William Shatner joins Free Comic Book Day line-up

Fri, January 9th, 2009 at 11:35am PST

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

The "William Shatner Presents" comic series at Bluewater Productions will blast off with a special one-shot collectors edition in honor of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY this spring.

On May 2nd, Free Comic Book Day the annual promotion sponsored by Diamond Distributors where participating comic book shops around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their stores.

Bluewater Productions and iconic actor/novelist William Shatner are providing a free 32 pages comic specifically for the occasion.  The highlight of the book will be an original story prologue from the upcoming Tek War series.

This 12-page prequel takes place 4 years before the initial storyline.  The story centers on protagonist Jake Cardigan's arrest and conviction for murder as well as Tek trafficking.  The story also  leaves several clues as to important plot points that will happen in the series.  We get an insiders look at the Tek War universe and the history behind Jake's  troubled past.

The book will also feature a previews of the other Shatner-based comic series Quest for Tomorrow and Man O' War as well as a sneak peek of the yet-untitled original story developed by Shatner.

We are also please to announce the writing/art teams of the different series. William Shatner will be producing and editing each of the series with Craig Nevius. On top of these three series, Shatner will be debuting the forth series in this one-shot. It will be a brand new creation for both Shatner and Bluewater.

THE TEK WAR CHRONICLES
ARTIST: Erich Owens (Star Trek)
WRITER: Scott Davis (Ray Harryhausen: 20 Million Miles More, War of the Elementals)

SYNOPSIS:
Tek War, William Shatner's detective noir science fiction novel serves as the foundation of this new comic book series.   Set in the 22nd century, the storyline will loosely follow the original tale set out in the first novel of the series.  Jake Cardigan is a police officer wrongly convicted of a crime and suddenly released from prison to find an enigmatic scientist involved in the drug trade. He does this on behalf of a mysterious benefactor.  

Fans of the novel series will recognize many familiar characters and get introduced to a new rouges gallery of players.   It will be a rollercoaster of plot twists and turns as we get closer and closer to the ultimate secret of the digital drug called Tek.

QUEST FOR TOMORROW
ARTIST: James R. Howard
WRITER:  David McIntee (novelist: Star Trek & Dr Who. 
Comic books: Ray Harryhausen's: Jason and the Argonauts

SYNOPSIS:
This story will work as both a new interpretation of the "Quest For Tomorrow" trilogy, and as an extension. It's not going to be a radical remake such as the new Battlestar Galactica, but more of a back-to-the-basics reinvigoration. The book will feature the character of Jim, who has become a fan favorite. The fast-paced, action-oriented plot is steeped in matters of family and identity, and will focus on issues social relevance tackling the demonization of youth.

MAN O' WAR
ARTIST: Patrick Broderick (DC Comics artist – Firestorm/ Green Lantern)
WRITER:  C.J. Henderson (novelist Man O' War & Jack Hagee : comics:  The Phantom & Kolchak)

SYNOPSIS:
In the near future, the population of the Earth has lumbered past the ten billion mark. Most of the planet's natural resources are dwindling or gone. The only thing keeping the ever-increasing masses of Earth alive are the vast food vats of Mars and the mining operations of the asteroid belts. But, the promised rewards for those who thirty years previous went to the stars to save humanity have never materialized. Instead of a new world to homestead, the colonists have been turned into virtual slaves by Red Planet, Inc., the corporation granted the charter to develop Mars.

Now, cheated, lied to, with no hope in sight, the Martian colony has begun to boil with talk of strikes and revolution. A stop in production would mean riots and chaos on Earth, billions dead in a matter of weeks. It would mean war, plague and famine at levels never before known. Into this most explosive political situation is thrust Benton Hawkes, the most trusted diplomatic negotiator alive. All sides agree, he the only man to be trusted to avert a catastrophe which could bring destruction to the entire solar system.

But, bitter reasons of his own, Hawkes wants nothing to do with Mars. And, on top of that, there are those who don't want to see the situation calmed, and who will do nothing to stop Hawkes from interfering with their plans.

The comic is now available for order through Diamond Distributors, order code JAN090019. To find out more information about Free Comic Book Day go to www.freecomicbookday.com.

About Bluewater Productions:

Bluewater Productions, Inc., is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers 10th MUSE, VSS and THE LEGEND OF ISIS. Bluewater publishes comic books with legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen and soon will launch a series in conjunction with sci-fi icon William Shatner. Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry's top artists and writers. For more information, visit www.bluewateprod.com.

TAGS:  bluewater productions, william shatner, tekwar

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