For the past few days Joe Abercrombie has been teasing fans on his blog with early drafts of artwork. It was obvious to most early on that these teases were pointing towards an comic adaptation of Joe’s first book The Blade Itself. Today the full announcement has been made via Joe’s blog.
The First Law graphic novel will be available FREE to anyone who has an internet connection, the site is now live.
And new pages will be added every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. In addition to these freely available versions, you can also buy hard copies via Comixology - http://www.comixology.com/ - and there are also plans for hardback versions of collected series later.
This is great news, I’ve been a long time fan of Joe’s work and feel this only opens his work up to a whole new audience. And who knows, maybe if this is as successful as his prose then we may one day see a screen adaptation (you listening HBO?)
Joe has posted the UK cover for his next book Red Country.
Carrying on the theme of maps and weapons used on the previous two books - Best Served Cold & The Heroes – this one shows the area the story is set in with some knives.
The wrap around gives you the full effect and the blurb…
They burned her home.
They stole her brother and sister.
But vengeance is following.
Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she’ll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she’s not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old stepfather Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb’s buried a bloody past of his own, and out in the lawless Far Country, the past never stays buried.
Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts. Even worse, it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust…”
Looking good and will sit nicely alongside the rest of the collection with the battered document style. And if further proof were needed as to who everyone assumes (hopes) the character “Lamb” is, then read the first line of Joe’s text where he quotes a familiar line.
Subterranean Press are releasing a limited edition of Joe Abercrombie’s first standalone novel Best Served Cold - http://www.subterraneanpress.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=abercrombie04&Category_Code=B&Product_Count=1 - and yesterday the cover art was released.
Surely a thing of beauty, featuring the central figure of Monza Murcatto – The Snake of Talins.
Springtime in Styria. And that means war.
There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.
War may be hell, but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso’s employ, it’s a damn good way of making money too. Her victories have made her popular —a shade too popular for her employer’s taste. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto’s reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die.
Her allies include Styria’s least reliable drunkard, Styria’s most treacherous poisoner, a mass-murderer obsessed with numbers and a barbarian who just wants to do the right thing. Her enemies number the better half of the nation. And that’s all before the most dangerous man in the world is dispatched to hunt her down and finish the job Duke Orso started…
Springtime in Styria. And that means revenge.
Subterranean Press plan to release the book in the Autumn.
Hot on the heels of his Last Words update last week - http://www.joeabercrombie.com/2012/03/13/last-words/ - Joe Abercrombie has posted another, more in-depth, update about the first rough draft of (A) Red Country.
Some interesting insights into how Joe works, and how the whole process is going. Some interesting questions raised as well. In his previous post Joe had the title A Red Country, here he uses Red Country? So I believe there will be two different titles for the UK and US markets, one with the A and one without, perhaps he’s trying both out to see how they feel.
More interesting is one line near the end of the article where he is talking about the characters that have appeared in previous books. - They need to feel consistent and vivid, and as a result I probably need to do a read through of the First Law and Best Served Cold - so he only needs to re-read First Law and Best Served Cold. From that can we assume there will be no characters from The Heroes making a return? Also, we already know that Nicomo Cosca is in the new book – hence the re-read of BSC – but why would he need to re-read First Law, there has been no mention so far of any characters from there?
Or has there?
A lot of speculation has been hinging on a certain character by the name of Lamb, he is the step-father of the central figure in the story. All that Joe has revealed so far about Lamb is that he has a bloody past, bloodier than most. Makes me wonder even more if this is a subtle clue that perhaps Lamb appeared in First Law but under a different name.
The guys over at fantasy-faction.com have launched their first podcast, the plan is for this to be a weekly event, alternating between an author interview one week, and Q&A session + book review the next.
To launch the series they’ve posted an interview with Joe Abercrombie (The First Law, Best Served Cold, The Heroes), where he talks about his work, his current novel and shoots the breeze in general.
A good start to what I hope is a weekly treat for fantasy fans all over.
Here is a linky to the podcast http://fantasy-faction.com/2012/fantasy-faction-podcast-joe-abercrombie#comment-13041
Last week author Joe Abercrombie – The First Law Trilogy, Best Served Cold and The Heroes – announced new covers for two of his books in the US.
The first is for Best Served Cold. Abercrombie’s follow up to his First Law trilogy set in the country of Styria. A violent tale of betrayal and revenge told on a grand scale with a large cast. The character on the front – I assume – is the main protagonist General Monza Murcatto. Considering what happens to her at the beginning of the book, she looks better than what I’d visualized.
Next is the cover for his latest book The Heroes. Set in the North telling the story of a three day battle between the Northmen and armies of the Union, it is a gritty look at the realities of war, latrines and all.
I’m not sure I like these new covers as much as I do the traditional damaged scroll effect his books usually have. These look more like graphic novel covers, or possibly movie posters. They have a certain style to them, but then I’ve always been of the opinion a books cover should have some hint as to what the book itself is about.
The Heroes cover may cover[sic] this – the muscular arm on the front appears to point toward its owner possibly being a hero. But then if you’ve read the book you’ll know its not really about heroes – human ones or the monolithic stones the battles rages around.