Official Press Release
Dynamite Entertainment and Liquid Comics announced today a publishing partnership to release Dead Soldier, an original four-issue comic book series from acclaimed filmmakers John Moore (Max Payne, Behind Enemy Lines and The Omen) and Richie Smyth. Artwork for the series was created by Liquid Comics’ Dean Hyrapiet (Virulents, Vooddoo Child, Snake Woman).
“Dead Soldier” is the culmination of vision from director Richie Symth and the powerhouse, avant-garde Liquid Comics that perfectly captures Liquid’s unique ability to create comic books that are electrifyingly visual. I’m thrilled to have been a part of getting Richie’s epic to page and ultimately to screen, with both Gotham Chopra and Sharad Devarajan, who stand head and shoulders above the rest in what has become a crowded market for labels. Liquid have their eye firmly fixed on the translation of great, graphic stories to screen,” commented John Moore.
Dead Soldier is the story of Colonel John Donner, aka John Doe. It’s the last days of World War One – the Great War. On an obscure patch of mud, a small company of American soldiers fights to the last man against a powerful German offensive. John Doe is the only American survivor of the attack. He wanders alone for days amongst the maze of trenches and blast holes. Shellshocked, badly wounded and without food or medicine, he is lost. Through a twist of events, Donner is transformed into a creature of unthinkable power, a monster that pledges he will avenge the deaths of his fallen comrades, not only on the muddy battlefields of WWI, but across the generations to the slaughter-fields of the “War on Terror.” With abnormal strength and agility he hunts his enemies. But Donner’s actions have not gone unnoticed – and he will soon face an enemy from a place he could never have contemplated.
“Dead Soldier represents a body of work conceived and nurtured to life by a team of truly trusting and inspiring minds, John, Gotham, Sharad and Dean. It’s the merging of worlds and just like any great story it’s all in the set up. Dead Soldier is a tale that brings the world as we know it to its knees. This is only the beginning,” added Richie Smyth.
“We are honored that John and Richie have allowed us to develop this epic story with them. Their creativity and vision for the project has been continuously inspiring,” Liquid Comics Co-Founder & CEO, Sharad Devarajan added, “We are also thrilled to work with Nick Barrucci and our partners at Dynamite to launch the comic book mini-series in stores this September.”
DEAD SOLDIER #1 (of 4)
Format: 32 pages
Created by: John Moore & Richie Smyth
Writer: Richie Smyth
Artwork: Dean Hyrapiet (Voodoo Child; Virulents) & Liquid Comics
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ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT, the publishing division of DYNAMIC FORCES, INC., was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including Red Sonja, Project Superpowers, The Boys, Army of Darkness, Battlestar Galactica, The Lone Ranger, Zorro and more!
In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Turner, Jim Lee, Michael Avon Oeming, Brian Reed, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent and fan favorite creators!
DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their more recent launches – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.
Aside from their monthly periodical comic book series, DYNAMITE also produces new and classic material, including Tim Truman’s SCOUT, Carlos Trillo and Eduardo Risso’s BORDERLINE and TALES OF TERROR, Jim Starlin’s DREADSTAR, as well as well as reprint editions of classic RED SONJA material.
ABOUT LIQUID COMICS:
Liquid Comics is an entertainment company focused on creating original stories and modern myths for worldwide audiences. The company was founded by entrepreneurs, Gotham Chopra, Sharad Devarajan and Suresh Seetharaman and uses the medium of graphic novel publishing to develop properties for theatrical live-action films, animation and video games. Liquid has created original graphic novels with acclaimed filmmakers and creators including John Woo, Shekhar Kapur, Deepak Chopra, Guy Ritchie, Dave Stewart, Jonathan Mostow, Edward Burns, Nicolas Cage, John Moore and others. The Company currently has a number of film and television projects in development including the Warner Bros. film adaptation of Gamekeeper with director Guy Ritchie; Virulents with director John Moore; Voodoo Child with Saturn Films and Reliance; The Leaves with Summit Entertainment; Beyond in development as a theatrical film with author Deepak Chopra; The Stranded, in development for television, with the Syfy Channel and First Family in development at FremantleMedia Enterprises. www.LiquidComics.com