Groundbreaking project Ghost Machine is more than just a comic book publisher; it’s a sign of things to come for the graphic storytelling industry. Its shared universes and titles, in particular, represent a major break from the traditional superhero story. This article will explore the major universes within this paradigm shift, each offering a distinctive tapestry of characters and stories. Let’s take a trip via the imaginative storyline of Ghost Machine.
Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s prior inventions, Geiger and Junkyard Joe, are part of the ongoing adventures of “a mysterious group of heroes across history” that is the focus of the Unnamed universe. Among its titles are:
- Geiger: Ground Zero miniseries, which will debut in 2021. This two-issue series novel, set 25 years in the future, is centered on Tariq Geiger, a man who lost his humanity and his family in the Unknown War. He now lives in a post-nuclear world after being changed into the Glowing Man, a creature that can absorb radiation but finds it difficult to contain.
- Ghost Machine 1: The firm’s first official book, Ghost Machine 1, is a 64-page special anthology released in January 2024 and acts as an introduction to the characters of the four shared universes inside the organization.
- Junkyard Joe: In this Johns and Frank comic, young soldier and aspiring cartoonist Morrie “Muddy” Davis meets an enigmatic, lethal, yet devoted robot soldier in 1972 while serving in the Vietnam War. Muddy writes the well-known Sunday comic strip Junkyard Joe after the Army persuades him that what he saw is not real. Decades later, he runs across the robot once more as he escapes those who want to repurpose him as a weapon of mass destruction.
The Rocketfellers: The Rocketfellers, written and illustrated by Francis Manapul and written by Peter J. Tomasi, is the focal point of the Family Odyssey’s world. Manapul elaborates on the concept that forms the basis of the show’s plot: “It’s possible that hiding in a different time zone is the best option when you’re under the Witness Protection Program. To avoid a threat, the dysfunctional family in the narrative travels back in time to 2024, where they encounter the peculiar people and culture of that era. However, they discover that the threat they believed they had escaped has followed them.
Ghost Machine’s creators’ dedication to diversity, innovation, and teamwork is evident in their study of shared universes. Ghost Machine opens the door for a new age in graphic storytelling as we look forward to these stories – from post-apocalyptic planets to far-future sci-fi epics and ghostly White House tales – unfolding.