Newsrama take an exclusive look into the Fringe comic book prequel (click to enlarge):
“There are definitely hidden (and not-so-hidden) elements that will feed into the Fringe[tv] series that you can only find in the comic,” said Athena Wickham, co-story consultant for the Fringecomic and TV executive for Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot. While Wickham said reading the comic isn’t necessary for viewers to understand what’s happening in the show, “it will give them a greater appreciation of what’s to come and help them uncover some of the integrated plot points.”
“The writers have created such a rich and complex series that we are looking to the comic to further illuminate the Fringe universe,” said David Baronoff, creative executive for Bad Robot, who is also a co-story consultant on the Fringe comic.
As the comic series opens, Wickham said the first issue “begins when the yin and yang of fringe science first meet face to face.”
“The issues will consist of two parts. Part A will tell the back-story story of two of our key characters: Walter Bishop and William Bell. Part B will consist of stand-alone stories,” Wickham said. “Readers will be introduced to a range of characters — from those at the epicenter of the pilot to others who might not live to make a series appearance.”
Comics artist Tom Mandrake will provide art for the back-story. “He will be joined by Simon Coleby in the first issue, with surprise artists to come in upcoming issues,” Baronoff said. “Mandrake just jumped out at us with his extremely emotional and creepy art. He’s producing amazing work. Coleby is a rising star whose style is perfect for Fringe.”
Baronoff said the comic is being designed to visually echo the Fringe universe and the overall tone of the television series.
“We are working with the amazing team at Wildstorm so that both the artists’ work and the physical book itself will be reflective of the story’s place and time,” Baronoff said. “Much like the series, we hope this comic will run the gamut from dark and eerie to funny and profound.”
“It’s a lot of fun and we hope it creeps out all of our readers,” Wickham said.
The Fringe comic book, penned by JJ. Abrams, is being published by DC/Wildstorm and is available from August 27 and each month thereafter for 6 months.