Legendary Pictures had some HUGE news this weekend at SDCC and I think its the start of something much much bigger for this company.
For those of you who missed it.
The big news of course was that Legendary bought Nerdist Industries. Its unknown what will come of this but I would expect Nerdist to become the go to place for news from movies, comics and numerous exclusives from all mediums.
Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley will debut The Tower Chronicles. This series will feature a supernatural bounty hunter named John Tower.
THE TOWER CHRONICLES is the collective title of a series comprising three books. The first chapter of Book One is due to hit stores this September. The trilogy explores the history and contemporary adventures of John Tower, a supernatural bounty hunter with a grim and secretive past that haunts his every action. Written by Matt Wagner (Grendel, Mage) and featuring stunning art by acclaimed 2000 AD & Lobo artist Simon Bisley, THE TOWER CHRONICLES will set a new standard in supernatural action/adventure through a story created by Legendary Entertainment’s Chairman and CEO Thomas Tull, Executive Producer of 300 & The Dark Knight.
Mark Waid, Shane Davis and Max Brooks bring us Shadow Walk.
“As I Walk Through The Valley In The Shadow of Death.” Is the Shadow of Death a metaphor or could it be a real place? Three separate incidents – in 1914, 1948, and 1968 – in a valley near modern day Iraq seem to give credence to those who believe it is a real place. In each incident, all occurring during a time of war, a group of soldiers disappears and is never heard from again. Satellite photos over the Valley displays images that seem to defy the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Firsthand accounts and video – previously never before having seen the light of day – from all three incidents portray remarkably consistent tales of men being mutilated and god awful shrieking that could only be from a demon or monster.
Now, two weeks ago, another photo taken over the area hints at some kind of new energy source. A small group of Special-Ops soldiers is sent into the Valley with two props – the skull of John the Baptist and a shard from the actual cross on which Jesus was crucified. Led by John Raines, an efficient killer with a strong code of ethics who has been rotting in Guantanamo for allegedly killing his entire platoon when he was dispatched into the Valley six months ago, they head into battle against a whole roster of creatures. Now they will find out once and for all if the road to Hell has just opened up.
Then, to the surprise of everyone, J. Michael Straczynski comes in with “The Majestic Files.” It will be a new take on the Roswell story with art by Geoff Shaw and inker Matt Banning.
That is a lot of big (and expensive) names being signed to this company. I’ll be picking up all of the first issues and hoping for the best from Legendary.