No. Instead, some of them return to find the planet's been taken over by talking apes.
And some return to find it taken over by vampires.
After five years in space, the crew of the Aries 7 find themselves up exactly that creek when they arrive back home to discover a planet ravaged by nuclear war, its streets populated by homicidal, "savages."
Despite losing one crew member to a spear in the back, the rest of our gang are swiftly rescued by a bunch of people who live inside a huge dome built around the Empire State Building.
Needless to say, our heroes won't stand for such behaviour and, after teaming up with a group of captured savages, escape the dome - only to find themselves confronted by a whole horde of distinctly more hostile savages.
Can our heroes survive?
Only next issue can tell us.
It doesn't take a genius to spot that Atlas Comics is again doing its speciality of blatantly stealing ideas.
|Yes, it's the 1970s all right.|
The observant reader may have noticed I've not always been kind about Atlas Comics in the past. So, do I have a higher opinion about this one?
Not really. It's certainly way better than the nightmarish excesses of Michael Fleisher and it's solidly drawn by Pat Broderick in an Adams/Giordano sort of way but it does suffer from a serious lack of characterisation.
The truth is that all the main characters seem interchangeable and the two black ones barely make their presence felt at all until halfway through the tale where their sudden rise to noticeableness makes it feel like they've just appeared from thin air.
On top of this, the portrayal of the post-apocalyptic world doesn't feel right.
I'm not an expert on how a post-apocalyptic world would be but, to my eyes, some things seem to have changed far too much in two years, and some things don't seem to have changed enough. Supposedly there's been a nuclear war but there's no hint the astronauts might be in danger from radiation. Maybe this and other matters'll be dealt with in future issues.
It'd be nice, given its set-up, to think it all goes a bit Killraven from this point on but, knowing Atlas Comics - and seeing that the cover of issue #2 seems to feature an appearance by Dracula - I suspect such hopes may prove to be forlorn.