Archaia’s Lucid #1, the first of a four-issue spy genre comic produced by Zachary Quinto‘s Before The Door media production company, will be released in August.
Written by Michael McMillian (True Blood), Lucid is the story of “Agent Matthew Dee, a modern ‘Combat Mage’ in service of the government whose personal history traces back to real life 16th Century occultist John Dee and whose current fate gets twisted up with an ancient evil from Arthurian legend.”
Quinto explained why he became interested in producing the comic. “I think the political element of it, for me, is really exciting,” he said. “I think the historical element is also really exciting, the ancestry and lineage back to John Dee. I’ve always been interested in that, and the way they tie history into the storytelling is really exciting.
“First of all, the opportunity to work with Michael [McMillan] was something that excited all of us. We’d gone through a lot and known each other for a long time and have a lot of respect for each other. I’m speaking now on behalf of Before The Door and [my partners] Neal [Dodson] and Corey [Moosa] and myself. That was the first point of entry. Michael is such an enthusiast of comic books, and he has such a vivid imagination and such a capacity for storytelling. One of the things that’s important to us as a company is giving people we’ve known for a long time and whose work has inspired us opportunities on a larger platform.”
Quinto’s work on Heroes has made him more of a comic enthusiast. “I’ve been really lucky, because the comic nature of Heroes and the people involved with it exposed me to a world that is incredibly vivid and incredibly complex, and I grew up a lot as an actor through that process. There’s a stylized aspect to comic book storytelling that translates in a very interesting way when you bring it to life.”
Lucid is the first of two comic series to be launched with Archaia by Quinto’s production company. The second, Mr. Murderer Is Dead, will release in the fall or winter of 2010/2011.