Marvel Knights Animation, the company behind the motion comics Astonishing X-Men: Gifted, Iron Man: Extremis, and Black Panther, has announced their next release, Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers.
This four-episode series starts running on Monday, March 28, on iTunes, Xbox Live, and the PlayStation Network, with future episodes following on Wednesday starting April 6. They cost $2.99 each for high-def or $1.99 an episode for standard definition. (Update: There’s also a season pass for $10.99 in HD or $6.99 in SD, a savings of almost one dollar.) It’s based on the (out of print, apparently) graphic novel The Mighty Thor: Loki by Robert Rodi and Esad Ribic, and Marvel is ready to tie into publicity from the upcoming feature film coming out May 6.
I saw this quote in the press release, from producer Ruwan Jayatilleke, and prepared myself to snicker:
“What we’ve put together as a team will further define and push the boundaries of what Marvel Knights Animation can be as well as entertain comic book enthusiasts and mainstream fans with a very compelling piece of content.”
I thought to myself, this is a motion comic they’re talking about, right? The unloved bastard child of limited animation cartoons? Then I watched this trailer.
Based on that, no, this is not just a motion comic. This makes a compelling argument for this young effort as a medium of its own, or at least a valid form of animation.