British imperialism rears its ugly head once more!
Titan Comics has announced plans to expand with a new imprint called Statix Press, whose purpose is to “showcase the best comics from Europe and around the globe” and aide the company in its quest for complete global domination.
In a shocking twist on conventional press release strategy, Titan is announcing the new imprint after one of the books in its opening lineup has already hit stores:
Hitting stores November 22, 2017, Doctor Radar is set in Paris during the roaring 1920’s, and sees a gentleman detective investigate a series of horrific deaths, all the while playing a deadly game with a mysterious criminal mastermind known only as Doctor Radar! Written by Noël Simsolo with art by Bézían, Doctor Radar Issue #1 comes with a stunning cover by superstar artist Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle, Detective Comics).
The Beautiful Death, a post-apocalyptic, coming-of-age mini-series, written and illustrated by Mathieu Bablet (Shangri-La), asks the question – what does resistance mean when there’s nothing left to fight for? That’s what Wayne, Jeremiah, and Soham, the only survivors of a devastating alien invasion, struggle with – seeking a future that justifies their presence on a ruined world. Issue #1 arrives September 2017 and debuts with a special cover by iconic comic book creator Brandon Graham (Island, King City, G.I. Joe, Multiple Warheads)!
A bold new take of the Twelve Labors of Hercules, Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens by JDMorvan and Looky is a stunningly illustrated science fiction re-telling of the legend of Hercules, which debuted in August 2017. As war rages across the galactic frontier, Hercules – half-human, half-god super-soldier – faces his greatest enemy – his own demons – in a bid for truth and redemption. Issue #2 is due to hit comic stores in mid-September.
Then, on December 13, 2017 classic B-movie horror comes to comic book stores with Under: Scourge of the Sewer! In this new series, written by Christophe Bec with art by Stefano Raffaele (Marvel Generations: Hawkeye) and a cover by James Stokoe (Aliens: Dead Orbit, Prophecy), some people bury their secrets underground. In Megalopolis, the filth flows into the sewers. Disgraced Lt. Wilson Jericho will soon discover something monstrous will be crawling out of the sewers to rip the city apart! Lloyd Kaufman (director of Troma’s The Toxic Avenger) said: “Great and wise entertainment! If the French Nouvelle Vague, made a Troma movie, this would be it!”
“Growing up in Australia, I was exposed to comics from all over, and I’ve tried to maintain that breadth of reading into adult life,” said Titan Brand Manager Chris Thompson as he pushed military tokens around a table-sized map of the world’s comic book retailers. “It’s why I enjoy my annual pilgrimage to Angouleme, and why I’m always on the lookout for something new. With our Statix Press line, we hope to continue Titan’s rich history of publishing essential classics like Bilal, Jodorowsky and Druillet, while introducing English-speaking audiences to fresh new creators and titles from around the world.”
The press release also announced plans to “showcase Titan’s vast back catalogue of translated comics from a variety of genres including superhero with The Chimera Brigade and Masked plus fantasy/science-fiction with Khaal, and World War X, alongside the dark comedy series Norman!” Titan promised more news to come soon.
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