San Diego, CA (July 24, 2009) â€“ Following on the thrilling Comic-Con exclusive footage of the upcoming Screen Gems film Legion, IDW Publishing announces the movie prequel, co-written by the filmâ€™s director Scott Stewart and Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Sinnerâ€™s Reward). Legion: Prophets, IDW’s four-issue weekly miniseries, leads directly into the movie, setting the scene for an all-out war between Heaven and Earth.
â€œThe premise of the film is great, and a little scary,â€ said IDW Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Chris Ryall. â€œWho hasn’t looked around at what’s going on in the world and thought that the Apocalypse really might be coming soon? Legion: Prophets gives a glimpse of what that might be like.â€
Legion: Prophets tells the story of four very different people from very different parts of the world, who become humanity’s only hope to survive the Apocalypse. Stewart and Waltzchronicle the struggles of these ordinary people in the face of newfound powers and responsibilities.
“There were a lot of cool and scary characters and situations that I wasn’t able to include in the main narrative of the movie, so I’m very excited to be able to expand the Legion universe beyond the film and explore those other stories through the comic book series,â€ said Stewart. â€œI’m a big fan of IDW’s books and it’s a real thrill to be able to collaborate with them on Legion: Prophets.”
Legion: Prophets features a richly diverse cast of characters: The Theologians, an unlikely pairing of Jacob Heifitz, a 26-year-old Jewish research student, and Sami Saama, a 16-year-old Palestinian would-be terrorist, who must work together to fight off possessed hordes and find a way to the new Cradle of Civilization. The Guardian, Miko Hogosha, a modern day geisha-turned-warrior, who must escape a New York City gone mad and journey to meet the rest of the Prophets. The Codebreaker, Midwestern housewife Maggie Winters, a local puzzle prodigy whose seemingly innocuous skill is about to take a dark turn as her â€œvisionsâ€ manifest. And, the Voice, Alan McCormick, a radio icon who broadcasts his late night syndicated radio show alone from his â€œsecret bunkerâ€ in the high desert, making a career of exploring bizarre conspiracy theories he doesnâ€™t actually believe in, until now.
Each issue showcases unique illustrations by a group of artists as diverse as the storyâ€™s characters, including Alberto Muriel, Jose Holder, Francisco Paronzini, and Michael Gaydos, as well as can’t-look-away covers from French sensation, J.F. Bruckner.
Legion: Prophets #1-4 will be available in stores weekly in November 2009.
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; the BBC’s Doctor Who; and television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.
IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
About the Film
In the supernatural action thriller LEGION, an out-of-the-way diner becomes the unlikely battleground for the survival of the human race. When God loses faith in Mankind, he sends his legion of angels to bring on the Apocalypse. Humanity’s only hope lies in a group of strangers trapped in a desert diner and the Archangel Michael.
LEGION stars Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson, Kate Walsh, Adrianne Palicki, Charles S. Dutton and Willa Holland and is directed by Scott Stewart. In theaters nationwide on January 22, 2010.