ECCC 2017: Kevin J. Anderson and Steven L. Sears Debut Stalag-X
In late 2017, Vault Comics will publish an all-new original graphic novel developed in partnership by Kevin J. Anderson and Steven L. Sears, with art by Mike Ratera.
Stalag-X is a futuristic interpretation of classic POW/concentration-camp dramas such as The Bridge on the River Kwai, Stalag 17, Victory, and The Great Escape. The tone is dark, edgy, and personal. Not an epic about space wars and galactic fleets, but about people trying to survive in a lethal situation; in a concentration camp that removes the word “humanity” from the dictionary.
The backdrop is an interstellar war of genocide between Humanity and the deadly alien race known as the KRAEL. One prisoner—known only as “Joe Human”—is taken to a harsh P.O.W. camp on a distant planet. Humans will be examined, tortured and forced to endure experiments that rip into their very minds as the Krael seek to answer the question “What is ‘Human’?” A question that, in their hellish situation, the human prisoners are finding harder to answer.
But why? The Krael are already winning the war. They’ve pushed Earth back in battle after battle. They’ve never taken prisoners before—and, yet, Stalag-X exists. Why does Joe Human get the sense that the Krael are desperate and unsure of their victory? The key is here, perhaps the secret to reversing the direction of the war.