Created by Eric Red. Art by Nick Staka.
It’s 28 Days Later meets Apollo 13 in Eric Red’s Containment—where Commander Stark must make impossible choices to save her crew from system failures, zombies, and the worst of them all—betrayal.
Six years ahead of schedule to their trip to Saturn, the crew of the N.A.S.A Explorer wakes up in containment capsules. A malfunction has occurred to their life-support systems. According to the crew’s training, it should be a simple matter of waking up, fixing the problem, and going back to sleep. But when Commander Stark’s awakening is accompanied by crewmate Gaines punching his fist through her sleeping pod, returning to the way things were is no longer an option.
Gaines has become a mumbling, violent zombie out for blood, leaving Commander Stark no choice but to smash a heavy metal clamp straight to his temple to save her life. She stumbles through the ship, locking up the infected, and finding only four of her original twelve crewmembers alive and well. Chief Medic and Science Officer Trumbo examines the dead Gaines, determining the error in the life support systems came from the cryogenic fluid in their containment pods. For Gaines and the rest of the zombie-like crew, this fluid had infected their blood, leaving them with massive brain damage. Trumbo determines there is nothing they can do without medical supplies (located on the opposite side of the huge ship), and votes to leave the infected crewmembers in containment.
Meanwhile, all crewmember Langtry can see is her sick friends in pain, leading her to unlock and open the door where one of her infected colleagues is imprisoned. Her “friend” thanks Langtry’s kindness by biting off her nose. It won’t be until later, when Langtry becomes glassy-eyed and violent, that Commander Stark realizes the same infection that hit her crewmembers in their sleep can spread through the exchange of blood and saliva. Thankfully, they still have Trumbo, and are depending on him to synthesize a cure to save them all.
But Trumbo has done the math. It’ll take five years for the nearest space station to send out a rescue shuttle, and they only have enough food and air for six people for one year, tops. And while he may make promises to save his crewmates, his mind is only on one thing: himself.
It’s one shit storm after another, and it will be a miracle if Commander Stark manages to send her SOS to mission control. But much like a tree falling in a forest, if someone cries for help in the emptiness of space, will anyone hear it? And if they do, will anyone care? Containment exposes the dark side of survival in the lonely depths of space. Will the crew work together to survive or is it really every man for himself?