As the comic book industry's May offerings continue to trickle out, BOOM! Studios has announced a new 12-issue series called Coda from Simon Spurrier and Matías Bergara. The book will debut with an oversized (40 pgs) but regularly-priced ($3.99) first issue which, in addition to the main cover by Bergara, also includes variants by Jae Lee and Jeff Stokely. Check out the description of the comic:
In the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, an antisocial former bard named Hum seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant unicorn and his wits to protect him…but is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the weird wasteland.
In the press release, as is the custom, Spurrier, Bergara, and a BOOM! editor gave their obligatory quotes:
"CODA is the sort of post-apocalyptic story which thumbs its nose at miserable grimhook sensibilities and launches itself, cackling, into fields of weird growth and springtime ideas," said Simon Spurrier. "It's the sort of relentless kaleidoscope of visual wonders and worries that only Matías could provide. Yes, it's a survivalist story. Yes, it's about saddle bandits and dragon-corpses and endless wasteland chases with hexed steeds and pedigree ogres instead of cars. Yes, it's about a curmudgeonly loner trying to find his lost love, with only a foul tempered mutant pentacorn to keep him company. But most of all it's about making the most of the morning after the night before, and knowing that with every death — in this case the mercy killing of the entire exhausted High Fantasy genre — comes wondrous new life."
"CODA is the window we're opening for you, dear reader, to gaze into a world of strange and post-magical fantasy – a story unlike anything you and I have read before," said Matías Bergara. "My most insane and colorful ideas are flowing out of my hands as I read what Si has been creating in his mind and I can't wait for you to see what this is."
"From Six-Gun Gorilla to The Spire to Weavers to Godshaper, Si has consistently delivered some of the most visceral, forward-thinking original ideas in comics, and I'm thrilled to see him truly unleash on a longform series," said Eric Harburn, Editor, BOOM! Studios. "Paired up with revelatory work from Matías, CODA is a broken fantasy epic the likes of which the genre's never seen before."
Check out the covers below, and look for Coda #1 in stores in May.