Vault Comics has announced a new science fiction tale to add to their lineup, GIGA. Co-created by writer Alex Paknadel and artist John Lê, the comic will feature colors by Rosh, letters by Aditya Bidikar, and designs by Tim Daniel. Read the synopsis below:
“Nobody knows why the skyscraper-sized mechs known as ‘Giga’ fought their bitter, centuries’ long war. All they know is that when the fighting finally stopped, the dormant Giga became humanity’s new habitat and new gods in one. When disgraced engineer Evan Calhoun finds an apparently murdered Giga, his society and the fascistic tech-centered religious order that controls it are rapidly thrown into chaos.”
“You’ve seen giant robots battling mechs and kaiju, but what happened decades – even centuries – after the fighting stopped,” stated Paknadel. “Our book depicts a world in which the robots destroyed every metropolitan center on Earth, instantly rendering a good chunk of the human race homeless. Then, when their war inexplicably and abruptly ended, they went dormant for so long that humanity moved in. The robots that destroyed our cities became our cities, and – perhaps inevitably – objects of religious worship to boot.”
The writer continued, “Now, imagine what would happen if one of these gods-cum-living skyscrapers was murdered. That’s our book. That’s GIGA.”
“When approaching the art for GIGA, I thought back to the first evening I read the script that Alex had given me,” added Lê. “I remember the excitement I felt while reading and watching the story unfold – the world, the characters, and the chaos that was to come. Like lucid flashbacks, each story beat brought me back to the exact moments where I fell in love with the worlds of Neon Genesis Evangelion, Akira, Tekkon Kinkreet, and too many others to list. My passion for these stories, worlds, and visual aesthetics is the energy I wanted to bring to the world of GIGA – a love letter in the form of a comic book.”
GIGA #1 is slated to release this summer. The issue will also have a Vault Vintage B cover by Nathan Gooden and Daniel that pays homage to Herb Trimpe‘s iconic cover to Marvel Comics’ Shogun Warriors #1.