August 13, 2014 2:03pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Love Rocket Raccoon? 'Wild's End' Delivers More Anthromorphic Action
If the one-two box office success of Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has demonstrated anything, it’s that anthropomorphic science fiction comic book characters are poised to become the next big thing — which makes BOOM! Studios’ new series Wild’s End particularly timely.
The series reteams writer Dan Abnett with artist I.N.J. Culbard, his partner on the DC Entertainment zombie series The New Deadwardians, to tackle the story of an alien invasion as seen from the point of view of an alternate England in the 1930s where all the inhabitants are animals.
Abnett was responsible, with co-writer Andy Lanning, for the two-year run of Guardians of the Galaxy comics credited by director James Gunn as the primary inspiration for the Marvel Studios movie. In addition to Wild’s End, he is returning to the Marvel franchise with the October-launching Guardians 3000 series.
Likened by the publisher to a cross between H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds and Edgar Wright’s “Cornetto Trilogy” of Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, BOOM! editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon said that he expects that the series will “find a special place on the reading lists of folks who are looking for something a little different on the comic shelves every month.”
Wild’s End launches in comic stores and digitally Sept. 10. Audiences hoping for more chances to watch cute animals with bad attitudes shoot guns at aliens, now you know where to look.