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No man is an island, but Dr. Michael Fisher, a disgraced planetary geologist living on Mars, has never felt more isolated. The situation worsens when both he and Dr. Bex Egunsola, the station's newest biologist, accidentally break through the floor of an unstable lava tube into an ancient subterranean world... and they are not alone. Is this purgatorial abyss a prison or a No man is an island, but Dr. Michael Fisher, a disgraced planetary geologist living on Mars, has never felt more isolated. The situation worsens when both he and Dr. Bex Egunsola, the station's newest biologist, accidentally break through the floor of an unstable lava tube into an ancient subterranean world... and they are not alone. Is this purgatorial abyss a prison or a sanctuary? Genuine or constructed? How thin runs the line between life and death? And is there a chance for the fallen to return to the world of the living? *Winner of the 2017 DINKy Award for Best Webcomic* Book is available to purchase directly from the publisher here: https://gumroad.com/l/SnLdW


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No man is an island, but Dr. Michael Fisher, a disgraced planetary geologist living on Mars, has never felt more isolated. The situation worsens when both he and Dr. Bex Egunsola, the station's newest biologist, accidentally break through the floor of an unstable lava tube into an ancient subterranean world... and they are not alone. Is this purgatorial abyss a prison or a No man is an island, but Dr. Michael Fisher, a disgraced planetary geologist living on Mars, has never felt more isolated. The situation worsens when both he and Dr. Bex Egunsola, the station's newest biologist, accidentally break through the floor of an unstable lava tube into an ancient subterranean world... and they are not alone. Is this purgatorial abyss a prison or a sanctuary? Genuine or constructed? How thin runs the line between life and death? And is there a chance for the fallen to return to the world of the living? *Winner of the 2017 DINKy Award for Best Webcomic* Book is available to purchase directly from the publisher here: https://gumroad.com/l/SnLdW

30 review for Mare Internum

  1. 4 out of 5

    jade

    doesnt even the most complicated and imperfect life have worth? told from the perspective of two scientists living on mars -- a geologist struggling with suicidal tendencies and a biologist who ran away from her life on earth -- this is a sci-fi comic with life, death, and rebirth at its very core. the two scientists accidentally end up discovering mars big secret. stuck in a set of subterranean caves with no way out, surrounded by lifeforms they barely understand, they try to look for a way “doesn’t even the most complicated and imperfect life have worth?” told from the perspective of two scientists living on mars -- a geologist struggling with suicidal tendencies and a biologist who ran away from her life on earth -- this is a sci-fi comic with life, death, and rebirth at its very core. the two scientists accidentally end up discovering mars’ big secret. stuck in a set of subterranean caves with no way out, surrounded by lifeforms they barely understand, they try to look for a way to escape to the surface. meanwhile, their personal issues and explosive personalities are close to reaching a boiling point. it’s very much a story about a journey inward; not only into the planet, but also into michael’s and bex’s inner worlds. the main story is interspersed with interludes about the two scientists’ respective pasts, which gives extra context to the difficulties they face currently. these brief bursts of insight deal with heavy themes such as sexual abuse, suicide, depression, and suppression of emotions. visually, this is an amazing ride. so much thought and care is put into the environments; they feel truly otherworldly and alien, as well as all the lifeforms scuttering about in the world below the surface of mars. i loved the strong, contrasting colors and the use of light. also: kudos for all the body language. the way the characters move feels very natural and brims with motion and personal quirks. some of my favorite panels and pages included little to no dialogue, where the art was so powerful it told the story on its own. this is the kind of story that is deliberately a little vague and leaves a lot to the interpretation of the reader. it doesn’t include a lot of your classic ‘hard’ sci-fi, though it’s obviously been meticulously researched -- the characters remain the focus, as well as its main philosophy and the questions it asks about sacrifice, running away from who you really are, and what can spring anew from death. i’ll admit, i didn’t always get where it was going and had to reread parts here and there to see if i actually ‘got it’, but the ending solidly tied everything together for me. so if you don’t mind an abstract kind of take on this kind of subject matter, mare internum can be a beautiful little gem to add to your collection. “when a planet dies, does it become haunted?” ✎ 3.5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Milford

    Først og fremst veldig stilig look (om enn av og til litt forvirrende), og meget kompetent dialog.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    The top-tier quality of Mare Internum's writing and art make it clear that it was a project undertaken with great care, but knowing how much blood, sweat and tears its creator poured into it doubled my already-great inclination to scream my love for this story out loud. Like all of the best Sci-fi, it makes a statement about humanity, and the telling was just as beautiful as the message. Following along as it was told was a priceless experience. Also, the hard copy/print version is really dang The top-tier quality of Mare Internum's writing and art make it clear that it was a project undertaken with great care, but knowing how much blood, sweat and tears its creator poured into it doubled my already-great inclination to scream my love for this story out loud. Like all of the best Sci-fi, it makes a statement about humanity, and the telling was just as beautiful as the message. Following along as it was told was a priceless experience. Also, the hard copy/print version is really dang nice.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Schanze

