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CITY OF HEROES NOVEL #3: THE RIKTI WAR (Unpublished) (2007) CDS Books/Perseus Books

cover:  George Perez
Date: 2007
Cover Price: $6.99
Publisher: CDS Books/Perseus Books

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    CITY OF HEROES NOVEL #3: THE RIKTI WAR (Unpublished) (2007)
    CDS Books/Perseus Books

    "City of Heroes: The Rikti War" Will No Longer be Published?
    News Wed, 06 Dec 2006 17:52:35 CST Ilke

    City of Heroes
    08:25, 5 December 2006.


    CDS Books/Perseus Books

    CDS Books/Perseus Books

    CITY OF HEROES NOVEL #3: THE RIKTI WAR (Unpublished) (2007)
    CDS Books/Perseus Books
    The Novels
    The first City of Heroes novel, The Web of Arachnos, by Robert Weinberg, was published by CDS Books (an imprint of the Perseus Publishing Group) in October 2005. The novel chronicles the backstories of Statesman and Lord Recluse, the central iconic characters in the City of Heroes and City of Villains franchises. A second novel, The Freedom Phalanx, written by Robin Laws, released in May 2006 and detailed the reformation of the hero team the Freedom Phalanx in the 1980s; the story centers on the fledgling heroes Positron and Synapse, but also includes Manticore, Sister Psyche, and Statesman. The book's villains include Lord Recluse, Doctor Null, Shadow Queen, and Revenant. Artist George Pérez provides the covers for the first two novels.

    A third novel, The Rikti War, was announced by CDS at the time the first novel was published, with an August 2006 scheduled release date. Authors Paul S. Kemp and Shane Hensley have been attached to the project at various times. The book will reportedly cover the epic transdimensional war between Earth and the Rikti homeworld, however a post on the official message boards containing a message supposedly from Kemp states that the "novel is not to be and [he] must leave it at that" [4]. Developer Sean Michael Fish (Manticore) has recently stated that CDS will no longer be publishing books for CoX, and The Rikti War may or may not be published [5]."

    News: City of Heroes Novel #3 Cover?

    March 01, 2006 10:28 pm
     From Vu  

    CITY OF HEROES NOVEL #3: THE RIKTI WAR (Unpublished) (2007)
    CDS Books/Perseus Books

    High resolution scan from

    News: City of Heroes Novels Updates

    July 23, 2005 10:59 am
     From James Lowder

    CDS Books/Perseus Books

    CDS Books/Perseus Books

    CITY OF HEROES NOVEL #3: THE RIKTI WAR (Unpublished) (2007)
    CDS Books/Perseus Books

    The info on the Web of Arachnos cover you have is incorrect. It's not the cover for a comic book from Blue King. It's the cover for the first City of Heroes novel, The Web of Arachnos, written by Robert Weinberg and published by CDS Books/Perseus Books Group. The book is due out in October 2005.

    Amazon link

    Mr. Perez will be doing the cover for the second novel--The Freedom Phalanx, to be written by Robin Laws--and the third, though the title and the author of the third have not yet been announced.

    News: From George Pérez (Feb 2005)

    February 20, 2005 12:00 am
     From George Pérez

    CITY OF HEROES NOVEL #3: THE RIKTI WAR (Unpublished) (2007)
    CDS Books/Perseus Books
    I am currently inking the incredible Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez on a project written by Phil Jimenez, who is also the cover penciler, with me inking Phil. Unfortunately, beyond that, I'm not at liberty to reveal what the project is so I've been calling it "The EZ Company Project" since all three creators share the same last two letters in our family names. DC Comics should be making an announcement relatively soon and it will be a relief to finally be able to talk about it openly.

    Contrary to solicitations I have indeed drawn the cover for FALLEN ANGELS #20. Due to a mix-up in the scheduling it initially appeared that I couldn't do the cover, so the regular team was told to go ahead and draw the cover. When Peter David found out about that he reminded the editor that the deadlines had been pushed back and even though the book had been solicited with another cover, Peter figured few would be bummed out to find that there was a Pérez cover after all.

    I have also drawn a cover for a Marvel Visionaries book spotlighting my 1970's run on FANTASTIC FOUR. Tom Smith colored that piece and, as usual, did a wonderful job.

    I am currently drawing a variant cover for Top Cow's CITY OF HEROES #1 and will be drawing the cover for a CITY OF HEROES novel called "Web of Arachnos". This should be the first of three covers for a series of CoH novels. And since I just mentioned Top Cow, I should also announce that I will be participating in a special 10th Anniversary edition of WITCHBLADE. I will be drawing three pages written by Ron Marz. And as I draw those pages I will be filmed by a video crew for TwoMorrows' DVD companion to its MODERN MASTERS book series.

    There have been other offers, including some covers for Dynamic Forces' RED SONYA and ARMY OF DARKNESS. I also will be providing a cover for DF's STORYTELLER, yet another retrospective on my career. (I am definitely being over-exposed). A cover for ForceWerks' B.A.B.E. FORCE is also on my schedule. There have been other one-shots I've been offered that I'm not yet free to discuss, or yet to accept, but after "The EZ Company Project" I will be primarily focusing my attention on completing GAMES: THE TITANS GRAPHIC NOVEL. Inker Mike Perkins has already started on some pages and Tom Smith has 30 pages ready to start so it's up to me to get busy so that Marv Wolfman can start dialoguing the first half of the book.

    As for conventions this year, here's my schedule for 2005 so far.
    February 25-27: Mega Con in Orlando, FL.
    March 18-20: Wizard World Los Angeles in Long Beach, CA
    April 22-24: Pittsburgh Comicon in Monroeville, PA (I even provided the T-Shirt art)
    July 14-17: Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA
    September 13-17: Comic Book Festival in Avilés, Spain

    Those are the confirmed shows. There is a possibility of more, but I'm trying to limit my time away from the drawing board this year.

     June 28, 2004 07:32 pm | Perez Influences
    From Vu 
    Subject: Perez Influences (3 links)
    Date: Tue Jun 22, 2004 9:55 pm

    CITY OF HEROES (Game) Interview
    Tuesday, March 09, 2004 12:26:08 PM


    There are a wealth of comic books around which must have been a major source of ideas for the game. Are these also where some of the ideas for the CoH story arcs will draw inspiration from? Are there any writers, stories or comic books in particular which you would cite as favourites?
    Jack Emmert (lead designer): My personal inspirations have been George Perez and Marv Wolfman's New Teen Titans, and John Byrne and Chris Clairemont's Uncanny X-Men. I think that these comics were the first to take into consideration the adult reader. Instead of being perfect, heroes were portrayed as regular, normal people with abnormal powers.