Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Image Comics and Top Cow Bring Honor Harrington to Graphic Novels


Enlisting in the Royal Manticoran Navy is a lot tougher than you would think. It's a rather storied unit that travels through space and boasts Honor Harrington, a Commodore who's on the eve of her execution. There's a lot more to her story though and Image Comics is partnering with Top Cow to release the graphic novel adaptation of David Weber's novel in Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station Volume 1.

“Matt Hawkins has done a remarkable job of staying faithful to the original story and the science while adding his own unique perspective to it,” Weber continued. “I don’t think that should surprise anyone, given Matt’s works like Think Tank and Aphrodite IX, both of which explore stories with real grounding in scientific fact in thoughtful, yet highly entertaining ways. In the case of Tales of Honor, his decision to create a story in which Honor reflects on her past creates a focused perspective on these characters and stories which should be exciting for new readers while offering longstanding fans fresh insights into stories they may have read long ago.”

From prison, Harrington tells her story, starting with her first command mission on a hellish, backwater outpost in a distant star system. On Basilisk, Honor discovers and confronts a conspiracy that will lead the Manticore Kingdom into the horror of war with the corrupt Haven Republic. The Honor Harrington series consists of 29 novels by David Weber, published by Baen, with over 7 million copies in print worldwide. Evergreen Studios has expanded the Honorverse into comics and gaming.

In adapting the series, Top Cow worked closely with Weber, who writes in his introduction to the first issue, “Honor and I are moving into entirely new media, and I feel confident Evergreen Studios and Top Cow will introduce Honor and her friends — and enemies — to an even larger audience, with a few new, exciting wrinkles of their own as my literary creations are given a strong graphic look and the characters are brought to life on the screen.”

Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station Volume 1 by Matt Hawkins and Sang-Il Jeong will be in comic book stores (Diamond Comic order code AUG140608) on November 12 and in bookstores (ISBN 978-1-63215-020-2) on November 25.

Full press release below.

IMAGE COMICS AND
TOP COW BRING
HONOR HARRINGTON TO GRAPHIC NOVELS

New science fiction series based on New York Times bestselling novels by David Weber

Honor Harrington, star of the New York Times bestselling science fiction novels by David Weber, is now gracing the pages of her own graphic novel in TALES OF HONOR: ON BASILISK STATION VOLUME 1 from Image Comics/Top Cow. Based on Weber’s first Honor Harrington novel, TALES OF HONOR: ON BASILISK STATION is written by Matt Hawkins (THINK TANK) and drawn by Sang-Il Jeong.
The first volume of TALES OF HONOR introduces Honor Harrington, Commodore in the Royal Manticoran Navy, on the eve of her execution. From prison, she tells her story, starting with her first command mission on a hellish, backwater outpost in a distant star system. On Basilisk, Honor discovers and confronts a conspiracy that will lead the Manticore Kingdom into the horror of war with the corrupt Haven Republic.
In adapting the beloved Honor Harrington series, Top Cow worked closely with Weber, who writes in his introduction to the first issue, “Honor and I are moving into entirely new media, and I feel confident Evergreen Studios and Top Cow will introduce Honor and her friends — and enemies — to an even larger audience, with a few new, exciting wrinkles of their own as my literary creations are given a strong graphic look and the characters are brought to life on the screen.”
“Matt Hawkins has done a remarkable job of staying faithful to the original story and the science while adding his own unique perspective to it,” Weber continued. “I don’t think that should surprise anyone, given Matt’s works like Think Tank and Aphrodite IX, both of which explore stories with real grounding in scientific fact in thoughtful, yet highly entertaining ways. In the case of Tales of Honor, his decision to create a story in which Honor reflects on her past creates a focused perspective on these characters and stories which should be exciting for new readers while offering longstanding fans fresh insights into stories they may have read long ago.”
The Honor Harrington series consists of 29 novels by David Weber, published by Baen, with Over 7 million copies in print worldwide. Evergreen Studios has expanded the Honorverse into comics and gaming.
TALES OF HONOR: ON BASILISK STATION VOLUME 1 will be in comic book stores on November 12 and in bookstores on November 25.
TALES OF HONOR: ON BASILISK STATION VOLUME 1 by Matt Hawkins and Sang-Il Jeong, based on the novels by David Weber
  • ISBN 978-1-63215-020-2
  • Diamond Comic order code AUG140608
  • 160 pages, paperback, full color
  • $19.99
  • In comic book stores November 12, bookstores November 25
  • Rated Teen Plus
  • Collects TALES OF HONOR: ON BASILISK STATION #1-5
  • Retailers, librarians, and reviewers may request a PDF galley from Jennifer de Guzman, Director of Trade Book Sales,jenniferdeguzman@imagecomics.com

Preview

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
ABOUT TOP COW
Top Cow Productions was founded by Marc Silvestri in 1992 as an imprint of Image Comics. After launching its first title, CYBER FORCE, with an amazing 850,000 titles sold, Top Cow has gone on to publish such iconic titles as WITCHBLADE, THE DARKNESS, ARTIFACTS, and APHRODITE IX. The imprint also publishes innovative creator-owned titles such as THINK TANK, RAVINE, and WANTED. For more information about Top Cow, visit www.topcow.com.

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