ComiXology Originals announced Edena “compelling sci-fi story” from Matthew Arnold, creator and executive producer of emeraldcity and Siberia, and artist Riccardo Burchielli, co-creator of DMZslated for digital release in March 2022 and print release from Dark Horse Books in July.
January 20, 2022—New York, NY / Portland, OR—Matthew Arnold, creator and executive producer of Emerald City and Siberia on NBC, makes his graphic novel debut with Eden, which is illustrated by the acclaimed artist and co- DMZ creator Riccardo Burchielli. Eden is a captivating science fiction story that depicts the lives of escaped convicts, abandoned in a fantasy world. This thought-provoking graphic novel combines Arnold’s conceptual storytelling with stunning illustrations by Burchielli (DMZ, Northlanders, Highway To Hell), with color by Luca Salce and lettering by Ed Dukeshire. The project is edited by renowned editor Will Dennis. Told in 5 thrilling chapters, Eden debuts March 29, 2022 from comiXology Originals, the line of exclusive digital content from comiXology, an Amazon company.
Eden is a story of starting over. When a new law declares that convicted felons must be cryogenically frozen instead of imprisoned, society thinks it has found a more humane way to treat inmates. But when a senator, accused of a horrific crime, is imprisoned under this new system, she will face a bizarre and chilling reality unlike anything she could imagine.
“At the heart of this story is an exploration of forgiveness and redemption,” says Arnold. “In our world of social media/insta-news, we can often make snap judgments in the court of public opinion about a person, often on the worst day of their life. The question the novel poses is whether true forgiveness can ever be achieved. And do we judge people on their past or their present?
In the graphic novel, two convicts, Senator Anna Croft and her sheriff husband, Ben, are sentenced to twenty-five years to life in a newly built cryogenic correctional facility for a crime they claim they did not commit. Due to a malfunction, however, Anna, Ben, and a few others are accidentally released. Once freed, the escapees discover that they have been frozen for thousands of years and are the sole survivors of a catastrophic future, where prehistoric creatures once again roam the Earth. Given a second chance, the fugitives are forced to create a new society and must decide whether or not to free the rest of the imprisoned criminals in order to survive. Under Anna’s guidance, can these “bad seeds” really sow a new and better world, or are they doomed to repeat the mistakes of mankind’s checkered history?
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Dark Horse, the legendary comic book publisher of titles like Black Hammer, Hellboy, Sin City and The Umbrella Academy, will release Eden in print for the first time on July 12, 2022.
About the writer:
Matthew Arnold is best known as the creative mind behind the NBC fantasy drama Emerald City, which he created and executive produced as a dark reimagining of The Wizard of Oz. He is also known for creating and presenting the NBC mystery/adventure series Siberia, for which he also served as executive producer and director. He made his debut as director and screenwriter of Shadow People, a true horror story. Arnold is currently the creator, executive producer, and showrunner of Revenge Inc., an original series in development at Netflix with Dark Horse Entertainment.
About the artist:
Burchielli started his career in 1997, with a story by Desdy Metus and later worked for Ediperiodici. From 2003, he illustrated three stories for John Doe. In 2005 he co-created DMZ which was recently turned into an HBO television series. In 2007 he received the prestigious Gran Guinigi Award for Best Artist at Lucca Comics & Games.
In 2010, he was one of the founding members of Italian Job Studio, a creative collective active in the field of television and cross-media production. The same year, his works were exhibited at the Cité dell’Architecture in Paris as part of the Archi & BD Exhibition, alongside those of masters such as Moebius, Bilal, Lorenzo Mattotti, Winsor McCay and Frank Miller. In 2014, he worked on Highway To Hell, a two-time Ghastly Award-winning horror miniseries nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Awards, written by Victor Gischler and Boosta. While collaborating with Sergio Bonelli Editore on Dylan Dog, in recent years he has put his skills as a storyteller at the service of brands such as Ferrari and BMW Motorrad and as a character designer for cinema and video games.
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