WASTELAND #60, the double-sized epilogue and final issue of the series, goes on sale this week.
‘Before and After Science’ tells the story of what happened just a few years after the Big Wet, as Marcus roams the wasteland searching for his destiny; and deep in a bunker, a certain scientist builds a certain talking machine…
A young man called Marcus wanders the desert, following the call to A-Ree-Yass-I… but what he does there will echo through the world for years. And decades later, a familiar tale will begin.
This is the final capstone on the epic story of WASTELAND, bringing everything full circle. Making it has brought on a cascade of mixed emotions for both myself and Chris; from painful to cathartic to satisfying, and just about everything in between. I talk more about that in the afterword of issue #60 itself. Spoilers: it was all worth it.
With this final issue, we’re also releasing the final song on the WASTELAND Original Soundtrack, ‘I Recall’.
That completes the album of songs I’ve been making to accompany the book since 2006 (!) and you can now buy a high-quality version of the entire soundtrack on Bandcamp. The album purchase includes two bonus tracks, a booklet PDF, unlimited streaming, and high-quality lossless audio formats to download.
I’ve spent the last six months remixing, re-sequencing, and re-recording guitar parts on most of the songs, to make them suitable for high-quality audio. So if you haven’t listened in a while, give it a whirl.
(If you don’t want to buy the album, fear not; you’ll always be able to listen to MP3s for free at thebigwet.com.)
WASTELAND #59 goes on sale this week. (Yes, on Christmas Eve…!)
‘Black Planet’ is the final part of the final story arc. The Big Wet’s secrets have been revealed; but will anyone survive to pass them on? And what does it all mean, anyway? Or, to put it another way:
Rocks fall. Everybody dies.
…Well, maybe not everybody.
This is what we’ve been leading towards, what we’ve been building up to, all these years. It’s pretty cathartic.
But! While this is the final issue of the story arc, it’s not the final issue of the series. Issue #60, ‘Before and After Science‘, will be a double-length epilogue issue that caps everything off with the tale of a young man named Marcus; a scientist locked in a bunker; and a certain talking machine…
WASTELAND #58 goes on sale this week.
‘Killed by Death’ is the penultimate issue of our final story arc, as the world teeters on the brink of disaster, and the shadow of the Big Wet looms over humanity:
THE FINAL CONFLICT IS HERE! It’s the mother of all battles, to make it through the Big Wet! Who will survive, and what will be left of them?
(If you’ve been following this final arc, you’ll have noticed that the solicits have become more and more vague over time. If you’re actually reading the arc from month to month… well, I think you’ll understand why.)
WASTELAND #57 goes on sale this week.
‘Ash & Debris’ continues the book’s final story arc with a major episode, as the Big Wet draws ever closer:
THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT! A hundred years ago, the Big Wet destroyed civilization. Now, at last, the truth can be revealed, as an ancient power awakes to remind mankind of its weakness… and to take back the Children!
Regular readers may also have noticed that there was no new song for the WASTELAND Official Soundtrack at the start of this story arc. My fault entirely; my workload was a bit crazy, and I was focusing on scripting the very final issues of the series.
(Yes, penultimate. There’ll be one more track to close out the series, working title “Fire”, and it’ll be available when we publish issue #60 early next year. We’ll then compile everything into a proper CD-like download.)
WASTELAND #56 goes on sale this week.
‘The Cry of Mankind’ continues the book’s final story arc, as the countdown to the Big Wet continues, and the scream of a hundred children is heard around the world:
As the last-ever WASTELAND story arc continues, Michael, Abi, and Thomas learn more about the past, their father… and even the inhuman truth about Sand-Eaters! The world speeds toward disaster, and an ancient power is awakened!
You can read a preview of the issue at Comic Book Resources.
WASTELAND #56 is available from all good comic stores, with the order code MAY141503. As always, digital readers can find it at Comixology.
WASTELAND #55 goes on sale this week.
‘Blood of Eden’ continues the book’s final story arc, revealing more secrets about the origin of the Children… and their father.
Michael, Abi, and Thomas continue to discover the truth about the world before the Big Wet — a world on the brink of disaster! Will the arctic team’s discovery help them save the world… or bring about their doom?
You can read a preview of the issue at Comic Book Resources.
WASTELAND #55 is available from all good comic stores, with the order code APR141290. As always, digital readers can find it at Comixology.
WASTELAND #54 goes on sale this week.
