Thursday, September 27, 2012
Chris Ryall and Sam Kieth Take Readers to The Hollows
"The Hollows began as a more straightforward tale," said Chris Ryall, also IDW's Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, "until Sam and I remembered that neither of us really tell straightforward tales. So the desolate setting for the story is really just the backdrop for a more personal tale of love, loss, redemption, faith, flight, and past versus future, all wrapped up and bound to the archaic flying suit of our protagonist, a beleaguered scientist/explorer named Kobayashi who ventures down from his city-state and finds something entirely unexpected. Along with a little scene- and heart-stealing creature called Urp, too."
To combat the catastrophic death of a decaying Japan, survivors create genetically engineered supertrees-wooden leviathans capable of supporting entire cities suspended above the radioactive wastes below. Traveling via jetpacks to stay above the toxic air below, the survivors must also band together against the Hollows, irradiated husks whose humanity has been supplanted by an unquenchable desire to consume human energy!
"Well for me it was started visually... it stops short of having the heart of a true fantasy story, stops just shy of steampunk. It's soft sci-fi at best, and the ghostly hollows provide a bit of horror too," said Kieth. "Reading over Chris's wonderful script, The Hollows seems to floats effortlessly through all of these genres. Maybe a cross between City of Lost Children and Brazil; hard to pigeonhole."
The first issue hits stores December 19. Full press release below.