East of West Artist Nick Dragotta Teams Up With Caleb Goellner For New Series GHOST CAGE
Nick Dragotta, the artist behind the bestselling comic book series East of West is set to team up with rising star Caleb Goellner for an all-new sci-fi comic book series titled Ghost Cage. The creators will be joined by Rus Wooten who will bring his lettering skills to the new series with covers by Dragotta and Frank Martin Jr. The three-issue mini-series will come packed with extra-length 44-page issues that will be published by Image Comics in March 2022.
In Ghost Cage:
When his megacorp power plant falls under attack by terrorists, the super-scientist who revolutionized and controls all energy on Earth sends his ultimate creation (and an adequate employee) in to destroy his most monstrous secrets.
Dragotta spoke about his feeling ready to write again after his East of West series ended, saying:
“Finishing up East of West, I felt ready to start writing and drawing my own comics. Caleb Goellner agreed to co-write with me, and we cooked up Ghost Cage. We set out to make something that feels immediate, urgent, so it’s in screen-toned black and white, hot off the drawing board. We wanted to let the story breathe, so we went with 44-page issues. And lastly, we wanted to tell a story that will make us examine the things we sacrifice on a daily basis, the bits of us that we give up to survive, I love drawing characters that are up against all odds. One character Doyle in particular, her greatest strength is her heart, and SAM, our ultimate weapon, is going to learn all about that from her. I’m trying to push the fast-paced action and cool characters I’m known for. If you liked East of West, my art, and storytelling from that series, you’ll dig this book. It’s even got a little existential dread and a white tower… Caleb and I are making a book exactly like we want to do it, and all at Image Comics for their 30th Anniversary. Don’t miss it.”
“In an era of algorithim-ized apathy and doomscroll-driven depression, we created Ghost Cage to re-energize you, heart and soul. Ghost Cage will pit personifications of humankind’s unquenchable thirst for power against one another for your entertainment. Ghost Cage will make fun of your boss’s boss. Ghost Cage will remind you to care. Ghost Cage will make you feel alive!”
The premiere issue of Ghost Cage will be available at local comic book shops ( find a comic book shop near you using Comic Shop Locator) on March 23rd, 2022. Ghost Cage #1 will also be available on Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play digitally.
Check out the preview and covers below: