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Pax Romana: Catholics in Time

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Jonathan Hickman’s Pax Romana’s is probably the best idea for a sci-fi comic since Brian K. Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man. What if the Catholic Church, pushed to the brink of extinction by the wane of monotheism and the rise of Islamicism in the 21st Century, went back in time to secure its reign?

[The Catholic Church] sends an army back in time to pretty much conquer the world and set up a theocracy. They send everyone back in time to around 312 or 313 A.D., when Constantine was the first Christian emperor in the Roman Empire. And everything goes wrong.

Hickman’s official site has the sampler of the first issue up, and it’s just a fantastic trip, complete with the genetically cloned distillation of a thousand popes. The story is only slated to be a four issue limited series at this point, but Hickman says that it has the potential to be a Dune-like epic that could span another twelve series, featuring the generational conflicts of families sent back in time.

I can’t wait for this one. If the sampler’s anything to go by, this is a comic to watch.

Pax Romana [Official Site] (via io9)

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