If you had to pick one who the most popular writers in comics is right now, chances are a good deal of fanboys or fangirls would should out: Rick Remender! And wouldn’t you know it, the man behind a few of Marvel‘s critically acclaimed titles, will be doing an original series for an Indy publisher.
The official press release from Dynamite:
Dynamite is proud to announce that Uncanny Avengers artist Rick Remender, is writing for Dynamite. Hot on the heels of the biggest series launch of his career with Uncanny Avengers from Marvel, as well as the beginning of his upcoming run on Captain America, Rick Remender’s Devolution series is a must-read for all of his fans. Coupled with the breathtaking art of Paul Renaud, Devolution promises to be one of the most unique and innovative comics to be on the stands!
Series writer, Rick Remender, shared his thoughts on the upcoming series:
DEVOLUTION is a return to the pulp/grindhouse science fiction I built my career on starting with FEAR AGENT (and that’s also infused VENOM, SECRET AVENGERS, and UNCANNY X-FORCE). I came up with DEVOLUTION around the same time as FEAR AGENT and it’s been percolating for years. It’s incredibly fulfilling finally to be able to dive in with super talent Paul Renaud. He’s a tremendously gifted and intelligent collaborator. I wouldn’t have done the series without Paul and I appreciate Nick and Dynamite being so patient while we waited for the planets-and schedules-to align and make this project possible. Joining us will be my FEAR AGENT colorist Lee Loughridge and letterer Rus Wooton, longtime friends and collaborators who I respect and trust. I’m also blown away by the artists Nick has lined up for the covers as well, ranging, in alphabetical order, from Jae Lee to Alex Ross to Ryan Sook: The series will be loaded with A-list talent. We’ve got a very exciting story to tell with a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.
Series artist, Paul Renaud, added this about the upcoming project:
Devolution is a dream project Rick Remender and I have been talking about for five years or so now. From our early talks about our mutual love for the EC comics and adventure comics of the 50’s, it grew into a larger template where we could actually show the whole world as an hostile deadly force. As such it has become the major player in the story. After more than two hundred covers for more comics than I could name, I finally told Nick Barrucci I was really into going back to drawing a book, and doing that with Rick is exactly what I needed. Nick and Dynamite had been very excited about doing that project from the start many moons ago, and he’s played a major role into setting the whole thing in motion. We all knew such a book would require the best of us, and making this happening now is just a blast.
Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt, had this to say:
In the long, unwritten history of Dynamite, one thing to note is that it was Rick Remender himself that introduced us to Paul’s work – the pair put together a fine Sonja one-shot for us called Vacant Shell. And now here we are, working with the pair of them again, each at the top of their game and Rick at the top of the charts with his marvel work.
Dynamite President Nick Barrucci, offered his perspective on the creative team and this brand new series:
Devolution is one of the most important series that we are launching next year. It’s been about 5 years in the making, with discussions beginning shortly after Rick and Paul worked on a fantastic Red Sonja One Shot entitled Vacant Shell. It’s taken a bit, and with Rick and Paul just getting better and better as story tellers, I can confidently say that it’s absolutely worth the wait. Rick’s story is incredible, and Paul’s art is nothing short of fantastic. It’s truly gratifying to be able to show the series to the world. And announcing as Rick’s Uncanny Avengers #1 is hitting, with the reported 300,000 in sales, helps bring more attention to a great project. I can’t be more excited about this series and honored to be working with Rick, Paul and the entire team.
This comic book certainly looks and sounds interesting, but what do you guys think? Is this a title that’s worth picking up or is it just too early to tell? Will Rick Remender be able to handle the weight of this original work? Sound off with your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.