‘Ice Cold Man’ is the second part of our final story arc, in which Michael, Abi, and Thomas venture into the dark underground of A-Ree-Yass-I to finally uncover the truth about The Big Wet.
Michael, Abi, and Thomas explore the mysterious shaft — and find more than they could have ever expected! Unearthing the secrets of A-Ree-Yass-I will take everything they have, but at last the truth will be found… and the story of The Big Wet can be told!
WASTELAND #54 is available from all good comic stores, with the order code FEB141361. Digital readers can, as always, buy it from Comixology.
WASTELAND #53 goes on sale this week.
‘Breath of Ghosts’ is the first part of the final WASTELAND story arc, and sees the return of Chris Mitten to monthly duties.
It’s the ultimate adventure for Michael and Abi, in every sense of the word. From here it’s full steam ahead to issue #59, before we close out the series with the issue #60 epilogue.
CHRISTOPHER MITTEN RETURNS to draw the concluding story arc of this truly epic saga! Michael, Abi, and Thomas have found The Golden Sea, just as the Oracle predicted. But will it lead them to A-Ree-Yass-I? And if it does, what will they find? Questions will be answered, secrets revealed… and not everyone will get out alive!
You can read a preview of the issue on Comic Book Resources.
WASTELAND #53 is available from all good comic stores, with the order code JAN141262. Digital readers can, as always, buy it from Comixology.
Bumper week this Wednesday, with three new releases:
First up is THE FUSE #2, continuing the first case and story arc, ‘The Russia Shift’.
The reception to THE FUSE #1 has been amazing, far beyond what any of us expected.
So we’ve gone back to print on issue #1, and we’re overprinting two thousand copies of issue #2. Once again, if your retailer is sold out, please tell them to re-order with confidence. We’re doing everything we can to ensure anyone who wants a copy can get one.
You can read a preview of the issue on the book’s Tumblr, and the order code is JAN140590.
Next up is WASTELAND #52, ‘The Virus of Life’, which is our final one-shot interlude issue.
And because it’s the last one, it’s not like previous interludes. Instead of taking us to somewhere else from the past of WASTELAND, this issue instead looks to the future; following the branching paths of life to see just what happened to all the people whose lives Michael and Abi touched.
This issue also sees the return of my friend, collaborator, and co-creator Chris Mitten to WASTELAND, to finish us out right through till issue #60. It’s going to be awesome.
You can read a six-page preview of the issue on Tumblr, and the order code is DEC131232.
Finally, we have WASTELAND BOOK 09: A Thousand Lies, which is the final Newbegin arc of our epic story (and the final WASTELAND issues illustrated by Justin Greenwood, artist and co-creator of THE FUSE):
The beginning of the end! Marcus has long dreamed that “everything ends in fire,” but even he didn’t expect this! As the city prepares to face his mysterious father, a cabal of his closest advisors plots to assassinate Marcus… but the Lord Founder has a few secrets of his own, and their revelation will bring the city to its knees!
The comic store order code for Book 09 is NOV131167, and the ISBN is 978-1620101186.
All of the above books are of course available from any comic store, and the WASTELAND collection is also available from better book stores. Digital readers can find everything on Comixology.
If you follow me on Tumblr, you also know that we sold out of those extra copies within a week. Which was pretty crazy, and probably meant there were still readers out there who weren’t able to get a copy.
So if that’s you, don’t despair; we’ve decided to go back to press for a 2nd printing of THE FUSE #1 after all. It’ll go on sale April 2nd, and you can pre-order your copy by giving your retailer the order code JAN148309.
Before then, I’ll be appearing at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. My first time in the Pacific north-west (which is kind of crazy, considering how many of my friends and colleagues are based there, not to mention my love of grunge-era Seattle metal bands…) and I’m looking forward to finally getting there a great deal.
I’ll be sharing a spot in artist’s alley with my FUSE co-creator Justin Greenwood, at Table F-07, and I’ve also been invited on to a writer’s panel. More details on that closer to the time.
If you can’t wait that long to hear me gab on about comics, you can listen to Issue #30 of the Comic Corner podcast, on which I was a guest and rambled at length about things like the recent explosion of sci-fi comics, why I write female protagonists, my theory on the fantasy genre in comics, and more. It’s a good one.
It’s fair to say I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so emotional as it turned out for me, but I guess when you’ve been writing a single character for 8 years — even if only for 800 words at a time! — you form an attachment. I’ll miss Ankya, and her intrepid travels.