Star Trek/Doctor Who artist and Marvel Adventures writer team-up for creator-owned series, Behemoth, with MonkeyBrain Comics.
Artist J.K. Woodward is best known for a painted, realistic style used on hit books like IDW’s Star Trek/Doctor Who: Assimilation2, and Star Trek: Harlan Ellison’s City on the Edge of Forever. But on April 15th, he will be debuting a new, more impressionistic style on Behemoth, Woodward’s first creator-owned comic, co-created with writer Chris Kipiniak and published by MonkeyBrain Comics.
“I’ve always felt privileged to work on projects like X-Men, Doctor Who and Star Trek, and I’ve enjoyed great success hand painting them in a photo realistic style, but I felt it was time to try something different. I’ve been wanting to work on an original property like this and I also wanted to combine an ink wash with digital colors, so here it is; a new kind of story and a new art style. It’s a lot of firsts for me and I couldn’t be more excited.”
Behemoth follows Theresa, a girl who wakes up to find herself turning into a monster. After a fight with her mother turns violent, she is put into a camp with others who are going through the same transformation, and ultimately is forced into Project: Behemoth, where monsters from the camp are trained to undertake suicide-missions for the U.S. Government. As Theresa continues to become more of a monster physically, she also feels the same process happening mentally.
To writer Chris Kipiniak, that is what defines the comic. “J.K. and I talked about a few concepts when we discussed collaborating. The thing that excited us most about Behemoth was this idea that, while the main character’s body was changing, her mind would also be changing, and it would affect how she perceived the world. It gave us an opportunity to tell the story in a unique way, by letting the art evolve along with her changing mental state.”
“I first saw J.K.’s art on Peter David’s Fallen Angel,” says Chris. “His work always has a danger and a vibrancy that hums underneath the photo-realistic quality. With Behemoth, he’s letting that vibrancy come more to the surface and affect the look of the book.”
Chris is an actor and writer whose previous comics work has included stints at Marvel writing a Nightcrawler limited series, and issues of Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man. The two met in New York, introduced by a mutual friend who knew that both worked in comics and that both were looking for a collaborator.
“Working with Chris has been a blast. He’s a joy to collaborate with and I’ve been a fan of his 2001 Nightcrawler mini long before we even met. He’s at he top of his game with this script. The characters have really come alive for me and that helps make my work on the art all the more convincing.”
This is the first creator-owned property for both of them, and they are both very excited to be working with MonkeyBrain Comics.
“I love the way digital has changed the comics medium. From the moment I heard about MonkeyBrain and the creators involved with them, I knew this was where we wanted to be,” says Chris. “And the first page of J.K.’s art we showed them convinced them instantly.”
Behemoth is a four issue, monthly, digital series available through MonkeyBrain Comics. The first issue will be released Wednesday, April 15th.