Monday, May 26, 2008

The Vort Preview

The enigmatic Crispy
From the forthcoming series The Vort
© 2008 Rebellion Developments/2000AD
The Vort created by G. Powell & Me.


This week's 2000AD contained an announcement that my latest project, The Vort, will be one of the slew of new stories staring next week. It's a double first for me; a full-colour series for 2000AD, written by newcomer G. Powell (in other words, it's not black & white and not written by Ian Edginton. The scar where they had to separate us surgically is still smarting :-)


Journalist Meridien Bless
From the forthcoming series The Vort
© 2008 Rebellion Developments/2000AD
The Vort created by G. Powell & Me.

The Vort is also a departure from my usual 2000AD subject matter; it's a future war story set on a bizarre alien planet made entirely of water, and permeated by a powerful electromagnetic field that prevents electronics from functioning. This means that all the technology on the Vort is either ultra low-tech (manual typewriters and hand bells for sounding the alarm) or "genekit" (biological rifles and sensor devices). Imagine Apocalypse Now with set dressing by H.R. Giger and you have a rough idea of what we're aiming for.

Chairman Dil
From the forthcoming series
The Vort

© 2008 Rebellion Developments/2000AD
The Vort created by G. Powell & Me.

The story follows journalist Meridien Bless as she arrives on The Vort to cover a visit to the war zone by bigwig Chairman Dil; while there she begins discovering disquieting things about the nature of the war. It's about corporate imperialism and the brutalization of people in terrible situations, but it's also a corking good adventure story with a terrific, claustrophobic atmosphere. To add to the sense of confinement and suffocation, the whole thing is designed on a strict eight-panel grid (Mr. Powell's scripts even include page layout diagrams). I'll be interested to see what people make of it; it's a very different kettle of fish from Leviathan & Stickleback, but judging from this, we may expect great things in the future from Mr. Powell.

7 comments:

james corcoran said...

Really looking forward to this saw a preview page on the 2000ad site looked pretty gory!Good luck with the strip I'm sure it will be great.

James

I. N. J. Culbard said...

Holy cow! Good luck with the strip.

Jay said...

Cor! Cor, I say!

Who is this G. Powell fella, though? Certainly seems to have impressed Green Bonce enough to go straight to a series without serving his time in the Future Shock mines on Zrag...

discordiatookie said...

Hoorah! Hoorah for a new D'israeli drawn story in the pages of 2000AD! Rather looking forward to it.. Hoorah!

Anonymous said...

Very enjoyable first issue, what are those weapons? and a mysterious writer to boot!

Well done that chap!

proudhuff

Anonymous said...

Two issues in ... this is good stuff. I'm getting whiffs of Halo Jones Bk III and Rogue Trooper: Cinnabar and a general 2000AD "classic in the making" vibe.

I actually own a hat, and it is off to both you and Mr Powell. Good stuff, indeed.

Cheers!

Jim

Matt Nicholson said...

Just read the first episode and it feels like another D'Israeli classic in the making. Keep up the good work!