The Escapists

Author: 
Brian K. Vaughan
Artists:  Steve Rolston,  Jason Shawn Alexander, Philip Bond, Eduardo Barreto, et al.
 
Have you read The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay by Michael Chabon?  That novel won Mr.  Chabon the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001.  The Amazing Adventures centers on two young men, in at the birth of the comic book era, who create a wildly popular character called The Escapist.
 
After Mr. Chabon's novel was so well received, he commissioned a series of comics (now called 'graphic novels') based, not on his original characters, nor on their creation, but on a young team of modern-day fans who create their own graphic novel series about the successor to The EscapistThe Escapists (notice the 's') is the collected and bound edition of that series.
 
Many of the themes of the original Amazing novel find wonderful echoes in this new series.  But this is a very original work by a very gifted (and large) team of current graphic novel superstars.
 
This story is about friendship, loyalty, and courage in the face of incredible odds.  Not only in the world of The Escapist, but within the young team of entrepreneurs who have new dreams for the original series.
 
I love the story, the characters, and the (many, many styles of) masterful artwork.  It's cool!  Hope you enjoy it too!
 
(One note - many artists contributed to this work.  The image above is by one of the creative team... but it's not the image on the cover of the book.  Go figure!)