Previews, the monthly Diamond Comic Distributors catalog that reveals new products and publications from all corners of the comic book universe, revealed the publication date for a project Frank Cho previewed with borg.com at this year’s Comic-Con in San Diego.
Guns & Dinos is the new creator-owned series Cho will be publishing through Image Comics, set for a November 2011 release.
At Comic-Con, Frank showed us his pitch book for a project that he was then taking to Image management. He walked us through the pitch page by page and sold us on the series. Here’s Frank giving us a first look at the new book:
The details were not public then but pages of his proposal were released on the Internet this week. Here are two of the pages Frank showed us:
Guns & Dinos at its core is as simple as its title, but Frank told us how he’d been working on the book for more than a decade, and how its impetus was a simple image–a dinosaur fossil, with an arm holding a modern machine gun. Frank said he has always been fascinated with paleontology and this new series will allow Frank to write and draw something he is clearly really excited about.
The story centers on a U.S. military base that gets teleported back to the Paleozoic Era, through something like the error in the Philadelphia Experiment, after scientists are experimenting with space folding time travel technology. The result? An army caught in the path of charging triceratops.
Although Guns & Dinos might cause fans to think back to his stellar series Shanna, this series isn’t about the jungle girl and Nazis, but how an army stuck in the past struggles to survive, even with modern warfare at its disposal. As of Comic-Con Frank had not yet finished issue 1, but with Previews’ news, and Frank’s track record, that means some good stuff is on its way.