How far will a person go to protect the ones they love? Discover the answer in Archaia's new ongoing steam punk comic series entitled, Lantern City. Created by Trevor Crafts, Bruce Boxleitner, and Matthew Daley, written by Daley and Paul Jenkins (Fairy Quest), and illustrated by Carlos Magno (RoboCop), Lantern City marks Archaia's first ongoing series since the The Secret History in 2007. The story focuses on Sander Jorve and his want to keep his wife and son safe. Because they live in the lower class part of Lantern City, they live near constant darkness, much different than the elevated view the upper class enjoys. When Sander's brother-in-law, the persuasive activist Kendal, convinces him to infiltrate the brutal ranks of the Guard, he's set on a dangerous path that will test his abilities and beliefs, all in the name of making a difference for his family and his caste.
BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon shared his excitement about the series:
The world of Lantern City is massive, and we're incredibly excited to be diving in. Whether you're a longtime fan of steampunk or are just now discovering it, there's something here for you, from the richly detailed world Carlos has drawn to the characters who are desperately trying to protect their loved ones.
The Lantern City comic series is the newest extension of a larger trans-media universe. An illustrated novel, Rise was published which is also available as an app. I think that companies are wise to expand their horizons to all different types of media when they move forward with creative projects. In today's day and age it's a valid way to capture the attention of all types of audiences. Because this world already has a decent fan base, the hype should make the comic a success. Lantern City is said to combine the epic scope of the Star Wars series, with the street-level intensity of The Wire. The series blends action, romance, unique sci-fi, and political upheaval in an engaging narrative. It doesn't get much better than that, does it? Be sure to check out Bleeding Cool's coverage of the BOOM! Studios WonderCon '15, panel in which Lantern City was discussed.
Lantern City #1 arrives in comic shops on May 13th with a main cover by Benjamin Carré (Star Wars) and a plethora of variant covers, which you can view below.
Lantern City #1 Cover by Benjamin Carré
Lantern City #1 10 Years Cover by Ben Caldwell (full wraparound image shown)
Lantern City #1 Jackpot Variant Cover by Carlos Magno
Lantern City #1 Variant Cover by Dave Dorman
Lantern City #1 10K Variant Cover by Bagus Hutomo
Lantern City #1 FOC Variant Cover by Brett Weldele
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.