Written by RogorMortis
Tuesday, 31 December 2013
Rush to launch comic book series + 1974 debut LP will return to stores with a few new additions
Rush will launch a six-part comic book series starting in March, they’ve revealed.
It’s titled Clockwork Angels and the storyline is based on Neil Peart’s lyrics for the Canadian giants’ award-winning 2012 album. The script will be written by Kevin J Anderson, who collaborated with Peart on the Clockwork Angels science-fiction novel.
The author comments: “There’s a beautifully painted world in the music that I tried to capture in the novel, and I’ve now tried to turn in a different direction.”
Anderson admits there were some issues with persuading his book publisher to back the tie-in title. “It’s like writing the novel to The Wall or Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It’s obvious,” he says. “But I guess if you don’t listen to prog rock music, you don’t understand that there are these big epic stories in all of the songs.”
The comic books will be published by Boom! Studios.
The guys in Rush may be planning on taking a year off in 2014, but that doesn’t mean their classic records will get a vacation. In fact, it looks like the band’s 1974 debut LP will return to stores with a few new additions.
The Globe and Mail reports that the ‘Rush’ album is due for a 40th anniversary reissue next year, and adds that the band is “very involved” in the process. And although no details are given regarding what fans can expect in terms of remastering or bonus tracks, it’s worth noting that the article in question focuses on deluxe single-album upgrades like the newly expanded versions of Nirvana‘s ‘In Utero’ and Van Morrison‘s ‘Moondance.’
The members of Rush have been in a retrospective mood lately, boxing up their Atlantic output and releasing a remastered version of their 2002 album ‘Vapor Trails.’ While ‘Rush’ received the remaster treatment in 1997, it seems safe to assume the process will start over for the 40th anniversary edition — and that the vaults are being combed for whatever live tracks and demos the band can scrounge up.