From Mat Groom, the co-writer of Marvel Comics’ hit ULTRAMAN comics, and rising star artist Erica D’Urso (CAPTAIN MARVEL and XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS) comes INFERNO GIRL RED, an all-new original graphic novel that combines the high school super-heroic drama of INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE with the dynamic storytelling and world-building of Japanese tokusatsu superheroes, and the intrigue and relationship drama of British boarding school fiction. A Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund this all new 100-page, hardcover superhero graphic novel by Groom, D’Urso, colorist Igor Monti, letterer Becca Carey, editor Kyle Higgins, and design group For The People, will launch later this month and run through May 5th, 2021.
We all need something to believe in. Especially Cássia Costa. An ancient cult and their army of demons have stolen Cássia’s home, Apex City. When a magical dragon bracelet rockets into her life and affixes itself to her arm, Cássia’s the only person equipped to stop the cult from offering the entire city to their dark lord. There’s just one catch…
The magical bracelet is powered by belief, and Cássia — an intensely pragmatic, rational girl – doesn’t have much to spare. She’ll have to find something to kindle her faith, though, and fast —because she has a secret legacy to live up to. Because her mother’s life is on the line. And because Apex City needs Inferno Girl Red.
“I’ve been working on this story for about three years now,” said writer and co-creator Mat Groom. “I’ve always thought it was worthwhile, but I was never certain it would work… until I met Erica D’Urso. Erica is just wickedly talented. You can see that in her work on JAMES BOND, CAPTAIN MARVEL and XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. But it was her energy, her tremendous passion, that made me believe. Erica loves Cássia, and Cássia’s world… and that love infuses every part of this project. There’s nobody I would rather be co-creating this world with.”
The graphic novel is edited by Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom’s co-writer on Marvel’s hit ULTRAMAN Comics, and co-creator of the recent Image Comics’ smash hit, RADIANT BLACK. “Kyle and I share a passion for the Japanese tokusatsu genre, which is a big influence on INFERNO GIRL RED, along with British boarding school dramas and American superhero comics. There’s little coincidence that Cássia was first introduced to the world in the back of the first issue of Kyle’s series, RADIANT BLACK. In fact, the connections between RADIANT BLACK and INFERNO GIRL RED may run deeper than you think…”
In INFERNO GIRL RED, Cássia’s not shy– but bouncing around from city-to-city as her Mom bounced from job-to-job meant it was hard to make friends… and any friends she did make disappeared pretty quickly once they found out who Cássia’s mother was. So instead of socialising, she focused on learning– showing a particular aptitude for science. Now Cássia has a chance for a fresh start in Apex City. Her impressive test scores have earned her an invitation to the world-famous entrepreneur Doctor Janine Caro’s prestigious boarding school for promising young minds. There, Cássia starts to settle in. She starts to make friends. She starts to see a future for herself.
But when a magical bracelet blasts through a window while Cássia is studying late one night, everything changes. Cássia’s quickly drawn into a strange war that she previously only heard about from her mother…
The INFERNO GIRL RED Kickstarter campaign features the oversized, deluxe format hardcover (7 x 11 inches) with an exclusive, Kickstarter-only cover and Kickstarter-edition-exclusive concept art, as well as a RADIANT BLACK/ INFERNO GIRL RED team-up print by RADIANT BLACK artist Marcelo Costa and INFERNO GIRL RED artist Erica D’Urso and fourteen collectible INFERNO GIRL RED giclee art prints by Darko Lafuente, Doaly, Francesco Manna, Eduardo Ferigato, Dash O’Brien–Georgeson, Federico Sabbatini (with Martina Fari), Wil Sur, Kath Lobo, Serg Acūna, Eleonora Carlini, Tiffany Turrill, Nicola Scott, Nicole Goux and Valeria Favoccia!
The INFERNO GIRL RED campaign concludes May 5, 2021, 2021. For updates, follow INFERNO GIRL RED on Twitter.
To support the campaign, visit Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/matgroom/inferno-girl-red-by-mat-groom-and-erica-durso?ref=byjq2u
About the creative team:
Erica D’Urso is a native Italian illustrator and comics creator, who has worked with some of the biggest characters and brands in all of fiction– including IAN FLEMING’S JAMES BOND and XENA: WARRIOR PRINCES for Dynamite Entertainment, as well as THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL for Marvel Comics.
Igor MontiIgor Monti is a colorist from Treviso, Italy, known for this ultra-modern and vivid style. His recent hits include MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS and MEGA MAN: FULLY CHARGED, both from Boom! Studios.
Mat Groom is a writer from Sydney, Australia. He’s the co-creator and writer of SELF/MADE from Image Comics, is a co-writer on the ULTRAMAN series for Marvel Comics, and written for DC Comics projects including the CRIMES OF PASSION anthology and the TALES FROM THE DARK MULTIVERSE series.
Kyle Higgins is a #1 New York Times Best Selling author whose past work includes RADIANT BLACK, MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, NIGHTWING, BATMAN ETERNAL, ULTRAMAN, THE WINTER SOLDIER, HADRIAN’S WALL and THE DEAD HAND. Kyle made his debut as a comics editor in 2018, with SELF/MADE from Image Comics.
Becca Carey is a letterer, designer and illustrator with a penchant for the handmade approach. Her lettering work ranges from household name characters (WONDER WOMAN, BATGIRL and HARLEY QUINN for DC Comics) to creator-owned sensations including RADIANT BLACK from Image Comics.
For The People is an Australian design, strategy and storytelling agency. In 2019, they became the first Australian agency ever to crack the top 10 in D&AD’s global ‘Design Agency of the Year’ annual review, sitting alongside the in-house design teams of Apple and the New York Times Magazine, as well as multinational industry giants like Jones Knowles Ritchie and Serviceplan Group.