A new series sci-fi series from AWA Publishing is coming in March of 2021, following the reappearance of a Cold War-era superweapon considered lost decades earlier. The reappearance of this superweapon throws the life of the man who rediscovered it into utter chaos, thus the premise for Chariot from the creative team of Bryan Edward Hill (Batman and the Outsiders), Priscilla Petraites (Rat Queens), and colorist Marco Lesko (Robotech Remix).
The series Chariot takes its name after the muscle car filled with advanced technology is found by a petty criminal looking to turn his life around. Little does he know that the car is the perfect tool to make that happen — if only it weren’t being controlled by the consciousness of the super-agent originally intended to drive it.
In an interview about the series with The Hollywood Reporter, writer Bryan Edward Hill had this to say about his latest project:
“Chariot is my ode to the neon-righteous sci-fi action stories I’ve always loved. Like a lot of my work, it’s a story about redemption and purpose, and this one is born out of my love of speed, synthwave manga, and straight-no-chaser action thrills. It’s a character-driven fever dream through speed and technology. I’ve wanted to work with Priscilla for years, and this, no pun intended, is the perfect vehicle for her brilliant, visual storytelling.”
In the same article, series artist Priscilla Petraites said this about the project and what interested her about it:
“When Bryan told me about his idea for this book, I knew it was everything I wanted to draw: blasting action scenes, emotional heavy dialogues, sexy characters. Do you know the feeling of just being in a car riding through a long-deserted road at night, listening to your best playlist full of nostalgic songs, and you just feel like a movie? That’s the vibe I’ve tried to put on this story.”
AWA chief creative officer Axel Alonso also weighed in on the new series from the publisher’s perspective:
“Bryan’s work on American Carnage blew me away — a sophisticated espionage thriller with compelling characters that tackled some of the most urgent issues of the day with unflinching honesty and, indeed, courage. He was one of the first writers I reached out to when we started AWA. Chariot does not disappoint – a synthwave science fiction thriller with multidimensional characters, real stakes, and propulsive action scenes. And what can I possibly say about Priscilla and Marco’s art? Simply amazing. It’s got the energy of a handheld camera, and you can practically hear the synthesizer score in the background, all wrapped up in Jeff Dekal’s mind-melting covers.”
Chariot, the new series billed as Knight Rider meets The Matrix, hits shelves in March of 2021.
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