In today’s global economy, nearly everything is up for bid: time, resources, property. But for every seemingly smooth business deal, there’s often a downside. Part of that reality is reflected in Port of Earth #1, hitting this fall from Image Comics and Top Cow. Writer Zack Kaplan (Eclipse) and artist Andrea Mutti (Rebels) are bringing a cautionary tale draped in sci-fi spectacle, exploring what happens when aliens offer advanced tech to the people of Earth in exchange for using the planet as a space port. When some of the otherworldly visitors break protocol and cause commotion and chaos on Earth, Earth pushes back.

Kaplan has shown that he’s more than capable in exploring weighty sci-fi themes in his Image book Eclipse. Marry that with the gritty realism that Mutti showed off in Rebels and Port of Earth is shaping up to be a series that will leave a lump in your throat from issue to issue.

Port of Earth #1 debuts this November from Image Comics and Top Cow.

From the official press release:

Fan-favorite writer Zack Kaplan (ECLIPSE) teams up with all-star artist Andrea Mutti (RebelsPrometheus) for a gritty new science fiction series, PORT OF EARTH, coming this November from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions.

Aliens have come to Earth, not in war or peace, but with a business deal: open up a spaceport here on Earth in exchange for advanced technology. But when our alien visitors break Port restrictions and wreak havoc in our cities, it falls to the newly formed Earth Security Agency to hunt down and safely deport the dangerous rogue aliens back to the Port of Earth.

“After exploring the solar apocalypse in ECLIPSE—which was just announced to be in development for TV, but more on that later—I’m thrilled to be tackling a very unique alien arrival story with another amazing creative team!” said Kaplan.

“My passion for sci-fi is very ancient, beginning when I was really young with Star WarsStar TrekGalacticaSpace 1999UFOAlien, and dozens of other books and comics,” said Mutti. “I was like a black hole, reading and watching everything with aliens or spaceships with a sense of wonder at the unknown in the deep universe and all of its stars and planets…it’s amazing! I’m thrilled to be on PORT OF EARTH, such a cool project, full of great visuals, action, and an emotional touch; what else could a comic artist need?”

PORT OF EARTH #1 is set to launch this November.