C2E2 2019: Sci-Fi Epic Altered Carbon Expands In First OGN From Dynamite Entertainment

by James Ferguson

Richard K. Morgan’s cyberpunk classic, Altered Carbon will get its first original graphic novel this May from Dynamite Entertainment. Altered Carbon: Download Blues is the first major new story in the series in over a decade. Co-written by Rik Hoskin and illustrated by Ferran Sellares, the comic is st in a world where technology has advanced to the point where human consciousness can be stored digitally. People can be transferred into new bodies, nicknamed “sleeves” which has drastically overhauled the criminal justice system, not to mention unlocking interstellar travel. Takeshi Kovacs, a former soldier turned PI is at the center of the story.

Creator Richard K. Morgan says:

When you go to Dynamite for a sequential art incarnation of your much loved anti-hero, you know you’re not going to get short-changed. These, after all, are the guys who took on The Boys without blinking. No compromise, no punches pulled. I couldn’t wish for a happier, more hard-boiled home in which to have Takeshi Kovacs make his comic book debut.

Altered Carbon began as an award-winning novel in 2002 and then continued with two sequels. Last year, the novel was adapted into a Netflix TV series of the same name. A second season is on the way.

Executive Editor Joseph Rybandt added:

What a wonderful extension of this incredible world and what a delight to have the creator of Kovacs himself – Richard Morgan – overseeing the entirety of our first graphic novel. Rik and Ferran have done a masterful job bringing the pages to life and pushing Kovacs into a bold new direction.

Nick Barrucci, Dynamite Publisher/CEO says:

The mythos Richard K. Morgan has created is so rich, it’s easy to see why the novels are so successful and how it has become a huge hit on Netflix. We’re honored that Richard is allowing us to work with him to create new stories to continue to grow this universe. Dynamite has experienced great success with retailers and fans creating original stories of popular prose series in the graphic novel format, striving to offer something wholly original for hardcore fans. Altered Carbon is one of the true masterpieces of sci-fi and we can’t wait for fans to check out this story!

Look for Altered Carbon: Download Blues at your local comic shop in May 2019.

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