"Infected Blood", 19th May 2018, 10:50 PM #1
Registration date: 14th Jun 2015
Howdy! Welcome to the dystopian world of Infected Blood. The comic will start on Monday, 21 May, and it will update Mondays and Wednesdays, at 12 noon ET. It will go on hiatuses in the summer and around the end of the year's holidays. I will always post my hiatuses' dates in advance either on this blog or in my comments.
So, what is this comic all about? Let me break it down for you!
Why "Infected Blood"? Blame it on Sekhmet, the comic's main character. Our "heroine" belongs to an engineered all-female species called AIMS. Due to spoilers, I won't spell out the entire acronym for you, nor will I give much background information (come back to the end of Chapter 1 for that), but I will reveal that AIMS are despised by most humans. Rumor has it that minimal blood or sexual contact with an AIMS transmits all sorts of diseases - hence the disparaging nickname "Infected Blood". Although completely false, this allegation is believed by the general population, who treats this species with fear and disgust. AIMS also possess a couple of special characteristics, such as an uncanny strength and the capacity to heal extremely quickly. It's also well-known (and true) that AIMS have a second physical aspect, called AIMS form or AIMS shape.
Characters, themes and main plot
First off, if you are familiar with The Green-Eyed Sniper - A Sho(r)t Story, you will recognize Sekhmet, one of its main characters. For a while, she will look a little bit different (as you can see in the image above) and will have another name: Alexandra Armstrong. But don't get confused! It's all part of the plot :)
In a nutshell, the story focuses on how Alexandra/Sekhmet became the wanted war criminal we know from GES. However, this description is highly reductive. Infected Blood is a thrilling sci-fi drama with a lot of psychological elements, action and romance. There's speciesism, war, politics, religion, and many adult situations. As a matter of fact, this comic is for adult (18+) readers only and it has several NSFW pages. Rest assured, though: no porn and no gratuitous violence to be found around here. Oh! And there's humor, too! And... a large cast of characters!
Something very important for GES' readers to keep in mind: I do NOT consider The Green Eyed Sniper to be canon. Therefore, Infected Blood should be read as a separate story with no ties to it.
The world of Infected Blood
Set on planet Earth in a near future and a parallel universe, Infected Blood's fictional world is largely dominated by Kemet-Ra, the most powerful, best armed and most technologically advanced country to ever have existed. Due to a very large influence of the ancient Egyptian culture that existed and expanded well beyond the time and space limits reached in our world, Kemet-Ra is entrenched in Egyptian architecture and motifs and all its citizens speak both a variety of Middle Egyptian (and write in either hieroglyphs or hieratic) and English. Formally a presidential democracy, Kemet-Ra is effectively run by the military through several alliances with politicians and the clergy of The Sacred Eye, the most influential and richest church in the world.
Located in an unnatural position, Kemet-Ra is nothing but a huge platform in the Atlantic Ocean, moving around according to strategic decisions such as avoiding other countries' attacks or natural elements like hurricanes. Its citizens are carefully selected and subject to deportation if they are not able to meet the minimum gross income of 100,000 Heneket pro capita per year in an event called Purge of the Poor (POP). Kemet-Ra is at the very core of an alliance called Free World Federation (FWF), comprising other technologically advanced countries scattered around the globe. Outside FWF lays the rest of the world, called The Outerlands by Kemetians and FWF citizens alike. Kemet-Ra is formally at war with The Outerlands, allegedly because The Outerlands host terrorists.
I do hope I got you intrigued and I am looking forward to be hearing from you soon! Comments/fans/readers are always appreciated ;)