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DC Entertainment is launching its first comic that is creator-owned and has no connection to either Vertigo nor the main DC universe since the launch of the company’s reboot, The New 52.
Written and created by F.J. DeSanto and Todd Farmer, Insurgent is a six issue mini-series drawn by Federico Dallocchio that is steeped in high-tech military hardware and political conspiracy. It’s due to hit shelves in January.
According to Farmer, it’s set in a world where terrorism has been defeated thanks to U.S. government-created sleeper agents.
“It was happily ever after until the sleepers started waking on their own… and killing without remorse for the wrong side,” said Farmer. “John Ravane, a retired government hunter, is forced out of retirement not to hunt terrorists, but to track down and terminate ordinary sales clerks and shop owners now turned into ruthless killers.”
The origin of the book goes back several years when DeSanto, a producer on The Spirit, and Farmer, the screenwriter behind My Bloody Valentine and Drive Angry, were chatting about movies and comics they liked such as Blade Runner and Magnus Robot Fighter. The talk turned to creating something new “that would marry bleeding-edge futurist themes like nanotechnology and transhumanism with big Halo/Gears of War-style military action and still be rooted in strong characters with personal motivations,” said DeSanto. “Also by setting the story in the very near future, we could take advantage of today’s political climate of distrust and paranoia.”
The book was originally intended to come from Wildstorm, DC’s division run by super-star artist Jim Lee. When Lee became co-publisher of DC and the arm shuttered, many of the division’s projects fell through the cracks. Lee, however, liked Insurgent enough to make sure it got published.
“It exists on its own and we feel really fortunate that DC gave us the freedom to do what was best to drive the story and characters,” said DeSanto. “If anything, it fits more in the new world of DC Entertainment, emphasis on the “E”.
And with the creators’ Hollywood pedigree, don’t be surprised if Insurgent gets a look or two by some savvy execs for a possible adaptation.
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