Official Press Release
Who is the Hot Target? She’s whoever she needs to be.
Meet Maura Stone, LAPD.
Maura is not only on the front lines of the war on crime, she’s leading the
charge. If there’s a spotlight dance, she’s the one taking it. She can play
soft and sweet. She can play nasty. She can play pretty much any way you
need, but she always plays to win.
But her next role may be her last as she tracks down a copycat assassin bent
on re-creating the notorious “Shi” killings from New York City. Maura
is the Hot Target and she’s about to come face-to-face with the killer…and
“The world of Maura Stone will unfold in a series of individual episodes
that, taken together, allow us into her heart, head and soul,” said Billy
Tucci, who with writer J.C. Vaughn created HOT TARGET. “A great many
intelligent people have issues, problems they think they’ve dealt with,
tribulations they think they’ve put behind them. Many of those people are
wrong. Some of them are the very people who have been tasked with protecting
us. She’s one of them.”
“SHI: HOT TARGET #1 is a one-shot that introduces readers to Maura Stone
some of her supporting cast when a serial killer begins recreating the ‘Shi’
killings depicted in Shi: Way of the Warrior, the original Shi series,”
Vaughn said. “And yes, Ana Ishikawa plays an important role in the
SHI: HOT TARGET #1 is a full-color, regular format one-shot from Crusade
Fine Arts featuring the
exciting debut of Maura Stone, created by Billy Tucci and J.C. Vaughn.
Scheduled to go on sale in June 2003, this issue will be featured in the
April 2003 PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors.
Tucci is the creator of Crusade’s flagship character, Shi, and other
properties including VICTORIA CROSS, THE BURNING BLUE and ATOMIKA. He is
also an award-winning filmmaker following his writing and directorial debut
with some trouble of a SeRRious nature.
Vaughn is the writer of SHI: AKAI, SHI: POISONED PARADISE and SHI: SEMPO. He
is also the creator of the private investigator series McCANDLESS & COMPANY.
The trade paperback McCANDLESS & COMPANY: CRIME SCENES will be published by
Crusade in May.
SHI: HOT TARGET #1 will feature art by Tucci and Marc Sparacio (Shi:
Illustrated Warrior). Tucci will provide one cover, with Matt Busch (Stargate SG-1, Battlestar Galactica) providing the other.