Frenemies is a progressive sci-fi fantasy in which seven rivals compete to find a missing planet which will either save or destroy the world! It stars stunning LGBTQ and straight characters drawn by Yishan Li (Image, Dark Horse) and written by me, Monty Nero (Titan, Marvel). It’s funny and wild and stuffed full of crafty nods to classics like Alien, Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Indiana Jones, Riverdale, and Birdman. You can buy the comic or read the first issue here page-by-page over the coming days, so let’s start by introducing the characters.
Cai is mischievous and charming, a Chinese language expert and sexual adventurer – with a dark secret which unravels as the story progresses. As a Phd student at Camford University she develops an unhealthy interest in Professor Min Yeong – and a strange craving for Tunnock’s Tea-cakes. She’s best friends with Hunter, but then she’s best friends with everyone it seems.
Delphine is an acerbic French cosplay princess with a lust for science, social climbing, and deception. She’s dating Sunny, who she loves like a favourite pet, but prefers to keep her options and bedroom door open. She’s determined to turn their collective predicament into a financial success – for her – if she can survive the alien horrors of deep space.
Carlton Dunbar is an irascible Professor of Mathematics at Camford University, desperately searching for his young son. His tireless pursuit of a single theory unifying quantum and particle physics made him the foremost scholar in his field, albeit one driven by guilt and grief. His ruthless directness quickly brings him into conflict with the others, especially when they discover the real reason they’re stuck billions of light-years from Earth. But his motives are heartfelt, albeit often confused.
Hunter’s a rich, bi, sporty, US entrepreneur whose motivations are as dark as his family history. He worked closely with Sunny to develop the technology to scan for alien artefacts, but it’s not clear how much he actually contributed beyond general ideas and funding, He and Sunny remain close, when the story begins, and he’s also been a good friend to Cai. But he doesn’t get on with Professor Carlton Dunbar, which is tough as he’s supervising Hunter’s Phd. Hunter sees himself as a positive, bright, helpful alpha-male – but many of the others would tell you he’s a narcissistic bimbo with ideas beyond his ability.