Official Press Release
|"Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters" #1 on sale in January, 2008|
Runnemede, NJ – DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT today released images and information announcing the debut issue of Don Chin’s Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters by writer Keith Champagne with art by Tom Nguyen! Scheduled for a January release, Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters #1 will be available in full color with covers by Tom Nguyen and Michael Avon Oeming!
In 1977, NASA inexplicably sent four hamsters into space to investigate a strange mass of radioactive gelatin hovering over the Earth. Due to exposure from the radioactive mass, the four hamsters quickly changed, evolving into something NEW. Something ADOLESCENT. Something RADIOACTIVE.
Crash landing in the Himalayas, the Hamsters were found by a hidden monastery of monks who nursed them back to health, training the group in the martial arts.
And now they’re back and Dynamite’s got them!
Under the watchful eye of original series creator Don Chin, writer Keith Champagne (Countdown: Arena) is joined by artist Tom Nguyen for a comic book series unlike any the world has ever seen! Ninjas! Barbarians! Huns! Monks! Hamsters! This one’s got it all! Look for the special Hamsters alternate cover by Michael Avon (Mice Templar) Oeming!
Writer Keith Champagne described his plans for ARBBH, "Without giving anything away, Tom and I plan to offer a fresh take and new beginning to Don Chin’s classic creations. No one can copy Don’s style of humor and satirical storytelling but, with his blessing, we’re planning to relaunch the Hamsters for a new generation of comics fans, while simultaneously creating a book that will offer readers of the classic series plenty of touchstones of the Hamsters they loved. Just not in a way they might expect. This is a book all about peeling back the layers and digging beneath the surface.
"Sit back and enjoy the ride. You might not know where the book is taking you–or even who some of these Hamsters are (Arnold? Jean Claude? Steven? Lucy? Rock?), but by the time we’re done, you’ll definitely have a smile on your face"
|"Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters" #2 covers|
About the opportunity to work on ARBBH, Tom Nguyen added, "I was actually a Hamster fan when I was a kid, so to be in a situation where Dynamite and Don Chin are entrusting Keith and me to continue this hilarious property is quite an honor. Plus Keith and I have wanted to work together for a long time; his writing style is concise, action-packed, and full of humor. Now that it’s happening, we’re going to do our best to put a smile on readers’ faces. If you’re looking for something deep and thought-provoking, go read Thorn Birds or something. If you want pure fun and action, you’ll enjoy the new Hamsters!"
Dynamite Publisher Nick Barrucci stated, "The Hamsters are fun, they’re cuddly, and now they’re ‘dynamite’. We’ve been working with Don for a good long while to make this happen and today I’m pleased to announce that the Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters have found a new home at Dynamite. This is a series which has the potential to not only be a lot of fun, but to be a great jumping on point for kids as well as regular comic fans! We’re thrilled at the creative possibilities of this series and have big things in stores for these characters in a new comic book series."
The Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters series ran for nine issues from 1986 through 1989 and featured a number of spin-offs, including: Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters in 3-D; Clint: Hamster Triumphant; and Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters Massacre the Japanese Invasion.
ADOLESCENT RADIOACTIVE BLACK BELT HAMSTERS #1 (NOV073453)
Writer: KEITH CHAMPAGNE; Penciller: TOM NGUYEN; Covers: TOM NGUYEN, Michael Avon Oeming
For more on ARBBH, check out CBR’s interview with writer Keith Champagne.
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