News: Madefire launches War in Heaven motion books from Ricardo Pinto and Adrian Smith this Halloween

With Halloween looming we got an intriuging press release from the team at Madefire today, announcing their latest latest release is set to the War in Heaven motion book from Ricardo Pinto and Adrian Smith that we saw previewed back in May. As the nights draw in, how could we resist checking this dark and brooding monochrome mystery?! “Early on at Madefire, just as the first stories and pieces of art started to come in, and the medium we were involved in progressing really started to look like it was progressing, one of our key investors noted that it was here that ‘the myths of the 21st century would be created.’ It was a pretty bold statement!” Chief Creative Officer Liam Sharp told us. “[And] this week we launch a book that can legitimately lay claim to that – ‘War in Heaven’ by Ricardo Pinto and Adrian Smith.”

War in heaven To give you a bit of background on those involved, Ricardo Pinto is the writer of one of the most epic, brutal, and pioneering trilogies of the last fifteen years – The Stone Dance of the Chameleon. Told over three huge volumes, and featuring a world of astonishing lucidity, Ricardo built models which he lit with a false electric sun so he could chart the lengthening of shadows across the terrain. The astonishingly cruel caste system of his native culture is exposed in every facet; beautiful and barbaric. At times it reads like an anthropological study, at other times it’s a psychological nightmare. The ghost of Jung embeds his icons in the intricate structures of both the story and the plot. It’s exhaustive and exhausting, and utterly riveting.

Adrian Smith is one of the most highly respected dark fantasy gaming artists in the world. His battle scenes are choreographed with a general’s eye, the thuggish intent of the protagonists unquestioned. He makes preposterous, insanely ornate, over-sized armour seem logical and practical. There’s no cutting corners here – he paints everything! I’ve studied his work and can’t figure out how he does it without an army of clones, or some sort of time-retarding device. There aren’t enough hours in any given day to accommodate his output, so I have come to trust that he is in league with demonic and arcane individuals, that some satanic pact has been enacted. It’s scary!

‘War in Heaven’ is their first Motion Book and is loosely based on Milton’s Paradise Lost. “It wastes no time at all getting going, and Pinto doesn’t over-burden Smith’s art with exposition or dialogue. It’s sparse, lyrical – indeed the words fit the art more like the lyrics of a concept album than anything else.” Sharp explained to us “This is post-rock-art, epic and unapologetic. And it really is epic! Not since Philippe Druillet gave us Yragail/Urm have I seen such scale in a work of narrative art. It’s mind-blowing, and it’s aided by some of our best soundscapes to date.”

Madefire are releasing all six issues of their ’21st Century Mythology’ at once on Thursday October 31st – which fittingly happens to be Halloween – just right for this “monochromatic chamber with it’s dark, elegiac heart”.

To read it you can either  download the Madefire app for your iPad for free from the iTunes Store, or you can read the whole of War in Heaven here