A Rob Liefeld title isn’t usually the kind of thing that gets top billing here at Gosh! but when it’s rejigged by someone like Brandon Graham (King City) it’s a whole different story. The mind-bendingly bizarre new series starts with issue #21, illustrated by Simon Roy, and picks up where the original series left off, though as this review points out: you don’t need to know anything about the previous issues going into this one. “And actually,” he continues, “it’s probably beneficial as it prevents the possibility of bad art flashbacks.” So consider it a whole new thing. It’s more like something Alejandro Jodorowsky (The Incal) might have written for Heavy Metal magazine back in the 80s. Or, closer to home, it could be the work of Gosh! alumni, Jonathan Chandler (Primitive Man).
On distant future Earth, changed by time and alien influence, John Prophet awakens from cryosleep. His mission: to climb the the towers of Thauili Van and restart the Earth empire. But, news of the Empire’s return brings old foes and allies out of the recesses of the vast cosmos.
In an interview with Comicbook Resources Graham says he can pretty much do whatever he likes with the story. “I like that the idea is open enough that I can play it as sci-fi and also move it far away from modern day and still keep the same Rip Van Winkle theme,” he says. We’re massive fans of it here and and foisted copies hither and thither, occasionally just to explain why we’ve shouted “Now – mate with me, human!” across the shop floor.
The first trade paperback collection hits the shelves this Wednesday (#21 – #26) and we’ve got a Gosh! Exclusive Bookplate Edition to brag about, costing no more than the regular cover price of £7.50. Brandon Graham has done us an all-new piece of art for the occasion and there’s only 200 signed and bookplated copies in the world. If you’d like to reserve one, or arrange a mail order, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Postage is a flat-rate of £5 within the UK, elsewhere depends on the weight of the thing.
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