Wonder Con Exclusive: Lion Forge Announces Time-Hopping Backtrack from Brian Joines & Jack Elphick

Backtrack is the Publisher’s Latest Creator-Owned Comic Series

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Wonder Con Exclusive: Lion Forge Announces Time-Hopping <i>Backtrack</i> from Brian Joines & Jack Elphick

Lion Forge is known for doing a little bit of everything in the comic sphere: licensed comics, European imports, shared superhero universes and, of course, original creator-owned concepts. Today, at Wonder Con in Anaheim, CA, the publisher announced the latest addition to their lineup: Backtrack, a 10-issue limited series from writer Brian Joines (Krampus, IMAGINE Agents) and artist Jake Elphick (Millarworld, WWE).

“Lion Forge is home to some of the most diverse and entertaining books on the shelves, and I’m thrilled Backtrack now gets to be counted among them,” Joines said in a statement. “Working with editor Jasmine Amiri has been a fantastic experience and I couldn’t ask for a better creative partner than Jake Elphick. I can’t wait for readers to get behind the wheel and take our story of racing, redemption and raptors out for a spin.”

Billed as “one part Fast and Furious, one part Back to the Future, with a healthy dash of The Hunger Games,” Backtrack follows former criminal Alyson Levy as she signs up for a massive cross-country car race. The winner will receive the opportunity to correct one single mistake from their past—a highly attractive prize for Alyson. There’s just one catch: each leg of the race takes drivers through a different period of history, forcing them to contend with dinosaurs, barbarians, medieval warriors and even the far-flung future.

“It was Emerald City almost one year ago, exactly, when Brian Joines sat across from me at a café and elevator-pitched a story about a woman’s unflagging shot at atonement set against the backdrop of a history-spanning car race,” Lion Forge editor Jasmine Amiri added. “In the middle of all of the commotion of this bustling comic con, Brian’s story stood out like a beacon—he clearly had something incredible cooking. And with Jake Elphick joining our crew, we knew we had found someone who could make each page feel kinetic, dynamic, and FAST. Buckle-up, kids—Backtrack is going to be as hard-hitting as they come.”

Backtrack #1 is slated to hit stands in September, and Paste readers can take an exclusive peak at Elphick’s interior inks and character designs below. For more on Lion Forge’s upcoming releases, continue to keep an eye on Paste.

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Backtrack Inked Art by Jake Elphick

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Backtrack Inked Art by Jake Elphick

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Backtrack Inked Art by Jake Elphick

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Backtrack Inked Art by Jake Elphick

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Backtrack Inked Art by Jake Elphick

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Backtrack Character Design Art by Jake Elphick

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Backtrack Character Design Art by Jake Elphick

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Backtrack Character Design Art by Jake Elphick

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Backtrack Character Design Art by Jake Elphick

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