In 2005 -- Armor X!
Keith Champagne and Andy Smith Launch a New
years, Keith Champagne has been doing a great job inking
some of my favorite books, including Starman and JSA. Recently
he branched out into writing, penning one of the final issues
of The Legion. In that dark tale, Champagne gave us a taste
of the 31st century version of Green Lantern foes the Weaponers
of Qward, as well as determined the final fate of Wildfire...at
least until Mark Waid and Barry Kitson reboots the whole
thing in a couple of months. It was a concise and creepy
story that proved this guy is more than just a pretty pen
and brush. He can write!
and I occasionally run in the same circles, and when he
mentioned that he had a new book coming out from Image,
I offered (begged, whined, define it how you will) to give
him a space to preview it here on Fanboy Planet.
he accepted, and this weekend sent over a preview of the
cover image with a description of his new project with artist
Andy Smith (Green Lantern, Hawkman, The First and -- yes,
Valiant fans -- X-O Manowar). But I'll let him tell it...
ARMOR X is the story of CARSON DEEDS, a
seventeen-year old kid with problems who stumbles across
a mysterious suit of high tech armor that makes him the
most powerful person in the world.
In school, Carson is the kid that no one
talks to unless they’re picking on him. Too smart
to fit in with his classmates, he’s a loner who long
ago convinced himself that having no friends was his choice,
not a result of the fact that none of the kids in his school
If the year was 1964 and Stan Lee was creating
Carson Deeds, he’d have a lot in common with Peter
Parker. Both are teenagers that come from broken homes.
Both are intellectually gifted beyond their years. Neither
fits in well with their peers at school.
But Peter Parker was created in a time where,
after a day of being picked on in school, he’d go
home to a warm glass of milk, a hug from Aunt May, and a
night spent playing with his microscope.
Carson Deeds is reflective of a time where,
all too often, emotionally troubled teens mutilate their
own arms with razor blades or create homemade Nitroglycerin
with instructions downloaded from the Internet.
Or rampage through their schools in cold
blooded murdering sprees.
Carson Deeds isn’t emotionally mature
enough to drive a car, let alone wield the most powerful
suit of armor in the world.
is exactly the reason why the armor chooses to be found
ARMOR X is written by Keith Champagne, pencilled and inked
by Andy Smith, Lettered by Charles Pritchett and colored
by Rick Hiltbrunner.
The book is being produced by ATP Comics and published by
Image. It'll be listed in the December previews and the
first issue, PROM NIGHT, is in stores in February.
we get closer to the release date, Keith will funnel a bit
more of Smith's gorgeous art our way, and we'll be doing
an interview to delve deeper into the secrets of Armor X.