Swashbuckling pilot heroes were hugely popular back in the Golden Age of comics, and aviation pioneers like Robur and Frank Reade were icons of the age of pre-pulp adventure. Alas, the sub-genre has lost its grip on the modern imagination. Even though I personally hate flying, I’m hopeful that Dauntless #2 can reignite some of that excitement.
As you well know by now, the Ascension Epoch is rooted in public domain stories and characters. The most obvious and probably the most influential on the backstory is H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, but most of our other stories at least reference other public domain works, if they’re not based on them explicitly. […]