Hot on the heels of the phenomenal runaway success of Snowpiercer, Titan Comics is continuing in its bold mission of presenting the highest quality European graphic novels to a brand-new audience, joining publishers Humanoides and Cinebook in bringing more bande dessines to British readers.
Just announced is the upcoming hardcover publication of Elric: The Ruby Throne & Void in September, the first in a series of graphic adaptations of legendary fantasy author Michael Moorcock’s signature creation Elric. Written by Julien Blondel and beautifully illustrated by Robin Recht, Didier Poli and Jean Bastide, this new comic adaptation of the Elric of Melniboné novels, published in France by Glenat, has been produced with the full and enthusiastic endorsement of Moorcock himself, who provides an exclusive introduction to this edition.
“The best graphic adaptation of the story,” writes Moorcock, “has to be the current one by Julien Blondel and his team. This is perhaps the first graphic version of Elric fully to capture the sense of utter decadence I tried to convey in the books.”
Here are some sample pages from the French edition: note that the French edition includes some nudity – at this point we don’t know if Titan will publish the title in the dame format or, like Cinebook, amend the art for its English edition.
Also in the works is the English edition of the gripping science-fiction thriller Void, illustrated by superstar artist Sean Phillips (Fatale, Criminal, Sleeper) and written by Herik Hanna (Bad Ass). Centring on the sole survivor of an interstellar prison ship, this tense and atmospheric graphic novel is Phillips’ first venture into science fiction.
“We’re very excited to be launching a range of European graphic novels, spear-headed by Mike Moorcock’s Elric and Sean & Herik’s Void,” said Nick Landau, Titan publisher.
From late 2014, Titan Comics will follow Elric: The Ruby Throne and VOID with a host of new projects including best-selling medieval thriller The Third Testament; The Chronicles of Legion, which is the prequel to Fabien Nury and John Cassaday’s I Am Legion, and The Rage; a shocking horror about zombie children.
• Void will hit comic and book stores from 2nd September 2014
• Elric: The Ruby Throne will hit comic and book stores from 16th September 2014
• Void and Elric: The Ruby Throne will also be available to read on the iPad, iPhone, Web, Android and Kindle Fire, exclusively through the comiXology app and comiXology.com