Introducing ARCBOUND: A Bold New Sci-Fi Saga Crafted by the Legendary Trio of Scott Snyder, Frank Tieri, and Ryan Smallman in Creative Collaboration with Tom Hardy
By Staff Reports
Arcbound Studios is proud to announce the highly anticipated launch of ARCBOUND – a groundbreaking new twelve-issue limited series born from a special collaboration amongst world-renowned creators: Eisner award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Scott Snyder (Batman, Justice League), comic titan Frank Tieri (Wolverine, Deadpool), and acclaimed artist Ryan Smallman (Fortnite, Marvel) – with Oscar-nominated actor and producer Tom Hardy (Venom, Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max) serving as a Creative Collaborator for the series’ inaugural season. Together, they’ve crafted an immersive and bold new sci-fi fantasy epic that sets out to explore what it truly means to be human in a world where the boundaries of technology and identity blur.
In a future where Earth has become a barren wasteland, the formidable corporatocracy, Zynitec, harnesses the unmatched energy of Kronium to assert its dominion across the stars. The ARCBOUND series chronicles the journey of Kai, a resolute Mediator Captain, tasked with maintaining Zynitec’s lifeline to Kronium. However, as he grapples with the morality of his role, revelations about Zynitec’s dubious past thrust him into a poignant quandary: to remain loyal to the empire or to confront the forces that molded him into a tool of oppression.
At its core, the ARCBOUND series explores a future dominated by technology, where AI reigns and humans can choose their own corporeal forms – delving deep into the essence of humanity, the true meaning of identity, the price of advancement, and the ever-enduring question: Where does our identity reside when our very form can be altered at will?
To the creative team behind it, ARCBOUND isn’t just another comic; it’s a pioneering venture that aims to reshape the sci-fi landscape by building an entirely new world, story, and mosaic of characters that not only entertain, but also challenge and inspire.
Scott Snyder is a celebrated and Eisner award-winning author, renowned for his transformative work on iconic characters such as Batman and Justice League with DC Comics. His storytelling often delves into the darker, more psychological corners of the superhero psyche, pushing boundaries and offering fresh, nuanced takes on classic tales. Snyder’s ability to combine heart-pounding action with profound character development has solidified his reputation as a master of modern comic book narrative.
“ARCBOUND is set apart not just by its original concept and narrative, but also by the team that’s breathing life into it. Frank is one of the best storytellers I know. His imaginative talent is amazing, but he’s also an incredible structuralist. Ryan’s style is so kinetic, so full of energy and passion. And Tom has been responsible for bringing some of my favorite characters to life on the screen – he’s a true creative force. So, having the chance to work with all three of them in building a world and story of this scope…it’s hugely exciting. Because ARCBOUND is not just a comic; it’s a narrative expression reflecting our times.” – Scott Snyder, ARCBOUND Co-Creator & Co-Writer
Frank Tieri is a highly regarded writer in the comic book industry, famed for infusing his narratives with a unique blend of dark humor and gritty realism, most notably in character-defining runs for popular characters like Wolverine, Deadpool, and the Punisher. Known for his work on titles such as “Harley Quinn,” “Ravencroft,” and “Red Sonja,” Tieri consistently captivates readers by navigating through various genres and styles with his uniquely engaging and versatile storytelling.
“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to collaborate with Scott, Ryan, and Tom in building this vast universe from the ground up, embedding within it an epic tale that is as entertaining as it is thought-provoking. ARCBOUND is not only a grand space opera; we’re unfolding a narrative that challenges, questions, and introspects into the very core of our existence, compelling readers to ponder the meaning of humanity, the prices we pay as a society, and ultimately, to evaluate— is it all truly worth it?” – Frank Tieri, ARCBOUND Co-Creator & Co-Writer
Tom Hardy is An Oscar-nominated actor and producer, acclaimed for his versatile range of character-driven roles in films such as “Venom,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” and “Mad Max.” He joins Scott, Frank, and Ryan as a Creative Collaborator for the inaugural season, with a special emphasis on character development in the ARCBOUND universe.
“I’ve always been drawn to the creative process in all aspects of storytelling – and with comics, I find it’s a fascinating playground to explore. A place where as long as you have a great creative team and the ability to illustrate, write, and discuss – you can build epic worlds together. Worlds you have the distinct freedom to shape, modify, redefine, dismantle and rebuild without the constraints of limited budgets and resources. The canvas is limitless, a vast expanse to explore the human condition, character depth, and boundless realms, all only limited by our collective imagination. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work alongside such industry legends as Scott, Frank, and Ryan in helping to bring the ARCBOUND universe to life. They have created an epic world that is as exciting to explore for those who enjoy comics as it is for those who create them.” – Tom Hardy, ARCBOUND Creative Collaborator
Ryan Smallman, celebrated for his distinctive artistry in the comic book landscape, has brought to life iconic stories for giants like “Fortnite” and “Marvel.” With a keen eye for detail and an innate ability to capture intense emotion, Smallman’s illustrations consistently resonate with audiences, making him a sought-after talent in both the gaming and comic realms.
“I really believe we’re creating something completely new with the Arcbound series. Having the opportunity to bring new characters and worlds to life along with Tom, Scott and Frank has been extremely fulfilling. Their ideas are brilliant and the world we’re building is on such an enormous scale, this is truly just the beginning.” – Ryan Smallman, ARCBOUND Co-Creator & Artist
With visuals characterized by expressive lines and dynamic perspectives, the artistry of Ryan Smallman ensures ARCBOUND is a visual delight. The series also promises variant covers by industry maestros like Ryan Ottley, Clay Mann, Tyler Kirkham, and Dan Panosian.
“The debut of ARCBOUND is a proud moment for us all. Bringing together this brilliant team and working alongside friends has been nothing short of transformative. Their combined creativity has given life to a story that resonates deeply, and I’m thrilled to share our collaborative magic with the world.” – Nick Rose, CEO of Arcbound Studios
The journey of ARCBOUND will officially debut Thursday, October 12 at New York Comic-Con, where attendees will have an opportunity to get an advanced look at the series as an Ashcan edition printed specifically for the show. Copies of this limited-edition ashcan will be available at the Arcbound Booth (#3063).
ARCBOUND #1 will be available in stores March 2024.
To learn more about ARCBOUND, visit: arcbound.io