Adam Rapp, whose play The Metal Children will be seen at The Vineyard Theatre in early 2010, has written his first graphic novel. Ball Peen Hammer, which features artwork by George O'Connor, will be released by First Second Books on October 1.

Hammer is set in a futuristic world that's ravaged by war and plague. The novel focuses on a man who himself has been infected and who is hiding in his basement, hoping to save himself.

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