Zombies, Cyborgs, And A Fat Slob: ‘Prospects’ Live Now On Kickstarter
by Brendan M. Allen
Band of Bards has announced Prospects, now live on Kickstarter. The all-new nine-issue miniseries is an absurdist political satire from writer and creator Maxwell Majernik and artist Jean Franco. Prospects is aimed at readers who appreciate the humor of Rick and Morty, Shaun of the Dead, and Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
‘The town of Ridgeville has been stuck in the middle of a 150-year-old battle between two mad scientists, and former colleagues, Edwin Grabowski and Victor Farsimov. Both claim to have figured out the secret of immortality and created armies of zombies and cyborgs using their respective methods. The scientists have waged a war for so long within the town, that the townspeople now consider it an honor to be abducted by either one of them in their quest for glory.
Anyone who shows any bit of potential, be it brains, brawn, or anything in between, will be captured by one of the scientists by the time they are 25 years old. This brings us on to 30 year old Colin Bates, who isn’t one of the prospects. He has been selected by no one, not by the scientists, girls, or even friends. He spends most of his days watching TV in his basement, trying to avoid doing odd jobs for his Grandma and her posse. Yet everything changes when a notorious terrorist, intent on destroying both scientists, appears in Colin’s basement, begging him to take over his legacy.’
“Jean has given Prospects so much life,” said Majernik. “I gave him as much of a blank slate as I could, and what he has been able to put together (and pull influence from) has been unreal. He balances inviting visuals with hyper-violence in a way I’ve never seen before.”
“Max and Jean have created an uncanny world of characters that are so easy to dislike, that you have to love them,” said Band of Bards Publisher, Chris Benamati. “This world brings me back to a lot of experiences I enjoyed as a kid, from its classic ‘90s cartoon look, to the deep plot that’s hidden so well in what people might conceive to be a simple story. It’s an allegory of every small town’s attempt to redefine itself…except that this time it goes horribly, horribly wrong.”
Backer rewards kick in at the $5 level for a digital copy of Prospects #3 and your name on the Thank You page. Physical copies begin at the $10 level. There are also stickers, variant covers, pitch consults, guest spots on the Bard Blog, and signed copies available. Check out the Kickstarter campaign right here.