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Nuclear fallout left thousands with bizarre powers, and a mutant special ops team is sent on what's sure to be a suicide mission.
Nuclear fallout left thousands with bizarre powers, and a mutant special ops team is sent on what's sure to be a suicide mission.
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The Martyrs | Issue One

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Who or what are THE MARTYRS?

THE MARTYRS follows the story of a special ops team based out of New Rome - what's become the hub of civilization following the fallout of WWIII - as they explore the war ravaged remnants of the world. 

This Kickstarter is to fund a print run of the first issue. Issue one of THE MARTYRS is a 27 page fully color comic written by Jenn Arledge (me) and illustrated by Rafa Lee, with cover art by Greg Woronchak and Micah Weltsch.

The Nuclear War - soon to be known as WWIII - has finally come to a close. 

Fallout ravaged the earth.

It left hundreds - if not thousands - of people with visible mutations and bizarre powers. The Americas fell into the oceans, and the Gobi Desert is nothing more than a sheet of glass. Humanity - or what's left of it - has split into two groups. 

The first found refuge in what was once Rome. Life is a game of survival. There's no concept of race, class, or religion. There's only food, shelter, and safety. Refuge for those affected by the fallout - The Fallen.

The second group pledge allegiance to a warlord - The Commander - who has set up base in former Beijing. Amidst the chaos, The Commander created The New Order - an almost-theocracy, with himself at the center. The New Order has only one directive.

To stop The New Order from purifying what's left of the human race, a mutant special ops team is sent on what's sure to be a suicide mission.

Comics

We're happy to offer both print and digital copies of MARTYRS #1.

Cover art by Greg Woronchak & Micah Weltsch
Cover art by Greg Woronchak & Micah Weltsch

 Add Ons

In addition to the comic, you can add a sticker set or trading card set! The trading cards are styled to make you nostalgic for the 90's Marvel Fleer cards - I happily still have hundreds from when I was a kid. The stickers are a fun addition: The Martyrs are sure to... stick around.

Trading card art by @MooneeArt
Trading card art by @MooneeArt
Sticker designs by @Mharz
Sticker designs by @Mharz

Cover

Interiors

 Want more?

You can read the Martyrs Prologue on ComixCentral for free!

The purpose of this Kickstarter is to raise funds for a small print run of comics that we can take to cons and distribute to comic shops. (The bright orange bit.) We're going to achieve this by pre-selling copies (printed rewards) and shipping them out to you(!) (shipping). The only other costs are Kickstarter fees.

 If we're stupidly successful, this pie chart will be modified to reflect where those extra funds are allocated. In that event, we'll be ordering a slightly larger print run (to take advantage of a lower print cost) and allocating the rest of the funds toward issue two.

 Do you have questions about the campaign? Want to know more about Arledge Comics? You can check us out online at arledgecomics.com or connect with us on social media.

Risks and challenges

Welcome back to another Arledge Comics Kickstarter.

This is our eighth Kickstarter. Each campaign has been successful, and each campaign has fully delivered. Every new project comes with its unique set of challenges, and I (and my team) have met those challenges face on each and every time.

Issue one of THE MARTYRS is complete and ready to be sent to the printers. Funds raised will be funding rewards for you, a small print run for us, and everything else will go toward funding issue two.

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    PDF copy of THE MARTYRS issue one.

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    Printed copy of THE MARTYRS issue one.

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    Printed Copy + Add-On

    Printed copy of THE MARTYRS issue one and one add-on.

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    Distro Pack #1

    Five copies of THE MARTYRS #1 & free US shipping.

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    Printed Copy + 2 Add-Ons

    Printed copy of THE MARTYRS issue one and two add-ons.

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    Distro Pack #2

    Ten copies of THE MARTYRS #1 & free US shipping!

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    Early Bird Special

    Thanks for being one of our first 10 backers! You'll receive an exclusive art print along with your physical comic.

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