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BOOM! Studios sent out a trio of press releases this afternoon in conjunction with their announcements from the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle this weekend.
As noted on CBR this afternoon, Darkwing Duck is joining the BOOM! Kids line, written by my buddy Ian Brill and drawn by James Silvani. Big props to Ian on writing his first four-issue mini-series.
The Amory Wars moves from Image to BOOM! in May, as Coheed & Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez teams with comics writer Peter David for The Amory Wars: In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3. The 12-issue maxi-series ties into the release of Coheed & Cambria’s album Year of the Black Rainbow, due out in April. BOOM! will also release The Amory Wars Ultimate Edition, which collects the previous Amory Wars tales published by Image.
“Working with Claudio has been an absolute revelation in terms of Coheed and Cambria’s popularity,” said David. “I cannot tell you the number of times I’ve encountered people who don’t read X-Factor, never heard of Fallen Angel, but I mention that I’m working with Claudio and they instantly declare their undying love for all things C&C. They start rattling off titles, song lyrics, and they absolutely cannot wait to get their hands on the next installment of Claudio’s epic science fiction vision. For those fans who have been waiting years for this new comic series, the wait is over. For anyone who’s going to be entering Claudio’s world for the first time, welcome to Heaven’s Fence.”
Finally, this May BOOM! will release 7 Psychopaths, written by Fabien Vehlmann with art by Sean Phillips of Criminal fame. Originally published by Delcourt in France under the title Seven Psychos, the World War II story is about seven psychos charged with killing Hitler.
“7 Psychopaths is probably the most difficult story I’ve ever drawn,” said Phillips. “Nine or ten panel pages, having to find reference for everything I had to draw, drawing a type of story I’d never tackled before, it was hard work. Many times I wondered if it was worth the effort. Then I started to receive jpegs of Hubert’s coloured pages, and it was definitely worth it. He’s made it look like a book drawn by someone who knew what he was doing! It seemed as if I could do Fabien’s great story justice after all.”