“When fighting the unhallowed legion, you give ‘em hell.”
That one line immediately caught my attention in the announcement of Sea Lion Books‘ publication of the graphic novel Mortifera, and it sounds like quite the amazing adventure! Straight from their latest press release:
ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 2012 – Sea Lion Books announces the publication of the graphic novel MORTIFERA, from acclaimed game designer Stephan Frost and video game concept artist Sarah Partington.
“I would rather take aid from the most feared demon in hell than allow this blood to fall into the hands of a corrupt soul, or worse. . . Kanisus.”
From the imagination of Video Game Designer and Producer, Stephan Frost comes MORTIFERA. The story follows demon hunter Catherine Gregor, her brother Ethan and the demon Durin. The three are in pursuit of the demon Kanisus, who has stolen the power to return his fallen brethren to Earth and slaughter humanity.
The MORTIFERA are an order of knights that are venerably versed in using the dark arts against the damned. From the green, mythical hills of Ireland, land of legend, an archaic rivalry culminates in a battle between the demon Kanisus and Elias Gregor, founder of MORTIFERA.
When Ethan and Catherine discover their slain father, not only are they faced with his death, but the knowledge that Kanisus has possession of vast quantities of demon blood. . . which will allow him to raise demons from hell.
Catherine, Ethan and Durin must wage war with the damned as well as combat earthly rivals to survive. In desperation Catherine summons Durin, an infamous demon from the Dark Ages to aide in their quest to kill Kanisus and his followers. Thus begins their quest for revenge and salvation of Europe from another demonic invasion…
“Sea Lion Books is thrilled to have the opportunity to present this acclaimed graphic novel to a large audience.” said Derek Ruiz, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Sea Lion Books.
MORTIFERA issue 01 will be available August 2012.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Stephan Frost is the writer and creator of Mortifera. Frost currently works in the video game industry as a Game Design Producer at Carbine Studios, working on the game Wildstar. He’s worked as a designer and producer with companies like NCsoft, Disney, Warner Bros., and others. He lives in Orange County California with his wife Amanda.
You can visit Stephan at:
ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:
Sarah Partington was originally from the occasionally sunny state of Utah. She has a background in illustration and animation. She now lives and works in Orange County California as a video game concept artist. You can visit Sarah:
ABOUT SEA LION BOOKS:
Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Sea Lion Books LLC is a newly established publishing house which specializes in all formats—hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market and in urban fantasy and young adult genres. Sea Lion Books LLC recent roster of authors include: International Bestselling author, Anne Rice, Paulo Coelho, New York Times Bestselling authors, Richelle Mead, Patrick Rothfuss,Richard A. Knaak, F. Paul Wilson, Melissa de la Cruz and Becca Fitzpatrick. You can visit Sea Lion Books at: www.sealionbooks.com
This definitely sounds right up my alley, and not just because two talented video game people have joined forces to bring us this tale. Does fighting fire with fire really work, or are they doomed to battle the servants of hell on both sides? We’ll find out in August! In the meantime, check out these gorgeous interior pages from MORTIFERA and tell us what you think in the comments below!