I purchased this graphic novel from a local Borders during the company shutdown & liquidation. It was leant out, and never returned. I rather enjoyed it, and would like to see if more content by the writer/illustrator (or both) exists.
Details from my recollection:
- Graphic novel
- Paperback (Fiction trim size)
- Color palette (red/white/black/gray)
A non-descript man living on the outskirts of an urban area (farmer?) gets infected by something that was within a meteor that crashed on his property (nanite?). This object gives the man incredible intelligence, ideas about how to spur human progress & industry, and (possibly) god-like physique.
Using the new intelligence, the man ushers in an era of accelerated growth & development in technology; a utopia.
All over the world, the new machines, factories, and processes invented by the man are in operation.
This is all a front, however, for the intelligence: these machines are what is required to xenoform the Earth into a highly dangerous atmosphere required for its native life.
There are humans that exist after the beginning of the xenoforming. I believe they hide underground and must wear full-body suits as any exposure to the atmosphere would render them dead almost immediately. I believe the nanites permeate the atmosphere, looking for any extant earth-life, and exterminating/xenoforming them upon contact.
For some reason, I'm remembering one such person having scars all over their body... Shape of a dragon? I also remember the graphic novel ending with two such characters dying on the surface after they get a tear in their suits.