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Independent comics publisher Image Comics has announced a new series from writer Ales Kot (Zero, Wild Children) and artist Will Tempest entitled Material.
The series looks to be an ensemble piece which will focus on the human experience through the eyes of its diverse cast.
The cover images from the first issue of Material, which feature the infamous Seasons Greetings image from the protests and riots in Ferguson, Missouri suggest that the theme of civil unrest which has permeated the American news cycle over the last several years will be key to the story’s path.
In addition to the cover reveal from Image, Kot teased an image from the book’s interior in a blog post on his own site.
Kot, a rising writer who has worked at both major publishers since his breakout work Wild Children, has never shied away from controversy, as that series dealt with children dosing their public school teacher with acid and expounding on how they’d been failed by society at large and the education system specifically.
Kot had not responded to a request for details on the planned length of the series as of the time of this article’s publication.
[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
EVERYTHING IS MATERIAL
An all-new psychological suspense series
from Ales Kot, Will Tempest and Tom Muller
Bestselling writer Ales Kot (ZERO), artist Will Tempest, designer Tom Muller and letterer Clayton Cowles come together for an all-new thought-provoking suspense series that explores the ephemeral state of humanity in MATERIAL. The series launches from Image Comics on May 27.
In MATERIAL, a man comes home from Guantanamo Bay, irrevocably changed. An actress receives an offer that can revive her career. A boy survives a riot and becomes embedded within a revolutionary movement. A philosopher is contacted by a being that dismantles his beliefs.
Look around you. Everything is material.
“Making Material keeps me sane,” confessed Kot. “It’s a story that begins in America and spreads everywhere. It defies easy categorization. Our chief aim is to be truthful about LIFE as it is NOW through a vast VARIETY of explored HUMAN EXPERIENCE. Material also marks the return of 9-panel grid as a standard tool in a comic series. Expect backmatter files by excellent artists, writers, journalists and other beings. Expect new readers coming to comic book stores asking for it. Ideally, Material will be our ‘Cerebus’—in that we intend to keep this one going for a long, long time.”
MATERIAL #1 hits stores on May 27 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150477.