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TEASER COMIC UPDATE!
New coloured artwork below, don't miss these stunning panels! ;)

As Featured At:
https://www.ap2hyc.com/2016/08/press-release-gods-men/

http://downthetubes.net/?p=32916

                 

Introduction

Hi, my name is Michael Phoenix, I'm a creative writer and it's my pleasure to welcome you to the Kickstarter for upcoming UK indie comic "Gods of Men"!

I have grown up watching and reading all the best that pop culture had to offer from 80's cartoons to 90's comics to 00's films to 10's amazing tv series, I love storytelling that excites the imagination and expands our emotional understanding of the world in which we live.

This project has been spurned on by a revival in my interest in comics and sequential storytelling after having spent the last 3 years blitzing my way through an amazing back catalogue of classics which left me with the need to create my own unique story to add to this wonderful world and I'm really pleased with what I've begun to create.

If you have some time then please watch the video above to learn more about the project and myself otherwise feel free to read the overview I've provided below about the story, the characters and the rewards for this Kickstarter below.

The Story

“In the year 2045 the Earth and its destiny no longer belongs to its inhabitants nor its leaders. The once great superhero ‘The Sentinel’ has ruled the Earth for over a decade and alters the course of fate for nations and governments as and when he chooses”

Does absolute power corrupt absolutely? Or from the perspective of a god are such questions simply trivial? A once great protector has, in the eyes of humanity, grown to become a despotic overlord who saves and condemns as he chooses but with what right and what authority? 

His rule is accepted by most but merely tolerated by many and ever do the leaders of once great governments plot to end his reign. Now after many years a desperate plan begins to bear fruit as the time approaches for a team of mis-matched super powered individuals, gathered from around the world, to come together and do battle for the fate of humanity.

Inspiration

When thinking of a subject I wanted to write about I looked to inspiration from the stories that have excited me the most. Watchmen, the seminal work of comic legend Alan Moore, was probably the biggest influence. I wondered ‘what was beyond Watchmen?’ as in what if a superhero had continued to rule the fates of humanity as part of a greater plan would he be seen as saviour or demon?

I’m also very interested in grittier, more realistic and sometimes darker depictions of ‘heroes’ of any kind and whilst it’s sometimes criticised for having been en vogue for many years I still think there are unique stories in that style that are still to be told. Coupled with a love for over the top stylised action as is often seen in Japanese anime, it's fair to say these three things are very much the building blocks for Gods of Men.

Issue 1

This issue will be introducing the character of The Sentinel and setting the scene of this strange new world in which mankind is ruled from afar. By the end of the issue we will come to understand the type of 'hero' The Sentinel has grown to become and we meet the fighting team of everyday people with incredible powers assembled from around the world in order to take him down as they launch their first strike against him!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Characters

     The Sentinel 

 A once great hero whose early days saw him soar in glory as part of the first generation of super individuals to emerge from the planets diverse populace. After tragedy strikes, those once golden days became black as he came to be the last of his kind; with time and growing apathy it has slowly changed him into the despotic ruler he is today. Taking the name 'The Sentinel' he watches now from his palace on the moon preserving and destroying in accordance with some unknown great plan.

The Justice Force of Earth 

 A desperate coalition of nations has worked long to scour amongst its peoples those with signs of the super gene, this being the exhibiting of bio-kinetic abilities such as super-strength and speed as well as other specialist traits. Five such individuals have been found over time and slowly but surely built into a cohesive fighting force ready to take on Earth's unwelcome overlord. 

 

The second to youngest member of the team, Guardian hails from the African nation of Tanzantia, a newly formed democracy born of the ashes of old Tanzania after The Sentinel raised much of it to the ground. Guardians powers manifested only 6 months before his joining the team and along with strength and speed he is able to project his psi-shields for a very short amount of time. 

 

The team's leader, Stryker is a Lieutenant in the Nationalist Army of China and has been raised to be a fearless warrior by the military since being identified at a young age as one of the gifted. Her secondary power is the ability to create psi-blades from her fists which, as field tests have proven, are deadly tools on the battlefield. She is devoted to her country but at times finds the intense pressure placed on her too much to bare. 

 The almost giant-like Maximus is American born and bred and has been 'financially coerced' to be in the team. His size that matches his incredible strength is no coincidence and is a part bio-physical manifestation of his abilities but the often arrogant and loud muscle mountain is more than he lets on to those around him, with a side to him that only certain persons see. 

