'Canto' Comic Book Introduces a New Fantasy Hero (Exclusive Trailer)

IDW's all-ages fantasy launches in June.

In a world where people have been enslaved for generations with their hearts literally replaced by clocks, one hero is willing to risk everything — even his own clockwork existence — to make someone else’s life better. His name? Canto. Heat Vision debuts a new trailer for the all-ages project above.

IDW Publishing’s new, six-issue fantasy series follows the title character as he ventures through the darkest parts of his world to discover a young girl’s heart after her clock was damaged by slavers. As creators David M. Booher and Drew Zucker explained, the project follows some impressive inspiration.

“When I was a kid, I couldn’t get enough of fantasy adventures like Wizard of Oz, Labyrinth, and Dark Crystal,” writer and series co-creator Booher told Heat Vision. “Drew and I wanted to channel that same sense of dark wonder into a brand-new world with Canto as its heart. None of it would have been possible without IDW and our incredible creative team, from Drew’s amazing art to Vittorio’s dazzling colors and Deron’s expert lettering. I can’t wait for readers of all ages to join in Canto’s quest.”

Zucker added, “When David and I started on Canto, we set out to make a true all-ages book. Growing up, Star Wars was a huge influence on me and as I got older and began to tell my own stories, the idea of complex heroes living in dark times who fight against the odds always appealed to me. I think the entire team's hard work has helped produce a story for everyone that honors that idea.”

Canto also features work by colorist Vittorio Astone and letterer Deron Bennett. The first issue will debut in comic book stores and digitally June 26.