Comicbook Preview: The Electric Sublime

Art history comes face-to-face with madness in the brand-new series from IDW this October, The Electric Sublime! Journey through iconic artwork that has defined genres and generations in a story that quite literally takes you behind the scenes, and offers a reading experience wholly unique to comics. This is comic books, imitating art, imitating life.

Written by Judas: The Last Days author W. Maxwell Prince with art by Martín Morazzo (The Great Pacific, Snowfall), The Electric Sublime joins the acclaimed creator-driven titles at IDW like Locke & Key, The Infinite Loop, and most recently, Satellite Falling.

“I had the absolute pleasure of working with W. Maxwell Prince as the editor for Judas: The Last Days,” said editor Tom Waltz. “It was during that time that I witnessed his insane literary genius firsthand. And now I get to watch him—alongside artist Martín Morazzo and colorist Mat Lopes—take that same insanity to all new spectacular levels. This is high art at its high octane best, no doubt about it!”

When a mysterious change in the composition of a famous painting begins poisoning the minds of its spectators, Margot Breslin—director of the Bureau of Artistic Integrity—must pull famed “art detective” Arthur Brut out of a mental institution and back into the insanity that sent him there in the first place.

“As far as I can tell, art is one of the primary ways by which we come to understand our relationship with the world,” Mr. Prince said. “It’s often through art that certain valves inside us are opened up, and we come to know ourselves better. So I wanted to make a comic that speaks to that—something about what it’s like to be changed, for better and worse, by beautiful creations.”

In addition to Morazzo’s stunning artwork, the series will feature variant covers by incredible artists Frazier Irving, Stephanie Hans, Brendan McCarthy, and more to be announced. Look for the debut issue in stores this October, and if you’re attending San Diego Comic Con, grab a free ashcan of the first issue at the IDW booth, #2743.

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