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Wasteland

Nominee, BEST NEW SERIES
Harvey Awards

Nominee, BEST AMERICAN COMIC (B&W)
Eagle Awards

“Johnston's masterful epic [is] far more grounded than many so-called literary prose novels... The slow unfolding of the story allows the reader to steep themselves in the alluring mystery behind The Big Wet.”
NPR

“One of my favourite writers. Wasteland is the best post-apocalyptic comic being published today.”
Warren Ellis

“Radiates in a dozen conceptual and philosophical dimensions at once... rivals Miyazaki's masterful epic Nausicaä.”
The AV Club

“The finest piece of post-apocalyptic fiction on the shelves. Wasteland is exceptional.”
Kieron Gillen

One hundred years after the Big Wet. Somewhere in America...

Michael has spent decades wandering the wasteland, scavenging what he can find and selling it for a price, and it suits him just fine. He doesn't know his own last name, how old he is, or even where he was born. But Michael does know he's different, with unnatural powers at his disposal. And he's never met anyone else like him.

Now, Michael has found a strange machine that speaks in a forgotten language, supposedly giving directions to A-Ree-Yass-I - the mythical place where mankind's downfall began. And in the shanty town of Providence, Michael finds another surprise. Abi, the town sheriff, is different. Just like him.

Together, Michael and Abi set out on a dangerous journey that will take them thousands of miles across the broken earth, searching for answers.

Somewhere in the wasteland, A-Ree-Yass-I is waiting.

WASTELAND is an epic 60-issue series, one of only a handful of such longform stories in the comics medium. It's published by Oni Press.


Book 01: Cities In Dust
Illustrated by Christopher Mitten

A hundred years after the Big Wet, Earth is broken — a barren and infertile world where the few survivors struggle for survival. When Michael, a scavenger bearing strange gifts, calls at the shanty town of Providence, the effects are devastating.

Now the townsfolk must cross the deadly wasteland to Newbegin, a nearby city where the past meets the new status quo. But Newbegin's cruel dictator is busy oppressing anyone not belonging to his church — which includes the Providence survivors.


Book 02: Shades Of God
Illustrated by Christopher Mitten

The second sensational collection in Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten's sci-fi western epic arrives! One hundred years after the world-changing event known as the Big Wet, the world is a much changed place. Refugees, political in-fighting, religious persecution, and vicious attacks from savage tribes all are just part of why Comic Book Savant called Wasteland “100% comic goodness!”


Book 03: Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos
Illustrated by Christopher Mitten

The third electrifying collection of Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten's sci-fi western epic arrives! One hundred years after the world-changing catastrophe known as the Big Wet, the city of Newbegin faces its most dangerous challenge yet — an army of Sand-Eaters bent on destruction!

Jakob joins the Watch to defend the city, and intrigue grips the council, as politics, religion, and high explosives combine to make a book that The AV Club said, “Radiates in about a dozen conceptual and philosophical dimensions at once... in essence and execution, it rivals Hayao Miyazaki's masterful epic Nausicaa”!


Book 04: Dog Tribe
Illustrated by Christopher Mitten

Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten's sci-fi western epic continues! Michael and Abi have resumed their search for A-Ree-Yass-I, leaving the city's troubles behind them. But before they can cross the wasteland they must face the Dog Tribes — bands of nomads who live and die with hounds by their side.

As two Tribes go to war, Michael and Abi are caught in the middle! But help can come from the most unlikely of places... Find out why Comixtreme said “Wasteland is a book you can't afford to miss!”


Book 05: Tales Of The Uninvited
Illustrated by Christopher Mitten, Carla Speed McNeil, Joe Infurnari & Chuck BB

The hit sci-fi western epic continues with a very special collection, featuring all the previously uncollected one-shot issues from the series so far into one trade paperback!

With guest art from Ignatz award winner Carla Speed McNeil (FINDER), Eisner award winner Chuck BB (BLACK METAL), Eisner award nominee Joe Infurnari (BORROWED TIME), and a full-colour double-length story from regular series artist Christopher Mitten! See why Thirteen Minutes called WASTELAND, “A really spectacular display of writing and art that defies genre categorization”!


Book 06: The Enemy Within
Illustrated by Christopher Mitten & Remington Veteto

After the Sand-Eater attack, the city of Newbegin is in turmoil as the Sunner rebellion gathers strength and Marcus seems to lose interest in the council. Follow the next six months through the eyes of Jakob, Skot, Yan, Dexus and Golden Voice, with a chapter dedicated to each point of view in this latest collection of the series that Comics Should Be Good called, “A masterpiece”!


Book 07: Under The God
Illustrated by Justin Greenwood

Michael and Abi continue their journey West, through the wasteland — with the assassin Gerr secretly at their side! After a mysterious midnight visit in the desert, they come across the town of Godsholm — but will the townsfolk aid them in their quest for A-Ree-Yass-I or bring it to a halt?


