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Mark D. EllisBy Mark D. Ellis
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Mark D. EllisBy Mark D. Ellis
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One of the most popular super-teams in comics returns in an all new graphic novel over three decades after their 1981 debut! The Justice Machine fought to destroy tyranny on two worlds, but nearly twenty years ago they vanished--never to be seen again.

Until now! In The Justice Machine: Object of Power graphic novel, the team plunges into a nightmarish landscape of two realities warring for domination! The Machine faces off against the dark destiny that awaits all humanity if they lose the battle to stop their deadliest foes from regaining a foothold to the future!

We are ready to roll with The Justice Machine: Object of Power graphic novel, which showcases the explosive return of the beloved superhero team from the Bronze Age of comics. The funds we raise on Kickstarter will pay the talented creators for their work, plus pay the letterer and go toward covering the production and printing costs. 

The Justice Machine is fondly remembered as one of the most popular comic titles of the 1980s. The original Justice Machine debuted from Noble Comics in 1981 at the very dawn of the independent comics era, featuring an iconic cover by John Byrne. 


The team holds a place of significance in comics' history —they are the first super-hero group produced by an independent publisher.

The Justice Machine series told of the adventures and tragedies that befell the six super-powered members of a law enforcement agency from the planet Georwell, an alternate Earth. When they were branded as traitors, they fled to Earth through an interdimensional lock and found themselves cast in the roles of reluctant heroes.

The first series lasted only six issues, but such luminaries as John Byrne, Bill Willingham, Mike Grell, Joe Rubinstein, and even Jack Kirby made artistic contributions to it.

The Machine reappeared in The Justice Machine Source Book for the Heroes Unlimited role-playing game, making them the first comic book super-team to cross over into the growing game market.

In 1986 Comico published The Justice Machine Featuring The Elementals four-issue series. 

After that, The Justice Machine became one of Comico’s flagship titles, as well as one of the top-selling independently published comics. The Comico series lasted a respectable 30 issues. 

When Comico suffered financial problems, Innovation picked up the Machine in 1989, reintroducing them as The New Justice Machine in a three-issue mini-series and then a full series.

That’s when artist Darryl Banks and I--Mark Ellis, came in. We set about streamlining the title and scaled back some of the complications from the Comico run. 

I loved writing these characters—so, when offered the chance, I purchased all rights to The Justice Machine property from Mike Gustovich. At that time I was head writer/editor at Millennium Publications and Darryl and I began working on a new Justice Machine series.

Unfortunately, only two issues were produced by Millennium before the comics market crashed in 1993. Darryl moved over to DC and a decade-long run on Green Lantern. I left the comics field to focus on my career as a novelist. Over the next 15 years, I wrote many novels in The Executioner and Deathlands series and created the best-selling Outlanders series, but I never forgot The Justice Machine.

Five years or so years ago, after Justice Machine art was featured in The Everything Guide to Writing Graphic Novels, I was queried by several parties about reviving The Machine. Since it seemed like events were pushing us to reintroduce the team in one form or another, we decided a compilation volume was the best way to go.

The sales and critical response to High Gear Edition Volume One was very encouraging...and within a year, I was working with a comics publisher to create the first new Justice Machine material in nearly 20 years. The initial plan was for a three-issue miniseries and a "Reintroductory" special.

The series was originally scheduled for fall of 2011--the 30th anniversary of The Justice Machine's debut-- but due to financial issues, the project was delayed multiple times.

The artists involved in the miniseries loved working on it so much, they were willing to wait until its publication to be compensated. But, unfortunately, that did not happen.

So as they say--If you want something done right—do it yourself.

We have compiled the miniseries and the “Reintroductory” special as a full color 100-plus page graphic novel entitled The Justice Machine: Object of Power.


The art for The Justice Machine: Object of Power has been completed—all that needs to be done on the book is to finish the lettering and get it ready for the printer. 

For fans of the original Justice Machine, I can promise the team hasn’t been rebooted: The classic origin and backstory of the characters and concepts is too unique to have done that, but we'll provide enough history in the graphic novel so new readers won't be lost and veteran fans will be satisfied. 

 But there is definitely a new approach in Object of Power. The characters are the same, but the conflicts and even the costumes are different. This is a retooled Machine.

The return of the Justice Machine offers fans the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a cool and unique superhero universe…one that has an established history but also one that doesn’t require knowing 60 years of past continuity to understand it.

 I’ve taken the attitude that the return of the Justice Machine is tantamount to a situation where the Fantastic Four had disappeared for years…not just in comic book years but in real-time years, as well. Then suddenly–BOOM!–they’re back, and not only are they struggling to come to terms with a new world in crisis, but the world is also struggling to come to terms with them. 

The plot is definitely connected to the Machine’s origins, but it also provides a fresh start for the team. I can confidently say that The Justice Machine: Object of Power is tough, mature and action-packed.

 The beautiful cover painted by the brilliant Jeff Slemons perfectly captures the tone, as well as being an homage to the iconic John Byrne cover from the first issue in 1981. 

The art is by David Enebral and Ivan Barriga, with colors by Jason Jensen and Kirsti Swan. The book will also have plenty of special features, such as never before seen costume redesigns--

--As well as art by some of the most legendary comic creators in the field.

We're offering some great prizes for people who pledge...we have sets of "Classic" Justice Machine wallpapers...

...beautiful posters and prints...

...signed copies of The Justice Machine: High Gear Edition Volume 2 reprint edition...

And a pair of really cool and completely unique T-shirts featuring Justice Machine art by John Byrne and Jack Kirby! 

Hopefully, the Object of Power graphic novel is just the first of many new Justice Machine projects. Even though I've written the comic book adventures of many different characters from Doc Savage to Death Hawk, The Justice Machine has always been, and will continue to be very special to me...and they're very special to a generation of comic fans, as well.

We hope that you'll contribute to keep the gears of The Justice Machine turning toward the NEXT generation of fans!

Risks and challenges

The art for THE JUSTICE MACHINE: OBJECT OF POWER graphic novel is complete. Only the lettering and book production needs to be done and we're very qualified to handle that.

Not only do I have years of publication production experience, Melissa Martin-Ellis is a professional graphic designer, colorist and letterer with years of experience getting books to press.

She was the Creative Director of Millennium Publications and supervised book production on many high profile titles, such as: Doc Savage, Anne Rice's The Mummy and HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu .

Recently she both edited AND lettered The Hound of the Baskervilles graphic novel published by Sequential Pulp/Dark Horse.

We have no concerns whatsoever about getting this book to press after the project is funded--and neither should our backers!

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