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After Skullkickers gets Uncanny, it will turn Savage

Skullkickers creators Jim Zubkavich and Edward Huang aren’t finished with their flirtation with adjectives just yet. After announcing last month that their Image Comics fantasy action-comedy will be re-branded in February as The Uncanny Skullkickers, complete with a new Issue 1, they’ve now revealed that March will see the release of … Savage Skullkickers #1.

“With over 180 issues released over the past 20 years, Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon is one of the most compelling and consistent creator-owned comics ever made,” Zubkavich said in a statement. “In order to commemorate Erik’s hard work and strident ‘no relaunching, no renumbering’ approach to his series, we thought we’d relaunch and renumber Skullkickers, stealing his precious ‘Savage’ adjective while we’re at it. Thanks, Erik!”

To help prevent headaches among collectors, Image will offer two covers: the regular Savage Skullkickers #1, and an “Issue 20 Variant” to “make sure your collector streak is unbroken.” You can see both below.

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With a wink, Image Comics announces … Uncanny Skullkickers #1

Riding the “Uncanny” wave of new Marvel titles — Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, Uncanny X-ForceSkullkickers creators Jim Zubkavich and Edward Huang have wryly announced the February arrival of … The Uncanny Skullkickers #1.

“A bold new direction!” the Image Comics solicitation promises. “A perfect jumping-on point! A newly added adjective! Our nineteeth issue, but also a new issue #1! It’s all here, people! Don’t make us use more exclamation marks!! P.S. Retailers: Rack this comic beside other ‘Uncanny’ comics you may have hanging around and sell a ton of copies. Do it.” The subsequently released teaser (above), parodies Marvel’s ubiquitous ads for its relaunched titles, with the “Join the Revolution” logo replaced by a box reading “YUP we went there.”

Image NOW! maybe? Hey, why not. “That’s how we roll … bandwagon-jumping bastards,” Zubkavich wrote this morning on Twitter, adding, “Wait until you see the variant cover.”

Speaking of covers: Note, too, that Chris Stevens’ cover (below) bears a striking similarity to those recently released by DC Comics for its Zero Month. The Uncanny Skullkickers #1 goes on sale Feb. 27.

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