Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A World of Adventure in MERCENARY SEA‏


September graphic novel brings
pre-World War II action to the page

"An amazing new high adventure book. I can't wait to read more of
The Mercenary Sea." –Ed Brubaker (FATALE, THE FADE OUT)

1938, the South Seas: Japan has invaded China. War in Europe is imminent. And, in THE MERCENARY SEA, a new Image Comics graphic novel by Kel Symons and Mathew Reynolds, ex-bootlegger Jack Harper captains the Venture, a refitted German U-Boat, with a crew of expats, mercenaries, and treasure hunters. In the September release, this rag-tag group of ruffians and renegades will do whatever it takes to stay afloat, often running up against pirates, headhunters, spies, and soldiers.

In VOLUME ONE: TOP HAT, WHITE LIES, AND TALES, Jack and his crew take a job offered by a shady operative: rescue a British agent carrying valuable intelligence about the Japanese war effort. Meanwhile, Jack dreams of landing the greatest score ever: the legendary lost island of Koji Ra.

Inspired by classic adventure films like King Kong and Only Angels Have Wings, THE MERCENARY SEA draws upon the mystique of the era, with artist Reynolds heightening the action with cinematic, stylized art bathed in rich colors.

“This time, this area — it’s romantic in this spirit of adventure we’re going for,” said writer Symons in an interview at Graphic Policy. “There isn’t any GPS, no satellites. Radio’s still in its infancy and technology is still largely a wonder. At least compared to today. So there’s still mystery in t he world. The globe hasn’t been mapped. There are places unseen by man. And you never know what’s just over the horizon until you go there. That to me is adventure.”

A graphic novel for history, cinema, and adventure buffs, THE MERCENARY SEA delivers fascinating characters, exotic locales, and rollicking adventure. It will be in comic book stores on September 3 and in bookstores on September 16.

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