This year sees quite a few franchises looking to reinvigorate their properties with new installments - Star Wars, Jurassic World, Terminator: Genisys - but only Mad Max: Fury Road will return with the franchise's original visionary at the helm: George Miller. And if having Miller return to the franchise he began over 30 years ago wasn't enough to pump you up, then the insanely brutal and bombastic trailers for Mad Max: Fury Road certainly should.
In conjunction with Fury Road's May release, DC Comics' imprint, Vertigo is releasing a massive art book featuring work inspired by the post-apocalyptic world of Mad Max. Titled Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists, the deluxe hardcover will release on May 6th and feature artwork from over 65 artists; among them Bill Sienkiewicz, Nicola Scott, and Cliff Chiang. The art book will also include commentary from Miller which will no doubt prove enlightening.
But wait, there's more! In addition to the art book, Vertigo will also release four character centric prequel comics that Miller has co-written, starting with Nux and Immortan Joe #1 on May 20th. This first prequel comic follows the characters played by Nicholas Hoult (Nux) and Hugh Keays-Byrne (Immortan Joe) and will detail events from right before the film begins. After that one-shot there's another for Charlize Theron's character called Furiosa #1, followed by a two-part prequel comic for Tom Hardy's Mad Max.
Check out the front and back covers of Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists, the cover for Nux and Immortan Joe #1, as well as the full solicits for both books below (via /Film).
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – INSPIRED ARTISTS DELUXE EDITION HC
Art by BILL SIENKIEWICZ, LEE BERMEJO, DAVE JOHNSON, PAUL POPE, DAVID MACK, HOWARD CHAYKIN, NICOLA SCOTT, GABRIELE DELL’OTTO, CLIFF CHIANG, GEORGE PRATT, TOMMY LEE EDWARDS, JOHN PAUL LEON, TEDDY KRISTIANSEN, SIMON BISLEY, GILBERT HERNANDEZ, JAVIER PULIDO, TARA McPHERSON, DECLAN SHALVEY, REBEKAH ISAACS, DVE McKEAN and many more!
With commentary by GEORGE MILLER and the artists
On sale MAY 6 • 144 pg, FC, 7.0625” x 10.875”, $24.99 US • MATURE READERS
In anticipation of the upcoming blockbuster film Mad Max: Fury Road, 65 of comics’ best artists took to the post-apocalyptic landscape to interpret this gorgeous and desolate world of George Miller’s design. Inspired by images from the film, each of these visionary artists brings their unique style to a double-page spread of part of the world of Mad Max, with commentary from the artists and Miller himself. From breathtaking action sequences to heartbreaking character portraits, Fury Road will be perfectly captured by a one-of-a-kind array of comics legends, side-by-side with some of the most exciting new talent in the industry!
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: NUX & IMMORTAN JOE #1
Written by GEORGE MILLER, NICO LATHOURIS and MARK SEXTON
Art by RICCARDO BURCHIELLI and LEANDRO FERNANDEZ
Cover by TOMMY LEE EDWARDS
One-shot • On sale MAY 20 • 40 pg, FC, $4.99 US • MATURE READERS
In a fallen world ravaged by oil and water wars, humanity exists without law or mercy. All those who wander the Wasteland are ruled by a single imperative…survive!Among them is Max Rockatansky, a Road Warrior haunted by his turbulent past…“It’s hard to know who is more crazy.Me or everyone else?!”In this first issue, witness the rise of Colonel Joe Moore, a war hero turned tyrannical warlord…The Immortan Joe!And don’t miss the story of Nux, one of the Immortan’s “War Boys,” who knows only the chaos into which he was born.From the mind of George Miller, the creator of the Mad Max trilogy, comes a brand new epic tale that serves as a prelude to the upcoming film, Mad Max: Fury Road!
Mad Max: Fury Road is already one of our most anticipated films of 2015, but these offerings from Vertigo are only making us more excited. Clearly, Miller has more Mad Max on his mind than one film can contain. And if he's willing to explore that world before the events of Fury Road, then perhaps it's all the more likely he'll want to return for a sequel or two.
Are you excited to check out the art book and prequel comics for Mad Max: Fury Road? How much do you expect these comics to play into the events of the film? Let us hear from you in the comments below!
Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters on May 15th.