Yes, the new year is upon us and yes, it’s off to a roaring start. As you can see in the picture, Flying Fortress #5 is fully inked. In fact, the pages have been inked since the end of January and are currently in the process of being colored! I’ll be honest, it’s been a long road to get to this issue. It’s been full of writes, rewrites, drawing, re-drawings. It even changed order at one point. But all of that hassle is behind us. What we have is, without a doubt, the best writing and art we have ever brought to the table.
I bet you’re wondering when you can get your hands on the book. Well I can say with certainty that the book will be available on March 14th. As you may or may not know, we like to kick off new issues at conventions. It’s no different this time around. Flying Fortress #5 will release officially during Planet Comic Con 2014. The show is in Kansas City, so if you plan on going, make sure to stop by and pick up a copy. We’ll also be releasing the vintage print of Flying Fortress Volume 1. So there’s plenty to look forward to.
Yes, there’s just a little over a month to wait, but, you have nothing to worry about. The book is in good hands. Get ready for Flying Fortress #5 to knock you over and steal your socks. Correct, it’s going to be so good that it won’t just knock the socks off, it’ll straight up take them. Be prepared. Be very prepared!
I’d like to take a moment and point you to a fantastic book that might be right down the alley of any Flying Fortress reader or fan. Wild Blue Yonder by Mike Raicht, Zach Howard and Austin Harrison. Set in a post apocalyptic world, where humanity had to take to the skies to avoid the radiation and pollution below. WBY is filled with high flying dog fights, dog bites, ax smashing and jet pack flying. Seriously if you haven’t picked up the first 2 issues yet, you need to. You’re in for quite a treat. Originally planned as a 5 issue series, the book kicked off with a successful Kickstarter campaign. Now, after getting a third reprint of issues 1 and 2, the creative team has expanded the story to 6 issues. They’re also adding a few one shots and mini-series. There’s a lot of story they want to get out to the world and I personally can’t wait to read it.
Now for the good stuff! Zach Howard’s art is dripping with grit. Makes this artist want to up his game, for sure! But with Nelson Daniel’s colors, it really makes the whole book sing. Definitely a team-up worth keeping an eye on. And for us WWII buffs there are plenty of nods to some great WWII planes. The p-38 plays a prominent role in the book, as it’s the lead character’s (A teenage pilot named Cola) fighter jet. Also shown briefly in the book is a plane in the style of the P51. And last, but not least, the giant ships these lucky few who’ve survived the wasteland below live on are known as ‘flying fortresses’, good stuff!