Rush the band have retired, but Rush the legend lives on. There’s been a documentary film (Time Stand Still), handfuls of album reissues (including the recent Record Store Day picture disc for Hemispheres), and now there’s The Making of A Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel.

This is actually the 3rd graphic novel from Rush, following Neil Peart’s collaboration with Kevin J. Anderson in Clockwork Angels and its sequel, Clockwork Lives. However, The Making of A Farewell to Kings: The Graphic Novel will be the first to feature the band themselves as the protagonists of the comic panels, and with the direct input of Alex Lifeson and Terry Brown, plus the Rush-expertise of creators Fantoons, this looks to be equal parts informative and fun. As the title suggests, the new graphic novel serves as an illustrated version of the classic approach to music documentaries, wherein narration and location shots are interspersed with staged interview footage.

For those who want to journey headlong into mystery with Neil, Geddy, and Alex as they get closer to the heart, September 10 is the date.

By Craig E. Bacon

Husband, Father, Philosopher, Music/Beer/Comics Enthusiast—Craig has written for The Prog Report and ProgRadar, and now serves as de facto progressive music editor for MusicTAP. Please direct interview requests & review submissions to [email protected]