The following Archaia titles debut today, Sept. 5, 2012, on comiXology, including several Digital First books! (Digital First titles are books available digitally first before the release of the print editions.)
CITY IN THE DESERT VOL. 1, Complete Special Edition (Digital First)
(W/A) Moro Rogers
Monster hunter Irro is perhaps the only person in Kevala making a good living. The city pays him and his tailed assistant, Hari, a bounty for each monster carcass they bring in. But one day a religious sect called The Way of Sacred Peace comes to Kevala to solve the monster problem by capping the city’s Spirit Fountain. Out of a job with all the monsters gone, Irro and Hari are determined to prove there is a more sinister plot behind Sacred Peace’s plan.
LAST DAYS OF AN IMMORTAL, Complete Special Edition (Digital First)
(W) Fabien Vehlmann
(A) Gwen De Bonneval
In the distant future, Elijah is a member of the “Philosophical Police,” who must solve conflicts that arise out of ignorance of the Other. Two species are fighting a war with roots in a crime committed centuries ago, and Elijah must solve the crime and bring peace between their species, while also confronting his own immortality in a world where science provides access to eternal life. In a world where death no longer exists, why do so many want to give up on life? Translated from the award-winning French graphic novel.
MUMBAI CONFIDENTIAL, Part 3 (Digital First)
(W) Saurav Mohapatra
(A) Vinay Brahmania, Sid Kotian
Once Kadam was a rising star in the ranks of the Mumbai Encounter Squad, a secret unit tasked with carrying out extrajudicial executions of wanted criminals that turned it into a business for contract killings and extortion. However the death of his pregnant wife at childbirth triggers a downward spiral that leaves Kadam a pale shadow of his former self. When Kadam is the victim of a hit-and-run that also claims the life of a street urchin, he goes into a coma for a month. After waking up, he finds a new sense of purpose and pursues the investigation into the identity of the driver on his own, when the police close the case for lack of leads. Kadam finds out that the driver was Balwan Khan, an over-the-hill Bollywood B-Movie actor. This brings him into direct confrontation with his ex-colleagues, who are now de factor gangsters in uniform and use Khan’s movies to launder their money. A hardboiled crime-noir tale set in Mumbai and told though the eyes of Arjun Kadam, a washed-out drug-addicted ex-cop.
COW BOY: A BOY AND HIS HORSE, Part 5
(W) Nate Cosby
(A) Chris Eliopoulos
Nate Cosby (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller) and Chris Eliopoulos (Franklin Richards) present Cow Boy, the story of a young bounty hunter determined to send his entire outlaw family to jail. He travels the Old West on a horse that ain’t his, and won’t stop ’til every one’a his kin’s in the clink. Also in this volume: Short stories by the likes of Roger Langridge (The Muppet Show), Brian Clevinger & Scott Wegener (Atomic Robo), and Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space) & Colleen Coover (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller).