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Comic Book / Meridian

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Meridian was a comic by CrossGen. It was set in a universe of flying ships and floating islands. The comic follows a noble girl named Sephie and her uncle Ilahn, both of whom receive mysterious Sigils at a reception on Meridian, the island that Sephie's father rules. Each Sigil seems to grant a different set of powers; Sephie focuses on healing and gentle pressure, while Ilahn uses his abilities for destruction and intimidation.

The comic was eventually cancelled with the collapse of CrossGen as a company, and the rights were bought by Disney. So far, there have been no plans to bring the series back.

This series provides examples of:

  • Citywide Evacuation: Minister Ilahn of Cadador had threatened to cut off the floating city-state of Torbel's fuel supply over trade contract negotiations in Issue 3, but it isn't until Issues 18 and 19 that Torbel's problems are revisited. Turns out Ilahn made good on his threat and the city of Torbel running on fumes, unable to support its own weight. With the foundations of the town crumbling and sections of the city falling down all around them, protagonist Sephie and her Pirates of the Wind rally all the flying ships they can to evacuate the citizens of Torbel. Even with Sephie's incredible powers bolstering the carrying capacity of the evacuation fleet and her crew risking their lives to rescue trapped and wounded Torbellians, hundreds of the city's residents perish when the city eventually cracks down the middle and falls into the ocean.
  • Fertile Feet: Sephie falls from a flying ship at high altitude and lands in a toxic wasteland, making a human-shaped crater around which plants start to grow.
  • Floating Continent: The wealthy in the world of Meridian live on floating continents to stay away from the polluted (Blighted) ground.
  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: The dark, brooding uncle's powers of destruction are red. The cheery and friendly girl's powers are yellow/gold.
  • Grey Goo: The ground pollution that causes ground structures to erode and fall apart quite quickly. All surface cities are continually being rebuilt.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Sephie's uncle sends an entire floating island to the ground, killing nearly everyone on board. Somehow it has less emotional impact than the death of the girl's parents.
  • Missed the Call: Sephie wasn't intended to be one of The Chosen Many. It was her father... but the power killed him, and it jumped to the next successor: His daughter.
  • Sky Pirates: Where there's flying airships, there's sky pirates.
  • Steampunk: But only if you're wealthy enough to live on a floating island. Also some coalpunk for the super industrial island.