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PREVIOUSLY… Ex-soldier Daniel Cray is hired to protect a shipment of fuel moving across a vast alien landscape. While en route, the truck is attacked by scavenger robots, and everyone onboard is killed except for Cray and a teen-aged boy (Aaron). Just when all seems lost, Cray - carrying the badly-injured Aaron despite brutal heat stumbles upon the legendary city of ZenZion -- a mysterious and bucolic desert outpost. As the Founders of the city ponder what to do with the mercenary in their midst, ZenZion is attacked by enemy forces led by a beautiful-but-deadly mechanoid named Superfecta 5. Further, she reveals that her superior, Kavanaugh - a vicious and despotic warlord - is on his way to take control of ZenZion, its people, and its desirable resources.

MEET THE TEAM illustrator, development producer, educator, husband, and father to two boys with a BFA in Illustration from the Art Institute of Boston, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Illustration at California State University, Fullerton. He is the co-creator and illustrator of APOLLO and has adapted a graphic novel version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, both from Markosia Entertainment. As an illustrator, Doug has worked with companies such as Wizards of the Coast, Anomaly Productions, Radical Publishing, IDW and Markosia Entertainment. He has also illustrated for many facets of the entertainment industry including theatrical poster art of Hollywood legends for MGM, 20th Century Fox, Universal and other studios.


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