Cover by Steven Becker | Book 2 of 4
Contains adult themes and language, recommended for mature readers.
Preview at ChristopherPriest.com/1999
What If You Were A Hero But Didn’t Know It?
What If You Were Destined To Become A Villain: Could You Prevent It?
Love, hate, peace, war: Tomorrow is yesterday.
Critically acclaimed DC and Marvel Comics writer Christopher James Priest (Black Panther, Green Lantern: Sleepers, Quantum & Woody) has authored a serialized four-book superhero anthology. 1999 contains three distinct series written in different genres and set within a shared universe: Crimson, a Manga-influenced martial arts action series about a super-powered Korean American teenage girl hunted across the Korean peninsula; Eddie X, a medical drama about a second-year surgical resident who moonlights as a contract killer; and The Zionist, a political drama about a Will Smith-type college student who inherits a house built in a Jewish settlement in the Gaza Strip. As with the film Crash, 1999’s three independent series, which have, seemingly, nothing in common, intersect at a common event: a hold-up at a Newark bar.
A fourth series, eponymously titled 1999, is an over-arching police procedural drama about NYPD Detective Evan Dwyer, who was moonlighting off-the-books at that Newark bar and whose job is now in jeopardy because of the robbery. Dwyer is desperate to solve the crime and apprehend the suspects before his review board hearing after the Christmas holiday. His single piece of evidence is a thumb print on a bar glass.
Running the fingerprint through various agencies, Dwyer assembles a list of suspects, most of whom he chalks up to false positives and the crude state of computer print-checking in 1998. What he discovers, however, is a deeper mystery: hundreds of hits—exact matches—to his bar glass fingerprint, ultimately discovering more than a thousand possible suspects, including:
Tank, a scrawny, too-tall under achiever, and Clayton, his snotty sixteen-year old Korean-American super-powered girlfriend, had a simple, stupid plan: create a fake masked marauder called “Crimson” to rip off drug dealers in order to raise enough money to buy a plane ticket to Seoul, South Korea, where they will find peace and finally lose their virginity.
However, Within seconds of their landing in Seoul, Tank is killed. Clayton finds herself alone and hunted by her twin brother who is in league with Clayton’s scientist dad—who wants Clayton back for genetic experimentation.
Dr. Kenny Edwards is a young, guileless second-year surgical resident at a struggling, inner-city ER who moonlights as a contract killer. A compassionate, dedicated healer by day, Kenny is a calculating, cold-blooded hit man by night. His two worlds collide when one of Eddie X’s victims ends up in Kenny Edwards’ ER, Kenny experiencing a crisis of ethics as he ends up saving the life of a woman he’s been paid to kill.
Eric Desmond, a 22-year old college kid from Crown Heights, is visited by a strange, aged African Holy Man who tells Dez a distant relative died and has left Dez a house. Dez is elated before discovering a major complication: the house is located in an Israeli-occupied settlement within the Gaza Strip.
Under pressure from a police investigation into a Newark bar stickup, Dez flees to Gaza intent only on selling the house for quick cash, but quickly becomes embroiled in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while discovering more about his true heritage and growing conflicted over whether or how to employ his powers to resolve the ancient conflict there.
Themes: identity, the essence of heroism, predestination.