Fans of flashy interstellar odysseys can rejoice this journey season because of the premiere concern of Heavy Metal’s “The Adventures of Adrienne James” sci-fi comedian e e-book sequence arrives later this month, carried by the cosmic wings of an enthusiastic pre-launch buzz.
Think of a gender-bent Indiana Jones darting concerning the galaxy searching for a priceless artifact that holds the mandatory issue to frequent domination and you have the suitable thought of its premise.
Written by Heavy Metal CEO Matt Medney (“Beyond Kuiper”) and Bruce Edwards, with inserting work courtesy of illustrator Geraldo Borges and colorist Felipe Sobreiro, “Adrienne James” is a nostalgic romp as soon as extra to the grand interval when sci-fi was nonetheless pulpy-good gratifying. It’s being launched by Heavy Metal’s “Elements” line on Dec. 29 and ensures to satiate readers who’ve been hungering for a gentle treasure hunt story amid the celebrities.
“The Adventures of Adrienne James #0” is a double-sized concern that acts as a prologue to the remainder of the universe. The storyline ignites in a distant galaxy fascinated with distinctive treasures discovered on fairly just a few planets, as legions of treasure-seeking clans need a legendary object generally often known as the E-Ra-Du, a fabled vitality present hidden deep in outer space by the mysterious Elders.
When the capital of AeroJ is shattered by the demise of Luman chief Waldun-Li whereas searching for E-Ra-Du with the notorious scavenger Adrienne James, the galaxy is tossed into total chaos. Beginning at her funeral, Adrienne takes up the problem of changing into High Luman and blasts off on a harmful quest to hunt out this legendary prize.
Greg Hildebrandt, the internationally acknowledged illustrator who created the work and design for plenty of Tolkien initiatives and the primary “Star Wars” poster collectively alongside along with his twin brother, Tim, has contributed the quilt for subsequent yr’s commerce mannequin of “The Adventures of Adrienne James,” which Space.com is revealing correct proper right here presently.
“After a 64-year professional career as an illustrator, I am thrilled to be a part of Matthew Medney’s new graphic novel,” Hildebrandt talked about in an announcement emailed to Space.com. “As a longtime lover of fantasy, science fiction and space, I find Matthew’s story to be a fantastic blending of the great adventure heroes — Doc Savage, Tom Corbett, Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, Allan Quatermain, and Indiana Jones — but this time in the female form. Adrienne James is a powerful, beautiful force of nature on a quest to preserve the knowledge of the universe.”
Space.com spoke with Medney on the genesis of “Adrienne James,” how his collaboration reaped ingenious fruit, the entice of the outdated trend sequence’ evocative work, and what readers can anticipate as this month-to-month outer space escapade evolves into 2022 and former.
Space.com: What was the inspiration behind this vibrant space opera drawback?
Matt Medney: I wished to create a feminine Indiana Jones in space. It was an thought I had only some years as soon as extra. I merely miss good journey, good treasure hunts. “National Treasure” was actually superior and before that it was clearly “Indiana Jones.” But there’s by no means been feminine treasure hunt story. I by no means acquired into “Tomb Raider” and I wished to fill that void and create one consider a single totally different galaxy. I met up with my co-writer, Bruce Edwards, who was on the ingenious employees for “Dark Wing,” which is one totally different one among my sci-fi books I’m eager about.
Bruce and I create this world that is contained in the Andromeda galaxy spherical a planet usually known as AeroJ. We wished to be a lens on our society and to have work and artistic expression as a abroad money of this galaxy. And what if The Luman, the noble group that Adrienne is part of, policed and guarded work all by the galaxy. That was the nugget of the concept.
We mind-melded arduous and have been so aligned with what this story was from day one. It merely flowed out and I used to be so linked with my writing employees. We understood what this story was at its most quantum diploma to have the flexibleness to specific it on paper.
Space.com: How does Geraldo’s work most fascinating specific the type and tone of the narrative?
Medney: Geraldo has this distinctive strategy of being energetic in his paneling, and I actually really feel it is a functionality that is undervalued in comics. He’s so good at making you see the film in your concepts when wanting on the web internet web page. All these panels are simply so fluid and energetic that it helps the phrases and the sentiment and theme unfold in your head. I even took fairly just a few dialogue out of scenes the place the expressions did quite a few the work that it’ll have been redundant to go away these one-liners in there.
And Felipe’s coloration palette is solely unimaginable. It pops and feels actual to the expression of the story. I used to be actually pushing to get the colours and the work to truly actually really feel like an Indiana Jones story. The work employees as a whole merely crushed it.
Space.com: What can followers look forward to as the primary sequence kicks off in February 2022?
Medney: More adventures inside the celebrities, upside-down floating rock temples, and the seek for E-Ra-Du. We’ve written over ten chapters already that we’re inserting to work. The story follows this high-intensity narrative all of the approach by. There’s actually no break.
Heavy Metal’s “The Adventures of Adrienne James #0” arrives at comedian retailers and on-line retailers on Dec. 29.