Get "Alienated" with Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose in a new series from BOOM! Studios

Get "Alienated" with Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose in a new series from BOOM! Studios

Simon Spurrier has quickly become one of the most intriguing writers in comics, one of those guys whose name will automatically get me to take notice of whatever project they’re attached to.

Copy and paste that for Chris Wildgoose, except “artist” instead of “writer.”

Team them up on a comic that’s pitched as “what would've happened if E.T. had been befriended by someone a little less... nice”?

Yeah, I’m down for that.

That’s the concept behind Alienated, an upcoming book from BOOM! Studios. With a great creative team, an intriguing premise, and a promise of “mischief and murder,” this one’s definitely on our radar. Check out the details below.

Per BOOM!:

Simon Spurrier Announces Brand New Series ALIENATED at New York Comic Con BOOM! Studios Panel 
Discover a Brand New Original Series from the Acclaimed Writer of Coda in February 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA (October 4, 2019) –  BOOM! Studios today announced at the New York Comic Con Discover Yours panel, a new original series ALIENATED. From acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier (John Constantine Hellblazer, Coda) and artist Chris Wildgoose (Batgirl, Batman: Nightwalker), comes a subversive coming-of-age story about about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it, available in February 2020.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature's incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a predator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens' decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

Simon “Si” Spurrier is an Eisner-nominated writer of novels, television shows, and comics. He is known for his work on Marvel and DC Comics series, including X-Men, Star Wars, Suicide Squad, and the forthcoming relaunch of Hellblazer, while his creator-owned projects include BOOM! Studios hits such as Coda, The Spire, and Six-Gun Gorilla.

“I always wondered what would've happened if E.T. had been befriended by someone a little less... nice. Someone with issues. Someone with rage and uncertainty and insecurity and big ideas, waiting to be tested. A teenager, basically. Or better yet, three of them. Then again, I always wondered what would've happened if E.T. himself had been a bit more, y'know. Alien. As in: ineffably strange. And terrifying,” said writer Simon Spurrier. “ALIENATED answers both questions. It's my take on the classic coming-of-age high school tale, by which I mean it's got as much vicious toxicity about it as it has awkwardness and heart. Some kids find pirate treasure, some kids find a dead body on the train tracks; these kids find an nth-dimensional psychic entity which hungers for brainwaves. Mischief and murder ensues.”

Chris Wildgoose is a comic book and film concept artist known for his work on Batgirl: Rebirth, Batman: Nightwalker, Gotham Academy for DC Comics and the Porcelain series.

“This is a dream team project for me. I’ve been hoping I would have the chance to work with Simon Spurrier and Eric Harburn for years, and finally our paths have aligned. I am so looking forward to seeing what people think of ALIENATED,” said artist Chris Wildgoose. “We have some fresh approaches to tell the story of these three outcast teenagers who are pulled together by the unpredictable power of an alien force. I think it’s a story that will pull on your heartstrings and make you laugh, with a nice bit of cosmic horror thrown in for good measure—all wrapped in a high school drama. It's quite the mix!”

ALIENATED is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury The Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; and the upcoming Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith and The Red Mother by Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Buffy The Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David López; Angel from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo.

“A new project with Si is always cause for celebration—doubly so when Chris is involved, after years of trying to work together,” said Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “This new series is a thrillingly dark story of first contact and the burden of responsibility wrapped around the timely, complicated question: will the kids be alright? It’s intense, emotional, and resonant in all the ways you’ve come to expect from these two visionary creators.”

Alienated #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers February 2020.

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