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Review: Origins #1

Origins #1

In the future, humanity has been destroyed. A baby is born who may be the only hope. His name is David and his birth is one of science and technology, a plan to right the wrongs. Origins #1 is an intriguing first issue that is full of mystery and teasing. It’s also a frustrating debut in some ways in that the teaser text explains for more as to what’s going on and I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing.

Origins #1 is written by Clay McLeod but the series is created by Arash Amel, Lee Krieger, and Joseph Oxford. An interesting debut, it’s steeped in mystery as the issue feels like it’s mostly driven by its visuals. Chloe through a lot of narrative, speaks to David through the years hinting at his role, who he is, and what’s going on. Very little specifics are laid out other than something wants David dead. What that is exactly is unknown other than its description as “The Network”.

And that unknown is both interesting and frustrating.

The description of Origins #1 goes into far greater detail as to the world and who David is. That information is only hinted at, and even then, barely in the first issue. It’s a comic where by the time I got to the end I’m honestly unsure if I’d have felt differently about it if I had gone in with no knowledge of what it was about.

To read Origins #1 feels like being in an open-world video game where your exact next steps are unknown and you only know the general concept of the game. As a reader, I found myself trying to figure out where things were going as an initial intro cut-scene played.

The art by Jakub Rebelka is fantastic. Joined by Patricio Delpeche and letterer Jim Campbell, the design is familiar but otherworldly. It’d be easy to riff on so much of what has come before but the design here feels very unique and thought out. There’s a beauty to much of the green and overgrown foliage that belies a menace underneath. But, it’s the small details that really jump out. What’s covered by plants and by how much. How a corpse is propped up and where. Various things about the animals that have taken over. Each tell a story and hint at the mystery we’re presented.

Origins #1 is a debut where I want to explore more of the world. It definitely feels like there’s a greater concept out there and this may have been a video game adapted for comics but the debut has me intrigued. I want to come back and learn more about David and this world he’s been born into to. This is a journey I want to go on and a mystery I want to solve. But, for many, it’ll be a frustrating debut that doesn’t hook you quickly enough. For those of us who spent hours in Myst wandering around though, it’s a start we’re more than familiar with.

Story: Clay McLeod Chapman Art: Jakub Rebelka
Created by: Arash Amel, Lee Krieger, Joseph Oxford
Color: Patricio Delpeche Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.65 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Get a First Look at Origins #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at the premiere issue of the science fiction comic book series, Origins. The limited series by creators Arash Amel, Joseph Oxford, and Lee Toland Krieger, with acclaimed writer Clay McLeod Chapman, illustrator Jakub Rebelka, colorist Patricio Delpeche, and letterer Jim Campbell, and producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, presents a stunning view of a future where humanity’s last hope may be the person who brought about its destruction, available in November 2020.

One thousand years after humans have gone extinct and artificial intelligence has taken over the world, a single man is brought back to life—David Adams, the genius whose technology was responsible for the destruction of his species, and who has been given a second chance at life in order to save mankind and undo his biggest mistake. 

But even with the help of Chloe, his first creation and the android that revived him, he may not be enough to reignite the spark of humanity or stop the AI overlords who plan to eliminate the last hope for mankind. David and Chloe must embark on the greatest journey of their lives, as he seeks to find redemption and discover if humanity can—or should—have any kind of future.

Origins #1, featuring main cover art by Rebelka, will be available for sale on November 4, 2020

ORIGINS #1

Sci-Fi Epic Origins Debuts As New Limited Series in November 2020

BOOM! Studios has announced the launch of science fiction epic, Origins, as a new comic book series. The limited series by creators Arash Amel, Joseph Oxford, and Lee Toland Krieger, acclaimed writer Clay McLeod Chapman, illustrator Jakub Rebelka, colorist Patricio Delpeche, and letterer Jim Campbell and producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, presents a stunning view of a future where humanity’s last hope may be the person who brought about its destruction, available in November 2020.

One thousand years after humans have gone extinct and artificial intelligence has taken over the world, a single man is brought back to life—David Adams, the genius whose technology was responsible for the destruction of his species, and who has been given a second chance at life in order to save mankind and undo his biggest mistake. 

But even with the help of Chloe, his first creation and the android that revived him, he may not be enough to reignite the spark of humanity or stop the AI overlords who plan to eliminate the last hope for mankind. David and Chloe must embark on the greatest journey of their lives, as he seeks to find redemption and discover if humanity can – or should – have any kind of future.

Origins #1 features main and variant cover art by Rebelka.

Origins #1

Your First Look at Origins from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Origins, a brand new original graphic novel by Arash Amel, Joseph Oxford, and Lee Toland Krieger, acclaimed writer Clay McLeod Chapman, illustrator Jakub Rebelka, colorist Patricio Delpeche, and letterer Jim Campbell, that presents a stunning view of a future where humanity’s last hope may be the person who created its destruction, available in October 2020.

One thousand years after humans have gone extinct and artificial intelligence has taken over the world, a single man is brought back to life—David Adams, the genius whose technology was responsible for the destruction of his species, and who has been given a second chance at life in order to save mankind and undo his biggest mistake. But even with the help of Chloe, his first creation and the android that revived him, he may not be enough to reignite the spark of humanity or stop the AI overlords who plan to eliminate the last hope for mankind. David and Chloe must embark on the greatest journey of their lives, as he seeks to find redemption and discover if humanity can – or should – have any kind of future.

