Official Press Release
TAMPA, FL., March 18, 2002 - Since leaving his artistic responsibilities on
Mystic, the series he helped launch, to work in a management capacity,
Brandon Peterson has not put down his pencil for good. In fact, he's picked
up a few more tools as well. Coming in late 2002, Peterson will begin using
a cutting-edge artistic style as he re-teams with writer Ron Marz to co-plot
a new four-issue monthly-shipping mini-series titled Chimera.
Chimera is set in a corner of the CrossGen Universe yet to be explored, an
area ruled by a vast intergalactic empire spanning dozens of worlds. The
empire's ruling family is obsessed with unlocking the secrets of human
genetics, of achieving perfection and power through manipulating human
physiology. But the missing link in the genetic code has always eluded them.
Until now. One woman on a remote ice world may hold the key to genetic
perfection. And the cost may be her life.
Chimera is a different type of science fiction than that seen in any
existing CrossGen comic.
"This is a tale of 'hard' science fiction," said Marz. "It's more Dune than
Star Wars, with a beautiful heroine, powerful villains, vast space armadas
and the awakening of a dead alien civilization, all set against a backdrop
of exotic worlds."
Chimera marks a new artistic direction for Peterson. Peterson, known
throughout his career for his work as a writer, penciler, inker, and
colorist, will use all of those skills on this new mini-series.
Artistically, he will be rendering the entire mini-series using a technique
called digital painting. Digital painting is a combination of pencils, inks,
and colors all integrated into one seamless package. This new style is a
radical departure from his past work.
"This book is the culmination of my dozen years learning what I could about
comics," said Peterson. "With it, I'm taking what I've learned about
penciling, inking, and coloring and seamlessly blending them together to
create something incredibly unique and different than anything ever seen in
This mini-series also marks the first time Peterson and Marz have worked
together since Marz turned over the writing responsibilities of Mystic to
"I think Brando and I both feel like we took Mystic as far as we could, then
bowed out," commented Marz. "Chimera is going to be that much better for us
having worked together previously, because we've had the chance to learn
each other's strengths and weaknesses, and figure out how to get the best
out of each other. This project's going to give me a chance to play with
some different kinds of storytelling, and Brando's going to be doing some
truly innovative things with his approach to his art. The stuff he's
producing now is spectacular, and he's just getting warmed up. Chimera is
definitely going to be worth the wait."