Nova Phase: An 8-bit Space Western Comic

From writer Matthew Ritter, artist Adam Elbahtimy, and Slave Labor Graphics comes Nova Phase, a space western with old school video game graphics. The story follows Veronica Darkwater, a down-on-her-luck bounty hunter who gets plunged into an intergalactic treasure hunt.

From the press release: “Nova Phase: A treasure hunt in space with old school video game graphics!

We have all had dreams. Dreams that we would have given anything to achieve and yet have eluded our grasp. It is about reaching for the stars and missing, it is about what one does with the failures that seem to make up most of life.

Veronica Darkwater is a down on her luck bounty hunter who finds herself plunged into an intergalactic treasure hunt for a legendary world of untold wealth. But she must compete with a crazy military commander who will stop at nothing to cement his name in history. Will she stay alive long enough to see if the legends of the mythical world of Una Tesara are true? A riveting adventure with retro 80’s/90’s arcade style art.

Nova Phase is a creator owned six issue series by Matthew Ritter (Writer) and Adam Elbatimy (Art).”

The first issue will be available digitally for free on Comixology on January 15th, with the second issue also availabe for just 99¢. The first two issues will then be collected into a print issue that will be on sale in February through the Slave Labor site and Amazon. Issues 3 and 4 will be out in March and April, with another print issue in June. The final two issues will be out in July and August, with the last print issue out in September.

“I wanted to do a space western because I love space and I love westerns. I also love old video games. So there you go.” -Matthew Ritter

“I love pixel art. I think of it as a genuine aesthetic choice, as apposed to a limitation. It has allowed us to give Nova Phase a really unique look.” -Adam Elbahtimy

With the success of Valiant’s 8-bit stories, it’ll be interesting to see another publisher tackle the idea and see what they can do with it. The story and setting surely lend themselves to the style and the nostalgia that the 8-bit graphics are sure to inspire can’t be a bad thing.

Source: Slave Labor Graphics
Reporter: Leo Johnson

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