“Evolve or die.” That simple phrase, to me, really gets to the core of what EVOLUTION is all about. Taking place all over the world as humanity starts to rapidly evolve, this series follows three unique characters who notice the seemingly unseen transformation taking place and attempt to do everything in their power to fight back and save the human race as we know it.
For a story as expansive and world-changing as EVOLUTION, we knew we couldn’t tell the story in a normal way so this book includes a murderer’s row of not just one writer, but four writers working together to tell one cohesive story. This writing team has to be one of the best creative teams ever assembled. Telling the story of a doctor in Philadelphia desperately trying to warn the world, Christopher Sebela has written a frantic race against time. In Rome, James Asmus and Joshua Williamson show us the internal struggle of a nun questioning her faith in the face of the new species. And finally, in Los Angeles, Joseph Keatinge has built a heartrending story of what happens when old relationships are torn to shreds by forces beyond all control. Separately, any one of these stories could anchor their own book but when told together this team has assembled something that has rarely been seen in comics and the results are nothing short of extraordinary.
I’d be remiss to talk about this book, however, without mentioning the utter badassery of artist Joe Infurnari and colorist Jordan Boyd. Reading through the scripts for this series, I would often catch myself wondering how an artist would be able to draw such sheer gonzo grossness let alone make it appealing, but I’d be underselling it if I said that Joe has drawn one of the most beautiful, disgusting, wonderful books I’ve ever seen. Truly, the images in this book would make David Cronenberg blush with jealous rage over not having done something this cool. And the colors! It’s hard to describe just how much Jordan Boyd’s colors add to this book without just screaming with joy. To render such gross transformations with such beauty truly is remarkable. No exaggeration, this is one of the most fantastic, crazy, gruesome, gorgeous books I’ve ever worked on.
EVOLUTION #1 goes on sale Wednesday, November 15th and if you want to see the next stage of humanity, your best bet is to preorder the series at your local comic shop. Until then, take a look at the preview pages below and enjoy the transformation.
Editor, Skybound Entertainment
STORY: JAMES ASMUS, JOSEPH KEATINGE, CHRIS SEBELA & JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
ART/COVER: JOE INFURNARI & JORDAN BOYD
40 PAGES | Full Color | Mature | $3.99
Human evolution has taken millions of years to get to this stage. But next week, we become something new. Around the world, humanity is undergoing rapid and unpredictable changes, and only three individuals seem to notice that their world is being reborn. But what can they do about it?
Skybound unites writers James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Chris Sebela & Joshua Williamson and artists Joe Infurnari & Jordan Boyd to create a new global phenomenon in this oversized debut issue.
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EVOLUTION—AN UNPREDICTABLE, THOUGHT-PROVOKING NEW HORROR SERIES
Image/Skybound Entertainment unites writers James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, and Joshua Williamson with artists Joe Infurnari and Jordan Boyd to create a new global phenomenon in EVOLUTION. The new series is set to launch with an oversized debut issue this November.
“Society now moves at an exponentially rapid pace. Our technology processes information faster than our biology is capable of handling,” said Keatinge. “Evolution explores what happens when this goes awry when humanity is left behind by its progress, venturing into unexpected, horrifying directions.”
Asmus added: “If reading this book is anything like writing it, it’ll be a disturbing, thought-provoking, and cathartic ride through some very real anxieties about shifting society, what lurks inside us, and realizing just how few guard rails there are keeping us safe. But with enough twists, body horror, and murder that keep it fun!”
Human evolution has taken millions of years to get to the stage it’s reached in EVOLUTION. But next week, we become something new. Around the world, humanity is undergoing rapid and unpredictable changes, and only three individuals seem to notice that their world is being reborn. But what can they do about it?
“Horror is a slippery and weird genre,” said Sebela. “Not everything scares everyone else the same way. But I know what I want out of mine: long tendrils of dread, a fog of doom, deep conspiracies, monsters—especially the human variety—and loss.
Evolution’s horror focuses on that sense of loss, one that can be as deadly as a psycho in a mask. Loss of control over our world, our lives and even our bodies, it’s everything we’re always facing but in a much bloodier package.”
EVOLUTION #1 (Diamond Code SEP170638) will be available in stores on Wednesday, November 15th. The final order cutoff from retailers is Monday, October 23rd.