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Devil’s Due Lands License to Capcom’s “Killer 7” Video Game

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Devil’s Due Lands License to Capcom’s “Killer 7” Video Game

Official Press Release

Chicago, IL – In June 2005, Capcom released killer 7, a stylized, post-modern action-adventure game for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system and Nintendo GameCube™. In January, Devil’s Due, partnered with Kinitec Underground and will publish a comic book series based on this hot new game. A special ZERO issue was included in an EB GAMES advance-order exclusive carrying the DDP logo; a special 1/2 issue was released at San Diego (the 1/2 issue will include the content from ZERO).

The series will be 12 issues in 2 six-issue story arcs beginning this February. Each issue will retail for $2.95 with Art Director David Forrest, Writer Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi), Illustrator Bong Dazo ( The Irregulars, The Trist), and Cover Artist Sanford Green (Army of Darkness, Rival Schools). There is also a limited edition killer 7 lithograph offer with the release of the first issue. Check out the ad in DDP’s Diamond Preview’s comic section next week for more information.

Killer 7 is a hard-boiled action-adventure game that chronicles the connection between two men whose intertwined paths develop into a compelling tale of revenge and altering personas. Harman Smith an unlikely assassin who leads a life as the “master” who rules over seven alter egos. Switching between his seven different personalities, Harman employs each personality’s unique abilities to complete their mission. Now, a powerful underworld kingpin has unleashed violent creatures onto the world called ‘Heaven’s Smile.’ These crazed soldiers, affixed with horrific smiles, have started to wreak havoc on city streets.

Unique characters, complex story and dark imagery presented with striking cel-shaded graphics are all the essential ingredients for this new thrilling game style. Killer 7 is rated ‘M’ for mature audiences by the ESRB (Entertainment Software Rating Board).

“It’s a cool, very stylized looking game,” said DDP President Josh Blaylock. “The unique story of killer 7 will make the perfect comic book, one we’re excited to publish.”

The Killer 7 comic book series is directed by David Forrest, founder and president of Kinetic Komicz and Kinetic Underground. “I saw this as a great opportunity. Killer 7 is like nothing I’ve ever seen. I think it will have a lot of cross-cultural appeal,” Forrest said. One of the most striking things about the game is its stark, moody, cell-shaded visual style.”

Writer Arvid Nelson says the comic will remain true to Capcom’s dark masterpiece. “The game is furious, it never lets up,” Nelson said. “And it’s got a very twisted sense of humor, too. Lots of surprises. That’s how I’m approaching the story.”

As for the story, Nelson and Forrest remain elusive, “I’ll just say it’s really cool, a kind of mutant cross-breeding of John Woo and Quentin Tarantino,” Nelson replied. “There’s a lot of action and a lot of arterial blood spray in it, to be sure.”

“It’s spooky, it’s funny, and it’s violent, but it’s also really smart, and that’s what makes it so great to work on,” Forrest said. “But it’s so more than that. Working on the comic has been really cool. People have no idea what they’re in for!”

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ABOUT DEVIL’S DUE PUBLISHING (DDP)

Devil’s Due Publishing was formed in 1999 as both a commercial art studio and a small press comic book publisher. DDP’s first breakout success was 2001’s revamp of G.I. JOE, returning the long-lost 1980s characters to comics. Fans bought over 100,000 copies per month, immediately propelling G.I. JOE to the top of the charts. Today, DDP’s lineup includes Hack/Slash, Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, EigoManga, LoFi Comics & Entertainment Magazine, the newly resurrected Chaos! Comics, Capcom’s killer 7, and the Aftermath universe, an imprint featuring super-powered heroes in titles Defex, Breakdown, Blade of Kumori and Infantry. www.DevilsDue.net

ABOUT KINETIC UNDERGROUND/KINETIC KOMICZ

Kinetic Underground, is a multi-faceted design and marketing company founded by David Forrest in 1997. Forrest created Kinetic to provide innovative, cutting edge design for youth-oriented consumer products for television, film, toy and video game industries. In just a few years Kinetic established itself as one of the most sought after graphic boutiques, working with clients such as Hasbro, Sesame Workshop, Art Asylum and Abrams/Gentile Entertainment. In December 2004, Hasbro’s Star Wars Unleashed Aayla Secura action figure, sculpted by Kinetic Underground, was voted number five in the top ten action figures, and “sexiest Star Wars figure” in Toyfare Magazine. In December 2005, The killer 7 Exclusive Dan Smith Translucent Blood Red 6 inch Resin Statue was voted number four in Penthouses Ultimate Game Room .

Kinetic was instrumental in designing the new look and style guides for the wildly successful Sky Dancers® and upcoming Dragon Flyz® toy lines for Abrams/Gentile Entertainment and Playalong.. The company has used its signature “Nanonmen” block figures for a number of properties, including Battle of the Planets, Tekken 5 and Night of the Living Dead.
Currently, Kinetic is developing properties with Abrams/Gentile Entertainment,T-INK Inc and the Sumo Ultimate Masters Organization. The company is also branching out to all parts of the world. Kinetic has an office in Tokyo and is partners with X-Plus Japan on Namco’s Tekken 5 action figures and Capcom’s killer 7 action figures and comic book series.
www.kineticunderground.com, www.kinetickomicz.com

ABOUT CAPCOM

Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment. Founded in 1983, the company has created world-renowned franchises including Resident Evil, Street Fighter, Mega Man, Breath of Fire, Devil May Cry and the Onimusha series. Headquartered in Osaka, Japan, the company maintains operations in the U.S., United Kingdom, Germany, Tokyo and Hong Kong. For more information about killer 7, please visit www.killer7.com. Additional information regarding Capcom and its products can be found on the company’s web site at www.capcom.com.

Capcom, Mega Man, Resident Evil, Onimusha, Devil May Cry and Breath of Fire are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd., in the U.S. or other countries. Street Fighter is a registered trademark of Capcom U.S.A., Inc. “PlayStation” and the “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Nintendo, Game Cube, Game Boy, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. All rights reserved. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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