A Masked Vigilante Battles Fake News In The Grand Abyss Hotel From Archaia

by James Ferguson

Boom! Studios has announced a very timely original graphic novel coming next year with The Grand Abyss Hotel. It’s set in a world where big business and fake news manage social order until a rebellion breaks out. Set for release in May 2019, the comic is written by Marcos Prior and illustrated by David Rubin. It promises a politically satirical look at democracy today through the lens of hyper-violence and action.

Writer Marcos Prior says:

We created The Grand Abyss Hotel in the spirit of the greatest science fiction, acting a mirror to the world to help reveal a type of violence that, unlike purely physical, primary and spectacular violence, tends to remain hidden. It’s the symbolic violence – both institutional and economic – that remains invisible although its effects may be more lasting and devastating than the more visible physical kind.

The Grand Abyss Hotel features a rather dystopian setting. The social media machine neoliberalism has become a state religion and the citizens quietly and then not-so-quietly rebel. Violence breaks out in the streets and chaos grows. When a masked vigilante rises up to battle politicians, the erosion of democracy, and social media, social order returns…or does it?
Artist David Rubin adds:

With The Grand Abyss Hotel, Marcos and I don’t want to give answers about the political and social moment that we are all living all over the World. Instead, we want to make people think about their role in the chaotic times that we live in. By asking that question, we hope it helps you find your own role in the larger social and political landscape. The best weapon to fight against corrupt systems is simply an idea. Believe me, nothing is more dangerous to a bad person than asking the questions that empower the masses.

The Grand Abyss Hotel will be published under the Archaia imprint, joining other comics like Bolivar, About Betty’s Boob, and New World.
Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor at Boom! Studios says:

While Marcos and David created The Grand Abyss Hotel years ago, it feels more timely and prescient than ever when we see the rise of political extremism across the world. This is a story about the threat posed to humanity when we turn away from the toughest questions that produce the most challenging answers and the consequences of how we react to the world around us as a result of that cowardice.

Look for The Grand Abyss Hotel on May 29th, 2019 at your local comic shop. It’s set for release on June 4th, 2019 at bookstores and Amazon.

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