Titan Set To Release Elric: The Ruby Throne

Here’s another tasty tidbit for you all, sent across to us from the Titan Comics press room. September 16th, 2014 sees the release of Elric: The Ruby Throne in a deluxe hardcover.

Those of you not familiar with Elric of Melniboné are missing out on a treat. He is one of the most iconic characters in fantasy literature, featuring in books, comics, role-playing games, rock albums and comic books pretty much consistently since his inception in the 1960’s. He is an albino king, outcast from his homeland and reliant upon sorcery for his very survival. He wields a demonic sword called Stormbringer which has a will of its own so, although Elric tries to do good, he is forever haunted by tragedy, betrayal and blood.  Here’s what Titan have to say about their adaptations:

Following the phenomenal runaway success of Snowpiercer, Titan Comics continues in its bold mission of presenting the highest quality European graphic novels to a brand-new audience!

Elric: The Ruby Throne is the first in a series of graphic adaptations of legendary fantasy author Michael Moorcock’s signature creation Elric. Written by Julien Blondel and beautifully illustrated by Robin Recht, Didier Poli & Jean Bastide, this new comic adaptation of the Elric of Melniboné novels has been produced with the full and enthusiastic endorsement of Moorcock himself, who provides an exclusive introduction to this edition!

“The best graphic adaptation of the story,” writes Moorcock, “has to be the current one by Julien Blondel and his team. This is perhaps the first graphic version of Elric fully to capture the sense of utter decadence I tried to convey in the books.”

I’m not familiar with the works of Julien Blondel, but the images I’ve seen of this book over at legionofandy gives me real confidence that the fella knows how to do epic. I’ve loved the Elric stories ever since I picked them up at secondary school, and they formed an indelible impression in the fabric of my geek life. Endlessly imaginative, operatic and delicately cruel, this is story-telling at the height of its power. This will definitely be one to watch out for!

Have you read any of Blondel’s Elric books in the original French language? If so, what did you make of them? Tell us in the comments section below.

On a side note, the press release also mentions a new book by Sean Phillips, who did a sterling job with the The Gunslinger: The Journey Begins.

Gripping science-fiction thriller Void is illustrated by superstar artist Sean Phillips (Fatale, Criminal, Sleeper) and written by Herik Hanna (Bad Ass). Concerning the sole survivor of an interstellar prison ship, this tense and atmospheric graphic novel is Phillips’ first venture into science fiction!

Void will hit comic and book stores from September 2, 2014.

Void and Elric: The Ruby Throne will also be available to read on the iPad, iPhone, Web, Android and Kindle Fire, exclusively through the comiXology app and comiXology.com

GS Reporter: Dion Winton-Polak

Source:  Titan Comics

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