Boom! Studios is excited to announce the March 2016 release of Royden Lepp's Rust: The Boy Soldier, the vanguard of a new softcover program for the Archaia imprint. The book will collect the prelude stories from the first three original graphic novels (Rust: Visitor in the Field, Rust: Secrets of the Cell, and Rust: Death of the Rocket Boy.) The cool thing is, they are collected in new reading order with the never-before-seen prelude from the upcoming fourth installment, Rust: Soul in the Machine set to release in 2017.
Rust: The Boy Soldier will chronicle Jet's experiences during a massive world war. Made to look like a boy, but actually a robot built for battle, Jet is caught in the middle. While trying to save countless lives, Jet discovers there's more to him than he could have imagined. His experiences in the war set him on a journey to learn what it means to be both hero and human.
Boom! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon,
"The Boy Soldier is a great gateway for those not familiar with the story of Jet Jones the robot boy, and I think the never-before-seen prelude from the fourth volume is the perfect reason for longtime fans to pick it up!"
Boom! Studios hopes that the softcover program will get existing readers excited all over again, while also inviting new readers to the world. I think it might just do the trick! Rust: The Boy Soldier will be available for sale in comic book shops on March 2016.