Virtual Warfare Gets Real in Drone

“Today’s warriors are fighting without getting in harm’s way, using drones to attack targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan. U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Major Morgan Andrews is one such combatant. He kisses his wife goodbye, drives to Creech, a tiny desert air force base in Nevada, and within minutes could be killing insurgents on the other side of the world.” — CNN

“By 2015, the Pentagon expects to robotise around 15% of America’s armed forces.” — The Guardian

September 3, 2009 — November marks the release of DRONE, an all-new action-adventure comic series in the spirit of WARGAMES, with the robotic action of TERMINATOR and TRANSFORMERS.

In the near future, the U.S. transforms modern warfare by testing lethal remotely controlled robotic drones on the front lines. They are powerful, lethal, and effective. To the world’s superpowers, the technology is something to be coveted and stolen. To a group of state-side fun-loving hackers, it is the ultimate video game. But when enemy rebels capture a group of drones and lock out their military controllers, the illicit gamers may be the only hope for the surviving technician.

A preview of DRONE was featured in Red 5 Comics’ acclaimed 2009 Free Comic Book Day “ATOMIC ROBO vs. DR. DINOSAUR” issue, building anticipation for the newseries among a mass of comic fans across North America.

DRONE is a four-issue monthly mini-series, created by Red 5 Comics co-founder Scott Chitwood (Afterburn) with art by Randy Kintz (Ray Harryhausen Presents:Jason and the Argonauts) and colors by Garry Henderson (Grimm Fairy Tales, Returnto Wonderland). Visit your local comic shop during the month of September to pre-order your copy of DRONE #1 using Diamond order code SEP090954.

Drone #1

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RED 5 COMICS is the creation of Paul Ens, former Director of Lucasfilm’s Lucas Online division, and Scott Chitwood, co-founder of TheForce.net and contributor to ComingSoon.net. Its titles include “Atomic Robo”, “Neozoic,” “Afterburn” and “ZMD: Zombies of Mass Destruction” – the latter two optioned for major motion pictures. In its short history, Red 5 has twice been nominated for the Joe Shuster Award, twice nominated for the Eisner Award (for “Atomic Robo”), and won the 2007 GEM Award for Best New Publisher.

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Drone #1
Drone #1 // Drone (#1 of 4)
Written:
Scott Chitwood
Art: Randy Kintz
Colors: Garry Henderson
Letters: Troy Peteri
Publication Date: 2009-11-11
Format: Comic, Full Color, 6.5 x 10, Soft Cover, 32 pages
Price: $3.50
Diamond Code: SEP090954
UPC: 811316010481

In the near future, the U.S. transforms warfare by testing lethal remote-controlled robotic drones on the front lines. To the world’s superpowers, the technology is something to be coveted and stolen. To a group of state-side fun-loving hackers, it is the ultimate video game. As featured in FCBD 2009.

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