ARROWSMITH : BEHIND ENEMY LINES #1 (Kurt Busiek / Carlos Pacheco)

17 ans après la première mini-série (publiée à l’époque chez Wildstorm/DC), Kurt Busiek et Carlos Pacheco ont officialisé le retour d’Arrowsmith (la Première Guerre Mondiale, avec de la magie, des sorciers et des dragons), pour une suite intitulée Behind Enemy Lines.

Le #1 est prévu pour janvier 2022. À noter que le premier volume sera à nouveau disponible en album en février.

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In the upcoming Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines, it’s World War I—but a war of wizards and dragons as much as bullets and barbed wire. Young airman Fletcher Arrowsmith plunges back into the heat of war—and finds himself behind enemy lines, facing a threat that could doom the Allied Powers. Old friends and new favorites will appear, and the world of Arrowsmith will be deepened, as previously-secret history and machinations are revealed.

For the re-mastered hardcover, Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms, readers are introduced to young Fletcher Arrowsmith who learns the true cost of war in an alternate history where dragons and magic spells are as much a part of World War I as bullets and barbed wire. This edition, deluxe-sized and in hardcover for the first time, will present the art as Pacheco originally intended, and will feature ancillary material about the creation and history of Arrowsmith.

Busiek discussed the return of Arrowsmith in the press release:

Stepping back into this universe at long last, and writing these characters again feels like coming home, and visiting with old friends—admittedly, old friends we do dangerous, stressful things to in the name of adventure. And the art, by Carlos, Rafael, and Jose, is just astounding. Arrowsmith fans have been very patient, but have never been shy about letting us know they want more—and I can’t wait for them to see both the new series and the re-mastered original in the kind of hardcover edition we think it deserves.

As did Pacheco:

It seems like only yesterday Kurt and I were dreaming of creating a book about WWI and magic. It’s been a long trip since then. We kept hoping to bring the world of Arrowsmith back to life, but the stars didn’t line up properly until now. And maybe the stars didn’t help, but the readers have. I feel like we’ve had an unwritten agreement with all the people who’ve supported Fletcher and Hilda since the day they both took flight, and pushed us to bring them back. We’re very happy to say here they are, after all these years.

Cela explique l’absence de Pacheco ces derniers mois chez Marvel.

La couverture :

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Et pour compléter le programme bien chargé de Busiek chez Image en 2022, il y aura aussi le retour de Astro City, le retour de Autumnlands et un nouveau titre co-écrit avec Fabian Nicieza.

Et pourquoi il ne s’occupe pas seul de l’ensemble de la partie graphique de Reckoning War.

Ah, bonne nouvelle, ça.

Jim

Ca me permettra de découvrir la série, j’avais loupé la première mini à l’époque…

Ah c’est sympa et joli.

La couverture variante par Dave Johnson :

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