Preview: Rick Remender’s ‘Devolution’

Dynamite signs Marvel's high-profile Uncanny Avengers scribe for some new grindhouse sci-fi.

Andy Hunsakerby Andy Hunsaker

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One of the bigger announcements coming out of New York Comic-Con was the fact that Rick Remender, who is currently King Shinola over at Marvel with the premiere book Uncanny Avengers, and not to mention taking over Captain America, has also signed with Dynamite Entertainment to produce some original work in the form of Devolution, with artist Paul Renaud.

"Devolution is a return to the pulp/grindhouse science fiction I built my career on starting with Fear Agent (and that's also infused Venom, Secret Avengers, and Uncanny X-Force)," says Remender.  "I came up with Devolution around the same time as Fear Agent and it's been percolating for years. It's incredibly fulfilling finally to be able to dive in with super talent Paul Renaud.  He's a tremendously gifted and intelligent collaborator.  I wouldn't have done the series without Paul and I appreciate Nick and Dynamite being so patient while we waited for the planets-and schedules-to align and make this project possible.  Joining us will be my Fear Agent colorist Lee Loughridge and letterer Rus Wooton, longtime friends and collaborators who I respect and trust.  I'm also blown away by the artists Nick has lined up for the covers as well, ranging, in alphabetical order, from Jae Lee to Alex Ross to Ryan Sook:  The series will be loaded with A-list talent.  We've got a very exciting story to tell with a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth."

"Devolution is a dream project Rick Remender and I have been talking about for five years or so now," adds Renaud.  "From our early talks about our mutual love for the EC comics and adventure comics of the 50's, it grew into a larger template where we could actually show the whole world as an hostile deadly force. As such it has become the major player in the story. After more than two hundred covers for more comics than I could name, I finally told Nick Barrucci I was really into going back to drawing a book, and doing that with Rick is exactly what I needed. Nick and Dynamite had been very excited about doing that project from the start many moons ago, and he's played a major role into setting the whole thing in motion. We all knew such a book would require the best of us, and making this happening now is just a blast."

 

Check out this art from Renaud for Devolution, featuring a cover by Jae Lee.

 

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