First up is Swordquest, written by Chad Bowers and Chris Sims and illustrated by Scott Kowalchuk (all three previously worked on Down Set Fight). The series centers on a modern-day adult Atari fan who finds himself reigniting his obsession with Swordquest, one of the most popular video games from Atari’s heyday. Swordquest #0 will hit shelves in May with an MSRP of only 25 cents. Dynamite released a historical art book on Atari last year (see “Review: 'Art of Atari' HC”).
The series is written by Brown and Rik Hoskin (Brandon Sanderson's White Sand) with Eli Powell (Yakuza Demon Killers) on art. Billed as a story that will appeal to both fans of the novels and newcomers, the series focuses on the formation of the Sons of Ares, an underground resistance group that will lead the lowly Red caste in rebellion against the ruling Gold caste in a future that has seen mankind spread across the stars. The series is set to debut in May.
Dynamite has a number of big releases based on licensed properties in store for 2017. Last week, the company announced a crossover between their Grumpy Cat series and BOOM!’s Garfield line for summer (see “Garfield and Grumpy Cat, Together at Last”).
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