Announced today at IDW Publishing written by Ron Marz and co-created by Eric Sellers, a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force Reserves and longtime comics fan. The series, which launches in March 2013, follows an Air Force squadron who must hunt down a rogue member on an adventure through time.
"I met Eric a number of years ago as kind of a friend of a friend and a guy who was and is a comic fan," Marz told CBR News. "A few years ago he asked me to write an essay for a George Perez magazine that he was putting out to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. And we just stayed in touch since then. So when Eric came to the conclusion that he wanted to actually try to put together a book and bring this idea to life, I was one of the guys he called."
Sellers' idea drew on his years spent in the Air Force and combines that realistic background with a fantastical concept. "It's kind of a throwback adventure story with a team of U.S. Air Force personnel who actually end up time traveling," Marz explained. "The overall Historians program, which is run by the Air Force, is designed to keep history sacrosanct; locate and in some cases retrieve historical artifacts; and just kind of maintain the integrity of the timestream. That's the general mission. The specific story that we're telling in this first miniseries is what happens when one of the longtime team members goes rogue and decides to use this technology for his own benefit. The rest of the team has to essentially chase this guy through time."
Art on the series comes from former "Supergirl" artist Jamal Igle, and the connection among the three creators goes back nearly 20 years, to Marz's seminal work on "Green Lantern." "I've known Jamal for I don't know how many years," Marz said. "I think I actually wrote Jamal's first professional gig, which was part of a Green Lantern issue, probably almost 20 years ago now." That issue, "Green Lantern" #52, is the very book that rekindled Sellers' love of comics when he picked it up at an Air Force base in South Korea in 1994. The three combining forces for a project now has a certain poetic resonance.
Marz and Sellers have worked closely developing the story for "The Historians," which started with Sellers' original idea. "It's a give and take, and truthfully, more often than not I'm the one trying to make sure that Eric stays as involved as he wants to be," Marz said. "This is his idea, and we're kind of bringing his vision to life, but Eric's been great about stepping back and saying, 'Look, you guys are the creative ones. You know what you're doing. Go ahead and tell the best story you can tell.'"Character designs by Igle