Preview–The Orville: Artifacts finds Captain Mercer in new territory

First previewed here at borg back in March 2019, the first comic book story from the universe of television’s The Orville read in every way like a script that didn’t get produced–an episode that fits nicely into the timeline of the show but didn’t get filmed.  As fans await the third season of the series, The Orville: New Horizons, coming to Hulu March 10, 2022, Dark Horse Comics is publishing a two-issue story this fall, The Orville: Artifacts Written by executive producer David A. Goodman with artwork by David Cabeza and colors by Michael Atiyeh, The Orville: Artifacts keeps the series alive with its unique brand of humor and science fiction design style.  Readers will find Ed, Kelly, Gordon, and the rest of the crew looking just like the actors that play them, as they ready themselves for The Orville’s next TV mission.  Take a look inside the first issue below. 

Both stories for Dark Horse’s first foray into The Orville took place between the first two seasons.  This two-issue story takes places in 2421, apparently after the two-part “Launch Day” comics story.

When Ed bumps into his old astro-archaeology teacher, the professor asks for assistance in his pursuit of the lost fleet of the Zankon, whose systems-spanning empire rose and fell millions of years ago, according to legend.  However, doing so means taking The Orville into a system so hazardous no ship has ever successfully navigated it.

These are the kinds of stories that would be fun for fans to see as extras on the Season 2 home release digital, DVD, Blu-ray, etc. editions.

Good fun and faithful to the series, The Orville comics provide some good content while you’re waiting for Season Three.  Contact Elite Comics or your local comic shop to order Dark Horse Comics latest The Orville series now.  In case you missed it, you won’t want to miss The World of The Orville, a look inside the series we reviewed here at borg previously.

C.J. Bunce / Editor / borg

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