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POLAR VOLUME 0: THE BLACK KAISER
With this title, Dark Horse will release next March the original graphic novel with the Black Kaiser´s first apparition. This book was published in 2008 in Spain and I recovered the rights recently. The people from the original publisher nicely offered me to renew the rights but I prefered to collect the works of this same character under the same umbrela.
And I must say: The question of rights (having another Black Kaiser out of continuity playing around far from Dark Horse) was a little pain in the ass.
I have been restoring, cleaning, correcting… Just trying to fix things I think they look terrible. Simply I wanted a Black Kaiser part of the Polar books, in a narrative and visual level.
In the narrative level I wrote again a lot of stuff. And I cut dialogues. A lot of them. Too much chit-chat. The story was told in first person by Kaiser himself in a very “I´m so cool and tough” style really weird if you know this stark and silent character today. So I changed the weight of the narration to another character.
In the visual level I corrected border panels, lines, drew again little things and added grey and red tones to integrate it with the Polar books aesthetics.
And one detail you surely detected: Why did I erase the logo of the patch?
Well, that logo doesn´t appears in the Polar books… After reading again this first story I found it silly… It´s like that Milhouse scene in the Treehouse of Horror Vol. X:
“I don't think the real Radioactive Man wears a plastic smock with a picture of himself on it.”
Polar volume 0: The Black Kaiser appears in the Previews solicitations this month with the code NOV180251
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More stuff about this book and the upcoming The Kaiser Falls in next newsletters!
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