Great news for comic book fans: Dynamite Entertainment will publish three brand new series of Stargate comics, one for every incarnation of the popular television franchise.
The SG-1 and Atlantis series will be promoted as “Season Eleven” and “Season Six,” respectively, picking up where the television shows left off.
“Stargate is truly a crown jewel when it comes to episodic science fiction television,” Dynamite President Nick Barrucci said in a press release. “Just in time for the Stargate Universe series debuting in October, Dynamite will create an adventure series retailers and fans alike will love. We have three separate launches planned, each designed to focus on the characters and attention coming the way of both the new show and Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis!”
The talent assembled to bring Stargate to the comic book medium includes some significant names in the industry, including artists John Watson (whose work has appeared on the covers of Marvel) and Dave Dorman (Star Wars). Dorman will serve as the main cover artist.
On the writing front, Chuck Dixon (G.I. Joe) will pen a special prequel to Stargate Universe, and Doug Murray (Jungle Girl and ‘Nam) will write the continuing adventures of the Atlantis team starting with Season Six. Brandon Jerwa (Battlestar Galactica) picks up Stargate SG-1 with Season Eleven.
To launch the three series, Dynamite will publish a special “Stargate #0” issue, available to readers for just $1.00.
“The great opportunity presented by the comics medium is not simply the chance to finding new fans, but the ability to tell original stories that enhance the show experience,” Universe and Atlantis co-creator Robert C. Cooper said.While the studio has not yet announced a time table for the comics, the fact that an SGU prequel story is in the works may indicate that the first issues will show up this fall. Stargate Universe premieres October 2 in the U.S.
The first Stargate SG-1 and Atlantis comics were published earlier this decade by Avatar Press. Neither series ran very long, with Avatar shutting down the series after the debut of its first Atlantis series, “Wraithfall,” in 2006. The SG-1 series included just over a dozen issues between 2003 and 2006. While the publisher never announced an official end to the series or the reasons why, soft sales are a likely culprit.
Dynamite Entertainment was founded in 2004 and publishes titles including Battlestar Galactica, Red Sonja, Army of Darkness, Zorro, and more. Check them out on the Web at DynamiteEntertainment.com.
Head to Pop Culture Zoo to see the initial report, or continue to Page 2 to read the full press release. Dynamite was also kind enough to send along a few brand new photos from “Air,” the series premiere of Stargate Universe! Check them out below or in the Stargate Gallery.
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