CBR has premiered the first look at an exclusive comic book that includes one of the stories that inspired director Luc Besson’s new sci-fi action adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
The 32-page free issue from STX films, EuropaCorp and Cinebook will feature a preview of “Valerian and Laureline: Ambassador of the Shadows,” the 1975 comic by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières that inspired Besson’s film as well as behind-the-scenes content.
Valerian and Laureline is a french comic series that mixes elements of both space opera and time travel plots. The comic was originally published first in 1967. The comic follows the titular spatiotemporal agents through space and time protecting the planets of the Terran Empire from temporal paradoxes created by rogue time travelers.
The “Valerian and Laureline: Ambassador of the Shadows” preview issue will be available on Comic Book Day, May 6 at available participating retailers. Both Besson and the film’s star Dane DeHaan will be attending a Free Comic Book Day signing at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles on May 6, from 12 to 2 p.m. PST. You can check out the cover below.
The film stars Dane DeHaan, Carla Delevingne, Rihanna, Clive Owen, John Goodman, and Ethan Hawke. Here’s the official synopsis:
In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) maintain order throughout the universe for the government of the human territories. Under orders from their commander (Clive Owen), the duo embark on a mission to Alpha, an intergalactic city where diverse species share their technology and resources for the betterment of all. The ever-expanding metropolis is also home to sinister forces that jeopardize the future of mankind.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters July 21, 2017.