SDCC ’17: Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon Novels Expand To Comics And OGNs At Dynamite

by Hannah Means Shannon

 

As part of Dynamite’s SDCC ’17 announcements, we have learned that Author Richard K. Morgan will bring Altered Carbon, the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel published by Gollancz in the UK and soon to be adapted as a Netflix television series, to Dynamite with all-new, in-continuity stories, exclusively available in the comic book and graphic novel formats.

Altered Carbon takes place four hundred years from now, when mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional “sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting”. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course.

So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-cop and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn’t be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society.

Richard K. Morgan says:

Dynamite Comics are a great cutting edge outfit with zero interest in the legacy shackles that seem to inhibit so much of the rest of the industry (they deserve a gold Broken Chains award for publishing The Boys alone) and I cannot think of a more fitting home for the Kovacs IP. I’m really looking forward to re-visiting the Protectorate universe in collaboration with them, and seeing what fresh stories we can tell in this medium.

Matt Humphreys, Assistant Editor at Dynamite, says:

I’m thrilled we’ve acquired the license for the Altered Carbon series. Richard Morgan’s series of novels have long been one of my favorite cyberpunk noirs, and they’ve got everything I want in a good read: a great (and complex) hero in Takeshi Kovacs, an amazing science-fiction universe to explore, and mind-bending mysteries complete with twists, turns, action and drama galore. I think the property’s found an excellent home here at Dynamite–and I’m looking forward to getting to tell some really exciting new stories in the Altered Carbon universe!

Richard K. Morgan is the acclaimed author of The Dark DefilesThe Cold CommandsThe Steel RemainsBlack Man (published in the US as Thirteen), Woken FuriesMarket ForcesBroken Angels, and Altered Carbon, a New York Times Notable Book that won the Philip K. Dick Award in 2003. It is now being turned into a 10 episode Netflix series by Skydance Media. Morgan is also the author of two volumes of Black Widow comics for Marvel, the Crysis 2 and Syndicate computer games, as well as a Crysis graphic novel.