Earthworm Jim creator Doug TenNapel is continuing to see Image Comics republish his older out-of-print works.
Gear was a six-issue comic book limited series published in six issues by Fireman Press Ltd on 1998, then collected by Image Comics in 2007, who are now reprinting it in a new 20th-anniversary edition in July. Many of the characters presented in the book were retooled for TenNapel’s Nickelodeon cartoon series Catscratch.
Four incompetent cats hijack a giant killer robot to change the course of a war between cats, dogs, and insects. But while these three species fight for control of the world, a powerful mechanical being named GEAR arrives to risk his own life to save the lives of good cats. This printing has everything: robots, harpoon guns, talking cats, mantis kung fu, and pin-up art by ROB SCHRAB and MIKE MIGNOLA!
Writer and artist DOUG TENNAPEL (Earthworm Jim) and colorist KATHERINE GARNER present an updated-but-faithful 20th ANNIVERSARY edition of GEAR, an Image Comics classic for cat, dog, and insect lovers of all ages!
And now we see that Image Comics is to reprint his far more accomplished follow-up, and a favourite of mine, Creature Tech. Originally published by Top Shelf Productions in 2003, elements of the story tie-in with TenNapel’s previous comic book work Gear.
And it’s coming with extras.
Good battles evil, and the world hangs in the balance! Resurrected by the Shroud of Turin, the zombified Dr. Jameson intends to finish what he started 150 years ago — destroying the earth with a giant space eel! Standing in his way is Dr. Ong, a would-be pastor-turned-scientist who now works in a government research facility infamously known as ‘Creature Tech.’ Aided by an unlikely cast of rednecks, symbiotic aliens, and a CIA-trained mantid, Dr. Ong embarks on a journey of faith, love, and self-discovery. All in a day’s work at Creature Tech!
From Doug Tennapel, the creator of Earthworm Jim, Monster Zoo, and Ghostopolis comes this new edition of Creature Tech — presented for the first time by Image Comics!
Features 16 additional pages of Tennapel’s rough development sketches and pin-ups from Rob Scrab and C.S. Morse.
Look for it around Christmas. A worthwhile gift for any comic book fan.