    I followed this comic online over the last few years and knew it was special, but finally getting my print copy and reading it all at once confirmed it. Webcomics can always be tricky because they're taken in chunks, or even just pages at a time, and over several years. It's not great for my memory problems, lol, so sometimes I forgot things, or just didn't notice things I saw on a page. But reading it all in one chunk changes everything, and I was able to pick up on nuances I didn't even know I followed this comic online over the last few years and knew it was special, but finally getting my print copy and reading it all at once confirmed it. Webcomics can always be tricky because they're taken in chunks, or even just pages at a time, and over several years. It's not great for my memory problems, lol, so sometimes I forgot things, or just didn't notice things I saw on a page. But reading it all in one chunk changes everything, and I was able to pick up on nuances I didn't even know were there. I've been following Der-shing for years, and this just cements my readership further.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mel Staten

    Absolutely stunning graphic novel, definitely worth the wait. The hardcover version is breathtaking with a minimal cover, painted page edges, and lush printing. I was really impressed by the completeness of the story, the emotional resonance of the characters. This is a perfect example of what a science fiction graphic novel has the potential to be. I just wish it was well known enough that there were analyses of it out there so I could really delve into the meaning--I did feel lost at times. So Absolutely stunning graphic novel, definitely worth the wait. The hardcover version is breathtaking with a minimal cover, painted page edges, and lush printing. I was really impressed by the completeness of the story, the emotional resonance of the characters. This is a perfect example of what a science fiction graphic novel has the potential to be. I just wish it was well known enough that there were analyses of it out there so I could really delve into the meaning--I did feel lost at times. So worth the wait on this Kickstarted book, and I hope it's nominated for awards this year.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Soobie's scared

    I'm not the right reader for a graphic novel like this. It's more about philosophy than adventure and sci-fi. I'm not a smart reader and when the story I'm reading is full of phisolophycal questions - such as who I am? Where am I going? Where do I come from - my brain goes puff! It can appreciate the art of the graphic novel but most of the content is lost to him. This is what happened with this graphic novel. My brain adored the luscious art but the content I didn't even understand that the I'm not the right reader for a graphic novel like this. It's more about philosophy than adventure and sci-fi. I'm not a smart reader and when the story I'm reading is full of phisolophycal questions - such as who I am? Where am I going? Where do I come from - my brain goes puff! It can appreciate the art of the graphic novel but most of the content is lost to him. This is what happened with this graphic novel. My brain adored the luscious art but… the content… I didn't even understand that the little guy in the swimming pool was the main character… I know, my fault! I think I got a little part of what it was about but it's not enough to fully appreciate the story. But I want to say it again: it's all my fault! I didn't get why Michael had all that things growing on him. I was confused by all sci-fi terms about Mars that made my reading a bit awkward. And Kalla… Didn't like her at all. But the art is fantastic! A bit too dark here and there but it's a feast for the eye. I'll continue supporting the author for her work. I'm extremely interested in The Meek, for instance… ^__^

  7. 5 out of 5

    Gpaul

    Smart, deep, and beautiful, Mare Internum is everything I want a science fiction story to be. An exploration of a fantastical alien world ultimately used as a mirror to reflect on questions and struggles of importance to us here in the present.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Good art, good story. Kalla's design is so cool and unique. I love thrip :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Martin

    I really enjoyed this. It starts out being mostly about a guy on mars who has snapped and we dont know why, but ends up being a much more interesting story. I really enjoyed this. It starts out being mostly about a guy on mars who has snapped and we don’t know why, but ends up being a much more interesting story.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Perusing Panels

    This book was an adventure, an incredibly journey into an alien world full of intricate and carefully considered world building, grounded by complex characters with authentic and relatable dialogue. The artwork is also beautiful, from the subtlety of body language and expressions of the characters, to the stunning Martian vistas with their dreamily atmospheric colour palettes. This book is inspirational science fiction and has found a firm place among my favourite graphic novels, its simply a This book was an adventure, an incredibly journey into an alien world full of intricate and carefully considered world building, grounded by complex characters with authentic and relatable dialogue. The artwork is also beautiful, from the subtlety of body language and expressions of the characters, to the stunning Martian vistas with their dreamily atmospheric colour palettes. This book is inspirational science fiction and has found a firm place among my favourite graphic novels, its simply a fantastic book and you should all read it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ørjan

    Beautiful art coupled with an intense and creative scifi story. Brilliant!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

  13. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Montgomery

  15. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Adam Szierer

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel S

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jess

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ilya

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  22. 5 out of 5

    Addela Bransford

  23. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  24. 5 out of 5

    Eric

  25. 5 out of 5

    Drew

  26. 5 out of 5

    Bill

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jakob Seelig

  28. 5 out of 5

    Monocled Miss

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shaun

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

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