Dynamite Entertainment has announced it is expanding the Altered Carbon universe in May with Altered Carbon: Download Blues from creator Richard K. Morgan, Rik Hoskin, and Ferran Sellares.
In the world of Altered Carbon, technology has advanced to allow human consciousness to be stored digitally. Following death or for other reasons, people can be transferred into new bodies, nicknamed “sleeves.” This has drastically overhauled the criminal justice system, as well as unlocking interstellar travel. Series protagonist Takeshi Kovacs is a former soldier turned PI, plenty experienced with sleeves himself.
The original Altered Carbon novel was released in 2002 and exploded Morgan’s career with near universally positive critical reception, including winning the prestigious Philip K. Dick Award. Science fiction fans ate up the hard boiled story of Takeshi Kovacs and the New York Times Bestseller continues to fly off shelves. Two sequel novels followed, Broken Angels and Woken Furies. In 2018 the novel was adapted for a Netflix TV series of the same name starring Joel Kinnaman. A second season will release, with Anthony Mackie taking on the Kovacs role as a new sleeve.
“When you go to Dynamite for a sequential art incarnation of your much loved anti-hero, you know you’re not going to get short-changed. These, after all, are the guys who took on The Boys without blinking. No compromise, no punches pulled,” said Richard K. Morgan. “I couldn’t wish for a happier, more hard-boiled home in which to have Takeshi Kovacs make his comic book debut.”
Altered Carbon: Download Blues will arrive in May 2019.