Dark Horse Comics has been on fire lately. With the amazing stories coming out of Angel & Faith and Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 9, not to mention Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello’s series Orchid, Dark Horse has had a lock of great storytelling and killer art. Evidently, they plan on continuing the streak into the new year with a new series from Apocalypse Nerd creator, Peter Bagge. The new series Reset!, will explore the idea of the human psyche and the choices made when faced with a unique opportunity.
If you could relive major events in your life, would you take a stab at making things better—and would your best attempts only make things worse? Or would you use your second chance to put your most twisted, perverted fantasies in motion? These are questions washed-up actor and comedian Guy Krause asks himself after he signs up to be the main research subject for a virtual-reality experiment.
“I originally envisioned Reset mostly taking place in the virtual fantasy world of protagonist Guy Krause’s imagination, but soon discovered that the events occurring simultaneously in his real life were far more interesting, and so I wound up focusing more on that instead. I guess truth is stranger than fiction—and that’s why I’m generally not a fantasy writer!” says Peter Bagge.
In addition, fellow Dark Horse Originals creator Matt Kindt (3 Story) will be drawing the exclusive variant cover for issue #1.
Reset #1 is on sale April 18, 2012!
I’ve not read much of Bagge’s work, but this concept has me piqued. When I first read the description, I was reminded of side story in Kurt Vonnegut’s Timequake. Except where the idea behind Timequake is that people were forced to relive their lives without any ability to change their behavior or the outcome of events, Bagge takes a different approach, giving his main character, Guy Krause, the opportunity to do things differently. Will Guy decide to be a stand-up person and do the right thing, or will a devious nature take over him, choosing to live out his lascivious desires. I applaud Bagge for taking this kind of look at human nature, and look forward to seeing what Reset! has in store.