The Matrix Comics Series 1 is the first collection of webcomics set in the Matrix universe. It was released on the official website through 1999 and includes two short stories, seven comic strips (of which one, The Man Who Knew Too Much, was removed early on) and four pin-up pictures.
The Matrix is not an easy film to explain. Beneath a story of unexpected complexity, it is, at its core, a film of ideas and it is those ideas that have inspired this project: a collection of stories set in the world of the Matrix.
The stories stand alone. They are not adaptations.
The contributors are some of the most talented artists and writers working in the comics medium today.
They include: Paul Chadwick (CONCRETE), Neil Gaiman (SANDMAN), Bill Sienkiewicz (ELECTRA ASSASIN), Harlan Elison (I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream), Steve Skroce (GAMBIT), Michael Kaluta (BOOKS OF MAGIC), Geof Darrow (HARD BOILED), Poppy Z. Brite (LOST SOULS), Larry and Andy Wachowski (BOUND), Ted McKeever (METROPOL), among others.
The stories work without seeing the film and run a wide spectrum of types, from action to contemplation to frightening, much like the film itself.
Written as the first of a four part story, aspects of this story were later incorporated into the Animatrix short film "The Second Renaissance". Artist Geof Darrow worked as a concept artist on all three Matrix films. Released June 16th 1999. Included in Volume 1.