Dec 7th 2012 By: Graeme McMillan
Science-fiction legend Harlan Ellison
is returning to comics in the company of Concrete
creator Paul Chadwick
, with the two collaborating on a brand new graphic novel for DC Comics next year
titled Harlan Ellison's 7 Against Chaos
According to an announcement on Syfy's Blastr blog
, 7 Against Chaos
is "a graphic novel that's singular, powerful and unpredictable" that'll see the award-winning author and artist "take you to the rim of reality and beyond":
In a distant future, Earth is in grave danger: The fabric of reality itself in unraveling, leading to catastrophic natural disasters, displaced souls appearing from bygone eras, and sudden, shocking cases of spontaneous combustion. The only hope for Earth's survival is a force of seven warriors, each with his or her special abilities. But can these alien Seven Samurai learn to get along in time to find the source of the gathering chaos and save all of reality?
This is far from the first comic book outing for Ellison, who has written for Detective Comics
in the past, as well as provided material for adaptation in series as different as Avengers
, Heavy Metal
and 1950s anthology series Weird Science Fiction
; he even had his own anthology series published by Dark Horse Comics in the mid 1990s, Harlan Ellison's Dream Corridor
, in addition to two graphic novel adaptations of his work from DC a decade earlier. It was, in fact, in Dream Corridor
that Chadwick first adapted Ellison's work, although the two had met previously (A 1992 Concrete
story featured fictional author Dwayne Byrd, in reality a stand-in for Ellison).
7 Against Chaos has been in the works for almost a decade at this point; Chadwick first mentioned it in an interview
in 2003, giving an update two years ago
as he described the project - then intended to be a four issue mini-series - as "a pulpy, time-traveling adventure about a group of despised misfits (Harlan's favorite theme) who risk all to save a corrupt but all-we-have world."
The graphic novel is scheduled for release in summer 2013.