren, before the flying saucer explodes. Much of this chapter is drawn upside-down, since the ship also landed upside-down.

3. “Philosophers Would Say” (3 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1849 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Donovan Yaciuk (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #1 (Aug 2016)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Kimot Ren leaves his wounded master to procure medicine.

4. “Atmospheric Conditions” (6 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1849 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art, pages 1-2 and 4-6), Donovan Yaciuk (colors, pages 1-2 and 4-6), historical sources (art, page 3), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #1 (Aug 2016)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Henry and Robert, two drunks, discuss meteor showers and discover Kimot Ren.

5. “Blending In” (12 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1849 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Donovan Yaciuk (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #1 (Aug 2016)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Kimot Ren is “returned” (i.e. effectively sold) to the Great Renaldo’s Traveling Carnival of Curiosities.

6. “The Clarity of Morning” (10 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1849 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #2 (May 2017)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Zortal investigates Kimot Ren, hypothesizes about the android’s origins, and gets Wilgefortis to agree to add him to the show.

7. “One of Us” (10 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1849 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #2 (May 2017)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Zortal constructs a faux steam-powered costume for Kimot Ren, who meets more of the troupe and witnesses a show. Kimot Ren foils a robbery, only to be chastised by Wilgefortis.

8. “A Show of Marvels” (17 pages)2

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1849 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art, pages 1-13 and 16-17), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors, pages 1-13 and 16-17), historical sources (art, pages 14-15), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)*

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #2 (May 2017); page 1 originally appeared as the cover to Kimot Ren #3 (Jan 2020)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Readers get to witness a full show from the audience’s perspective, as Kimot Ren debuts on stage.

9. “If I Ran” (7 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1849 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #3 (Jan 2020)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Kimot Ren imagines ignoring his master’s instructions and returning to Tolek Ren.

10. “A Day in the Lives” (8 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1849 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #3 (Jan 2020)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Kimot Ren experiences a day in the life of the troupe.

11. “La Dame Josephine” (6 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1849 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #3 (Jan 2020)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Kimot Ren talks with Lady Josephine and learns about her past.

12. “Wilgefortis and Son” (17 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1849 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art, pages 1-11 and 15-17), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors, pages 1-11 and 15-17), historical sources (art, pages 12-14), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #4 (Feb 2020)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Kimot Ren walks with Golbasto and Leviathan, then talks with Wilgefortis and learns about her past.

13. “The Winter’s Tale” (7 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: Winter 1849-1850 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #4 (Feb 2020)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Kimot Ren experiences his first winter with the troupe.

14. “We are All Connected” (23 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1850 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #5 (May 2020)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: After Dotty dies, Kimot Ren and Violet Shintana talk about mortality, religion, and Sunisha (a tie-in with The Synthetics). Daisy dies soonafter.

15. “California Dreams” (42 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1850 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art, pages 1-14, 17, 19-24, 27-28, 30-40, and 42), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors, pages 1-14, 17, 19-24, 27-28, 30-40, and 42), historical sources (art, pages 15-16, 18, 25-26, 29, and 41), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #6 (???)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Traveling through Gold Country, the troupe hears four very different experiences of the Gold Rush.

16. “A Place without Judgment” (26 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 1850 A.D.

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andre Siregar (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Kimot Ren #7 (???)

COLLECTED IN: Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???)

NOTE: Before the troupe leaves California, Kimot Ren and Violet Shintana travel to the coast.

* Originally lettered in all-caps, but relettered for Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???).

This A.D. date can be inferred from this and surrounding stories, especially “California Dreams.”

1 A.K.M. date added when collected in Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???). The A.D. date can be inferred from surrounding stories, especially “California Dreams.” The lack of an A.D. date is intended to ground readers in Kimot Ren’s experience, disconnected from Earth.

2 Originally 16 pages, but expanded for Kimot Ren Vol. 1 (???) by inclusion of a later cover into the story proper.

§9. From Kimot Ren to the Present

This period includes several Girl from Mars side stories, as we catch up to the events narrated there.

This section’s current status: there’s a lot to go.
1. “The Second Most Dangerous Game” (56 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 9578-9579 A.K.M. (1922-1923 A.D.)1

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Mansyur Daman (art), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)2

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #8-10 (Dec 2016 – Aug 2017)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: Black-and-white. A spiritual sequel to “Safari,” featuring Martians from Khylos.

2. “Foo Fighters” (10 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 9590 A.K.M. (January 1945 A.D.)

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Andi Supriyono (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #13 (May 2018)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: Martians save an Allied bomber over Europe.

3. “December 1963″ (5 pages)

DESIGNATION: a Girl from Mars side story3

IN-STORY DATE: 9600 A.K.M. (December 1963 A.D.)4

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Sergio Tarquini (pencils), Sara Nietto (inks), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)5

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #6 (Sept 2016)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: Planetary Security talks to Wallace Irons in the wake of JFK’s assassination.

4. “Another Small Step” (3 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 9603 A.K.M. (20 July 1969)6

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Jason Muhr (art), R.L. Campos (colors), Julian Darius and Colin Bell (letters)7

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #3 (Dec 2015)

COLLECTED IN: Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019)

NOTE: Martians observe the moon landing. A spiritual sequel to “One Small Step.”

1 A.K.M. date added when collected in Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

2 Originally lettered in all-caps, but relettered for Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

3 This designation has not yet appeared, but will upon the story’s next reprinting.

4 A.K.M. date added when collected in Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019). A.D. date given only in the title.

5 Originally lettered in all-caps solely by Steven Legge. Relettered for Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

6 Date added when collected in Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

7 Originally lettered in all-caps solely by Colin Bell. Relettered for Martian Comics Vol. 1 (May 2019).

§10. The Future

No stories have yet been set in the future, but some are forthcoming.
1. “What Pets Tell Us about Truth” (13 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: TBD

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Mansyur Daman (art), Fahriza Kamaputra (colors), Julian Darius and Kevin Thurman (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #25 (???)

COLLECTED IN: none

NOTE: To be added after publication.

2. “The Throwbacks” (6 pages)

DESIGNATION: none

IN-STORY DATE: 9666-9669 A.K.M. (2087-2092 A.D.)

CREATORS: Julian Darius (writing), Jack Kirby (art), Steven Legge (inks, colors, and page 4 background art), Julian Darius (art editing and restoration), Julian Darius and Steven Legge (letters)

FIRST PUBLISHED IN: Martian Comics #25 (???)

COLLECTED IN: none

NOTE: To be added after publication.

This section’s current status: barely started.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In 1996, while still an undergraduate, Dr. Julian Darius founded what would become Sequart Organization, which publishes non-fiction and documentary films on comic books and promotes the medium as a legitimate form of art. After graduating magna cum laude from Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), he obtained his M.A. in English, authoring a thesis on John Milton and utopianism. In 2002, he moved to Waikiki, teaching college while obtaining an M.A. in French (high honors) and a Ph.D. in English. In 2011, he founded Martian Lit. He currently lives in Illinois.

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