Three years ago it was announced that Rick Remender would be collaborating with artist Paul Renaud on a new series called Devolution for Dynamite. Here’s how he described it:
“DEVOLUTION is a return to the pulp/grindhouse science fiction I built my career on starting with FEAR AGENT (and that’s also infused VENOM, SECRET AVENGERS, and UNCANNY X-FORCE). I came up with DEVOLUTION around the same time as FEAR AGENT and it’s been percolating for years. It’s incredibly fulfilling finally to be able to dive in with super talent Paul Renaud. He’s a tremendously gifted and intelligent collaborator. I wouldn’t have done the series without Paul and I appreciate Nick and Dynamite being so patient while we waited for the planets-and schedules-to align and make this project possible. Joining us will be my FEAR AGENT colorist Lee Loughridge and letterer Rus Wooton, longtime friends and collaborators who I respect and trust. I’m also blown away by the artists Nick has lined up for the covers as well, ranging, in alphabetical order, from Jae Lee to Alex Ross to Ryan Sook: The series will be loaded with A-list talent. We’ve got a very exciting story to tell with a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.”
And then he wasn’t. The book was put on hold, most likely due to the fact that Remender already has a million other books coming out every month. And it’s a shame as the artwork we were shown was fantastic.
It was then announced that Jonathan Wayshak and Jordan Boyd would be the new artist and colorist, respectively. And again, the art was fantastic while completely different that Renaud’s. We even got a look at the cover by Jae Lee.
Well, at the Diamond Retailer Summit it was announced that Devolution will be coming in January. Better late than never I suppose. I’ll be picking it up.