Media Release — Beginning this February, IDW Publishing is excited to announce a unique new miniseries by writer Mike Heimos and artist Nick Runge (Judge Dredd, Ghostbusters)! Taking readers back to World War II and to the oft-unseen locales explored by the 6th Infantry Division of the 6th Army, FEVER RIDGE is an 8-part series, a historical fiction inspired by real soldiers and their incredible experiences.
Written by first-time creator Heimos in tribute to his grandfather, a decorated soldier, FEVER RIDGE puts readers in country with “The Sightseein’ Sixth” and the Alamo Scouts, their jungle commandoes. This is a look at the world’s greatest war from another angle. Exploring General Douglas MacArthur’s campaigns deep in the jungles of New Guinea and the Philippines, this is a story that will explore exotic characters, events, and locales and will unearth a few secrets along the way.
“I am thrilled to be teaming up with IDW to tell this story of ‘The Sightseers’,” said Heimos. “It is one that involves subject matter that has received too little attention in general; almost none in historical fiction and I don’t think any in graphic novels/comics” he continued.
“The heart of the forest can be as cruel and tangled as our mind. Yet, it’s beauty and fire hold the keys to this world,” said series artist Runge. “The War is only one of the many faces that shape this tale of survival and suspense in the dark corners of New Guinea. Our main characters face not only the horror of combat and secrets of the jungle, but the question of how these events will effect the path of their lives when they return home…. if they do…. This is a new take on World War II in the Pacific and I’m truly honored to have a fantastic company like IDW publishing this series. It’s a perfect fit!”
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with artist Nick Runge on a number of covers for various books I’ve edited,” said editor Tom Waltz. “His awesome talent speaks for itself and he’s always proven to be a true professional. But, man, I was completely awestruck when he first showed me the pages he was doing for Fever Ridge. I mean, I knew he was good, but not THAT good! Combine that with Michael’s fantastic story and I knew right then and there, we needed to find a way to get Fever Ridge published at IDW — and we did!”
Rounded out by the coloring talents of Jordie Bellaire (The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom, Captain Marvel) and the letters of Brandon DeStefano (Term Life, Harvest), FEVER RIDGE promises to be as eye-popping as it is vividly thought-provoking.
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