Narcopolis, coming in February 2008

8 décembre 2007 Non Par Comic Box

narc1.jpg[ENGLISH] Avatar tells us: NARCOPOLIS, a brand new series by Hellblazer scribe Jamie Delano, will begin in February 2008 from Avatar Press. Within the isolating cliffs of Narcopolis, citizen Gray Neighbor lives a routine of building missiles for the fight against the ever present threat of foreign evil. But a few chance events uncover a deep and unnerving rabbit hole, and Narcopolis’ operation begins to reveal its true nature.Any fan of George Orwell or Grant Morrison’s The Filth can’t miss this 4-issue series by one of the most innovative writers in comics. This visionary new mini-series by creator Jamie Delano features the art of Jeremy Rock and color by Greg Waller, and NARCOPOLIS will ship monthly beginning with issue #1 in February 2008.

narc1oi.jpgWelcome to the city of Narcopolis. Entrusting their welfare to the state, citizens here are repaid for aiding the war effort against the ever looming BadEvil with leisure time, sexual pleasures, and the intoxicating “juice” that is issued by the city. Most citizens are content with these rewards, but not Gray Neighbor. “Most of the population appears content to exist, incurious and unquestioning of the status quo,” notes Narcopolis creator Jamie Delano, “But the odd one or two are disturbed by the rhythm of a different drum… unsettled by the vaguely conscious suspicion that the state — represented by a sickly ‘maternal’ philosophy/brand known as Mama Dream — may not be as benevolent as commonly perceived.”

Consequently city TRUST agents are watching Neighbor closely, and Agent Azure Love is commissioned to quell the threat of his curiosity. What lies beyond Narcopolis’ borders? Is the unquestioned constitution of the state more frightening than its enemies from without? Gray Neighbor is compelled to find out what lies at the heart of Mama Dream, and in the process Agent Love is going to discover answers to questions which the sheep never dared to contemplate.

Delano broke into the comic book industry in the early 1980’s at Marvel UK, but it was his inventive work in launching DC series Hellblazer later that decade that brought him to the attention of a worldwide audience. He subsequently wrote several series for DC/Vertigo, including 2020 Visions, Outlaw Nation, and The Horrorist. “I felt that it might be a good time for me to diversify,” says Delano of his upcoming Avatar work. “Move a little away from the mainstream, both in terms of outlets for my work and its nature. William Christensen at Avatar supported this aim by giving me a free rein to have fun.” NARCOPOLIS will be Delano’s first creator-owned work published by Avatar Press.

“Jeremy Rock is the excellent artist on the work,” notes Delano. “All I can say is that Jeremy Rock has done a fantastic job in visually realising my crazed imaginings.” Rock has worked on covers for Avatar’s Lady Death and Living Dead series as well as other previous titles with the publisher.

NARCOPOLIS #1 will arrive at local comic retailers in February, 2008, and the 4-issue series will arrive monthly in standard-size comic book format. The brainchild of legendary DC/Vertigo trailblazer Jamie Delano, NARCOPOLIS features the artwork of Jeremy Rock and color by Greg Waller. This must read miniseries will be priced at $3.99 an issue.

Avatar Press is a comic book publisher that continues to push the boundaries between mainstream and independent with current and upcoming work from creators such as Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Brian Pulido, George A. Romero, George R.R. Martin, Joe R. Lansdale, John Russo, Mike Wolfer, Juan Jose Ryp, Jacen Burrows, and numerous others. The company has published a wide range of comic books including creator-owned titles like Garth Ennis’ 303 and Brian Pulido’s Lady Death, company-owned comics such as Pandora and The Ravening, licensed hits like Frank Miller’s Robocop and George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, and numerous other titles. A publisher that has established itself as one of the cornerstones of the American indy comic book scene over the past decade, Avatar has published some 500 comic books since 1997. Comic Collector