The Engine #5: Conclusion of the Opening Arc
Hello Madefire Nation! This blog post is brought to you by me—Kevin—the resident Art Director here at Madefire. Having had the pleasure of being present when we released our launch titles into the world over a year ago, and having no idea where these titles would take us (the creators tend to keep tight-lipped and will release plot points on a need-to-know basis only) I’m excited to see The Engine, episode 5.
Now, I grew up on comic books. I was fortunate enough to inherit my older brothers Spider-Man collection when I was younger (which I still have, and a big Thank You to my brother!) and augment it with a strong collection of my own, which included X-Men, The New Mutants, Spawn, Usagi Yojimbo, and TMNT, to name a few (which I also still have). And from this extensive collecting experience, I also know the pains of First Issues, and how you/we painstakingly wait for the second issue, then the third, the fourth, the fifth, and so on—waiting for the point of no return, when the story has so completely grabbed you, that it refuses to let you go. This is when you realize you’re hooked, and that you, my dear reader, are now a Collector and a Fan.
I bring this up because since our launch, I’ve seen our First Issues turn into Second Issues. Then Third Issues. Then Fourth Issues, all the while building the story, the characters, and the world they live in. And I promise you dear reader—regardless if you’ve been with us since our launch, or if you’ve recently joined us, we’re about to hit the point of no return (if you haven’t already). This last year has seen the build up of our launch titles, but shortly we’ll offer you third party titles you may already know. Titles such as Star Trek, Transformers, and My Little Pony just to name a few, our worlds are combining with universes you already know and love. I hope you’re as excited as I am, because the coming year has even MORE goodies!
NOW! The issue at hand! In the last decade, there have been more reports of mines collapsing, trapping miners around the world than I care to pull stats on. Being buried alive is a common fear shared by many (Taphophobia is right up there with Arachnophobia and Acrophobia in my books). The first story arc for The Engine begins exactly in this manner, along with a smattering of Seismophobia for good measure.
Fueled by stars, and forgotten in time, our behemoth is the last and only operating “mechanical worker” left, a relic of the past. Condemned to the mines to work until it rusts, The Engine works tirelessly next to the prisoners who have been sentenced to the mine to serve out their punishments from the State. When a massive earthquake strikes the area and devastates the mine, all are trapped in a brutal and rocky grave. Will they get out? Will they survive? Will this natural disaster be their demise, or are the inmates more dangerous to each other than the earthquake?
As we become familiar with this group of outcasts, we also learn what brought them to their current position and where they fit within the group dynamic. But who is The Engine? Is he a brainless robot? Or is there more to this steel giant than we know? This opening story arc for Madefire’s title The Engine by Jimmy Broxton and Guy Adams comes to a conclusion with episode 5. My biggest questions? “Who survives?” and “Is The Engine alive? Or is he just malfunctioning?”
Read the latest issue to find out. Then sign up with us to keep informed when the next episode of The Engine is available. And wait until you read our special two-part stand-alone “Fueled by Stars” coming in a few weeks!
Cheers you lot.