After two trial runs in the form of two ashcan editions, a ton of research, and huge creative growth, The D’Honneur’Bane has finally found its footing. In its original conception, D’Honneur’Bane was meant as nothing more than a writing exercise, and a tribute to my favorite writer, Andrew Vachss, but what it grew into has exceeded all of my expectations. What started out as a simple revenge tale, turned into a whole new world, populated by a massive cast of characters, history, social commentary, action, and drama.
Four Seasons, the first volume of a projected series of at least three, will be the introduction to the world of Ba’Lion, as seen through the eyes of B’Lynn, a ten year old girl forced into a life of prostitution by her Father. When she is inadvertently freed by a legendary D’Amère warrior, she joins him on a year long journey across the war ravaged land, seeking the secluded home of the Ra’Jinjet’Na. Along the way, they are beset upon by many challenges, and as B’Lynn struggles to overcome her fears, she begins to unravel the mysterious origin of the warrior.
The above illustration depicting the D’Amère and B’Lynn, reflects the new look and feel of the series, which had eluded me until now. I’ve stripped my inks down, making them more organic, less graphic, and much grittier, with an ethereal quality meant to reflect the spiritual juxtaposition of the ultra-violent world and its peoples.
The first issue of The D’Honneur’Bane relaunch, Orange Peels And Angel’s Spit, is due out 2012. For updates, please check out my website, jaredwl.com, under The D’Honneur’Bane tab.