In a little over three months, the killer convoy of George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road will roar into theaters with engines rumbling and gas pedals slammed to the floor, but it turns out that cinemas won't be the only places fans can go to see Max Rockatansky, his apocalyptic pals, and ferocious foes.
Comic shops and bookstores will also have their fair share of Miller's world to offer up to the masses, as Vertigo and DC announced today they are coming together with co-writer/director Miller to release the Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists hardcover and four prequel comic books that feature characters of the new movie before their wild ride through the sand-swirling wastelands.
Hitting shelves May 6th is Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists, which comprises Mad Max-inspired artwork from 65 creative minds. Then, on May 20th (five days after the debut of Mad Max: Fury Road), the prelude comic Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1 will be released.
The first of four prequel comic books written by George Miller, Nico Lathouris and Mark Sexton, Nux & Immortan Joe #1 will be followed in the coming months by Mad Max: Fury Road: Furiosa #1 and Mad Max: Fury Road: Mad Max #1 and #2. One prelude comic will be released each month, so Mad Max fans can look forward to a summer of apocalyptic road rage on the paneled page. Below we have a look at the front and back covers for Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists, as well as Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1.
Press Release - "Vertigo, the innovative, boundary-pushing imprint of DC Entertainment, will collaborate with Mad Max: Fury Road director, producer and co-writer George Miller on two upcoming projects based on the film. The first is a Deluxe Edition hardcover entitled MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: INSPIRED ARTISTS, in which sixty-five top artists will create art inspired by the world of Mad Max: Fury Road. The second is four comic book stories that follow four main characters of the film and tell their prelude stories leading up to the film’s opening scene.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: INSPIRED ARTISTS will contain double-page spreads from 65 visionary artists bringing their own unique style to the world of Mad Max: Fury Road. Each of the artists’ work will be inspired by Miller’s post-apocalyptic wasteland. These spreads will range from spectacular action sequences to haunting character portraits. Artists participating include Lee Bermejo, Dave McKean, Cliff Chiang, Nicola Scott, Stephanie Hans, Tara McPherson, among others. This book is due to hit shelves on May 6, prior to the film’s May 15th release.
In addition, George Miller, Nico Lathouris and Mark Sexton are writing four prelude stories that follow leading characters Nux, Immortan Joe, Furiosa, and Mad Max, whose story will be in two parts. This miniseries will release one issue a month, starting with MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: NUX & IMMORTAN JOE #1 releasing on May 20, followed by MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: FURIOSA #1 and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: MAD MAX #1 & #2. Nico Lathouris served as a co-writer on the film while Mark Sexton served as storyboard and concept artist for Mad Max: Fury Road. Interior artists working on these projects include Riccardo Burchielli, Leandro Fernandez, Tristan Jones, and Mark Sexton, while covers will be illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards.
About Mad Max: Fury Road:
From Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller (“Happy Feet”), originator of the post-apocalyptic genre and mastermind behind the legendary “Mad Max” franchise, comes “Mad Max: Fury Road,” a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky.
The film stars Tom Hardy, Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”) Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Nathan Jones, Josh Helman, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Riley Keough, Zoë Kravitz, Abbey Lee, and Courtney Eaton.
Miller directed the film from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller is also producing the film, along with Doug Mitchell and P.J. Voeten.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production, a George Miller film, “Mad Max: Fury Road.” Slated for release on May 15, 2015, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures."
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