“…Grabs you from the first and keeps going…(Colleen Doran) does it with aplomb, with soul and with a sense of joy…”

Neil Gaiman
“The New York Times” best selling author of Sandman, Neverwhere, American Gods, MirrorMask

THE NEW YORK POST lists A DISTANT SOIL as a hot pick of the week!

…painstakingly remastered collection of Colleen Doran’s lush, sensual and complicated first Distant Soil storyline.


A Distant Soil has all the right elements to be a YA SF/F phenomenon (with an enormous adult crossover audience) if comics were read as widely as prose— an unsuspecting teenage girl with a destiny and the fate of multiple worlds on her shoulders, beautiful people with superhuman abilities, a strong supporting cast of people you can root for (and—let’s be honest—ship), gorgeous costumes that beg to be cosplayed— but unlike the books that glut the YA market today, Colleen Doran did it 25 years ago and broke rules that hadn’t even been set down yet. That alone makes A Distant Soil worth reading.

“Colleen Doran’s science fiction saga A Distant Soil is one of comics’ most intelligent and engaging longform serials…Doran is a very artistic writer, letting the posture and expressions of her characters pass on at least as much information as the dialogue. In this way, the tremendous amount of information the reader is required to absorb is presented in an accessible and remarkably economical way.”

Alasdair Stewart, The Ninth Art

“An elegantly drawn, complex cast of characters crowd through her pages and fill her multidimensional story with a complex weave of emotion and wonder.”

Charles Vess
The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Fifteenth Annual Edition
St. Martin’s Press
World Fantasy award-winning author/artist of Sandman and Stardust

COMICOSITY recc’s it here!

COMICS BEAT calls it a MUST BUY for August.

…it was on the cutting edge of the first blush of indie comics publishing, it was one of the earliest manga-influenced US comics, and one of the first comics to have a woman doing everything from writing to publishing.

And another thoughtful review here at the ECCENTRIC ONLINE LIBRARIAN.

This really is a full fledged space opera of vast proportions – the story mainly following a sibling pair who have supernatural powers and, it turns out, are illicit heirs to an intergalactic empire of unimaginable power – an empire that is built upon enslaving worlds. There are elaborate caste systems, magic, technology, and then the fantasy: from Arthurian myths to an Egyptian cat goddess. The artwork in the beginning will be very definitely set in the 1980s but don’t let that distract you – once we get to the alien ship, the drawings and set up are absolutely gorgeous.


A Distant Soil is arguably one of the finest works available that appeals to both a male and female audience…knockout art…the comic book characters look like real people…A Distant Soil is pure music.”

Cat Kouns Born
Combo Magazine


Other ARTBOMB Reviews by Peter Rose.

Volume I reviewed HERE.
Volume III reviewed HERE.


Harlan Ellison
Award Winning Author of “Repent Harlequin Said the Ticktockman”, “Star Trek: The City on the Edge of Forever”, Creative Consultant for “Babylon 5”.

Doran has created a beautifully illustrated, byzantine story, which can appeal to fans of Dune and other science fiction/fantasy epics. Using lush black and white artwork which can entice romance readers, she tells a story which reaches across the genres…

Doran weaves plot within plot in a complex and compelling pattern that leaves the reader desperately seeking the next volume. Deep social and political stories combine with rip-roaring action, romance, betrayal, passion and hate peopled with fascinatingly complex characters in an epic fantasy adventure which older teens and adults will love.

Kat Kan
Diamond Bookshelf
Chair of the Graphic Novel Task Force for Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

Interview at Newsarama, conducted by Michael Lorah, March 6, 2009.