Image Comics are going to be publishing a series that originally appeared as a Vertigo miniseries by Devin Grayson (Batman: Gotham Knights, Doctor Strange: The Fate of Dreams), Sean Phillips (Kill or Be Killed, The Fade Out) and John Bolton (Batman/Joker: Switch, Shame) in a new hardcover collection in May.
User focuses on the text-based online role-playing games of the 1990’s and deals with themes of sexual identity, in fact it was originally nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for its portrayal of gender fluidity.
Grayson says these stories are still alive online:
I would have thought that in this age of stunning MMORPGs no one would bother with text-based role-playing anymore, but that just isn’t the case. There’s a primal magic in collaborative storytelling that none of the customizable avatars, talented voice actors or gorgeously rendered worlds have managed to replace. Every time gamers see an “about you” prompt they’re off and running; there are RP communities in every fandom and on every social media platform in existence. The chatrooms where the action in USER takes place are no longer active, but the adventures described in the story continue to unfold every day in every corner of the internet.
The User hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0159-7, Diamond Code MAR170839) arrives in comic shops on Wednesday, May 17th and bookstores on Tuesday, May 23rd. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, April 17th.