Official Press Release
Following the title nabbing the 2002 Eisner Award for Best New Series, QUEEN & COUNTRY is also going to receive a month long celebration courtesy of Greg Rucka and Oni Press. January 2003 will see three releases by the publisher, as well as a T-shirt from Graphitti Designs.
First up is the long-anticipated debut of the fourth story arc, issue #13, featuring the fine artwork of Jason Alexander, creator of EMPTY ZONE for Sirius. