The Graphic Novel Debut from TV Writer and Producer Matthew Arnold
and Acclaimed Artist Riccardo Burchielli
A Riveting Science Fiction Story from the Creator and Executive Producer of Emerald City and Siberia and the Artist and Co-Creator of DMZ
Eden Arrives Digitally from ComiXology Originals in March 2022
and in Print from Dark Horse Books July 2022
January 20, 2022—New York, NY / Portland, OR—Matthew Arnold, the creator and executive producer of NBC’s Emerald City and Siberia, is making his graphic novel debut with Eden, which is illustrated by acclaimed artist and DMZ co-creator Riccardo Burchielli. Eden is a riveting science fiction story that features the lives of escaped convicts, abandoned in a fantastical world. This thought-provoking graphic novel marries Arnold’s high concept storytelling with the mind-blowing artwork of Burchielli (DMZ, Northlanders, Highway To Hell), with colors by Luca Salce, and lettering by Ed Dukeshire. The project is edited by noted editor Will Dennis. Told in 5 heart-pounding chapters, Eden debuts on March 29, 2022 from comiXology Originals, the digital exclusive content line of comiXology, an Amazon company.
Eden is a story about starting over. When a new law declares that convicted criminals should be cryogenically frozen instead of jailed, society thinks it has found a more humane way to deal with inmates. But when a senator, accused of a horrible crime, is imprisoned under this new system, she will have to face a bizarre and frightening reality, unlike anything she can imagine.
“At the heart of this story is an exploration of forgiveness and redemption,” says Arnold. “In our social media / insta-news world, we can often make snap judgements in the court of public opinion about a person, often times on the worst day of their lives. The question the novel asks is whether true forgiveness can ever be achieved. And do we judge people on their pasts or their presents?”
In the graphic novel, two convicts, senator Anna Croft, and her sheriff husband, Ben, are sentenced to twenty-five years to life in a newly constructed cryogenic penal facility for a crime they claim they didn’t commit. Due to a malfunction, however, Anna, Ben and a few others are accidentally released. Once free, the escapees discover that they’ve been frozen for thousands of years, and are the only survivors in a catastrophic future, where prehistoric creatures walk the Earth once more. Given a second chance, the fugitives are forced to create a new society and must decide whether or not to release the rest of the imprisoned criminals in order to survive. Under Anna’s leadership, can these ‘bad seeds’ actually seed a new and better world, or are they doomed to repeat the mistakes of humanity’s checkered history?
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Dark Horse, the legendary comic book publisher of titles including Black Hammer, Hellboy, Sin City and The Umbrella Academy, will publish Eden in print for the first time on July 12, 2022.