With the amount of news coming out of San Diego Comic Con, it is hard not to get overwhelmed. But we here at Word of the Nerd are filtering through everything to bring you the best stories. Today we have a press release from Dynamite Comics about a new cross-over event. And the bet part of it is that the first issue will be painted by Alex Ross himself.
THE FIRST EVER CROSS-OVER FEATURING THE TOP PULP HEROES OF ALL TIME!
THE ENTIRE FIRST ISSUE IS PAINTED BY ALEX ROSS!!!
July 11th, 2012, Mt. Laurel, NJ – The Shadow, Green Hornet, Kato, Zorro, The Spider, Miss Fury, The Black Bat and MORE are all featured in Masks, the Dynamite Entertainment cross-over featuring the top pulp heroes of all time. Written by Chris Roberson, the ENTIRE FIRST ISSUE IS PAINTED BY ALEX ROSS!! This is his first full interior work since “Justice” at DC Comics!!! Masks is hitting comic book stores everywhere this November, also featuring covers by Alex Ross, Sean Phillips, Howard Chaykin and Jae Lee!!!
In Masks #1, it’s 1938, and the Justice Party has swept into office in New York State. But the newly-elected officials are in the control of powerful criminals, who quickly corrupt the law to their own advantage. When a fascist police state is instituted, the only ones who stand in defense of the innocent are masked vigilantes like the Shadow, the Green Hornet, Kato, and the Spider. When the law is unjust, justice must be an outlaw…
“For years now, Dynamite Entertainment and I have desired to unite all of the varied pulp characters they’ve been publishing into one big crossover event,” says legendary comic book creator Alex Ross. “When the Green Hornet and Kato paved the way for a successful relaunch of the original masked duo characters, we knew that the grand prize of revivals should then be the ultimate original, the Shadow. Now, to be able for the first time in history to have these legends meet, along with fellow mysterymen; The Spider, Zorro, Black Bat, and others, makes this project a unique accomplishment. I always thought that illustrating the first hero archetypes like The Shadow would be a milestone in my career. I’m thrilled to touch upon the legends that began the very concept of the superhero in Masks with a crossover that is literally the longest overdue.”
“Masks is the comic I’ve wanted to write since I first discovered the pulp heroes in the 1970s,” says writer Chris Roberson. “Just working with these characters is already a dream come true, but having the first issue painted by Alex Ross makes it that much more amazing!”
“When we were exploring writers, I emailed Chris and we spent a couple of emails back and forth and in that short span, he laid out a basic framework that was pitch-perfect for what we were looking for,” adds Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. “Alex had initially laid out a character list and high concept, but Chris added the flesh to the bones and we’ve got something really cool coming together here.”
“Alex is so incredible excited about Masks, and realizes that it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to draw so many classic and iconic characters in one series,” exclaims Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “Alex promptly jumped head-first when presented with the idea to pain the interiors of the entire first issue, which will bring the most amount of attention to the series possible.”
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I am very excited to see this cross-over event! Some of the biggest names of my childhood are being put together into one comic book, and with Alex Ross, one of my favorite artists, this is a definite purchase.
About Dynamite Entertainment:
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Shadow, The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, Game of Thrones and more!
In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Jae Lee, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!
DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. Several of their titles have also hit The New York Times Best-Sellers list: The Boys, Vampirella Archives, Robert Jordan’s New Spring and Wheel of Time graphic novels. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). Dynamite recently won the Diamond Gem Award for Best Publisher Under 4% of market share for 2011! The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.
So what do you think fellow nerds? Interested in picking this gem up? I can’t wait to see more of Alex Ross’s work on this. Are you going to pick up this title of the classic masked characters? Lets us know in the comments below!!
NERD IT UP!!!