I am a big fan of stories about the unexpected results of genetic manipulation. From Frankenstein to James Patterson's Angel Experiment series and Christine Feehan's GhostWalkers novels, I can't get enough of these stories that warn about the dark side of scientific experiments. So I was instantly intrigued when I learned about Oscar winning producer Aron Warner's newest project, Pariah, a series about genetically mutated teens.
Aron Warner made a name for himself with his work in the film industry. His name is attached to the film Shrek, for which he won an Academy Award. (Fun fact, this producer also voiced the Shrek character, Big Bad Wolf.) Warner was also involved in several other popular films including Antz, Tank Girl, True Lies, Titanic and the sixth Nightmare on Elm Street. However, for his new series Pariah, he's moved to a very different medium, graphic novels. Warner will be working with Sea Lion Books to publish Pariah, which is slated to be told as a set of twelve graphic novels.
The genetic mutation that Pariah focuses on is a group of teens that were all altered while in vitro. Warner says the concept for this series was born after he read an article on this type of genetic manipulation. While wondering about the unintended side effects Warner asked, “What would really happen if we faced versions of ourselves that could out think us at every step? Not superhuman or super powered just us, but way smarter." Of course, for the children of Warner's Pariah series, the results aren't pleasant. They are ostracized by society.
Says Sea Lion Books Executive Vice President and Publisher Derek Ruiz, "Aron has captured the essence of being a Pariah ... they are a Petri dish of innocent souls infinitely more intelligent than anyone else on Earth. Yet their creation and existence has left them shunned and condemned."
The series, which will be illustrated by Brett Weldele and written by Phillip Gelatt, is set to release this summer and I promise to keep you updated on its progress. Until then, enjoy this early look at the art of Pariah.