Boom! Studios have announced that they’ll be bringing the concluding volume of the series Rust to print in February 2018, and for the first time the published will be offering hardcover and softcover editions of a book at the same time.
Royden Lepp’s Rust Vol. 4: Soul in the Machine is the final chapter of graphic novel series about a mysterious boy who suddenly appears on a farm struggling to survive after a long apocalyptic war and changes the fate of the family who runs it. Jet Jones is a boy with a jetpack who crashes into the Taylor family farm and as Jet deals with his uncertain future, members of the Taylor family each view his arrival—and subsequent stay—in different ways.
Rust is about loss, loyalty, love, and courage. This final volume takes place entirely in the course of one final night on the farm as each member of the family must fight for their lives and choose what they truly believe.
As I was drawing and writing the final pages of this last book I realized that not only is it likely my greatest creative achievement thus far, but probably the one that will be the most personal to me. For some reason, this book happened in a time in my life when I dealt with the repercussions of loss.
Each time I sat down to write one of Roman’s letters to his missing Dad, I was really of course writing a letter to my own Dad who died a few months before volume one was released. This story is unique to a time in my life in a way that no other story will be.
The previous volumes of this graphic novel series, Rust Vol 1: Visitor in the Field, Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell, and Rust Vol. 3: Death of the Rocket Boy, are all available in hardcover, softcover, and digital format from Boom! Studios. An additional release, the Rust Vol. 0: The Boy Soldier softcover, collects the prologues of all four hardcover volumes.