Archaia Announces Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell

Archaia has announced the second volume of Rust, Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell which sees release this fall. Things are looking up for creator Royden Lepp‘s graphic novel with a feature film in the works at 20th Century Fox, a free interactive app on the Apple iPad, and now news that it has won a 2011 Book of the Year Award from ForeWord Reviews.  The story follows a mysterious boy with a jet pack.

Rust transports readers to a struggling farm in an alternate history where the fatherless Taylor family comes to terms with the aftermath of a destructive war. When Jet Jones, a mysterious boy wearing a jet pack, crashes into their barn with a hulking, antique robot soldier from “Dad’s War” at his heels, life at the Taylor farm is forever changed. Jet eventually proves to be a reliable farmhand, working like a well-oiled machine while giving up very few answers about his mysterious origin.

In Rust Vol 2: Secrets of the Cell, the story continues as the oldest son, Roman Taylor, eager for reprieve from the stress of running the farm, becomes preoccupied with gaining a new workforce in the form of reprogrammed war robots. Distracted by his work and his childhood friend, Jesse, Roman doesn’t see the effect Jet is having on the rest of the family, particularly his younger brother, Oswald. Everything falls apart as the Taylors discover they aren’t prepared for what it may cost them to learn the “secrets of the cell.”

Rust is currently being developed as a feature film at 20th Century Fox with Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class) attached to produce and Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada) attached to write. A digital iOS app, Royden Lepp’s Rust, is available now for free download on the iPad, featuring behind-the-scenes content and exclusive production materials. This month, Rust Vol. 1: Visitor in the Field took Silver in the Graphic Novels and Comics category in ForeWord Reviews’ 2011 Book of the Year Awards.

Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell
will include the short story “Oswald’s Letter” that was featured in Archaia’s 2012 Free Comic Book Day hardcover, and it will bear a striking, blue, cloth cover and sepia-toned interiors.