One of the brightest talents in comics in the last 10 years is Ethan Young. His graphic novel Nanjing: The Burning City tells the powerful, harrowing story of two abandoned Chinese soldiers trying to escape the city after the Japanese army occupied the Chinese capital of Nanjing in the second Sino-Japanese War.
Dark Horse recently collected the entire run of Young's autobiographical web comic, Tails, for which he won a 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award for in 2007, in an omnibus, Life Between Panels: The Complete Tails Omnibus. SYFY WIRE is able to present concept art for the release of the latest volume of his science fiction graphic novel series, The Battles of Bridget Lee Volume 2: The Miracle Child.
The first volume, which came out in 2016, introduces readers to the title character of Bridget Lee, a former military medic now on the frontlines against the invasion of the Marauders at the outpost of Farfall. She lost her husband to the war several years prior and still struggles with the loss and tends to the orphaned children and elderly but leads a resistance effort against Half-Face, a prominent leader of the Marauders.
In Volume 2, Bridget Lee is brought back to the battlefield where her husband died where she discovers that the Marauders have put a target on her back, but she's been tasked to protect a child that's been born of blood from a human and the Krak'uu, and comes in contact with a group with a plan to take the fight to their alien oppressors.
Young shared some key conceptual art for the new story with SYFY WIRE, along with some commentary about these new characters.
"Bridget Lee needed a villain that was her antithesis. Where Bridget is reserved and methodical, Redback is a physical force that is imposing from the first appearance."
"Another character who I introduced to offer a different approach than Bridget. Like Bridget, Reva is a survivor and warrior, but is more concerned with the welfare of her crew than the war being waged."
"In the first volume, we showed readers the Hopper, which was a vehicular mech. In this second volume, I wanted a more anthropomorphic, battle-ready mech to punch up the action scenes a bit more."
SYFY WIRE spoke to young at this past C2E2 where he discusses Bridget Lee and Dark Horse Comics release of Life Between Panels: The Complete Tails Omnibus. Check out the video below at the 4:59:00 mark.