From Melbourne-based intergalactic adventurer and luminous being, Cristian Roux, comes and alternate future Australia in the pages of ‘Falling Star’.

Falling Star is a science fiction mythology set in an alternate future Australia. The stories draw inspiration from current events, social attitudes and the Melbourne city-scape. 

Falling Star is an original ongoing comic series created, written and drawn by Cristian, focusing on a number of super-powered characters each trying to reconcile the nature of their gift, or curse, and their place in the world confronting them. Each issue features a full colour wrap-around cover and grayscale internal pages. Cristian’s art is beautiful, detailed and emotive, the story collides fantasy and realism in a compelling exploration of existential anxiety.

Set in Australia, in the not-too-distant future, ‘Falling Star’ is the story of how the legendary, mythological, or ‘super’ heroes disappeared from our real world, into the realm of the imagination. Falling Star is also about the burden of possessing unique abilities and that — despite best efforts — nothing comes without cost.

About the Creator

Cristian Roux is a Melbourne-based comic artist and writer. He believes that how we represent our fantasies can tell us a lot about ourselves and how we represent ourselves can tell us a lot about our fantasies. He would like to own a time-machine and live forever but is prepared for disappointment.

Cristian has also contributed to the ‘Melbourne Comics Quarterly’ publication aimed at raising the profile of Australian creators.

Issue 1: Fallout

Following the fallout from a storm of supernatural proportions, city residents struggle to make sense of the world around them. The Alterhuman, Star, has disappeared and as erstwhile companions, Mim and D, search for him they stumble across an unexpected body, strewn amongst rubble. Meanwhile, an escape artist performs seemingly impossible feats in the streets of the city.

Issue 2: For Want of a Hero

A childish dare quickly escalates when it raises the ire of one of the numerous armoured Agents patrolling the city. A representative from the governmental think-tank H.I.V.E (Human Integrated Viral Enhancement), Lance Marko, is confident about the future in these uncertain times. A late night encounter means the worst for some of the city’s homeless and an unexpected dinner guest changes things dramatically – proving that what they say about Alters must be true.

Issue 3: All That’s Said and Done

Justice may be blind but can she be trusted? Furphy narrowly escapes trouble and discovers a concealed truth about Agents when Justice comes to his rescue. The entity rescued from Agents forges an intrinsic connection with Mim. D prepares to solve technological issues with violence. Allie finds herself incarcerated but cannot recall how she came to be there and Lance Marko offers unsettling reassurance.

Issue 4: Monsters: Cara’s Story

Cara struggles to get by in a society riddled with anxiety and suspicion over the growing Alter crisis. What does she have to fear and what is behind her obsession with insects? Agents exercise newly granted powers to respond to the crisis while these same powers are debated on national television. And, what is the connection with the continuing disappearances of people?