by: Graeme McMillan
The title will be the first shared universe series from the new publisher launched by former Marvel executives Bill Jemas and Axel Alonso.
When Artists, Writers & Artisans — the new comic book publisher from former Marvel execs Bill Jemas and Axel Alonso — was unveiled earlier this year, it was revealed that the company was planning a shared superhero universe — and now it’s becoming clear what that universe will look like, the concept behind the series that launches it, and the people responsible.
Debuting early next year, The Resistance will be a six issue series by Babylon 5 and Sense8 co-creator J. Michael Straczynski and Original Sin and Savage Avengers artist Mike Deodato Jr., two creators known for their work together on Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man in the early 2000s — work that was edited by Alonso, now AWA’s chief creative officer, and overseen by Jemas, now AWA’s publisher.
“The Resistance is the series that lays down the foundation for our shared universe — a universe that is rooted in the 21st Century,” teased AWA chief creative officer Axel Alonso, who calls the series “world-building at its finest by two elite creators working at the height of the talents.”
For Straczynski, the series is an attempt to re-examine the superhero paradigm for the world as it exists today.