If you think that this particular weekly column just highlighted a recent release from fan favourite comic book writer/illustrator, Jeff Lemire, you’d be right.
It was seven days ago. It was a feature on Mazebook #1. And it was pretty spectacular.
Uh, the comic book, that is. The column itself was just fine.
Today, The Wednesday Run (and Jeff Lemire) are at it again. This time, with a release that falls into more trippy science fiction and revisionist history territory. And that territory is out of this world! Literally.
Primordial, a new six-issue miniseries, re-teams writer Jeff Lemire with artist extraordinaire, Andrea Sorrentino. The notable pair most recently brought the fascinating, multi-dimensional horror series, Gideon Falls, to enthusiastic readers on a monthly basis. That series was a hit from the get-go, and just wrapped up its sordid two-year, time-hopping tale of good versus evil. If you missed it, in addition to now somewhat pricey back issues, you can find Gideon Falls in handsome collections. And there’s a television series set to be produced under the helm of horror director/producer, James Wan.
Primordial tells another harrowing sci-fi story, one tied to the American/Russian cold war in the mid-twentieth century. It’s part Stanley Kubrick’s mind-bending 2001: A Space Odyssey, part Oliver Stone’s conspiratorial JFK, and part Grant Morrison’s acclaimed We3 graphic novel, all rolled into one.
It’s the time of the space race between two adversarial nations:
In 1957, the USSR launched the dog, Laika, into Earth’s orbit. America responded, sending the monkeys Able and Baker into space. They never returned, believed lost in an explosive ascent. Under the investigation of one man, whose duty it is to “clean up” the military offices that ran the program, world-changing secrets are revealed. Able and Baker never died. No. They were taken.
And now, they’re coming back.
While the story is a fascinating read, full of riveting political and military conspiracy, at its heart, Primordial is the story of truth uncovered, even if that truth changes all we know. Even if that truth is terrifying.
Sorrentino’s art is perfectly suited for the tale. No one visually displays the malleability of time and memory mixed with emotional horror more surely, more strongly on the page. His visuals throughout the comic book and the subtle change of artistic style on the first issue’s last pages, are absolutely mind-bending, rocketing readers towards the next chapter.
Make the run to your local comic book shop today and pick up Primordial #1. Find out what’s out there…and what’s coming for us!
Check out the trailer below for a sneak peak of this great new series!