Saturday, December 01, 2007

I Am Legend: Awakening

Will Smith, who saved us from aliens (twice) and robots, is set to fight off vampiric savages in the most recent film adaption of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend. This might be the closest we get to see The Fresh Prince take it to some zombie hordes.

In prep for this oddly-themed holiday blockbuster (seriously, this big-budget, monster-ridden, Smith-vehicle has summer popcorn flick written all over it) every bus and bill board in the country is plastered with a post-apocalyptic skyline poster. Additionally, the online ad campaign is ramping up. There's the movie's cryptic website, a Second Life multi-player game, and a beautifully and eerily animated series of shorts from a comic book distributed at Comic-Con 07. I'm trying to get one off eBay.



The book, called I Am Legend: Awakening, consists of five separate stories that document the start of the outbreak. Stories one, two, and four are viewable on the movie's site. Written and illustrated by different artists, including Matheson himself, they provide different facets of the failing struggle against humanities collapse. Stories four, "Sacrificing the Few for the Many," and three, "Isolation," have been made into elegant and violent animated shorts. They aren't embedded here because they really deserve to be watched in HD on Apple's site (linked above). Episode three was just released last week and I'm hoping as the feature film's December 14th release date approaches the remaining stories will also be posted.

This is not the first time Matheson's I Am Legend has gotten an illustrated treatment. Steve Niles, who also wrote the first story in the Awakening series, wrote a comprehensive graphic novel adaptation of I Am Legend back in 1991. I'm still working my way through Kirkman's excellent The Walking Dead series, but I might jump over the check out Matheson's and Niles's works before the movie drops.

4 comments:

husqvarna said...

those are freakin awesome i want the book so bad. do you know when it comes out by any chance?

husqvarna said...

those are freakin awesome i want the book so bad. do you know when it comes out by any chance?

mikedymike said...

the book came out like 50 years ago

mikedymike said...

but yes the book was excellent, even though it did have some very old vocabulary, it was very good none the less.