Last week Vertigo Comics, released the first issue of New Romancer, written by Peter Milligan, with art by Brett Parson. The modern take on a classic romance follows Lexy who was fired from a cushy job in Silicon Valley, and is now a for New Romancer, an Internet-dating app that’s seen better days. To create fake profiles, she plunders characteristics from history’s most notorious lovers. Using little-known writings by Ada Lovelace, the world’s first computer programmer, Lexy pushes the boundaries of coding and accidentally unleashes history’s greatest lover: Lord Byron.
Parson commented on the series by saying:
Although the story takes place in modern day Silicon Valley, there’s still a subtle ’80s vibe hidden deep at the heart of the story. I wanted the world, the technology and the characters to let that vibe out a little bit.
Check out his character development sketches below: