Written By: J. M. Thakar
Art By: Jackie Diaz
Addt’l Story Elements By: Jonathan Blitstein
BarCode: Catalyst is the first part of the groundbreaking three part series. It is an epic tale echoing the journey of the Odyssey, merging historical fiction and sci-fi through a chronicle of the imprisonment of a scientist during WWII, and his quest to return home to his wife. The story is set in the Pacific Jewel Islands, a historical locale modeled after the Philippines. The PJI are a collection of four island provinces originally inhabited by indigenous Asiatic peoples, and now controlled by a white English speaking colonial government.