The long hot summer of 2018 might have you thinking about sunburns. Now, think about a world where just standing outside in the sunlight will burn you alive. This is the world of Zack Kaplan and Giovanni Timpano’s Eclipse series. Thanks in part to Robert Kirkman, it’s now going to have its time to shine.
Eclipse is a post-apocalyptic comic series that imagines a world that burns. After a mysterious solar flare, the sunlight scorches everything it touches. The remainder of humanity lives in the darkness, only able to venture out into the world at night. The protagonist is one of a select few people who wear suits to protect themselves. They do this in order to prevent the infrastructure of the city from collapsing. One day, in the course of his duties, the protagonist comes across a murder that changes everything. Creator Zack Kaplan, in an interview with Newsarama, described it like this:
Suns out and guns out! It’s a sci-fi thriller about a world with a sun that will burn you alive. If you’ve ever felt the sun was so hot or intense that you thought it had turned against you, well, this is that sun times a million. It’s a monster.
It makes my skin dry and itchy just thinking about it. If this sounds like it’s right up your dark alley, then take heart. Skybound Entertainment, Robert Kirkman’s multimedia production company, has optioned Eclipse for adaptation as a television series. Skybound is best known as the production company behind AMC’s The Walking Dead. Alongside that TV juggernaut, Skybound has busily acquired its own stable, with considerable success. Their option on Eclipse comes with an exclusive ‘first-look’ deal inked with Amazon. Skybound Entertainment is a natural home for Eclipse; both it and Top Cow, the company behind the comic, publish through indie powerhouse Image Comics.
Kaplan himself will co-executive produce the adaptation. Top Cow’s Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins will join, as well as Skybound Entertainment.
Official Synopsis of Volume 1:
Imagine if sunlight burned you alive. In the near future, a mysterious solar event has transformed the sun’s light into deadly immolating rays. The world’s few survivors now live in nocturnal cities. But a killer emerges who uses sunlight to burn his victims, and when he targets the daughter of a solar power mogul, it falls to a disillusioned solar engineer to protect her.