A new graphic novel that explores a very far-out but surprisingly imaginative scenario, and it's one that puts us out of the picture completely.
LEGEND, the new graphic novel from novelist Samuel Sattin (The Silent End) and award-winning artist Chris Koehler, explores and ask a simple question:
"What if a biological terror agent wiped out most of humanity, and our domesticated animals were left in charge? How would our dogs and cats set about ruling and rebuilding the world?"
Before animal lovers smile and think that this is a good retribution story with all the cruelty from humans, don't assume that it's a cuddly story just yet. According to the official statement, LEGEND will see cat technology at the helm, dogs partnering with hawks, and funnily enough, humans being the most beastly of all creatures.
And as if the plot is not yet heavy enough, the story also features some very important issues like religious conflict, opposing political systems, and the environment.
In an interview with Sattin (via Comicsbeat), the novelist states that the conflict all began when the titular Legend, an English Pointer, become the new leader of the Dog Tribe following the murder of the old one by an odd creature.
"I tend to describe LEGEND as Watership Down meets The Walking Dead with cats and dogs instead of rabbits and monsters instead of zombies. When I first got into post-apocalyptic fiction and science fiction in general, I saw the best of it as a series of cautionary tales. And now, our society actually feels like it could truly head in an Orwellian direction and I think it's more important than ever to keep on making art that challenges the status quo, and that scares us."
Z2 Comics will be charged with publishing LEGEND's graphic novel on Nov. 29. It will be a 168-page trade paperback available or $14.99. This is a pretty neat gift for friends who are very much into thought-provoking pieces—or people you want to get into that thing.