Synopses & Reviews
Eight years ago, every oil well on the planet ran dry, utterly dissolving the cornerstone of modern civilization. Global economies withered and nations fell like bone-dry dominoes, including the seemingly impervious United States. Caught in a zenith of chaos, Sunrise City now lies in the hands of a criminal cabal who may or may not hold the key to the future and the secrets behind the planet's tragic ruin. Bleedout tells the frighteningly plausible tale of a world destroyed by its own greed and shortsightedness. Based on the Massively Multiplayer Online Shooter video game from Vogster Entertainment, this deluxe hardcover volume collects chapters drawn by some of the comic industry's hottest superstars, including Nathan Fox, Zach Howard, Sanford Greene, David Williams, Ben Templesmith, Gary Erskine, Howard Chaykin, Glenn Fabry, Vince Proce, and Trevor Hairsine, with cover art by Tim Bradstreet. Written by Mike Kennedy (Aeon Flux, Ghost), this graphic novel presents the world of Bleedout in all of its grim, pulp noir glory, with page after page of supplemental graphic and story material that further explores this tragic future, and the frighteningly familiar current events that led there in the first place.
"Based on an expansion of the MMO game Crimecraft, this graphic novel spinoff paints a world where thanks to peak oil and an unfortunately timed act of biowarfare, the world's fuel supplies have collapsed suddenly and universally. Criminals, psychotics, and their ilk were best prepared to exploit the bloody chaos; Sunset City soon finds itself ruled by a brutal cabal of gangsters, crooked politicians, and corrupt businessmen. Even this doleful stability is as doomed as global civilization is; each cabal member has his or her own agenda, and the moment when secret conflicts come into the open is looming. Lurid and violent, Bleedout tries to cloak itself in grim inevitability from the moment the author begins his angry, despairing foreword. The specific scenario relies on an implausibly synchronized decline in oil fields around the world and the apparent total absence of mundane alternatives like coal; the story soon abandons its patina of plausibility in favor of conspiracies and forbidden experiments in super-science. While some characters are marred by racial or sexual stereotypes, the diverse cast of artists is otherwise competent." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Mike has spent the last 20 years writing and producing original video games for EA, Namco, Activision and most recently, Vogster Entertainment. In comics, he has written for Ghost, Star Wars, Aeon Flux, Alien Vs. Predatorand Superman: Infinite City