Bone creator Jeff Smith, via his publishing company Cartoon Books, has released the first full color pages from the upcoming collection of RASL. Due out this fall, the RASL hardcover collects the multiple-Eisner and Harvey Award winner's sci-fi tale about a thief who travels to parallel universes stealing art and dodging the government.

At the time of the first issue's release RASL represented a departure in style from Smith's previous work, its darker tone being in stark contrast to the epic, all ages saga Bone. Originally serialized in 12 issues released over the course of nearly five years, RASL was initially black and white. But following the success -- both aesthetically and financially -- of the color editions of Bone that Scholastic published, Smith decided to print the first complete collection of RASL in color. As such, he brought on Steve Hamaker, the colorist on Bone, to work on RASL as well.

 

The 472-page RASL hardcover arrives in stores this September.

 

[Via Boneville]