Dynamite Entertainment has been in partner with Atari®, since publising The Art of Atari, a hardback art book that’s been very successful for the company, selling over 50,000 copies so far. They then started a comics line based on Atari games with Swordquest, but this week have announced a second title in that line–Centipede.
Launching in July, Centipede #1 is “a tale of survival and vengeance” and will be written by Max Bemis (Worst X-Man Ever, Foolkiller) and drawn by Eoin Marron (Sons of Anarchy: Redwood Original).
A mix of “sci-Fi, horror, and action”, the story features a “terrifying creature from beyond the stars” who attacks a planet, prompting an odyssey for protagonist Dale. As the lone survivor of the attack, he’s out for revenge.
Writer Max Bemis says: “I’m honored to be a part of bringing Centipede to life and to be allowed to do it in a somewhat less than conventional and dangerous way. Expect many mushrooms.”
Artist Eoin Marron reflects:
My favorite aspect of working on Centipede: Game Over is being able to take the core concept and expand on it in a way the original couldn’t at the time. That means developing a whole new world – one that’s similar to ours but not quite – and tearing it all down again from the very first issue. So, if you like your post-apocalyptic, last-man-on-Earth scenarios to be dripping with a tongue-in-cheek self-awareness and dry sense of humor, you’re going dig what we’re doing on this.
The first issue of Centipede will feature covers by Francesco Francavilla (Detective Comics, Zorro, Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpse-Makers), interior artist Eoin Marron, and Dan Schkade (Will Eisner’s The Spirit). There will also be a “classic game art cover”, and limited variant editions in “Black & White,” “Homage,” and “Virgin Art” covers available for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.
Another incentive will be a “Classic Atari mini-comic, a remastered reissue of the whimsical 32-page mini-comic (measuring 5″ x 7.75″)” which was originally packaged with the Atari cartridges.
Centipede #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May 2017 Previews catalog, arriving in July.