The youngest member of the team, Doppler is from the country of New Israel and is a reluctant member of the Justice Force, socialising little with the others outside of training hours. Her one true passion in life is to run and this is reflected in her ability to reach ultra-fast speeds, being hands-down the fastest of the team, and so long as she is allowed to indulge this passion she remains at the training facility. 

 The oldest Justice Force member, Visage is from the Kingdom of Brazil and was given the decision of remaining in jail or to serve on the team as his nations representative. Regardless of his past he displays a calm and collected manor during training exercises and often works well with the other members save for Maximus for whom each other seem to have developed a mutual enmity.

Creative Team

Writer - Michael Phoenix

http://www.michaelphoenix.co.uk

I've had an interest in the written word my whole life but it is only in recent years I've begun to find my footing and finally gather the momentum and stability in my life in order to more deeply explore this interest. You can find some of my starting prose work on my blog where I'm also slowly writing my sci-fi short story novella project "Infinity Chronicles" whilst practicing my short story writing across a range of genres.

Artist - Christian 'Cane Pazzo' Paris 

http://www.facebook.com/christianpariscanepazzo/

https://www.behance.net/canepazzo

Artist Christian Paris is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts (degree in comics and illustration) in Italy where he studied for many years with teachers such as David Messina who recently provided art for the revival of the iconic Rom Space Knight comic for Free Comic Book Day. Christian’s Art is dense and detailed and coupled with an excellent ability to realise script direction into thrilling black and white panels with innovative form and dynamic storytelling.

Colourist - Stefano Valentini

http://drclosure.deviantart.com/

Professional colourist since 2011, Stefano studied at the Academy of Fine Arts (degree in comics and illustration) in Novara, Italy. At first Stefano worked with local comic book artists then he helped international colourists, especially for the Zenescope series of comics. His most notable collaboration is with LRNZ and his comic Golem, published by Magnetic Press in America.

Colourist - Letterer - TBA - (Hopefully Robin Jones of Madius Comics!)

 

  • Your name featured on the rear cover as thanks for your support
  • Your name featured on the rear cover as thanks for your support
  • High resolution PDF copy of the comic for reading on any device
  • Your name featured on the rear cover as thanks for your support
  • High resolution PDF copy of the comic for reading on any device
  • Glorious full colour copy of the printed comic!
  • Your name featured on the rear cover as thanks for your support
  • High resolution PDF copy of the comic for reading on any device
  • Glorious full colour copy of the printed comic!
  • 2 A4 art prints of key pages from the first comic
  • Your name featured on the rear cover as thanks for your support
  • High resolution PDF copy of the comic for reading on any device
  • Glorious full colour copy of the printed comic!
  • 5 A4 art prints of the character concept art work
  • Your name featured on the rear cover as thanks for your support
  • High resolution PDF copy of the comic for reading on any device
  • Glorious full colour copy of the printed comic!
  • 2 A4 art prints of key pages from the first comic
  • 5 A4 art prints of the character concept art work
  • Your name featured on the rear cover as thanks for your support
  • High resolution PDF copy of the comic for reading on any device
  • Glorious full colour copy of the printed comic!
  • 2 A4 art prints of key pages from the first comic
  • 5 A4 art prints of the character concept art work
  • Choose one of 3 top level tier options. A. Receive a numbered edition of the prints and comic between 1-5. B.Be Immortalised in the comic as one of the background characters. C.Receive a completely unique short story set in the world of 'Gods Of Men' (minimum 1000 words).
  • A free Kickstarter exclusive A4 art print to all level 3+ backers of the project drawn by Christian Paris and coloured by Stefano.
  • I will write 5 short stories set in the world of 'Gods of Men' and collect them in a small printed document for all level 3+ backers.

Risks and challenges

Professionally I'm a marketing manager and well versed in estimating printing and associated costs as well as having managed numerous business projects from beginning to end.

There may be delays due to time required to complete artwork, colouring, lettering and then fitting in with the printing schedule, but our deadline allows us for time for this judged to the best of our abilities.

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    Both sets of posters, the A4 team concepts (5) + the A4 1st issue page prints (2) + all the previous tier rewards!

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    Limited Edition

    For the collectors, your edition of the comic and prints will be numbered with you receiving a random issue/print between 1 - 5!
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    Gods Immortal

    Be immortalised in Issue 1 of Gods of Men!
    Your face will be used for one of the background characters in the issue.
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    Fabled Legends

    You will receive an exclusive, 1000 word minimum, short story based on the world of GoM entirely unique for you.
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