If fiction would convince you of anything, it's that the world will inevitably fall apart. Along with the ensuing decay is expected to be all matter of chaos, civilization ruin and general madcap mayhem. Still though, the genre does have some interesting tales and Image Comics is poised to add to that collection with Dark Engine, written by Ryan Burton and illustrated by John Rivens.
Infectious beasts called SporeDevils roam the country, the air is full of dead men's ashes, and fallen colossi smother the ground with their decayed husks. A cult of madmen have created a killer named Sym from alchemy, outfitting her with an engine that will allow her to travel back in time to stop whatever it was that made their world so. But these Alchemists have no idea that this engine is sentient, it is thinking. The seed of their destruction is powering an unstoppable killer. Their world is paradise compared to what's to come when Sym is unleashed.
“Dark Engine narratively is many things; an otherworldly horrific poetic movement that is immediately immersive,” said J.H. Williams III. “It does not flinch in creating questions, bold in that it doesn't feel it must answer them in one chapter. Where would the fun be in that? Hooking deeply with high concept, strong visuals, and unusual characters is how I always feel reading something from Ryan Burton. And when I saw this concept by him featuring the very charged art from the talented John Bivens I knew that I was seeing something intriguingly unique. I wanted more. So I showed it to Eric Stephenson at Image."
Dark Engine #1 hits stores July 16 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140574. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is 6/23. Full press release below.