Alex Segura and Nickolej Villiger


Mara Llave: Keeper of Time

The time stream is in a constant state of disrepair. Timelines diverge and collapse. History is altered, creating tidal waves of change. And that’s on a good day. But thankfully, for eons, the main thruway - the key timeline - has been kept safe by a group of diligent and dedicated “Chronal Keepers.” These men and women keep watch over events happening all over time, across alternate paths and universes. Empowered by their unique “keys” - hourglass-shaped talismans that allows the wearer to create a time/space distortion - a protective quantum field. Within the field they can manipulate matter and energy as they see fit. Whatever is possible, they can achieve. Imbuing them with the ability to manipulate reality. These brave people tap into their talismans and are shunted to wherever and whenever they’re needed most, with little idea what they might face. Working in secret so as not to disrupt the timelines themselves, these anonymous Chronal Keepers were silent heroes across time and space.

That was then, though.

In the wake of what many call “The Great Schism,” (though the remaining Keepers themselves refer to it as “The Giant Eff-Up”) the Keepers are all but gone, leaving the time stream vulnerable to an assault that could destroy the universe as we know it. But one keeper survives - an aging human man named Kent Gordin, stranded in the 21st century. As the life he’s known falls apart, Gordin holds on to one sliver of hope - a child, an alien from a distant world, shunted to Earth to escape a militaristic, fascist regime that threatened to destroy her family.

Welcome to MARA LLAVE - KEEPER OF TIME, a pulpy, sci-fi adventures starring Mara, the last of the Chronal Keepers, and the “key” to reestablishing their legacy. A blend of the high-adventure of Flash Gordon and early Silver Age comics like Green Lantern, Adam Strange, The Flash, and more, MARA LLAVE is a celebration of unpredictable, swashbuckling action mixed with characterization and conflict - as readers slowly learn about Mara’s true origins, and her struggles to fit in on her adopted world. MARA LLAVE: KEEPER OF TIME will be a serialized romp through time that promises to keep readers in suspense and enthralled.

From the minds of acclaimed comic book writer and novelist Alex Segura, and rising star artist Nickolej Villiger, MARA LLAVE - KEEPER OF TIME will blend modern storytelling sensibilities with a thoughtful love letter to the pulp heroes of yesteryear to create something wholly new and completely unforgettable.


Mara Llave

Our protagonist - Mara is slowly learning about her true destiny, as the last keeper of time. But she’s learning on the job, as her talisman hurtles her from era to era, trying to maintain the timestream. Relying on her mentor, Gordin, and her wits, Mara tries to navigate the wilds of time.

Kent Gordin

Kent Gordin was once part of a great league of heroes, dedicated to keeping the timestream intact. But in the wake of something called “The Great Schism,” he sees the ranks of his brotherhood dwindling away. Now, tasked with mentoring the last of his kind and with his own powers waning, Gordin must ensure that Mara is up to the task of protecting, well, everything - while he watches his own life slip away.


Alex Segura

Alex Segura is the bestselling and award-winning author of Secret Identity, which the New York Times called “wittily original” and named an Editor’s Choice. NPR described the novel as “masterful,” and it received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist. Alex is also the author of Star Wars Poe Dameron: Free Fall, the Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery series, and a number of comic books – including The Mysterious Micro-Face (in partnership with NPR), The Black Ghost, The Archies, The Dusk, The Awakened, and more. His short story, “90 Miles” was included in The Best American Mystery and Suspense Stories for 2021 and won the Anthony Award for Best Short Story.
A Miami native, he lives in New York with his wife and children.

Nickolej Villiger

Nickolej Villiger (he/him/his) is a cartoonist and musician residing in Lethbridge, Alberta (Canada). Nickolej spends most of his time in silo drawing comic books and writing music. Some of which he hopes to unveil to the public before he kicks the bucket. Until then, you can check out his table scraps at

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