Mike Allred is one of my favourite comic book artists, his recent work on FF in particular is astounding. Meanwhile, Warren Ellis is one of my favourite comic book writers, his work on Moon Knight is fantastic. So when I heard the two of them were going to be collaborating on a project together, I got pretty excited. What I didn’t expect is that the subject matter would be Barcardi.
Truthfully the upcoming graphic novel, titled The Spirit of Barcardi, sounds genuinely interesting. You only have to take a peek at Emilio Bacardi’s life story to realise what an interesting man he was.
Rather than have me blather on, here’s some information straight from the source:
For more than 150 years BACARDÍ has been a brand with incredible stories to tell. Since their earliest days in Cuba, the Bacardí family has boldly faced and overcome earthquakes, fire, revolution, prohibition, and exile.
The Spirit of BACARDÍ will focus on Emilio Bacardí – son of BACARDÍ® creator Don Facundo Bacardí Massó – and his tireless work for Cuban independence from Spain in the late 1800s. Emilio Bacardí was repeatedly imprisoned and exiled for his belief in an independent Cuba, but persevered, eventually becoming the first freely-elected Mayor of Santiago de Cuba.
The Spirit of BACARDÍ will be available as a digital download from BACARDI.COM/SPIRITOFBACARDI on August 6th 2014.
It’s quite hard to imagine this not being something well worth checking out considering the talent involved. If nothing else, it’ll be quite an interesting change to read something like this from the two of them.