Grant Morrison & Vanesa Del Rey’s ‘Sinatoro’ Among Black Mask Titles For 2015
Grant Morrison has been talking about his film passion project, a psychedelic Western called Sinatoro, since at least 2010. It was even promoted with a poster. But the writer's screenplay has ended up taking the route so many projects take on the way to becoming movies: It will be a comic first.
Morrison will work with artist Vanesa Del Rey on the series, which will come out some time next year from Black Mask Studios, the comics and transmedia company launched last year by comics artist Ben Templesmith, writer Steve Niles, Bad Religion guitarist/songwriter Brett Gurewitz and Matt Pizzolo of Occupy Comics. It's one piece of a big and not too shabby slate of new comics coming from the publisher in the next year, the highlights of which you can check out below.
First, here's the solicitation copy for Sinatoro:
SINATORO melds the Tibetan Book of the Dead with the Great American Road Movie for Grant's masterwork on Life, Death, and America.
Space Riders, the new series by writer Fabian Rangel Jr., artist Alexis Ziritt and letterer Ryan Ferrier also promises a psychedelic (and Kirbyesque!) experience.
The psychedelic space opera of disgraced Captain Peligro seeking redemption and a body count worthy of his namesake, the Skullship Sante Muerte.
Our Work Fills the Pews, by writers Vita A. and Matthew Rosenberg and artist Yasmin Liang, is less spacey and more...theological. It also has a very long description.
In the dark future of OUR WORK FILLS THE PEWS, the rise of fundamentalist groups and hardline political leaders has led America to a culture war it was not prepared for... when the dust settled, America had placed its own citizens in internment camps for the first time in 80 years. Camps for subversives, homosexuals, Muslims, Jews, the poor, the mentally ill... but the largest camps with the highest population of prisoners are the breeding camps where the women are held. Marcus, a gay black man, is a bounty hunter--he can stay out of the camps as long as he hunts down and arrests escapees... but he finds his conscience and his purpose when he comes upon 8-year old Sojourner and vows to sneak her across the border or die trying.
X'ed, by writer Tony Patrick, artist Ayhan Hayrula and colorist Doug Garbark promises to be about "subliminal hitmen," which sounds pretty cool.
A sci-fi thriller about a next-gen form of psychiatry: 'subliminal hitmen' injected into your mind who hunt down and kill the demons that haunt you.
Ex-military sharpshooter Colin McClure is Mezign Corporation's most recent recruit for the still-experimental (and often deadly) job of subliminal hitman. McClure is the perfect candidate for two reasons: a- he's a killing machine, and b- he lost his legs in the war, so subliminal-ops are his only way to see any action. But he's also a dangerous candidate for one reason unknown to Mezign: Colin's true motive is to enter the mind of his catatonic daughter and bring her out of a coma.
Young Terrorists by writer Matt Pizzolo, artist Amancay Nahuelpan and colorist Jean-Paul Csuka promises to be provocative.
The daughter of an assassinated globalist kingpin breaks out of an internment camp and leads her fellow escaped prisoners in a battle against an elitist conspiracy of shadow governments, megabanks, and military juntas in this edgy and subversive thriller that channelsFight Club by way of Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
Steve Niles, teams with artist Christopher Mitten for spooky comic The Disciples.
This ghost story in space reunites comics' king of the macabre Steve Niles with his longtime collaborator Christopher Mitten, whose stylish mix of grit and flow matches Steve's sharp characterizations and taste for screams.
Last Song is a cool-looking comic about rock'n'roll by writer Holly Interlandi and artist Zoe Chevat.
This comic is about rock n roll. Not as a metaphor. Not as a backdrop. No. This is about what rock n roll feels like... that pleasant but sad sort of nostalgia, the poetic melancholy, that epic rockstar mortality. The album that made you break up with your fiancee. The concert that was exactly what you needed when your parents didn't understand. That singer that made the kinds of mistakes you would never make. Never. Or so you thought.
LAST SONG is the rise and fall rockstar story of a band called Ecstacy. They change rock n roll -- and people's lives -- for better and for worse. A symbolic, fantastical journey through the music industry all Velvet Goldmine meets Pink Floyd's The Wall except with groupies instead of Nazis.
Mayday by writer Curt Pires, artist Chris Peterson, colorist Pete Toms and letterer Colin Bell promises to combine Satanic cults with Hollywood types.
Fresh off buzz-books THEREMIN and POP, Curt Pires delivers this madcap, transgressive adventure that reads like a Hunter S. Thompson supernatural shoot-em-up.
A washed-up, drug-addicted screenwriter and a transgender bartender stumble onto a Satanic cult's plan to sacrifice people all across LA (geomapped in the form of a pentagram, of course) and bring on armageddon. As our intrepid, damaged heroes embark on a suicide mission to stop the crazy cultists, even they wonder if this is all really happening or if they're just plain batshit crazy. Probably both.
Transference is a spy comic with a sci-fi twist, written by Michael Moreci and drawn by Best Art Ever denizen Ron Salas.
An elite team of special agents run black ops utilizing a secret form of time travel technology called "transference," which enables them to send their consciousnesses back in time and inhabit other people's bodies - but, when the team leader's past is altered to reshape his life in the present, they discover this technology isn't as exclusive as they thought.
We Can Never Go Home by writers Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Meaney and
artist Josh Hood is a high school romance with superpowers.
When high school misfit Duncan wanders past Makeout Point and sees popular girl Madison hurl her dickhead boyfriend out the car window, he knows there's something special about her. She confides in him that she is super strong, literally "super" strong. He tells her a secret: he has a power as well - he can kill people with his mind. Soon enough, the two are on the run from cops, killers, drug dealers, and crime gangs in this super-powered spin on True Romance and Badlands.
That's it for the 2015 offerings. For more about what's coming out this year, including zombie title Toe Tag Riot and Pirouette, which is about a clown society, head over to the Black Mask website.