The original run of cult hit comic Valerian getting a reprint ahead of Luc Besson's film

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May 4, 2017, 1:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks to be one of the most fascinating films of 2017, but want to see where it all started?

The film is based on the French sci-fi comic by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, and now Cinebook is gearing up to release a spiffy new hardcover collecting several volumes from the original run of the comic. It will include some never-translated sections, plus brand-new interviews and background material on the series. The comic series was first published in Pilote magazine and ran from 1967 to 2010. Just like Besson’s (The Fifth Element) film, it follows the adventures of two spatio-temporal agents as they zip around space and time. 

Here’s the official series description via Bleeding Cool:

This first volume of the collection contains books 1 and 2 of the series: The City of Shifting Waters – in its original two parts, 9 pages longer format – and The Empire of a Thousand Planets. It also includes book 0, Bad Dreams, translated into English for the first time: the very first adventures of our two heroes, published after City and retroactively numbered. Finally, linking the volumes of this collection together, a long, exclusive interview with the authors and director Luc Besson is illustrated with new art as well as numerous sketches, studies and photographs from the latter’s upcoming big-screen adaptation. 

The Valerian hardcover is set to hit shelves June 1, 2017.

Besson’s film adaptation opens July 21, 2017.

(Via Bleeding Cool)