The Indifference Engine

The Indifference Engine by Cy Dethan. COver by Paul Cartwright“My name is Alan Blake. I've got no resources, no skills and no friends.But if I were you, I'd be the very last person on Earth  I'd want coming after me...”

Responding to a strangely specific job advertisement, a distinctly ordinary twenty-something suburban slacker finds himself in the middle of an inter-dimensional task force staffed entirely by superhuman alternate versions of himself. Struggling to fit in, he uncovers a conspiracy that strikes at the very heart of the organisation – a conspiracy that only he can stop.

Alan Blake, by any credible standard, is a waste of good skin - a directionless and ambitionless slacker whose single most notable characteristic is that he makes other people feel good about themselves in comparison to him.

Alan considers himself a good listener, but it’s more complex than that. It’s almost like he absorbs other people’s problems and somehow unburdens them. If he weren’t such a loser, that one character trait alone could have made him immensely popular. Still, at least he serves a purpose of sorts. Whatever your own personal flaws or failings, hey – it could be worse. You could be Alan Blake.

Robert Carey will be bringing just the right combination of subtlety and power that the book needs in the art, and I will be joined again by Mel Cook on the colours and Nic Wilkinson on lettering.

Story: Cy Dethan
Pencils: Robert Carey
Colours: Mel Cook
Letters: Nic Wilkinson


The Indifference Engine 2: The Suicideshow is currently in production with Markosia.

Alan Blake, former mid-level programmer turned invulnerable murder machine, slaughters his way through a web of interconnected parallel realities. Blackmailed by an insane computer built out of his own brain matter, he is forced into destroying every single alternate version of himself - until one of his targets unwittingly presents a possible way out. It's his only chance of freedom, and all it will cost him is the future.

Writer: Cy Dethan
Pencils: Russ Leach
Colours: Mike Summers
Letters: Nic Wilkinson

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