The second arc of the Formic Wars comic book series from Marvel is now available. I’m excited about this compilation. It includes five issues beautifully penciled and inked by Giancarlo Caracuzzo, with the super talented Jim Charalampidis as colorist. Both have been working on Formics Wars since the beginning, and they’re incredible. Marvel always produces a high-quality book production-wise, and this book is no exception. Nice binding, great printing, the works. Available at amazon.
Formic Wars: Silent Strike #5
Today the last issue of the second arc of Formic Wars hits comic shops. I’m proud of this issue. The art by Giancarlo is incredible. This concludes the First Formic War. There is a still another war before Ender Wiggin is born. It’s called — can you guess? — the Second Formic War. Fans of Ender’s Game know that war well, or at least know some of what happens in the war. It’s at the end of the Second Formic War that Mazer Rackham defies orders and fires upon the queen’s ship, killing her and ending the war. That’s not a spoiler, folks. We’ve known that all along. It’s in Ender’s Game.
In any event, Scott Card and I are excited about telling that story. As all Ender’s Game fans know, the asteroid Eros will play a critical role. That’s where the Formics set up a base from which to orchestrate their invasion of Earth. Should be fun.
Here’s a description of and credits for issue five.
Writer: AARON WILLIAM JOHNSTON, Orson Scott Card
Artist: GIANCARLO CARACUZZO
Colorist: JIM CHARALAMPIDIS
• The Shocking Conclusion To The First Formic War, A Prequel To Orson Scott’s Card’s Science-Fiction Classic Ender’s Game.
• The Formics Fight To The Bitter End. But Is It The End?
• The Hegemon Of Earth Is Revealed!
Formic Wars: Silent Strike #1
The second arc of Formic Wars begins this month with issue one of Formic Wars: Silent Strike from Marvel. It hits comic book stores on 21tst, I think. The official solicit is below:
The all-new prequel to Orson Scott Card’s science-fiction classic Ender’s Game returns! With 44 million people killed by the toxic gas the alien formics unleashed in China, the only hope of a counter-agent lies with Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police safely retrieving a sample. Meanwhile, young asteroid miner Victor Delgado has snuck aboard the formic mothership in hopes of taking it down alone…and boy is he is for a big disappointment.
This is an action-packed issue with amazing art by Giancarlo Carracuzzo. Enjoy.
Formic Wars Covers
The covers for Formic Wars have been amazing. A lot of artists have contributed, most recently Billy Tan, who did the pencils for issues three through seven. They droop my jaw. I wish I could make huge framed posters of them and put them in my living room. But something tells me my wife wouldn’t go for that. They might scare off guests. There is a burning helicopter and melting human flesh, after all.
Formic Wars: Burning Earth Hardcover
The hardcover is out, and it looks incredible. This includes all seven issues of the first run of Formic Wars. Giancarlo Caracuzzo has done amazing art for the series. And Jim Charalampidis is a wizard of color and light. Scott Card and I have had a lot of fun developing this. As a life-long fan of Ender’s Game, I’ve always wondered what happened during the first two wars. Formic Wars is the answer.
Also be on the lookout for the first Formic Wars novel, coming Spring 2012. I’m very excited about that one as well. TOR is publishing. Look for more information coming soon.
Formic Wars: Burning Earth #2
The never-before-told prequel to Ender’s Game continues! An unidentified ship is rocketing toward Earth with tech far beyond anything we’ve ever seen…and the only people who can give warning are a small band of asteroid miners millions of miles from home. The clock is ticking, and it doesn’t look good for the human race. From New York Times bestselling author Orson Scott Card comes the tale of humanity’s first contact with the Formics…and the horrible toll it took on mankind.