16 Feb

“We Live: Era of the Palladions” to Continue the Mirandas’ Sci-Fi Epic

The fifth and final issue of Roy and Inaki Miranda’s AfterShock series “We Live” hits stores tomorrow, and the publisher have announced a follow-up by the same creative team, “We Live: Era of the Palladions.” The series will start sometime later this summer, and continue the story of Tala, who spent the first volume ensuring her brother Hototo left Earth before Extinction Day.

“Now is the Era of the Palladions,” the synopsis states, “a new age for Earth and her people, protected against wild nature by armored heroes. But what happened to Hototo’s friends, Humbo and Alice? How will the world move forward? And what has become of Tala, now that she has no brother to protect?”

Writer Roy Miranda said in an official Q&A that the first arc of “‘We Live’ was really conceived as a prologue. The story, the characters and their destiny gain their true purpose at the end of this first season. And it was risky, because we depended on the sales numbers, we depended on the readers following us to the real ‘starting line’; to the point where we could open the door to this new universe. If the numbers wouldn’t had followed us, we would have missed the chance to really start this story. So the feeling is bigger than excitement, it’s feeling that the dream we want to fulfill really starts now.”

Co-writer and artist Inaki Miranda said he felt grateful to readers for helping them make it “to this point,” and warned this time, “anything can happen. Nobody is safe. Don’t forget that.” Colorist Eva de la Cruz and letterer Dave Sharpe will also be returning for the second run. For more from the Miranda brothers, check out the full Q&A below, and click here for a preview of tomorrow’s finale:

THE MIRANDA BROTHERS ON HOW EXCITED THEY ARE TO BE RETURNING TO THIS WORLD AND GROUP OF CHARACTERS:

ROY: WE LIVE was conceived to start when issue 5 ends. When my brother and I were crafting each issue we really enjoyed knowing where this arc was going. This first arc was really conceived as a prologue. The story, the characters and their destiny gain their true purpose at the end of this first season. And it was risky, because we depended on the sales numbers, we depended on the readers following us to the real “starting line”; to the point where we could open the door to this new universe. If the numbers wouldn’t had followed us, we would have missed the chance to really start this story. So the feeling is bigger than excitement, it’s feeling that the dream we want to fulfill really starts now.

INAKI: There’s also a feeling of gratitude to the readers and a big relief for having made it to this point.

THE MIRANDA BROTHERS ON WHO THEIR FAVORITE CHARACTER IS FROM THE FIRST ARC:

INAKI: I think Roy and I both agree on Tala being our favorite. We worked on her interior a lot. Every step that she takes in the story, we feel it and see it through her eyes and thoughts; she is the readers eyes… she makes us understand and feel the heavy burden of responsibility on her shoulders, the unconditional love she has for her brother and the helplessness that she experiences as she faces such a hostile world.

Well, there’s another reason. We know what’s in store for her in the second season…

ROY: Humbo is also a favorite of ours. I feel his humor is very much like the humor Inaki and I grew up with in my family. I like to think that we were just like him when we were his age; and that we would had faced a world like We Live with his attitude.

THE MIRANDA BROTHERS ON WHAT NEW AND EXISTINNG READERS CAN EXPECT TO FIND IN THIS ARC:

ROY: We erase a lot of boundaries at the end of issue 5. We write new game rules, with as much possibilities as our imagination allows us. But the essence of WE LIVE will continue. You will still hear a voice on the back of your heads saying “don’t get too comfortable, because everything is possible, anything can happen; for better or worse.”

INAKI: Yup, anything can happen. Nobody is safe. Don’t forget that.

THE MIRANDA BROTHERS ON WHO THEY’D LIKE TO DIRECT AND STAR IN, IF THIS SERIES WAS MADE INTO A FILM OR TV SHOW:

INAKI: We’ll leave the actors casting to the director (it’s a tough one). I feel the hidden personality of WE LIVE is a blend between the big epic scope of a blockbuster and the subtle contemplative and intimate beats of an independent film. The perfect director for WE LIVE would be someone who likes and knows how to play in both fields simultaneously.

ROY: This said… how about David Benioff and D.B. Weiss from Game of Thrones.

INAKI: OK, how about Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us).

ROY: Jon Favreau.

INAKI: Gavin O’Connor (Warrior), David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water), Rupert Wyatt (The Gambler), Bennett Miller (Moneyball)… all these would make me happy as well. It’s WE LIVE, anything can happen!

 

05 May

‘We Live’ Imagines Final Days of Humanity

The new AfterShock Comics series shows how two siblings negotiate the near-end of the human race.

AfterShock Comics’ latest series begins at the lowest point of humanity, but as its creators explain, the family drama We Live is anything but apocalyptic hand-wringing.

Set in a near future where a number of different events — including climate collapse and a world war to claim dominance over the few remaining resources — have left only a third of humanity alive, the unthinkable happens: a message arrives from space, announcing the upcoming, unavoidable extinction of the human race.

There’s a small sliver of hope, however. Those responsible for the forthcoming genocide promise that 5,000 children will be spared, providing rescue bracelets and placing nine “Extraction Beacons” around the world that will provide safe passage to those present and wearing the bracelets when the end comes.

“We are five days away from Extraction Day when we start the story,” co-writer and artist Inaki Miranda told The Hollywood Reporter. “We follow the journey of two siblings, Hotoro and his older sister, Tala, from their home to a distant Extraction Beacon. What Hotoro doesn’t know is what his salvation implies — if they survive and succeed in reaching the Extraction Beacon in time, that will also mean that he will lose his sister Tala forever, since she doesn’t wear a bracelet and must stay on Earth. The weight of the journey falls upon Tala. She will risk everything to save her little brother, keeping him unaware of the real tragedy that’s unfolding.”

The series, added Miranda’s brother and co-writer, Roy, “is a story about defeat. It talks about a human race that has accepted its own extinction. Imagine what it‘s like to begin an adventure in that emotional state. We have combined two great human conflicts, desperate migration and the consequences of climate change, and we have placed them on the shoulders of two innocent kids. That right there is a fabulous blend of fairy dust and powder in the pockets of imagination.”

Inaki added that this book is one for the current struggles we face.

“We are living a moment where we can’t think in future mode; there are too many variables in the game. Our present feels a lot like walking through fog. And in the middle of all this, we also harbor a powerful human emotion and the sentiment of fighting the adversities: keep walking, surviving, thriving,” he said. “I’d love this book to be experienced as a parallel read, in some magical way,  to all the adversities that we are going through right now. I’d love for Tala and Hotoro’s journey to turn into a part of  the readers’ own journey as well. That’s the magic of storytelling, it’s all about the metaphors that we can re-create and the emotions that we can extrapolate into our own lives.”

We Live, which is from colorist Eva de la Cruz, will launch Oct. 14. Look below for preview pages from the first issue.