Earlier this week, Graeme McMillan of the Hollywood Reporter gave us our first look at Chariot, a new sci-fi comic by Bryan Hill (writer) and Priscilla Petraites (artist) coming this March from AWA Studios.
Petraities has recently garnered some well deserved acclaim for her artwork on Rat Queens. Hill is similarly well regarded for his writing on Batman and the Outsiders, although he’s been a long time AIPT favorite thanks to his work on Postal and American Carnage.
As far as the series itself is concerned, AWA described Chariot to THR as “Knight Rider meets the Matrix.” The official synopsis on their website goes a bit further:
The Chariot was a Cold War-era secret government project to provide its star agent with a weapon unlike any other in the form of a supercharged muscle car. It sank into the ocean decades ago, and the agent along with it. Now, a petty criminal looking to reform his life has stumbled upon the Chariot, and he’s about to find out that the agent’s consciousness is still controlling it in this synthwave thriller.
If you know anything about Bryan Hill, then you know this type of setting/story is what pulses through his veins. He spoke with THR about his excitement at getting the chance to create a story that’s right in his narrative wheelhouse with an artist he’s been wanting to work with for a while:
“Chariot is my ode to the neon-righteous sci-fi action stories I’ve always loved. Like a lot of my work it’s a story about redemption and purpose, and this one is born out of my love of speed, synthwave, manga, and straight-no-chaser action thrills. It’s a character-driven fever dream through speed and technology. I’ve wanted to work with Priscilla for years and this, no pun intended, is the perfect vehicle for her brilliant, visual storytelling.”
Petraites echoed Hill’s excitement, stating:
“When Bryan told me about his idea for this book, I knew it was everything I wanted to draw: blasting action scenes, emotional heavy dialogues, sexy characters. Do you know the feeling of just being in a car riding through a long-deserted road at night, listening to your best playlist full of nostalgic songs and you just feel like a movie? That’s the vibe I’ve tried to put on this story.”
Chariot will run for five issues and debut in March. Check out the preview images below before joining me in adding this one to your 2021 pull list.
Like what we do here at AIPT? Consider supporting us and independent comics journalism by becoming a patron today! In addition to our sincere thanks, you can browse AIPT ad-free, gain access to our vibrant Discord community of patrons and staff members, get trade paperbacks sent to your house every month, and a lot more. Click the button below to get started!