Well since the TV show was announced, they might as well announce the comic.
DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, home to creator-driven, standalone and high concept stories, will publish AMPED from acclaimed television creator Eric Kripke (SUPERNATURAL, REVOLUTION).
In the Fall of 2015, AMPED will be released as a six-issue monthly comic book miniseries. The story will follow Josh Jaffe, a neurotic family man who buys an online ‘smart pill’ to increase his focus and jolt him out of his slump, but he gets much more than he bargained for. To his surprise, the pill gives him incredible strength and power. The story examines both the mighty highs and humiliating lows of being a real-life super hero.
“Eric has such a clever, irreverent cadence which makes him a natural writer for the Vertigo line,” stated Executive Editor Shelly Bond. “AMPED promises to be as addictive as its title substance.”
“Pretty much everything I’ve ever written has been insanely influenced by Vertigo, so it’s a dream come true to write my first comic there,” said creator and writer Eric Kripke. “AMPED is a project I’m foaming-at-the-mouth passionate about– and it’s also the most personal, warts-and-all story I’ve ever told. So I’m having the time of my life writing the comic– and basing the TV series off the comic, too. I can’t wait for readers to read it– and then down the road, for watchers to watch it.”
Created and written by Kripke, AMPED will feature interior art from John Higgins (HELLBLAZER, BEFORE: WATCHMEN) and cover art from Brian Bolland (BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, THE INVISIBLES). Look out for AMPED in stores and online Fall 2015 from Vertigo–the premiere destination for creator-owned projects and top talent.
Not to be petty about anyone’s good day, but when Kripke says “Pretty much everything I’ve ever written has been insanely influenced by Vertigo,” one is reminded that Supernatural’s Castiel was pretty much a direct homage of Constantine, to the point where when Constantine’s show debuted, people thought he was ripping off Supernatural. But anyway, now everyone is on the same team and it’s all good.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.