Award-winning publisher Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, and Macrocosm Entertainment are excited to reveal a new character in Lantern City, Martha Ellen Grey. Martha, in both the comic book series and upcoming television series in development, is portrayed by Mira Furlan. Furlan is a fan-favorite actress (Babylon 5 and Lost) that brings intelligence and passion to every role, and will make her debut in issue #6 on sale in October.
Martha Ellen Grey is the mother of Killian Grey, the head of the Grey Empire, which is the ruling class of Lantern City. Smart, power-hungry, and fierce, the matriarch will do anything to protect her son and keep him in power.
“Martha Grey, an almost Shakespearean character, complex and complicated, impossible to label or categorize. My first thought when I ‘met’ her was, ‘Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother.’ As with the character of Gertrude, the key to Martha is her intricate, difficult, almost deviant relationship to her equally complex son, Killian,” said Mira Furlan. “I cannot wait to bite my teeth into this meaty role. It will be a big challenge and a great pleasure, as it always is with truly great roles.”
The Lantern City comic series is the newest extension of a larger transmedia universe. Along with the television show, an illustrated novel, Rise (also available as an app), was published. Lantern City combines the epic scope of the Star Wars series with the street-level intensity and attention to detail of The Wire. The series blends action, romance, unique sci-fi, and political upheaval in an engaging narrative.
In the Lantern City ongoing comic series, Sander Jorve just wants to keep his wife and son safe. Living in the brutalized lower class of Lantern City means living in near constant darkness, the enormous walls of the city always looming overhead, while the ruling class enjoys the elevated, interconnected towers and airships above. When Sander’s brother-in-law, the persuasive activist Kendal, convinces him to infiltrate the brutal ranks of the Guard, he’s set on a dangerous path that will test his abilities and beliefs, all in the name of making a difference for his family and his caste.
Lantern City #6, written by Matthew Daley and Mairghread Scott and illustrated by Carlos Magno, arrives in comic shops on October 14th with a cover by Benjamin Carré for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code AUG151247. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers to order the issue is September 21. Issues #1-5 are readily available through local comic shops (use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one), digital distributors like comiXology, or directly through boom-studios.com.
For more information on the Lantern City franchise, visit lanterncitytv.com.