31st Jan2017

First look at Jeff Lemire’s ‘Royal City’

by Phil Wheat

Image Comics have released interior artwork from Royal City, a new ongoing monthly series written and illustrated by New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lemire (Descender, Sweet Tooth), which is set to launch in March 2017. Royal City promises to be a sprawling, serialized graphic novel that will chart the lives, loves, and losses of a troubled family and a vanishing town across three decades.

From the press release:

Royal City follows Patrick Pike, a fading literary star who reluctantly returns to the once-thriving factory town where he grew up and is quickly drawn back into the dramas of his two adult siblings, his overbearing mother and his brow-beaten father, all of whom are still haunted by different versions of his youngest brother, Tommy, who drowned decades ago.

“Royal City is the first ongoing series that I have both written and drawn since Sweet Tooth and it’s definitely my most ambitious and personal project to date,” said Lemire. The book will combine grounded family drama with a healthy dose of magical realism and mystery, much like my previous books Essex County and The Underwater Welder. I can’t wait for Royal City to launch in March!”

As each member of the family struggles to keep themselves above water, it quickly becomes clear that Tommy’s death isn’t the only dark secret tearing the town, and this family, apart at the seams. Can each member of the Pike family come to terms with their own guilt over Tommy’s death, and make peace with the many versions of Tommy that still haunt them, or will they all be dragged down below the river along with his lingering ghost?

Royal City #1 hits stores on Wednesday March 1st, courtesy of Image Comics.

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