'True Blood' Meets 'Star Trek' As 'Lucid' Team Asks 'What If Obama Had An Ass-Kicking Magician?'

It's no secret that I'm a big fan of "Lucid," the soon-to-hit-shelves comic written by "True Blood" actor Michael McMillian and illustrated by newcomer Anna Wieszczyk. The first project to come out of a partnership between publisher Archaia Entertainment and "Star Trek" actor Zachary Quinto's media house Before The Door Pictures, "Lucid" made its debut during Comic-Con last weekend, and the first issue will officially hit shelves in August.

I managed to get some time with McMillian and Quinto in San Diego to talk about the comic, the origin of the "Lucid" universe, and what attracted Quinto to the project.

"'Lucid' takes place in an alternate universe where major world powers have combat mages — magicians that are working for them as secret agents, fighting the good fight, protecting national security and also overseeing the more paranormal things that go on in the world," explained McMillian.

And while the story manages to blend equal parts magic, espionage, and action, Quinto said it was the historical reference points that first attracted him to the project.

"The interesting thing to me...is the lineage of Matthew Dee tracing back to John Dee, who is a historical figure," said Quinto of the comic's main character, combat magician Matthew Dee.

"In renaissance England, they had a court magician for Elizabeth I," explained McMillian. "The idea [for 'Lucid'] came from this secret tradition of magicians working for heads of state and kings and queens, and I thought, 'Wouldn't it be cool if Barack Obama had an ass-kicking magician working for him?'"

"Lucid" #1 hits shelves in August.

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