As I tweeted this morning, “April Fool’s Day online: A day when everyone tries but fails miserably to be The Onion.” Most jokes just aren’t funny, but every year, a gag story stands out amongst the nonsense that’s so well-received that the public demands it become a reality. Remember ThinkGeek‘s infamous Tauntaun Sleep Bag of 2009? [That was an April Fools joke gone right; I even own one!]
I do believe that Comics Alliance has come up with the must-have April Fools project of 2010 with their imagining of the next installment of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen graphic novel series: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: America 1988.
While the original League has fictional Victorian-era characters like Dracula‘s Mina Murray and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea‘s Captain Nemo, the America 1988 version has 1980s icons from American pop culture: Lisa, the doll brought to life from Weird Science; Angus MacGyver from MacGyver; Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown from Back To The Future; B.A. Baracus from The A-Team; and Jack Burton from Big Trouble In Little China.
Click on the image above to see the full cover; below is the synopsis for Issue #1 (of 2!).
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – America: 1988
When war-hero-turned-handyman Kesuke Miyagi is found drained of blood, it becomes clear that the occult gang known as the Lost Boys are targeting the only individuals that can stop them from complete domination of America. It’s the perfect case for the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen–except that their government contact, Oscar Goldman, disbanded the team in 1979 after they defeated Mr. Han’s army of the living dead.
Now, disgraced scientist Emmet Brown has to put together a new team to combat the growing threat of the Lost Boys and their leader, a newly resurrected vampire kingpin Tony Montana: Transportation specialist Jack Burton, ex-commando B.A. Baracus, tech wizard Angus MacGyver and the mysteriously powerful femme fatale known only as “Lisa.” But will Brown be able to stop the Lost Boys before time runs out?
$9.99 – 64 pages, full color – 1 of 2 – Scheduled to ship on April 1, 2011
Oh how I’d LOVE to see this graphic novel happen. Get on it, Top Shelf!