June 20, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite announces that the new epic sci-fi graphic novel Alliances: Orphans, from the mind of Stan Lee, will be released October 5, 2022. The original graphic novel, Alliances: Orphans, further expands the acclaimed Alliances mythos and releases this fall with contributions from Lee, co-creators and co-writers Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert, as well as acclaimed artists Bill Sienkiewicz, Szymon Kudranski, and more.
The 184-page Alliances: Orphans original graphic novel opens with Stan Lee’s "Traitor's Revenge" prologue, one of the first pieces of the Alliances universe created and written by Stan Lee (as well as his co-creators Lieberman and Silbert) and drawn by industry luminary Bill Sienkiewicz (Moon Knight, New Mutants, Elektra and Eisner Award winner) - who also painted the cover. The core story of Orphans is brilliantly drawn by visionary artist Szymon Kudranski, beloved for his work on Superman Action Comics, Spawn, Punisher, and more. While Lieberman (Red Sonja) and Silbert (The Coldest Case) contribute writing throughout.
Stan Lee’s “Traitor’s Revenge” is the prologue to the Alliances: Orphans graphic novel and the title pays homage to Lee’s early work in Captain America #3. As fans know, this year would mark Lee’s 100th birthday.
Following the New York Times bestselling debut of the Alliances’ Audible Original A Trick of Light and its best-selling prequel A New Reality, the Alliances: Orphans original graphic novel introduces fans to a diverse cast of characters hurtling through a new saga. William Ackerson is a man lost in space on a quest to find the source of his uncanny abilities. He's joined by a crew wherein each member is the last of their kind, with the evil alien Hive having wiped out all their kin. Little Boy is the giant childlike leader of the Orphans. Haze is a caustic creature of pure vapor. Rascal is a self-loathing zealot with dark secrets. Then there is Critter, a monster with a puppy-like demeanor. Lastly, the mysterious stowaway Samsi is the fearsome survivor of a civilization that once ruled the galaxy.
Together, this ragtag group will adventure through a fast-paced intergalactic treasure hunt across the cosmos. As gravity waves ripple across the galaxy, warping time and space around them, the Orphans must band together and become a family to save the very fabric of reality.
The Alliances world came to be from the dearly departed Stan Lee's question of, "What is more real, a world we are born into or one we create ourselves?” Figuring out how technology shapes reality and identity was key in the expansion of this new universe of stories and characters. Years in the making, writers and longtime Lee collaborators Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert co-creators of Alliances are now expanding the foundation set from their work with Stan and carry the franchise into further stories.
Luke Lieberman and Ryan Silbert, Alliances universe co-creators and co-writers of the Alliances: Orphans graphic novel, stated: “When we would discuss cosmic storytelling with Stan, he would often look up, point toward the sky and then, when the idea came to him wave his hand like a magician. Bringing Orphans to life in this new project, and expanding Alliances into the stars, is something we know fans have been anticipating for years. This is that moment.”
"We're excited at Dynamite to help expand the Alliances universe with this highly anticipated graphic novel," said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. "Working with Luke, Ryan, and everyone involved, to our wonderful artists the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz and the talented Syzmon Kudranski, we're building a truly inspiring tapestry. It is incredible fortune that this all happens to be coming together the same year that would be Stan Lee's centennial, a man whose influence on this project and all of us is practically boundless."
Alliances: Orphans is set to release October 5, 2022, as a 184-page hardcover presentation. Fans of Stan Lee, science fiction, and exciting new worlds are invited to check out this groundbreaking story, with even more to come from the world of Alliances across all media.
About Dynamite Entertainment
Dynamite was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Red Sonja, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more. Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high-profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Gail Simone, Christopher Priest, Leah Moore, Kevin Smith, David Walker, Vita Ayala, Danny Lore, Neil Gaiman, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, Mark Russell, Brandon Thomas, Amy Chu, Reginald Hudlin, Nancy Collins, David Walker, Steve Orlando, Greg Pak, Jenny Frison, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent. Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles - including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger's Project Superpowers - have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
About Stan Lee
Stan Lee’s industry. Lee continued to serve as Marvel Entertainment’s Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2018. Lee was also the Chairman & Chief Creative Officer of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, which he founded with production partner Gill Champion and Arthur Lieberman.
About Luke Lieberman
Luke Lieberman is an American writer, producer and practitioner of entertainment law. He is President of Red Sonja, LLC, producer of the upcoming feature film based on the character, and executive editor of the related comic book publications many of which he has written personally, including Red Sonja: Birth of a She Devil. Lieberman began his storytelling apprenticeship under the tutelage of Stan Lee, and years later rejoined the legendary creator to develop the Alliances Universe with co-creator Ryan Silbert and oversee the first two projects in the franchise, A Trick of Light and A New Reality, both Audible Originals.
About Ryan Silbert
Ryan Silbert is an award-winning producer, screenwriter, author and founder of Origin Story Entertainment. Silbert’s expansive repertoire includes such films as the Academy Award® winning short-film, God of Love; Julius Onah’s debut feature Spike Lee’s The Girl is in Trouble; and the Audible best-selling audio drama, James Patterson’s The Coldest Case. He is responsible for the creative direction of Stan Lee’s Alliances alongside co-creator Luke Lieberman; together they founded their creator-owned Figment comic book imprint.
About Bill Sienkiewicz
Bill Sienkiewicz (pronounced sin-KEV-itch) is an Eisner-winning, Emmy-nominated artist best known for revamping the style of comic and graphic novel illustration from 1980 onward, most notably with Marvel Comic's Elektra: Assassin and his acclaimed graphic novel Stray Toasters, earning him an international reputation and cult status across media industries. His work has garnered numerous accolades - most notably a 2004 Eisner Award for DC Comics' The Sandman: Endless Nights, and 1995 and 1996 Emmy Award nominations for production and character design on the PBS children's TV series Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?
About Szymon Kundranski
Szymon Kundranski is a professional comic book artist and illustrator. He started working in 2004 for IDW Publishing on the title 30 Days of Night. His first published work for DC Comics was in 2010 on the title Batman: Streets of Gotham and later worked on other few titles like Bruce Wayne: The Road Home and Penguin: Pain and Prejudice. After this, Kundranski started working for Image Comics on the title Spawn, work for which he is well known.