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Dynamite Announces Kieron Gillen on 007, New Atari Series and Red Rising Creative Team

Dynamite Entertainment made three major announcements this morning, including the return of Atari to comics!

KIERON GILLEN WRITES SPY THRILLER TOUR DE FORCE
IN ALL-NEW, OVERSIZED JAMES BOND SPECIAL!

DYNAMITE WELCOMES GILLEN AND ARTIST ANTONIO FUSO FOR
JAMES BOND: SERVICE, COMING THIS MAY!

Dynamite Entertainment introduces an all-new take on the icon of espionage in an upcoming oversized special written by Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars: Darth Vader) and drawn by Antonio Fuso (Torchwood, Drive)!

In contemporary politics, where Britain’s world standing is often more zero than 007, an assassin plans to exterminate the “special relationship,” and lead Britain and the United States into a very dark place…especially when he does so by aiming down the sights of an ancient Enfield rifle! It’ll test Bond’s deadly talents to their limits, in order to defeat the assassin and avert certain geopolitical disaster…

“A chance to write a British icon is something that’s basically irresistible,” says writer Kieron Gillen. “This is like getting to write the sun rising. You’ve known it all your life, but this time it’s yours. I wanted to do a story that was classically Bond, but spoke to Britain as it is, and Britain as it was. In short: I was looking for any excuse for Bond to use a Sten-gun.”

Artist Antonio Fuso says, “James Bond means England, and I love England. I also love spy stories, black suits, deadly pocket guns, smart smiles, and Kieron’s scripts. Read this book, spread the love, and God save the Queen.”

Regarding his collaboration with artist Antonio Fuso, Gillen adds, “It’s a thrill working with Antonio, whose modern lines lean into a realistic take on a modern Bond.”

“Kieron Gillen is undoubtedly one of the best writers, and among the best-loved, in comics today, and it’s an absolute honor to now work with him on one of Dynamite’s most celebrated titles,” says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. “Ian Fleming’s James Bond is perhaps the most elevated of intellectual properties in the history of pop culture, an icon whose mere mention evokes a sense of class and distinction. We’re proud to bring such high caliber writers to this franchise: Warren Ellis, Andy Diggle, James Robinson, Benjamin Percy, and now Kieron Gillen. Partner him with a hot talent like Antonio Fuso, and we’ve got the perfect team for an explosive, done-in-one thriller!”

“I’m delighted to be working with Kieron for the first time,” says Joe Rybandt, Executive Editor. “He’s a fantastic writer and a tremendous asset to the ever-expanding world of James Bond comics from Dynamite.”

James Bond: Service will be released as a 48-page special, solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ March 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in May. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. James Bond: Service will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

 

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES THE FIRST ATARI COMIC BOOK SERIES IN OVER 30 YEARS!

Swordquest Launches in May with a Special 25-Cent #0 Issue

Dynamite Entertainment continues its partnership with Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, to create a new comics line based on beloved Atari titles. In the early 1980’s, as video games lit up living rooms across the country and licensed comic books saw prominence in the industry, Atari released their own based on their popular line of titles. Now, Dynamite Entertainment, the modern leader in licensed comics, brings fans Swordquest comic we’ve been waiting for since 1983!

Peter Case was a boy on a quest… the quest to win the prizes from Atari’s Swordquest challenge! He was counting down the days to the release of the final game, AirWorld, only to be shattered when the news surfaced that it would never be released. Now Peter is an adult… and things aren’t going well. The bad news is he has to move back in with his mother. The good news is she still has all of his old Atari stuff. With nothing else to look forward to, his obsession with Swordquest is reignited, in a more daring — and fantastic — way!

Written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims (X-Men ’92, Down Set Fight) and art by Scott Kowalchuk (Batman ’66, Down Set Fight), Swordquest makes its triumphant return to the printed page at a special introductory price of just 25 cents!

“Most anyone who remembers Atari’s heyday, remembers Swordquest. It was one of the crown jewels of their line of games, complete with its own real world prizes,” says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. “When we announced our intention to publish a new line of Atari comics back in 2014, Swordquest was one of the titles everyone inquired about most. What Chris and Chad have come up with will delight every kid who dreamed of winning that gold goblet! Also, we wanted to have fun with this series, so we’re releasing the #0 issue at the same price as an arcade game cost to play back in the ’80’s: only 25 cents. Sure, Swordquest was a console game, but if it was an arcade game, it would have been two bits for the 8 bits. Not only do we get to have fun with this cool pricing, but this also allows fans to try out the series at the lowest cost possible, and retailers can stock the shelves to get readers with minimal risk.”

Swordquest #0 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ March 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in May. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. Swordquest will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES THE CREATIVE TEAM BEHIND RED RISING: SONS OF ARES

The Official Comic Book Prequel to Pierce Brown’s Bestselling and Award-Winning Red Rising Novel Trilogy Premieres in May

From the world of the bestselling YA series Red Rising comes an original story of love, loss and rage: Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons of Ares!

In the future, when mankind has spread across the stars, the hierarchy of man is dictated by the color of one’s caste. The Golds rule all, but what will happen when one falls for a lowly Red? See how a forbidden love will set the course of events for the future and lead to the formation of the formidable Sons of Ares!

Written by author Pierce Brown (the Red Rising novel trilogy) and Rik Hoskin (Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand), with art by Eli Powell (Yakuza Demon Killers, The 13th Artifact), comes the story of revolution and Red Rising!

“It’s a dream come true to bring the world of Red Rising to comic books, and a real pleasure Jedi-mind melding with Rik in the writing process,” says Pierce Brown. “Sons of Ares is a story made for new and veteran readers alike.”

Sons of Ares in a new story set within the brutal world of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising books. I’ve worked closely with Pierce to create something that’s true to those books, but also feels unique and new,” says Rik Hoskin. “Like the books, ours is a fast-moving story set right across the vast canvas of the freshly-colonized solar system. We’re exploring the effects that the inflexible regime has on an individual who’s a key figure from the books, looking at the limits of humanity in a dehumanizing system. For me, that’s the key to the books — the very human characters striving against a system geared to beating them down. It’s harsh, cruel, unfair and — occasionally — uplifting.”

“When Pierce Brown debuted the first Red Rising novel in 2014, the zeitgeist was immediate… and it wasn’t long before copies were being passed around the Dynamite office. It’s got everything we love about modern sci-fi: pulse-pounding action, intrigue, and fantastic settings,”says Dynamite CEO and Publisher, Nick Barrucci. “Dynamite has had great critical and commercial success by inviting beloved literary authors to expand their novel universes with original tales exclusive to the comic book format, with prime examples being Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files and, most recently, Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand. We’re proud to team Pierce with White Sand co-writer Rik Hoskin and artist Eli Powell to pull back the curtains on a secret chapter of Red Rising history for all his fans to enjoy.”

“The Red Rising trilogy contains the most imaginative and inventive science fiction I’ve read in many, many years,” says Joe Rybandt, Executive Editor. “It’s a post-modern Lord of the Flies with lyrical language reminiscent of the great Anthony Burgess. I was a massive fan of the books and delighted to be working directly with Pierce to bring his vision to life in comic book form.”

Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons of Ares
#1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ March 2017 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in May. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies with their local comic book retailers. Red Rising: Sons of Ares will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com

For art and more information, please visit www.dynamite.com

 

 

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