The award-winning media company, Rooster Teeth, is hosting their summer celebration event, RTX, this weekend. With DC Comics, they announced details on the creative teams for the upcoming RWBY and gen:LOCK comic books.
“We’re thrilled to be able to announce the talented artists and writers who are bringing the RWBY and gen:LOCK comic books to life,” said Matt Hullum, Rooster Teeth co-founder and CEO. “Connecting with DC and like-minded brands inside WarnerMedia has been a dream come true, and we’re excited for the future of Rooster Teeth. The journey to bring out the RWBY and gen:LOCK comics has been an awesome and fun experience with DC and we can’t wait for fans to get their hands on them.”
RWBY will be by written by Marguerite Bennett (Batwoman, DC Bombshells) with art by Mirka Andolfo (DC Bombshells, Hex Wives, Wonder Woman) and Arif Prianto (Deathstroke). Meanwhile, gen:LOCK will be penned by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing (Green Arrow, Nightwing, Gotham City Garage) with art by Carlo Barbieri (Green Lanterns, Adventures of Super Sons). DC Publisher Jim Lee will focus on special variant covers for the No. 1 print issues. These two series will each have two digital chapters released every month on a biweekly basis. These chapters will later be collected as monthly print issues, continuing the trend of “digital-first comics.”
For the unfamiliar, RWBY takes place in a world filled with monsters bent on death and destruction, where humanity’s hope lies with powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training whose journeys will take them far past the grounds of their school, Beacon Academy.
“RWBY is the kind of story I wish I had had growing up — magic, mayhem, monsters, and friendship between girls who grapple with real struggles and grow together to become stronger, brighter, kinder, and better. It’s a joy to work on this project, a joy to be part of this mythology — I’ve fallen deliriously in love with the whole mad world and all the mysteries in it. I am so delighted to explore with Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang — and with all of you,” Marguerite Bennett said.
“I had heard good things about the RWBY anime series, and the character designs seemed very cool to me. When DC reached out to ask if I was interested in working on a comic book based on the series, I immediately accepted, and started immersing myself in the RWBY universe,” artist Mirka Andolfo said. “The work I’ve done for RWBY has been some of the most enjoyable art I’ve ever created – the style fits me perfectly. I’m also so excited to be paired again with my DC Bombshells partner, Marguerite Bennett!”
gen:LOCK revolves around a diverse team of young pilots, recruited by Earth’s last free society to control the next generation of giant, weaponized robot bodies known as mecha. These daring recruits will find, however, that their newfound abilities come at no small cost. The comic book series will expand on the world created in the highly popular gen:LOCK mecha-anime style series starring Michael B. Jordan, Dakota Fanning, Maisie Williams, Koichi Yamadera, Golshifteh Farahani, Asia Kate Dillon, and David Tennant.
“Giang mechas, heartfelt drama, and a whole new theater of war – we’re deeply excited to be telling the next chapter of the gen:LOCK universe. Huge thanks to everyone at Rooster Teeth & DC for recruiting us into this grand experiment – we promise to turn the screws on Chase, Cammie, Kazu, Val, and Yaz as they face an uncertain future and a devastating new threat,” said writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing.