PAGE EIGHTY SIX.                            Hippolyta Stadium, Amazonis Prime.

Ziggy played guitar, jammin’ good with Weird and Gilly
And the Spiders from Mars, he played it left hand
But made it too far
Became the special man, then we were Ziggy’s band

Last Friday in April already.  That month went by really naffing fast.  This week we’re back at Amazonis after a quick trip to Olympus City.  It’s the Independence Concert and our band is about to take the stage, which will, in turn, launch the rebel offensive- their last chance for breaking the tightening siege.

Vikki Grimm isn’t taking shizz from President Isidis.  She’s become a little more confident, I think.  I think it comes across in the dialogue, but also in Nic’s art.  The body language is great in this sequence, forceful and natural.  And the costumes are awesome…

Which brings me to the weekly pairing.  This page is a very obvious homage to one of our main inspirations: David Bowie.  I know I’ve talked about this before, but Nic and I planned, very early on, for our Mars to have a very strong glam vibe.  Amazonis Prime was always going to be very ’70′s London.’  That glam influence would come across in our fashion, as well as in our political environment.  Here the girls sport very Bowie-esque make-up.  They almost look like they’re opening for T-Rex!

So, I went back and checked and I don’t think I’ve ever used ‘Ziggy Stardust.’  In the imagined ‘Free Mars’ movie (currently the top-grossing film in my mind, just beating out Joss Whedon’s Star Wars prequel trilogy), the end credits run while the Sisters Grimm cover this song.  You can picture it too, right?

Finally- the May PREVIEWS is out and we’re on page four and 244 (full solicitation), I’m told.  That means we are now OFFICIALLY available to pre-order at your local comic shop.  You can give the comic book guy (worst character ever) this: Diamond Code: MAY120825.  Now, I’m not gonna get all sentimental, but if you’ve enjoyed the work Nic and I have been doing for almost two years now, this is the way to show your appreciation (I sound like a WTTW pledge drive person).  Seriously, the future of ‘Free Mars’ is by no means certain and this is your chance to help us keep the comic going.  Pre-ordering the book will ensure that we can continue the adventures of Vikki, Sam, and Vexx, but also potentially give us the opportunity to tell more ‘Free Mars’ tales, including stories focusing on Hannah Valerus and Damien Kessler.

So again, if you’ve been a fan, now is the time to show it.  Help us Obi Wan Kenobi, you’re our only hope….

Dave