“I love stories about justice and retribution, and The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas is the classic tale in the genre, with timeless themes throughout,” Moustafa told IGN. “The original, taking place in 19th century France, is an amazing tale that was ripe for retelling in a more timeless, action-infused setting.”
Moustafa continued, “Taking the broad strokes from the original, I set out to reimagine the world of the story, and extrapolate on the more contemporary stakes surrounding the themes of class struggle, and justice for the people. COUNT is the story of a man who was wronged by the system, who finds himself in a position to do something about it. He has to decide if his own thirst for revenge is more important than the good of the people.”
“Ibrahim Moustafa’s COUNT is phenomenal,” said Publisher Mark Waid in a statement. “Ibrahim has taken a classic text and brought a modern sensibility to it, with widescreen storytelling and clever reinvention. This book is a signpost for the kind of graphic novels that we’ll be publishing in the months and years to come.”Humanoids has also released a video trailer for Count on YouTube. Count is the first in a three-book deal between Moustafa and Humanoids. The other two projects will be announced at a later date.
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