Explosive publisher BOOM! Studios has announced the next middle grade original graphic novel based on the hit cartoon Ben 10. Written by CB Lee with art by Lidan Chen, Ben 10: Mecha Madness is set to hit stores in November and is described thusly by a press release:
In this blast from the antique past, sprockets and gears go flying when Team Tennyson gets into fisticuffs with the antediluvian villain Steam Smythe.
Ben Tennyson isn't your average 10-year-old…he's also the wielder of the Omnitrix, an alien device that allows Ben to shift into ten different alien forms from around the galaxy. Together with his cousin Gwen and Grandpa Max, they protect the world from alien incursions.
In BEN 10™: MECHA MADNESS, when Ben's cousin Gwen discovers a mecha-suit left behind in disrepair by the steampunk villain Steam Smythe, she can't help but fix it back into working condition and test it out. While Ben may not approve, Gwen's new suit might be their only chance of stopping the relentless Steam Smythe and his army of mecha-creatures from clashing with innocent civilians as they hunt down their lost machine.
Lee had this to say in the press release:
I'm so excited to share this super fun story with readers! Giant robots, friendships and steampunk shenanigans abound in MECHA MADNESS! I loved working with BOOM! Studios and Lidan Chen on this adventure and can't wait to share it with fans of all ages!
And Chen, who is also the artist on the previous Ben 10 OGN, The Truth is Out There, said:
I am excited to illustrate another Ben 10™ graphic novel, especially since both Ben and Gwen Tennyson play very important roles in this story. I love all the characters in Ben 10™ so I enjoy drawing them. And while drawing steampunk machines is a challenge for me, in the end, it's totally a blast!
Look for it in stores in November.