Following in the footsteps of Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine, and Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria, Say Anything’s Max Bemis is making the jump from musician to comic creator. In conjunction with BOOM! Studios, whose other properties include ‘2 Guns’ and ‘Insurrection’, both of which are being adapted into feature films, Bemis is releasing a four-issue limited series titled ‘Polarity’.
According to Property of Zack, this series written by the indie rocker will feature art from up and coming artist Jorge Coelho and will follow an artist named Timothy Woods, who is “a bipolar artist stuck in the world of hipsters, meaningless sex, and vain art — better known as Brooklyn.” Here’s the synopsis for the series:
After he survives a near fatal car accident, Timothy discovers that his mental instability is more than just a disorder, and that his bipolar medication hasn’t just been subduing depression and uncontrollable mania…it’s been suppressing his super powers! Now it’s time for Timothy to stand up to his disease alongside an onslaught of wretched human villainy as he finally finds his place in the world.
Based loosely on his own life and his struggles with mental health problems, Bemis described ‘Polarity’ to USA Today as “the fusion of a Woody Allen movie and Spider-Man, but pretty dark as well”. In the press release to promote the series’ release, he revealed that the story of his comic stemmed from his idea for a musical that eventually became his band’s awesome first record, ‘…Is A Real Boy’:
“I think fans of my music in particular will be excited that the roots of POLARITY lie in the story that I created for the musical that never was, but became the blueprint for our first record …IS A REAL BOY. In many ways, this is that same story, told through a different medium.”
In addition to creating the comic, Bemis also created a four-song EP of new, original songs to accompany the books as a soundtrack. Each issue comes with a free download code to download the issue’s corresponding song.
This series seems like it could be a very interesting one to check out. I’m especially interested because I tried to create a comic once with music involved, but it didn’t actually work out. I’m sure Max Bemis’ go at it is probably much better than mine though.
What do you think about the Say Anything singer’s foray into comics? Are you planning on checking it out? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Polarity’ #1 hits shelves at your local comic book retailers in April.