If you're anything like the crew at AITH you're most definitely stoked for the May 15 release of George Miller's long-awaited MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and have been devouring every bit of information regarding the film that comes your way. Now we've learned that DC Comics imprint Vertigo has collaborated with Miller on a few new releases tied in to the film in the form of two books, and /Film has shared the front and back covers for the books!
First up, there’s a large, hardcover book called "Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists" which has art influenced and inspired by the world of Mad Max by 65 famous artists. They’re also doing four character centric prequel comics, which will tell the story of characters played by Hoult, Theron and Max immediately before the film begins. You can peep the cover for the first, titled "Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1", below.
"Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists" will arrive on May 6, just a few weeks before the film hits theaters, and then "Nux and Immortan Joe #1" (who are the characters played by Nicholas Hoult and Hugh Keays-Byrne) is out May 20. That comic is a one shot and, each month after, they’ll release a new character prequel comic book, including "Furiosa #1" and "Mad Max", in two parts. Those are co-written by Miller himself.
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: INSPIRED ARTISTS will contain double-page spreads from 65 visionary artists bringing their own unique style to the world of Mad Max: Fury Road. Each of the artists’ work will be inspired by the post-apocalyptic landscape of Miller’s design. These spreads will range from spectacular action sequences to haunting character portraits. Artists participating include Lee Bermejo, Dave McKean, Cliff Chiang, Nicola Scott, Stephanie Hans, Tara McPherson, among others. This book is due to hit shelves on May 6, prior to the film’s May 15th release.
In addition, George Miller, Nico Lathouris and Mark Sexton are writing four prelude stories that follow leading characters Nux, Immortan Joe, Furiosa, and Mad Max, whose story will be in two parts. This miniseries will release one issue a month, starting with MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: NUX & IMMORTAN JOE #1 releasing on May 20, followed by MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: FURIOSA #1 and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: MAD MAX #1 & #2. Nico Lathouris served as a co-writer on the film while Mark Sexton served as storyboard and concept artist for Mad Max: Fury Road. Interior artists working on these projects include Riccardo Burchielli, Leandro Fernandez, Tristan Jones and Mark Sexton, while covers will be illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards.