Sorry, Avengers: Age of Ultron, but we might just be a little more excited for Mad Max: Fury Road, which sees original Mad Max director George Miller returning to the gritty franchise for an exceedingly explosive new installment. To help you get even more pumped about Fury Road (if that’s even possible), Miller has teamed up with Vertigo to release a new art book and prequel comics for the film.

The cover art (below) for both Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists and the first prequel comic, Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1 debuted over at Slashfilm, along with details on the upcoming releases from comic imprint Vertigo. First up is Inspired Artists, a large book featuring artwork inspired by the film, along with artwork which inspired Miller’s vision for Fury Road, from over 65 artists.

In addition, there will be four comics which will tell the prequel stories of the main characters, including Tom Hardy’s Mad Max, Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa and Nicholas Hoult’s Nux. The Inspired Artists book hits shelves on May 6, while the first prequel comic will hit on May 20, all focused around the release of Mad Max: Fury Road.


Here’s the official synopsis for the Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1:

In a fallen world ravaged by oil and water wars, humanity exists without law or mercy. All those who wander the Wasteland are ruled by a single imperative…survive!
Among them is Max Rockatansky, a Road Warrior haunted by his turbulent past…
“It’s hard to know who is more crazy.
Me or everyone else?!”
In this first issue, witness the rise of Colonel Joe Moore, a war hero turned tyrannical warlord…The Immortan Joe!
And don’t miss the story of Nux, one of the Immortan’s “War Boys,” who knows only the chaos into which he was born.
From the mind of George Miller, the creator of the Mad Max trilogy, comes a brand new epic tale that serves as a prelude to the upcoming film, Mad Max: Fury Road!

We look forward to having our minds totally blown when Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters on May 15.