In an exclusive with Entertainment Weekly, Dark Horse have released an image for Frank Miller's 300 prequel, Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander. which is due out next year. You can tell they have the exclusive on this, the longest titled comic or graphic novel project in history, because they slapped watermarks all over it.
Obviously, after the 2007 film, 300 became one of Miller's best known works in a career of hugely influential and well-known pop cultural artefacts, including Sin City and The Dark Knight Returns. A retelling of the historic Spartan battle of Thermopylae, 300 became something of a huge phenomenon, and really made a name for director Zack Snyder.
Xerxes, which will be released next year from Dark Horse, is something that's been long brewing and Miller has talked about for some time, but now we officially get some art for it.
To celebrate, Miller will also be doing a special signing session at SDCC on Friday July 21st. Fans will need to have won a special wrist band from random drawings at the Dark Horse booth, and they will get a special lithograph to be signed.
The title, long as it is, does also suggest that as well as looking back to the rise of the Persian emperor Xerxes and his raising an army to invade Greece, it will also look forward to Alexander the Great, who destroyed the Persian empire.
Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and Rise of Alexander comes out next year.
[UPDATED: Now without distracting watermarks!]