Michael B. Jordan’s Outlier Society and Chartoff-Winkler Brings MGM’s CREED Franchise to Comics with Superstar Creative Team at BOOM! Studios
Jordan to Serve as Creative Director
The Legacy of the Legendary Boxing Dynasty Continues, For the First Time Ever in Comics This June 2023
BOOM! Studios, under license by MGM and in collaboration with Michael B. Jordan’s production company, Outlier Society, and Chartoff-Winkler, is proud to announce an upcoming four-issue limited comic book series based on the CREED franchise.
Creed III’s director, producer and star Michael B. Jordan serves as the creative director on the new story. He joins superstar co-writers LaToya Morgan (Dark Blood, AMC’s Walking Dead) and Jai Jamison (Superman & Lois), highly acclaimed artist Wilton Santos (Break Out), colorist DJ Chavis (Lunar Room), and executive producer Elizabeth Raposo, associate producer Christina Raquel of Outlier Society and Chartoff-Winkler to bring the future legacy of the legendary boxer to life within the pages of a comic book for the very first time in June 2023. The announcement comes following the record-breaking theatrical release of MGM’s Creed III.
The CREED comic book series begins ten years after the events of Creed III. Adonis Creed is out of the ring but not out of the game as he trains – along with his manager-wife Bianca – the next champion—his daughter Amara, now an amateur boxer. But with Adonis and Bianca reluctant to pit their daughter against more dangerous opponents, Amara feels like her career is at a standstill, and she’s hungry for more. Amara will have to find another trainer. Someone who’s not afraid of defying Adonis but still knows how to teach her to fight like a Creed. Who’s up for the challenge of training a young boxer to become the next champion fighter?
The first issue features cover art by highly acclaimed artists Mateus Manhanini, Valentine de Landro, Paris Alleyne, and more.
LaToya Morgan has been a writer on Shameless, Parenthood, Complications, Turn: Washington’s Spies, Into the Badlands, and The Walking Dead. She is currently the showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming HBO Max series Duster, which she co-created with JJ Abrams. She’s written several comic books, including the Boom! Studios best-selling series Dark Blood.
“I couldn’t say no at the opportunity to dive deeper into Adonis’ story–the story of the Creed dynasty. As a super fan of the Rocky and Creed franchises, this is a dream come true! I’m so excited for fellow fans to dive into this comic book goodness,” said Morgan.
Jai is a writer/director based in Los Angeles. He’s currently an Executive Story Editor on Superman & Lois and will direct an episode of season 3. In addition to his television and feature film work, Jai co-wrote Earth Prime: Superman & Lois #2 for DC Comics.
“It’s been the opportunity of a lifetime to play in the sandbox with such an iconic franchise filled with incredible and complex characters. The art I’ve seen from Wilton has blown my mind. And to top it all off, I get to collaborate with my longtime friend and mentor, LaToya. I can’t wait for people to see what we got planned,” said Jamison.
Wilton Santos is an artist and Brazilian native. He has worked on numerous titles for Marvel Comics including Excalibur, Maestro, Star Wars: Age of Republic, and Star Wars: Doctor Aphra. He is also the co-creator of Break Out at Dark Horse Comics. You can find Wilton on Instagram at @__wiltonsantos.
“When I was invited to work on this story, I was beyond excited! Rocky and Creed are so iconic, and some of my favorite films. I hope the fans are just as excited to see what we’ve made,” said Santos.
The upcoming series marks the next release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Eve by Victor LaValle and Jo Mi-Gyeong; The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V and Filipe Andrade; Wynd by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas; Grim by Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano; Briar by Christopher Cantwell and Germán García; Stuff of Nightmares by R.L. Stine and A.L. Kaplan; The Approach by Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley, and Jesus Hervas; Damn Them All by Simon Spurrier and Charlie Adlard; Behold, Behemoth by Tate Brombal and Nick Robles; Specs by David M. Booher and Chris Shehan; Once Upon a Time at the End of the World by Jason Aaron, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Leila del Duca, and Nick Dragotta; Know Your Station by Sarah Gailey and Liana Kangas; A Vicious Circle by Mattson Tomlin and Lee Bermejo; Mosely by Rob Guillory and Sam Lotfi; Harrower by Justin Jordan and Brahm Revel; The Neighbors by Jude Ellison S. Doyle and Letizia Cadonici; and the upcoming The Seasons Have Teeth by Dan Watters and Sebastián Cabrol. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Harkonnen from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Michael Shelfer; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Melissa Flores and Simona Di Gianfelice; Magic from Jed McKay, Rich Douek, and Ig Guara; and The Expanse: Dragon Tooth by Andy Diggle and Rubine.
“As a huge fan of Rocky and Creed, this series is a dream project come to life with an absolute all-star team of creators and talent,” said Matt Gagnon, BOOM! Studios. “It’s humbling to be a part of the ongoing legacy, and we can’t wait for fans to discover what’s in store for the next generation of legendary champions.”
Robert Marick, head of MGM Consumer Products, said, “As you can see from the recent box office debut of Creed III, the franchise is only getting hotter and hotter, and fans are looking for exciting new ways to interact with the property beyond the roll of the closing credits. The collaboration with BOOM! Studios on this new, limited comic book series enables fans to continue on with Adonis in this new Creed under the creative direction of Michael B. Jordan and a line-up of truly brilliant writers and illustrators.”
Print copies of the first issue will be available for sale in June 2023 exclusively at comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest comic book shop) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.