Magnetic Press, the independent publisher launched late last year by two comics veterans, former Archaia publisher Mike Kennedy and former BOOM! Studios executive Wes Harris, has announced its third book: a hardcover collection of comics, illustrated stories and art set in Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands universe. The book, titled Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands Omnibus, will debut in July.
Dorman is best known for his Star Wars art, and he won an Eisner Award for his artwork on Aliens: Tribes, a graphic novel based on the Alien movies. His work has appeared on the cover of Heavy Metal, and he has done cover art, trading cards and toy design for a host of publishers.
Wasted Lands, on the other hand, is Dorman’s creator-owned work, a high-adventure story with Western and steampunk influences. It’s set in an industrial megalopolis linked to a forbidding outback by a vast rail system; here’s his description of the story from the official website:
The Iron Wars have ended and the citizens are trapped in a daily struggle to maintain their sanity in a morally and culturally corrupt society. Though disillusioned, a handful have chosen to put order to the chaos. The answer lies in an ordinary stone, broken into fragments and scattered throughout the Wasted Lands. Once joined together, the world will behold the stone impaled with the resurrected sword from which legends were forged…the catalyst to reveal the one true leader who will guide the reconstruction of humanity…but who is he? Or she?
The Magnetic Press volume collects a number of bits and pieces into a single place: The first installment of his graphic novel Rail (re-colored and re-lettered), some short comics and prose stories, concept and character art, and some hard-to-find art that appeared in Penthouse and A-1, along with some new material that hasn’t been seen before. It’s both a compendium and a guide to the world of the story. Hit the link for a look at the full cover art that lurks under the jacket above.