Official Press ReleaseOni Press announced today that there would be a significant change to the second story arc of their ongoing title, QUEEN & COUNTRY. Spanning issues five through seven, the arc was originally intended to be illustrated by newcomer Rebecca Woods. Unfortunately, as production got underway, it became clear that Woods’ schedule didn’t line up with the publishing schedule already in place.
“This is one of those things that no one is happy about,” commented Oni Press editor in chief Jamie S. Rich. “It’s just one of those cases where no one is to blame, things just didn’t work out. We felt it was best for all involved that we make a new plan before we let things get out of control and found ourselves in hot water.”
Stepping into the art chores is Brian Hurtt, a member of Spookoo Studios who is currently collaborating with Jim Mahfood on art for one of the stories in CAPTAIN AMERICA #50. He will pencil all three issues. Brian’s Spookoo partner Christine Norrie will take over inking on #s 6 and 7, following her stint as artist on HOPELESS SAVAGES. Filling in for Norrie on inks for #5 will be Bryan O’Malley.
This particular story line of QUEEN & COUNTRY has already garnered interest due to its focus on the tyrannical Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Following the disastrous events of September 11th, Oni Press and author Greg Rucka decided to continue as planned with the story. “We felt the material was still relevant in the world today,” Rich said. “While it doesn’t specifically cross over with recent events, it does help to shed some light on the human rights violations that have been occurring in Afghanistan-largely unreported by the mainstream media. As the scripts were already written, we felt it was best to stay on our original course.”
QUEEN & COUNTRY #5 is a thirty-two page black-and-white comic book. Retailing for $2.95, it is expected to ship to comic book stores on November 30, 2001. Painted covers were provided by John K. Snyder III.