It seems that BOOM! Studios can't get enough of Living in the Limelight, because the comic book publisher has just announced a new series called Clockwork Angels, written by Rush drummer Neil Peart along with Working Man and bestselling author Kevin Anderson, and based on the New York Times bestselling novel and Rush concept album of the same name. This is no Fly By Night comic book - with artist Nick Robles on interior art and Hugh Syme on covers, BOOM! plans to capture the Spirit of Radio with this formidable creative team.
"You've got to look past The Trees and see the forest," explained BOOM! Editor in Chief Matt Gagnon. "Anyone with Freewill is gonna want to pick up this comic. The steampunk world of Albion will be so fully realized, for the price of just $3.99, readers will feel like they're getting Something for Nothing."
"Sometimes you've just got to Roll the Bones on a great comic," Gagnon added, noting that this would be a successful project at any time, now or in 2112.
So get ready to start the Countdown and save up The Big Money for Clockwork Angels, which will be in stores March 19th. We're giving you a Distant Early Warning that there are Grand Designs for this book, and we wouldn't be surprised to see Time Stand Still while you're reading it. Sure to be a hit in both Hemispheres, we're looking forward to Peart showing off his famous Grace Under Pressure, and Robles is sure to craft imagery so immersive you'll feel like you're watching Moving Pictures. So Read the Signals, don't Hold Your Fire, and, Presto! You're gonna have a great fucking comic.
In other words, it'll be a hit, or my name's not Tom Sawyer... errr... Jude Terror.
Here's the press release:
RUSH AND BOOM! STUDIOS THINK BIG WITH 'CLOCKWORK ANGELS' COMIC
CLOCKWORK ANGELS Cover A by Hugh Syme
CLOCKWORK ANGELS Cover B by Hugh Syme
CLOCKWORK ANGELS Cover C by Hugh Syme
February 21, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce the March debut of CLOCKWORK ANGELS, a new limited series based on author Kevin J. Anderson’s New York Times bestselling novel and legendary rock band Rush’s concept album of the same name. Rush lyricist and drummer Neil Peart and Anderson, along with interior artist Nick Robles and cover artist Hugh Syme, create the steampunk world of Albion in comic book form for the first time.
“Rush is one of our all-time favorite rock bands here in the office, so we immediately jumped at the chance to work on CLOCKWORK ANGELS,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The icing on the cake is that author Kevin J. Anderson is somebody we’ve always wanted to work with, so this is an all-around thrill. Mr. Anderson and Mr. Peart have brought us a breathtaking story that illustrator Nick Robles has beautifully visualized.”
WHY WE LOVE IT: Rush’s CLOCKWORK ANGELS is a testament to the band’s creative versatility—it has been successful as a concept album, novel, and international tour. Now, Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson are bringing the story of CLOCKWORK ANGELS to comics, where newcomer artist Nick Robles will bring the journey of Owen Hardy to visual life!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Die-hard Rush fans have longed for Peart’s narrative songwriting to be adapted into comic book form for decades, but fans of steampunk fantasy will enjoy journeying into the world of Albion thanks to Anderson’s skilled storytelling.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Owen Hardy, like all the people of Albion, has lived his whole life under the rule of The Watchmaker. His entire life has been planned down to the exact second. But what happens when a young boy decides that things should not always goes as planned?
CLOCKWORK ANGELS #1 arrives in comic shops on March 19th, the four-year anniversary of the album’s initial announcement by the band members, with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JAN140981. The first issue will ship with two variant covers including a subscription cover and a retailer incentive. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
ECW Press will release the paperback version of Kevin J. Anderson’s bestselling CLOCKWORK ANGELS novel (ISBN: 978-1-77041-156-2, $14.95) in May.