Slowly but surely, Lion Forge Comics is lifting the veil of secrecy around its shared universe superhero imprint, Catalyst Prime. CBR has the first word of the line’s second ongoing series: the June-debuting “Accell,” from the team of writer Joe Casey, artist Damion Scott, inker Robert Campanella, colorist John Rauch and letterer Janice Chiang.
Here’s the official series description:
“Daniel DosSantos is a young man living at the speed of life, with his job, girlfriend, and video games. After gaining powers from exposure to an extraterrestrial object, DosSantos became the rapid action superhero called ACCELL. The first of a new public kind of crime fighter and bad guy smasher.
“Unfortunately, there are consequences to moving faster than sound. Daniel’s about to learn that danger exists on the flipside of having super powers, and he may have to grow up quickly to survive.”
“Accell” joins its fellow ongoing series “Noble,” from writer Brandon Thomas and artist Roger Robinson, as reported earlier this week by Bleeding Cool. “Noble” is scheduled to debut on May 3.
Along with his extensive work for Marvel and DC Comics, Joe Casey has prior history with Lion Forge, as the writer of 2015’s “Miami Vice Remix.” Damion Scott is likely best known for co-creating the Cassandra Cain Batgirl for DC Comics, and his recent credits include Marvel’s “All-New Ghost Rider.”
The Catalyst Prime Universe starts in earnest this May 6 on Free Comic Book Day with the “Catalyst Prime: The Event” one-shot, co-written by Christopher Priest and Catalyst Prime Senior Editor (and CBR columnist) Joseph Illidge, with art by Marco Turini and Jessica Kholinne. Seven Catalyst Prime series are planned, rolling out once a month through the end of 2017.
“I think we’re seeing an attrition of the capacity of fans’ tolerance for change,” Illidge said of the reasons he thinks Catalyst Prime will appeal to fans, in an interview with CBR last month. “I think they’re exhausted. I think they’re tired of the reboots of Superman. They’re tired of the reboots of the Marvel Universe. It’s exhausting and it’s confusing. The idea that people can come into the Catalyst Prime line of books and start now, get in on the ground floor of it, I think that’s exciting for people. It’s similar to the people who started watching “Arrow” and saw the DC television universe grow from one show to four. The early viewers were there at the beginning, and didn’t need to have the fan vocabulary of all the other characters, because the larger world was introduced over a period of time.”
“Accell” debuts in June, with a main cover by Scott and a variant illustrated by John Cassaday.