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JEREMY ROBINSON'S ISLAND 731 COMES TO AMERICAN GOTHIC PRESS
Hot off the heels of the success of Project Nemesis, American Gothic Press has announced another collaboration with author Jeremy Robinson. The publisher will be adapting Robinson's novel Island 731 beginning in May 2016. The six-issue mini-series will be written by Robinson with Kane Gilmour and illustrated by Jeff Zornow. The pull quote on the front of the novel calls it “one of the best Jurassic Park successors.” I'm sold on that alone, but here's the synopsis of the book.
Island 731 begins with Mark Hawkins, former park ranger and expert tracker, out of his element, working on board the Magellan, a research vessel studying the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But his work is interrupted when, surrounded by thirty miles of refuse, the ship and its high tech systems are plagued by a series of strange malfunctions and the crew is battered by a raging storm.
When the storm fades and the sun rises, the beaten crew awaken to find themselves anchored in the protective cove of a tropical island...and no one knows how they got there. Worse, the ship has been sabotaged, one crewman is dead and another is missing. Hawkins spots signs of the missing man on shore and leads a small team to bring him back. But they quickly discover evidence of a brutal history left behind by the Island’s former occupants: Unit 731, Japan’s ruthless World War II human experimentation program. Mass graves and military fortifications dot the island, along with a decades-old laboratory housing the remains of hideous experiments.
As crew members disappear, Hawkins realizes that they are not alone. In fact, they were brought to this strange and horrible island. As Hawkins fights to save his friends, he learns the horrible truth: Island 731 was never decommissioned and the person taking his crew mates might not be a person at all—not anymore.
I was unfamiliar with Island 731 prior to this announcement, but I'm down to check out this comic. Adding in Jeff Zornow's artwork only sweetens the deal. That guy knows how to draw monsters as he's done some great work on Godzilla: Rulers of Earth.
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