Today Vertigo Comics announced that they would be releasing a bevy of content in support of the forthcoming Mad Max: Fury Road film from director George Miller.
In addition to four prelude comics which will release in the months leading up to the film, Vertigo will be publishing a hardcover collection of art inspired by the movie. The collection will include work from many fan favorites and rising stars of the DC stable, including Lee Bermejo (Before Watchmen: Rorschach, Suiciders), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), and Nicola Scott (Earth-2).
This move should come as no surprise to those familiar with the structure of Vertigo, which is the independent imprint of DC Comics, and whose parent company Warner Brothers, is also responsible for the production and distribution of the post-apocalyptic film. While this sort of corporate synergy is to be expected, it does mark a departure for the imprint, whose past work rarely included film tie-in content. Whether this becomes the norm as the revamped Vertigo continues to find its place in the new DC corporate structure will remain to be seen.
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George Miller Collaborates with All-Star Artists to tell Stories Inspired by the Much-Anticipated Action Adventure
Vertigo, the innovative, boundary-pushing imprint of DC Entertainment, will collaborate with Mad Max: Fury Road director, producer and co-writer George Miller on two upcoming projects based on the film. The first is a Deluxe Edition hardcover entitled MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: INSPIRED ARTISTS, in which sixty-five top artists will create art inspired by the world of Mad Max: Fury Road. The second is four comic book stories that follow four main characters of the film and tell their prelude stories leading up to the film’s opening scene.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: INSPIRED ARTISTS will contain double-page spreads from 65 visionary artists bringing their own unique style to the world of Mad Max: Fury Road. Each of the artists’ work will be inspired by Miller’s post-apocalyptic wasteland. These spreads will range from spectacular action sequences to haunting character portraits. Artists participating include Lee Bermejo, Dave McKean, Cliff Chiang, Nicola Scott, Stephanie Hans, Tara McPherson, among others. This book is due to hit shelves on May 6, prior to the film’s May 15th release.
In addition, George Miller, Nico Lathouris and Mark Sexton are writing four prelude stories that follow leading characters Nux, Immortan Joe, Furiosa, and Mad Max, whose story will be in two parts. This miniseries will release one issue a month, starting with MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: NUX & IMMORTAN JOE #1 releasing on May 20, followed by MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: FURIOSA #1 and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: MAD MAX #1 & #2. Nico Lathouris served as a co-writer on the film while Mark Sexton served as storyboard and concept artist for Mad Max: Fury Road. Interior artists working on these projects include Riccardo Burchielli, Leandro Fernandez, Tristan Jones, and Mark Sexton, while covers will be illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards.
About Mad Max: Fury Road:
From Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller (“Happy Feet”), originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
The film stars Tom Hardy, Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”) Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Josh Helman, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, and Courtney Eaton.
Miller directed the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller is also producing the film, along with Doug Mitchell and P.J. Voeten.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production, a George Miller film, “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Slated for release on May 15, 2015, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.