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Hello Comicvine, once again it has been too long since I have updated you guys on my progress but in my defense at least I’ve put out more of these blogs than David Finch’s first series of Batman the Dark Knight. So now that the ice has been broken with a bit of comic book humor let us begin with the news.
Well for starters I’ll begin with some news on the writing side of things. Since the last post I have managed to complete the fifth issue as well as finish about half of the sixth issue. The fifth issue is an absolutely intense brawl with a character that for the sake of suspense has the team outgunned at every turn. This issue will feature some tense character moments as well and even set up even more character driven tales for the future. As far as issue six is concerned I’ll have to be even more tightly lipped about it (sorry folks) but suffice to say, it will pick up right after the fifth issue and will wrap up the first arc with a thrilling conclusion. If you guys ever get to see this issue you will be in for a real treat!
Now for the art news and guys I have some great news for you. As of right now the preview issue is completely drawn, inked and colored! But that’s not all my fellow comic fans, he also has completely finished the cover for the preview with incredible detail. Watching him working through these pages from beginning to their final stages has been a real treat and I can’t wait to see what you guys think of it. Currently he is taking a well-deserved break from work before we get back to the drawing board and begin work on the first issue.
In terms of the production status for the preview issue, it is currently being lettered as we speak so it won’t be much longer till you guys will be able to check out this issue on the internet for free. From the way things are going, I will give you guys an approximate release date of March but that is by no means a set in stone date for three reasons. The first being I have no clue how long it takes to letter a book, I am going to be making a title change and won’t release till I come up with a better title and lastly it depends on when the publisher decides to release it.
Some other publisher announcements are that they have been very receptive towards the writing and art direction of the book so as long as the sales fall in place then I think it’s safe to presume this series will continue after the first issue! Other than that it’s been pretty low key from the publisher but I bet things will heat up with them once they release the preview issue.
So believe it or not but it’s time to finally after such a long wait (Sorry again about that guys) to reveal the final member of the team! This character I intentionally saved for last mainly because… I felt like it ha ha. So without further ado I present to you guys, Achilles!
If you had to group Achilles into a stereotype he is the resident badass that every team has, but I assure you he is a much deeper character than that. Ayers did a particularly great job with his design. I basically let him go nuts with the mask since I only gave him a small amount of details to work with. The result makes him look like the last person you’d want to try and take on hand to hand or even with a blade for that matter. But like a lot of these characters he really is more than a swords expert to me.
Achilles occupies a very special place in my heart because he represents a very real piece of myself (played up to a larger degree for fictional reasons of course), he represents the side of me that is an isolationist, the side that is so intensely fixated on the past that it is destroying his life and future. He has been a terrific character to write and I hope you enjoy his design.
As always let me know what you think of the news, I can’t wait to hear it and you have any questions feel free to leave those as well! So once again I hope you enjoyed this blog and I’ll see you guys later.