Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel Return to Explore "Mars" at IDW

Official Press Release

San Diego, CA (May 23, 2005) When the First Comics series Mars first debuted in the mid-'80s, it was said to be far ahead of its time. Now, nearly two decades after its debut, modern-day production and color advancements will be applied to produce a deluxe collection of this unique and forward-thinking comic book.

A six-member team comprised of explorers and engineers are sent to Mars with a goal to terraform the red planet. Upon completion of the initial procedure all communication with Earth is lost and the team of terraformers must make a decision that will not only forever change their lives but perhaps the future of the human race.

Discover the earth-shattering truth in this insightful collection from creators Mark Wheatley (Frankenstein Mobster, Hammer of the Gods) and Marc Hempel (Sandman, Mad, Gregory). Now completely collected in one volume, Mars will feature all 12 issues of the original series, digitally remastered and fully painted with state-of-the-art technology. The collection also offers 32 additional story pages, never-before-seen artwork, and extras including behind the scenes commentary. as well as a brand-new cover.

"With their attention to detail and exceptional packaging, IDW is a perfect launching pad for our return to Mars," said co-creator Mark Wheatley. "And the time is finally right for our manga-style art, and the details about exploring Mars are in sync with what is going on in the rest of the world. Just watch the news and see all the Mars mania! Add the fact that our 12-issue graphic novel is now available in a beautiful, hand-painted book and that makes our carefully crafted science fiction mystery a much more satisfying reading experience."

Mars will be released as full-color 288-page trade paperback and a signed and numbered hardcover in August 2005.

About IDW Publishing

IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea + Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients. Among their best-selling titles are CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Konami's Metal Gear Solid; and GrimJack: Killer Instinct. IDW has films in development at Sony Pictures, Dimension Films, and Paramount Pictures.

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