“Turns traditional expectations of the genre on their head... if you want more from your science fiction than space opera, The Fuse just might be what you've been looking for.”
The Hollywood Reporter
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22,000 MILES UP, THERE IS NO BACKUP.
Klem Ristovych is the oldest Homicide cop in Midway City, a five mile long jury-rigged steel city built inside 'the Fuse' — an orbiting energy platform, stationed high above the earth.
With a half million people crammed into Midway, and the MCPD permanently understaffed, working homicide on the Fuse takes a special kind of murder police. Someone like Klem, and her new partner Dietrich.
Ralph Dietrich seems like the perfect detective — young, successful, diligent, ambitious. But something must be up, because he volunteered for transfer to Fuse Homicide.
“Sets a new standard for the genre... The Fuse is totally unlike anything else he's written, yet Johnston is perfectly at home in this crime/sci-fi hybrid.”
“Space cops investigating space murders is the sort of synopsis that gets my attention, and so far Johnston and Greenwood appear to have the world-building skills and noir chops to back it up.”
Wired, 'Five Comics You Must Read This Month'
“Klem absolutely steals the show... imbues the crime/sci-fi genre with a depth and complexity, spinning a mystery that’s both a thrilling look at a sci-fi society of the future and a stark reminder of the divisions we still labour under.”
The Russia Shift
22,000 MILES UP, THERE IS NO BACKUP. Working homicide on an orbiting energy platform, in a five mile long jury-rigged steel city stuffed with a half million people, and no help from your so-called colleagues back on earth, is more than tough... it's murder. Cynical, foul-mouthed veteran Antony Johnston (UMBRAL, WASTELAND) gets partnered with fresh-faced idealist Justin Greenwood (WASTELAND, RESURRECTION) for a new crime series with serious attitude!
“Terrifically thought-through SF in collision with a Scandinavian noir police drama.”
They call it 'Gridlocking' — maglev-bike races across the Fuse's vast solar arrays. Fast, dangerous, and very illegal. So when the #1 gridlock racer turns up dead, Klem and Ralph begin their own race to catch a killer... in a case that will force them into the dark underbellies of drug smuggling and terrorism in zero-g!
“Precisely the kind of thing comics should be... It feels dense, in a good way. Some comics are a quick read; this one demands your attention.”
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“Perihelion,” the day when the Fuse space station is closest to the Sun, has arrived. For the next 24 hours, Ristovych and Dietrich struggle to deal as the orbiting city's population goes a little nuts! Escaped convicts, crazed gunmen, anarchist protesters, attempts on the Mayor's life... oh yeah, and two new homicide cases to boot!
“Real-world issues infuse “The Fuse” with timeless as well as timely qualities. Politics, race, surveillance, and class are dealt with in a way that enhances the story... Klem is one of the most memorable comic book characters in recent years.”
Constant Orbital Revolutions
Retirement beckons for Midway's oldest, crankiest Homicide detective! But before Klem can hang up her space boots, there's one final case to solve — and it will hit closer to home for her secretive young partner Ralph than he'd like, when what begins as a simple murder case soon entangles the detectives in a deadly terror plot! Ralph's secret mission is about to explode... and no-one will escape unscathed!
“Comics' most compelling crime-precinct procedure... I guarantee you total immersion.”
The Fuse © Antony Johnston & Justin Greenwood.