Origins will be available for sale on October 14, 2020 at local comic book shops and on October 20, 2020 at bookstores.

Origins

Discover the Birth of Humanity in Origins

BOOM! Studios announced today Origins, a brand new original graphic novel by Arash Amel, Joseph Oxford, and Lee Toland Krieger, acclaimed writer Clay McLeod Chapman and illustrator Jakub Rebelka, that presents a stunning view of a future where humanity’s last hope may be the person who created its destruction, available in October 2020.

One thousand years after humans have become extinct and replaced by artificial intelligence, a single man is brought back to life – David Adams, who created the technology that destroyed his people. Even with the help of the same android who revived him, Adams may not be enough to reignite the spark of humanity – and stop the AI overlords who plan to eliminate mankind permanently. Now Adams embarks on the greatest journey of his life, as he seeks to find redemption for his biggest mistake and discover if humanity can – or should – have any kind of future.

Giannis Milonogiannis and BOOM! Studios’ Old City Blues is in Development at Hulu as an Original Series

Hulu has announced that Old City Blues, based on the hit graphic novel series created by Giannis Milonogiannis for BOOM! Studios Archaia imprint, is in development as a Hulu Original Series in partnership with Brad Weston’s Makeready TV Studio. Kerry Washington is attached to star and executive produce the series, and Gore Verbinski is attached to direct and executive produce the series. Arash Amel (The Titan, creator of the Archaia graphic novel Butterfly) wrote the pilot and is attached to EP the series. Brad Weston and Scott Nemes are attached to EP for Makeready. Ross Richie (Founder & CEO) and Stephen Christy (President, Development) will serve as executive producers on the series for BOOM! Studios.

Set in the near future, the graphic novel series follows the men and women of the New Athens police force. Built in the aftermath of a disastrous flood on the ruins of the country once known as Greece, New Athens is a new independent city created and wholly owned by technology giant Hayashi Corporation. When the cybernetically augmented founder of Hayashi is found murdered, it seems to be just another case of cyborg persecution. But Hayashi Corporation’s strange response to the incident raises the suspicions of lead detective and the Special Police. The mystery they unravel will leads them straight into the wasteland of the Old City.

Old City Blues joins BOOM! Studios’ diverse array of projects in development for film, including Mouse Guard at Fox with Wes Ball (The Maze Runner trilogy) set to direct with Matt Reeves (The Batman) producing; Goldie Vance at Fox with Rashida Jones (Angie Tribeca) to adapt and direct with Kerry Washington (Scandal) producing; Imagine Agents at Fox with Richie Keen directing and Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) producing; Irredeemable at Fox with Adam McKay (The Big Short) producing and directing, the 2018 Eisner Award-nominated Bolivar at Fox with Shawn Levy producing; and groundbreaking worldwide YA phenomenon Lumberjanes at Fox. For television, BOOM! Studios has multiple series in development including the GLAAD Media Award-winning The Woods at Syfy with Brad Peyton (San Andreas) set to direct and executive produce the pilot.

Archaia’s Butterfly Picked up by Channel 4

Butterfly_001_coverArchaia and BOOM! Studios have announced that Butterfly has been picked up by Channel 4 as a television series. Butterfly was written by Arash Amel (who created the series) and Marguerite Bennett and art by Antonio Fuso and Stefano Simeone.

The pilot will be directed by Bo Odar, and Amel will write the series as well as executive produce is.

Butterfly is one of Project Delta’s deep cover agents—no birth certificate, no social security number, a complete ghost. When her cover is blown and she’s set up for a murder she didn’t commit, she is unknowingly led to her father’s doorstep, a man she thought died 20 years ago. Trained to trust nothing and no one, Butterfly must decide whether to seek answers with the Project, or believe the man who betrayed her years ago.

This is the latest series for BOOM! to head to television. The company has sold Protocol: Orphans to Fox Broadcasting Company and  20th Century Fox TV (they have a first look deal with them), The Woods to Universal Cable Productions, and Cow Boy to Dreamworks Animation TV.

Preview: Butterfly HC

Butterfly HC

Imprint: Archaia

Writers: Arash Amel, Marguerite Bennett
Artists: Antonio Fuso, Stefano Simeone

Butterfly is one of Project Delta’s deep cover agents—no birth certificate, no social security number, a complete ghost. When her cover is blown and she’s set up for a murder she didn’t commit, she is unknowingly led to her father’s doorstep, a man she thought died 20 years ago. Trained to trust nothing and no one, Butterfly must decide whether to seek answers with the Project, or believe the man who betrayed her years ago. Collects the complete four-issue miniseries.

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Preview: Butterfly #3 (of 4)

Butterfly #3 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Story: Arash Amel
Author: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Stefano Simeone

Butterfly’s enemies have caught up to her and she’s led them and their intentions of violence to her father’s door. They will have to work together in order to keep Nightingale’s family safe…but that doesn’t mean they’ll be safe from each other.

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Preview: Butterfly #2 (of 4)

Butterfly #2 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Writers: Arash Amel, Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Antonio Fuso

Facing her father for the first time in 20 years, Butterfly must decide whether or not she can trust the man she thought she knew. With enemies bearing down on them, the two operatives will have to start sorting through the two decades of lies between them if they want to survive.

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