First look at sci-fi comic Brilliant Trash, from Nightwing’s Tim Seeley

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Aug 15, 2017

After shepherding the revitalization of Nightwing at DC Comics, Tim Seeley has lined up a new indie project at AfterShock — and it should definitely be of interest for sci-fi fans.

Dubbed Brilliant Trash, the series is written by Seeley (Grayson, Nightwing, Hack/Slash), with art by Priscilla Petraites. It picks up in the wake of a super-powered teenage girl wiping out Jerusalem, and tells the story of an American dystopia where a click-bait “journalist” stumbles upon the keys to a med-tech conspiracy that could turn people into gods. But will anyone actually believe her when she breaks the story?

It’s a fascinating pitch, mashing up a whole lot of ideas that have been ripped from the headlines, with some wide swings into full-on sci-fi fare. If anyone can pull it off, it’s Seeley. His genre-busting run on Grayson was one of the best Dick Grayson stories ever told, and his tenure on Nightwing has been fantastic as a straight-up superhero story.

Here’s what Seeley had to say about the project:

“Brilliant Trash is the kind of sci-fi we don't see that often in comics. It's not a far off planet or the distant future. There are no ships and no aliens.  It's the story of the 'word of tomorrow,' torn directly from the headlines, about an America that might be waiting for us. It's cautionary, but it's also action packed and fun.. It's a cyberpunk superhero story pulling inspiration from William Gibson, Robocop and the social media- fake news-superhero-obsessed world we live in…

I think the art by Priscilla Petraites and Marco Lesko will really grab people. This is her first U.S. work, and she's doing really beautiful work. The world that Brilliant Trash takes place in is really well established visually...it's a dirtier, messier, more visually polluted version of our own, and we get to see our lead, Kennedy Avis running her ass off through its grimy underbelly. BT is a fusion of a lot of genres, because our own world is quickly becoming a crazy ass story in its own right.”

The first issue of Brilliant Trash hits comic shops in November.

In the meantime, check out some sample pages below and let us know what you think: