On Wednesday, November 28th, Action Lab Entertainment’s Danger Zone imprint will release the first trade paperback (collecting issues 1-5) of ABERRANT, a truly filmic fit of comicsosity. It’s the obvious brainchild of a creator who has for years been penning smart, testosterone-driven action movies for some of Hollywood’s biggest directors, folks like J.J. Abrams, Ridley Scott, Justin Lin, F. Gary Gray, John Woo, and Luc Besson.
The story follows David, a U.S. Army Special Operations Commander who, distraught after losing his entire unit to a superhuman attack, wages an absolutely brutal one-man war on the eccentric billionaire and former superhero, Lance Cordrey, whom he believes is ultimately responsible. That is until Nelson Little, the head of a clandestine paramilitary outfit called Article 13, presents David with evidence that Cordrey may be a patsy, and David’s men were killed as part of a vast and twisted government/military conspiracy.
Creator Rylend Grant describes ABERRANT as a modern political/conspiracy thriller in the vein of Michael Clayton or Enemy of the State that explores how the United States’ military and geopolitical agenda would necessarily change if superpowered individuals (the “aberrant”) walked among us. He gleefully refers to his book as the karmic cousin of groundbreaking 70’s mindbenders like The Conversation and Marathon Man.
“ABERRANT is a military-slanted Three Days of the Condor,” says Grant with a wry smile, referring to the 1975 Sydney Pollack-helmed paranoid spy thriller. “You know… if there was a snarling superpowered badass waiting around every corner, hell-bent on stomping a mudhole in Robert Redford.”