For fans of series cancelled before their time (at least, in the minds of the storytellers and the fans), this Revolution digital comic book is great news. I can think of half a dozen TV series off the top of my head, maybe even a bakers dozen, that would be a joy to see have new life in a comic series. If this is the new trend (instead of from comic to screen, but from screen to comic), bring it on.
For those unaware, Revolution ended after two seasons on NBC in May of 2014, but fans have been clamoring ever since to see it brought back somewhere else (Netflix is always the go-to these days, since they have a habit of resurrecting series, but there are plenty of other options, like even Yahoo!Screen, who recently took on Community).
Though the show will not be returning to TV, it will wrap up its stories in a four-chapter digital comic book that will be released through DC Comics. The distribution will be, fittingly, episodic, with the first chapter being release Monday, May 4th, with subsequent chapters coming every two weeks afterwards.
You can read all of the details below in the press release from Warner Bros. And congratulations, Revolution fans — you didn’t get exactly what you wanted, but you are getting some closure, which is more than most of us can say for the shows we’ve loved and lost too soon.
BURBANK, CA (April 15, 2015) — Fans of the Warner Bros. Television series Revolution, which ended a two-year run on NBC in May 2014, are going to get a resolution to the show’s storylines that were left open-ended in the final broadcast episode.
In response to passionate fan efforts to revive the show, the entire creative team behind the series — including executive producers Eric Kripke, J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Rockne S. O’Bannon and Jon Favreau — regrouped to create a special four-chapter digital comic book with DC Comics that will serve to continue and ultimately resolve the adventures last seen in Revolution’s second season finale.
Revolution writers David Reed and Ryan Parrott handled the writing duties of the digital comic’s four chapters, after breaking the story in the writers’ room along with the rest of the Revolution creative team, which included Kripke, O’Bannon, Paul Grellong, David Rambo, Trey Callaway, Anne Cofell Saunders, Ben Edlund, Matt Pitts and Jim Barnes. A photo of the team at work on the digital comic, along with a special guest who fans will recognize, can be seen here.
Illustrated by DC Comics’ artist Angel Hernandez, each of the four separate digital chapters will also have a specially designed cover, and will roll out every two weeks beginning Monday, May 4. A sneak peek at three of the illustrated Revolution characters — Charlie Matheson, Miles Matheson and Sebastian Monroe — can be seen here.
The four chapters will each be debuting exclusively on www.ComicBook.com for one week before being made available for viewing on Revolution’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Revolution. Fans can also use the #RevolutionComic hashtag on Twitter to find out more information about the digital comic.
Here is the rollout schedule for each chapter on www.ComicBook.com:
- Chapter 1 – Monday, May 4
- Chapter 2 – Monday, May 18
- Chapter 3 – Monday, June 1
- Chapter 4 – Monday, June 15
Revolution creator/executive producer Eric Kripke had this message for fans regarding the digital comic:
April 15, 2015
Dear Revolutionaries, Patriots, and Soldiers of the Monroe Militia,
So first of all—thank you. Seriously. Sincerely. The loyalty you’ve shown REVOLUTION these past months has been touching and overwhelming—it’s meant more to me than you’ll ever know. And in case you were wondering—yes, we’ve been listening. We’ve read the tweets. We’ve seen the incredible petition. We’ve followed #RelocateRevolution. Please know that you’ve been heard.
And solely because of your efforts, we wanted to pay you back—to give you something fantastic. And while, unfortunately, we simply can’t make more episodes of the show (alas, there are financial realities we can’t overcome), we can do the next best thing. Which is end the story. On our terms. Exactly the way we would have.
So J.J., Jon and I are pleased and proud to announce the REVOLUTION endgame: a four-issue series coming soon from DC Comics. If you take a look at the attached photo, you’ll see that we brought back the entire writing staff to work on it. The band’s back together! (And if you study the photo closely, you’ll notice a certain young, plucky Matheson who also joined us). Everyone has generously agreed to work for little or no money. They’re doing it, because like you, they’re passionate about this story and want to see it end correctly.
So stay tuned. We’ve got lots of work to do. We’ll keep you posted—in the coming months, you can expect more details, sneak peeks, and early artwork. But Miles, Monroe, Rachel, Charlie, Aaron, Neville and the rest will return for the epic finale to the REVOLUTION storyline. We hope you’re as excited as we are.
And again—thank you. This is because of you. This is for you.
From J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Supernatural’s Eric Kripke and Warner Bros. Television, Revolution was a post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama series that centered around one family’s struggle to survive 15 years after a mysterious worldwide blackout. Created by Eric Kripke and executive produced by Kripke, Abrams, Bryan Burk, Rockne S. O’Bannon and Jon Favreau, the series was produced by Bonanza Productions in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television.