Book 08: Lost In The Ozone
Illustrated by Russel Roehling

Michael and Abi reach a crossroads in their journey across the wasteland — especially when they meet Thomas, a strange man who seems perhaps a little too familiar! As the rift between them grows and their paths drift apart, Abi finds a living legend that becomes a nightmare, while Michael discovers there's more to the wasteland than death and dust...


Book 09: A Thousand Lies
Illustrated by Justin Greenwood

The beginning of the end! Marcus has long dreamed that “everything ends in fire”, but even he didn't expect this! As the city prepares to face his mysterious father, a cabal of his closest advisors plots to assassinate Marcus... but the Lord Founder has a few secrets of his own, and their revelation will bring the city to its knees!


Book 10: Last Exit for the Lost
Illustrated by Christopher Mitten, Brett Weldele, Sandy Jarrell & Omar Olivera

As the hit sci-fi western epic approaches its end, this penultimate volume collects all the previously uncollected one-shot issues from the series in one trade paperback! With guest art from Eisner-nominated Brett Weldele (SURROGATES), plus exciting newcomers Sandy Jarrell and Omar Olivera, as well as series regular Christopher Mitten! Get the lowdown on all the remaining stories in WASTELAND, before the series' cataclysmic conclusion!


Book 11: Floodland
Illustrated by Christopher Mitten

CHRISTOPHER MITTEN RETURNS to draw the final volume of the hit sci-fi western epic! Michael, Abi, and Thomas have found A-Ree-Yass-I at last. Now its secrets will be exposed, and the truth of the Big Wet must be told... but is anyone ready to hear it? Don't miss this explosive conclusion to comics' ultimate post-apocalyptic epic!


The Apocalyptic Edition, Vol. 1

The Harvey-nominated, critically acclaimed ongoing series gets the deluxe hardcover treatment with this new massive collection! Reprinting the first 13 issues of WASTELAND, this impressive tome chronicles the opening adventures of Michael, a mysterious wanderer struggling to find the answers to both his past and his future.

Includes the fan-favorite “Walking the Dust” prose shorts with brand new illustrations, a colour gallery of Ben Templesmith's covers, and an introduction from bestselling novelist Jeff Vandermeer!


The Apocalyptic Edition, Vol. 2

The critically acclaimed sci-fi epic continues with this huge second deluxe hardcover collection! Michael and Abi have escaped the city of Newbegin, but what chaos remains in their wake? And how will they deal with the savage Dog Tribe desert nomads? Reprinting issues #14-#25 of Wasteland, this second volume also includes the fan-favorite “Walking the Dust” stories, featuring all-new artwork; a colour gallery of Ben Templesmith's amazing covers; and an introduction from Warren Ellis!


The Apocalyptic Edition, Vol. 3

The critically acclaimed sci-fi epic continues with this third deluxe hardcover collection! Michael and Abi have left the city of Newbegin to the mercy of the Sunners and their rebellion, but they won't find themselves welcome in the next town they stumble into. Reprinting issues #26-#39 of Wasteland, this second volume also includes the fan-favorite “Walking the Dust” stories and features a color art gallery of covers by Ben Templesmith and Christopher Mitten!


The Apocalyptic Edition, Vol. 4

The award-nominated sci-fi epic continues in this fourth deluxe hardcover! Michael and Abi walk on through the desert, but tensions between them could jeopardize the search for A-Ree-Yass-I entirely... while in Newbegin, the arrival of the Children's father heralds Marcus' downfall. Reprinting issues #40-#52 of WASTELAND, this oversized volume also includes the final “Walking the Dust” stories, plus a special interlude issue and cover gallery by series co-creator Christopher Mitten!


The Apocalyptic Edition, Vol. 5

The award-nominated sci-fi epic concludes in this final deluxe hardcover, as Christopher Mitten returns to WASTELAND! Michael, Abi, and Thomas have found A-Ree-Yass-I at last. Now its secrets will be exposed, and the truth of the Big Wet must be told! Reprinting issues #53-#60 of WASTELAND, this beautiful volume brings a close to this epic story, and also includes scripts, design sketches and more from creators Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten!


Compendium 1

One hundred years after the Big Wet, the Earth is broken-a barren and infertile world where the few remaining survivors struggle for survival. When Michael, a scavenger bearing strange gifts, arrives at the shanty town of Providence, the effects are devastating. Now Michael and the townsfolk must cross the deadly wasteland to Newbegin, a nearby city that has sprung from the desolation; but will the city's power-mad dictator welcome them with open arms or a closed fist?

The WASTELAND Compendium collects the entire first half of the epic post-apocalyptic series in one epic-sized paperback!


Original Soundtrack

WASTELAND has an original soundtrack, which I composed and recorded during the series' run between 2006-2015, under the nom de guerre Ruin Runner.

Boasting an atmospheric combination of doom metal, aggressive guitars, and desolate gothic electronica, the WASTELAND Original Soundtrack is the perfect companion to the book. Initially released one song at a time throughout the series' publication, the entire soundtrack is now available to buy from Bandcamp.


Wasteland © Antony Johnston.