Death be­comes him

Tony Lee in­tro­duces AKA, the next big thing in comics...

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“Pretty much ev­ery page hits you in the face,” says writer Tony Lee of his new comic, Also Known As, which launched at this year’s ComicCon and hits shelves in the UK this month. “You have revenge, jus­tice, in­tim­i­da­tion, an en­forcer with a se­ri­ous amount of anger and psy­chosis…”

Start­ing out life as a film script, AKA sees one-time cav­alry cap­tain Lu­cas Wil­son re­cruited by the “Reapers” af­ter his un­timely death, spend­ing over a cen­tury col­lect­ing souls for his boss, Charon the Fer­ry­man – aka Death. Doubt­ing his call­ing, he in­ves­ti­gates the Reapers and their sworn en­e­mies the Rogues, get­ting caught up in an age-old war be­tween his boss and Cer­berus, a fallen an­gel. Plus an old en­emy from his days as a cap­tain...

Orig­i­nally con­ceived as “a su­per­nat­u­ral story with angels and demons”, AKA changed dra­mat­i­cally when Lee de­cided to fuse a su­per­nat­u­ral tale with con­tem­po­rary tech (Philip K Dick and The Ad­just­ment Bureau were in­spi­ra­tions).

“If you walked into a Vik­ing camp with a ma­chine gun, you’d be ven­er­ated as a god,” he says. “What if peo­ple with in­cred­i­ble tech ex­isted mil­len­nia ago, and we cre­ated sto­ries about them that cre­ated things like angels?” With BoxFly com­mit­ted to bring­ing the story to screens, Lee’s graphic novel is just the start of what could be the next big thing in comic-book movies…

AKA is out now.

AKA be­gan as a film script be­fore find­ing life as a comic.

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