First Look: Mark Millar's 'Chrononauts' Variant Covers (Exclusive Images)

Mark Millar - P 2012
<p>Mark Millar - P 2012</p>
"I've always wanted to do a really great time-travel story, and I've had this image in my head for a couple of years," says Millar.

Kingsman: The Secret Service, based on the Mark Millar-written comic, opens in theaters Friday. So it’s a perfect time to take a look at Millar’s newest comic, The Chrononauts

The first of three four-issue miniseries to be published annually by Image, the title sees Millar teaming up with artist Sean Murphy, the penciler behind the Vertigo miniseries Punk Rock Jesus and the acclaimed horror title The Wake, which was written by Batman’s Scott Snyder.

Chrononauts seems to be more light in tone than the other books Millar or Murphy are known for. The story centers on two scientific genius buddies who are on a time-traveling adventure, things go wrong, and it's all televised.

"Stuff like Starlight, Marvel 1985, Jupiter's Legacy, MPH and Chrononauts are my big, hopeful stories that are written with the single purpose of making you feel good," says Millar. "They have moments of intense drama of course — Starlight is about a space hero losing his wife to cancer, after all — but there's an ingrained optimism in their DNA, and really since Kingsman: The Secret Service and Superior these have been the kind of stories I'm interesting in doing as a writer."

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And Millar promises the book won't be late, praising Murphy.

"The guy is an absolute genius. I've never seen anything like this. And he's so fast too," explains Millar. "He's going to be completely done with the first series before the first issue is even published. Some of the artists on my books have been so insanely late over the years, but my new way around this is to stockpile the entire series before publishing. I know that sounds obvious, but it's so incredibly expensive. That said, it's worth it. I want these books out every four weeks like clockwork."

The first issue hits shelves March 18 and The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision has the first look at the five variant covers that grace the first issue. Joining Murphy are artists Matteo Scalera, Declan Shalvey, Dan Panosian, Fiona Staples and Ryan Ottley.

By Sean Murphy

By Fiona Staples


By Ryan Ottley

By Declan Shalvey

By Matteo Scalera

By Dan Panosian