After a successful Kickstarter over the summer, After The Gold Rush is almost ready for release. This is a comic I’ve been eagerly awaiting due to its main focus being the celebration of science as one of humanity’s greatest achievements. After The Gold Rush examines what it would be like for a human being in the far future, living a life completely supported by scientific skepticism, to return home to Earth only to find it drowning in ignorance.

ATGR 3We had an opportunity to read through an advanced copy of After The Gold Rush #1, and let me tell you right now, it has exceeded all expectations. There’s a definite sense of respect for exploration that shines through the comic’s main character, Scout, from the start. Returning to Earth, not even knowing if the atmosphere is breathable, but gleefully turning over stones just to see, she is charming right from her first appearance.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the gorgeous coloring of After The Gold Rush’s whimsical and thoroughly captivating artwork. The images absolutely come to life with vivid hues that totally fit the narrative. An Earth reclaimed by nature, unfettered by the scourge of advanced civilization, is at the center of After The Gold Rush. The Earth our main character finds is simply breathtaking. The beauty of nature, the wonder it engenders, is totally captured in every panel.

ATGR 4Most of Issue #1 is devoted to the reader getting to know Scout through her initial exploration of this “new” planet. Her purity of heart when it comes to exploration, appreciating even the smallest details of natures beauty, give a real sense of the writer’s intentions for this story. Scout’s enthusiasm for discovering her ancestral home is infections, and by the end of the issue you feel like you’re seeing a new planet for the first time, even though it is Earth to which she has come. The issue ends with a hook that sinks deep into the imagination, promising a great story for us to enjoy.

From what I’ve seen so far, After The Gold Rush has succeed in bringing to the comic medium the pure love of exploration and quest for understanding the comic’s inspiration often evoked. Carl Sagan, and his ilk, viewed the world, and all the universe, as an infinite source of wonder and inspiration. After The Gold Rush was inspired by the great minds who have sought understanding through scientific inquiry, and I think this comic is a fitting tribute not only to those individuals, but to that very spirit of exploration that is inside every one of us.

After The Gold Rush #1 will be shipping to Kickstarter backers in late January. For those who missed their chance to support the project through Kickstarter, Patreon is still good way to contribute. Issue #1 will also be available on digital comic book download sites soon. I really hope you check it out. I think you’ll really like it.