3:07pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Douglas Rushkoff Plans "Psychedelic Occult" World War II Graphic Novel
Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff is teaming with Dark Horse Comics to reveal the secret war of the 20th century, pitting Adolf Hitler against Aleister Crowley in the new graphic novel Aleister & Adolf.
Illustrated by Powers co-creator Michael Avon Oeming, the graphic novel will recast real-world events through what the publisher calls "a psychedelic occult lens" as Crowley tries to construct a defense against Hitler's rise, leading to the creation of what the publisher describes as "an unconventional new form of warfare that is fought not with steel but with symbols and ideals."
Unfortunately, the war of ideas can get out of hand, even for those responsible for inventing the ideas being used.
In an interview about the project with The AV Club, Rushkoff explained, "Swastikas and other sigil logos become the corporate logos of our world. And given that we’re living in a moment where those logos are migrating online where they can move on their own, it’s kind of important that we consider the origins and power of these icons."
The project is a return to comics for the journalist and author; he has previously written the series Testament and graphic novel ADD: Adolescent Demo Division for DC Entertainment's Vertigo imprint, in addition to Disinformation's 2004 release Club Zero-G.
Aleister & Adolf will be released on Nov. 2.