Ahead of this weekend's New York Comic Con, Dynamite Entertainment has announced that their line of comics based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' "John Carter of Mars" franchise will return under writer Brian Wood ("DMZ," "The Massive," "Star Wars"). Wood will guide a new "John Carter" series, co-writing it with Alex Cox, who makes his writing debut with the series"John Carter."
"Taking on a classic literary icon like John Carter is no small thing, and working with Alex Cox to find a direction that both honors the past and looks into the future has been a great challenge, one that we both are enjoying immensely," said Brian Wood in the announcement.
Cox added that the John Carter saga is "one of the all-time great sci-fi/fantasy epics... Brian's concept is unlike any John Carter story to date, but with a lot of reverence for the world that Burroughs built," continued Cox. "Beyond that, we're drawing on everything from Jodorowsky to Jesse Marsh to John Wayne to make this story as cool as possible. I think people are going to love it- old school superfans, and also people who have no idea what a Rykor is."
Originally published as "A Princess of Mars" in 1917, an additional ten novels following the saga of a Confederate soldier transported to a war-filled Mars were published over the following decades. Marvel Comics published the "John Carter Warlord of Mars" comic in the late '70s, and a feature film was released from Disney in 2012. Marvel published comics around the time of the film's release, while Dynamite Entertainment has also released a number of "John Carter" comics over the last few years. The most recent series included "John Carter, Warlord of Mars," "Dejah of Mars" and "Dejah Thoris."
Further details about the art team and release date are forthcoming.
Official Press Release
BRIAN WOOD CO-WRITES UPCOMING JOHN CARTER OF MARS SERIES IN 2017!
Creator of DMZ, The Massive, and More Teams with Alex Cox to Take On Edgar Rice Burroughs' Legendary Leading Man
October 3, 2016, Mt. Laurel, NJ: As the doors are set to open to this year's New York Comic-Con, Dynamite Entertainment proudly announces another superstar writer contributing to the impressive legacy of the company's line of titles based around Edgar Rice Burroughs' library of characters. Brian Wood (DMZ, The Massive, Briggs Land) will lend his storytelling skill alongside Alex Cox to the Warlord of Mars himself, John Carter.
Brian Wood is one of the most respected writers in modern comics, whose work is widely applauded for its political undertones and dystopian world-building, with multiple Eisner nominations and New York Times Bestselling series. His most recent original series, Briggs Land, is already one of 2016's most talked-about launches, and is currently in development for television with AMC.
Alex Cox is a comic book industry staple making his writing debut, having lent artistic talents to various projects over the years and serving as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's Deputy Director.
"Taking on a classic literary icon like John Carter is no small thing, and working with Alex Cox to find a direction that both honors the past and looks into the future has been a great challenge, one that we both are enjoying immensely," says Brian Wood.
"The John Carter series is one of the all-time great Sci-fi/fantasy epics, and having the opportunity to play in that sandbox is just awesome. Brian's concept is unlike any John Carter story to date, but with a lot of reverence for the world that Burroughs built." states co-writer Alex Cox. "Beyond that, we're drawing on everything from Jodorowsky to Jesse Marsh to John Wayne to make this story as cool as possible. I think people are going to love it- old school superfans, and also people who have no idea what a Rykor is."
"We have wanted to bring Brian Wood to Dynamite for quite some time now, and he's even written our very own Vampirella before she found her home here," says Dynamite CEO and publisher, Nick Barrucci. "We had been waiting to find the perfect book for him to take on, and when we all landed on John Carter, we knew it was going to be well worth the wait! Brian's bringing on Alex (Cox) to co-write has helped make the story grander still. Fan are going to love this series!"
"We're taking John Carter to strange new places, which is no easy feat considering the man teleports himself to Mars to live a swashbuckler's life, but Brian Wood has amazing things planned for Carter, Dejah, and the rest as we venture far into Carter's future for a tale unlike any other," says Joseph Rybandt, Editorial Director for Dynamite Entertainment.
Look for further details on art team and release date for this upcoming series in the coming months, and visit dynamite.com for an extensive collection of previous John Carter stories.