Official Press Release
Strap in and hold on, because this April, Avatar Press is launching
Warren Ellis’ newest sci-fi series, ANNA MERCURY. Ellis’ all-new
monthly serial is a high-octane blend of retropunk science fiction and
21st century Weird Pulp action, with a beautiful and mysterious
spy-adventurer. Each of the full length, color episodes in the
five-issue arc is stunningly illustrated by Avatar’s newest talent,
Facundo Percio. Priced at $3.99 per issue, with covers by some of
your favorite Avatar artists, the debut of ANNA MERCURY is NOT an
event you can afford to miss.
Dancing amid the spires of a city called New Ataraxia, there is a
woman who can cloud men’s minds, leap across buildings as if
weightless, unerringly fire twin automatic pistols in the most insane
conditions, and disappear in a crowded room. She fights against the
political repression of an insane technocratic society, and she comes
from a place that no-one in New Ataraxia has ever heard of.
And she’s got one hour to save the city from itself.
“She floats and leaps around the city like she’s Daredevil, Lara Croft
and a character from CROUCHING TIGER all rolled into one,” Warren
Ellis says, shedding (just a little) more light on his title
character, “but no-one can get a good look at her. A lot of people
don’t even think she’s real.”
“She’s real,” Ellis confirms. “It’s the city of New Ataraxia that
might not be real. And yet there she is in this weird retropolis out
of American 1950’s science fiction magazines, disrupting the
activities of the War Department, Magnetic Science and the
Metropolitan Police, apparently working for no-one but herself…
because no-one living there would believe who she’s working for.”
ANNA’s not the only mysterious figure on the horizon. The miniseries
will also introduce fans to industry newcomer Facundo Percio. Avatar
Press is thrilled to have discovered this amazing talent and, if the
early reactions to his first preview images on Ellis’ Whitechapel
forum (http://freakangels.com/whitechapel) are any indication, readers
are just as excited. Percio brings an incredible sense of movement
and solidity to his illustrations of a NewPulp city and dynamic
heroine that, until now, have only existed in science-fiction dreams.
“The pages are cinematic yet incredibly well ‘photographed’ at the
same time,” says Ellis about Percio. “I personally love the fusion of
European-style illustration with Anglo-American comics, and this guy’s
a perfect example.”
Avatar Press artists Juan Jose Ryp, Felipe Massafera, and FreakAngels
artist Paul Duffield are bringing their own versions of ANNA MERCURY
to life with several incredible covers every month. Duffield’s
standard covers show ANNA in sharp focus, and the gorgeous painted
covers by Massafera are simply works of art. The full wraparound
covers by Black Summer artist Juan Jose Ryp pack a solid punch, with
full action shots of ANNA MERCURY and New Ataraxia. Ryp’s initial
concept drawings for the title will also be available on a limited
number of rare design sketch covers.
ANNA MERCURY #1 will be the premier issue of Ellis’ NewPulp fiction
series which kicks off with five monthly installments beginning in
April. Avatar Press Editor-in-Chief William Christensen notes, “Our
readers made it very clear that they wanted more of the miniseries
format that quickly made William GRAVEL (now the star of his own
monthly series) a fan favorite. These arcs are fast-paced, sharp, and
wired tight– Just like ANNA MERCURY. Every issue hits the ground
running, pulling the reader into the plot at breakneck speed, and
answering as many questions as it asks.” It’s been almost ten years
since Warren Ellis’ William Gravel debuted, and he’s still going
strong in GRAVEL, a monthly series. Avatar Press is thrilled to kick
off Ellis’ new creator-owned miniseries vision with ANNA MERCURY, and
bring new fans along from one jaw-dropping adventure to the next.
Avatar Press is a comic book publisher that continues to push the
boundaries between mainstream and independent with current and
upcoming work from creators such as Alan Moore, Frank Miller, Warren
Ellis, Garth Ennis, Brian Pulido, George A. Romero, George R.R.
Martin, Joe R. Lansdale, John Russo, Mike Wolfer, Juan Jose Ryp, Jacen
Burrows, and numerous others. The company has published a wide range
of comic books including creator-owned titles like Garth Ennis’ 303
and Brian Pulido’s Lady Death, company-owned comics such as Pandora
and The Ravening, licensed hits like Frank Miller’s Robocop and George
A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, and numerous other titles. A
publisher that has established itself as one of the cornerstones of
the American indy comic book scene over the past decade, Avatar has
published some 500 comic books since 1997.
For additional information, graphics, or general press requests,
please contact David Marks or visit www.avatarpress.com
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