To produce comics based on vintage ColecoVision games, Coleco has teamed up with Apex Comics Group. The ColecoVision Cosmic Avenger comic will be the first to transition from pixels to ink. The comics series will make its debut with the console launch title, which also happens to be the ColecoVision console’s 40th anniversary.
According to Chris Cardillo, a partner at ColecoVision, “the most exciting part of this project is that APEX is able to make contemporary and incredibly detailed adaptations of game characters that originally appeared on screen and indistinguishable sprites.”
32 original full-color pages of stories and artwork will be included in Cosmic Avenger. Jordan Armstrong, a human raised in an alien civilization and adopted by the best fighter pilot, will be followed throughout the narrative on his exploits in the conflict over the fate of two worlds. Armstrong will have to make decisions involving love, war, sacrifice, and duty throughout this interplanetary saga.
According to Apex Comics Group publisher Mariano Nicieza, “We take very seriously the opportunity and the responsibility of shepherding these classic ColecoVision properties into comics and other media.” We used to play these ColecoVision games, and we’re excited for fans to get new stories that continue the originals’ spirit.
Cosmic Avenger will be written by Mariano Nicjieza of Phazer Universe and William Shatner’s War Chronicles. Walter Figueroa, of Moonstone Books’ Kolchak: The Night Stalker, will take care of the pencils. The Cosmic Avenger comic will be penciled by Pete Botsis, who also did The Game of Blood and Dust for Marvel Comics’ Epic Illustrated.
In addition, Apex Comics Group intends to make the first ColecoVision Cosmic Avenger comic’s alternate covers available exclusively through Kickstarter. For this Kickstarter, Scott Hanna, who has inked pages from Detective Comics to Spider-Man, will ink a number of different covers. Ireland Reid, a professional cosplayer, will portray Lain, Armstrong’s chief warfare officer, on other alternate covers.
The first of a planned trilogy of comics by Apex Comics Group based on vintage ColecoVision games is ColecoVision Cosmic Avenger.