‘The biggest sci-fi movie of 2020 is a graphic novel’ – Duncan Jones

As you may recall, just over a year ago in April 2019, MOON & MUTE writer / director Duncan Jones put the feelers out over Twitter about potentially telling the third part in what has come to be known as the Mooniverse trilogy in graphical novel format.

At the time Duncan was completely new to the format as a creator (massive comics fan though, especially 2000AD which led to him getting on board to direct the forthcoming feature film adaptation of Rogue Trooper) so in typical fashion he surrounded himself with experts in the field and what began as a quick Twitter ponder has evolved into MADI: Once Upon a Time in the Future which was officially launched (and funded in under 6hrs!) on Kickstarter today.

The Mooniverse Trilogy started with Duncan’s multi award winning feature film debut MOON in 2009, and continued with the exclusive to Netflix feature set in near future Berlin, MUTE in 2018 in which we catch a glimpse of how things work out for Sam Bell after the end of MOON, so the series give us stories set in that shared Universe rather than direct sequels. If you’re keen to spend more time in the Mooniverse, have a thirst for incredible art and storytelling, and a hankering for ‘The biggest sci-fi movie of 2020’, MADI is for you!

So, what’s it all about?…

MADI is a 260-page road trip graphic novel set in the near future, by film director Duncan Jones (MOON, SOURCE CODE) and writer Alex de Campi (BAD KARMA, BLADE RUNNER), and drawn by some of comics’ most exciting artists including Glenn Fabry, Simon Bisley, Duncan Fegredo and Pia Guerra. Each artist tackles a 8-30 page section of the story, bringing to life one location.

MADI: Once Upon a Time in The Future – Art by Yuko Shimizu

Madi Preston, a veteran of Britain’s elite special operations J-Squad unit, is burnt out and up to her eyeballs in debt. She and the rest of her team have retired from the military but are now trapped having to pay to service and maintain the technology put into them during their years of service. They’re working for British conglomerate Liberty Inc as mercenaries, selling their unique ability to be remote controlled by specialists while in the field, and the debts are only growing as they get injured completing missions. We meet Madi as she decides she’s had enough. She will take an off-the-books job that should earn her enough to pay out her and her sister, but when the piece of tech she’s supposed to steal turns out to be a kid, and she suddenly blacks out… she finds herself on the run from everyone she’s ever known.

In a globe-spanning adventure from Shanghai to Soho, Madi has to stay one step ahead of the giant corporations closing in on her from all sides.

MADI: Once Upon a Time in The Future – Art by Duncan Fegredo and Jacob Phillips

MADI is the third and final story in the “Mooniverse,” an anthology of independent stories that take place in a shared future. You don’t need to have seen MOON or MUTE to fully enjoy this standalone book.

MADI: Once Upon a Time in The Future – Art by Yuko Shimizu

For further details on how to pick up a copy (variants of softcover or hardback), AND have Duncan tell you all about it, head over to the MADI Kickstarter page now! Discounts and bonuses in the first 24hrs including a Zoom Q&A with Duncan himself and co-creator Alex de Campi.

And if you can’t quite stretch to it yet, or need some convincing, there’s even the first 17 pages to download and read now, free!