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Comic News: Scion Reaches Key Issue By Brian Jacks
Mysterious power courses through his body. An island of escaped slaves look to him for protection. But now Ethan, the troubled prince caught between two warring kingdoms, will gain two new allies as writer Ian Edginton (X-Force) and penciler Luke Ross (Spectacular Spider-Man) join the SCION creative team. Both creators leap onboard in September with SCION #40, a new-reader-friendly "Key Issue" that opens a fresh chapter on the dangerous techno-medieval world of Avalon.
"Swords, sorcery and science fiction! Come on, how could I pass this up?" stated Edginton, who, as previously announced, is also joining SOJOURN as ongoing writer. "SCION is steeped in mythic overtones which I love. The warring houses, the youngest prince who makes good, the love of his life who is the sister of his enemy...it encompasses everything from Shakespeare to Wagner to Star Wars!"
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Edginton continues, "The thing that clinched it for me was just a single panel showing a warrior riding a flying dragon with computer controls built into the saddle and a free-floating heads-up display in front of him. It was so cool," explained Edginton. "And now I want to move things one step further. Broaden the canvas. After all, how do two conflicted realms act when they're faced by a massive mutual threat? Is my enemy's enemy my friend...or still my enemy?"
"SCION mixes science fiction and medieval culture, two subjects I've always been fond of," echoed Ross. "I'm deeply grateful to be joining the team behind one of CrossGen's premiere titles. I also admire the wonderful work of inker John Dell and colorist Jason Keith, and I'm sure that we'll create lots of wild visuals in SCION!"
"Joining CrossGen gives me the opportunity to have closer communication with the team ultimately responsible for the book, which is an opportunity I've craved since I started working in comics," continued Ross. "I love the pleasant attitude inside CrossGen Studios. Especially for someone who's used to working alone at home, it's very exciting to be in a place where everyone talks the same 'comic book' language!"
SCION #39, on sale August 20th, will be the final issue by the original creative team of writer Ron Marz and penciler Jim Cheung. As a special "farewell" to their fans, this issue will offer a revealing tour of Avalon with all double-page spreads, presented in the classic "Prince Valiant" comic strip style.
"Now that I'm taking on additional responsibilities for CrossGen -- as well as developing new projects to write -- something had to give. With Jim also shifting to new undertakings, it only seemed fitting that after three years we ride off into the sunset together," explained Marz. "Readers are going to see Ian nurturing some of the seeds we've planted, as well as adding some great new elements. As with SOJOURN, the work he's turned in thus far has already proven that he's the right guy to take the reins on SCION."
"I had a blast working on SCION with so many talented creators," said Cheung. "I've always wanted to draw a fantasy adventure, and SCION gave me the rare opportunity to help build one from the ground floor up. Now Luke gets to expand the blueprints."
"So what will be my next CrossGen project?" Cheung asked. "Things are cooking, so stay tuned! In the meantime, it's going to be fun seeing whether the Heron and Raven kingdoms can stop fighting long enough to survive an attack by the robotic Tigris empire!"
SCION #40, a 32-page "Key Issue" on sale September 17th, will be available for order in the July 2003 issue of Diamond Comics Distributors' Previews catalog.
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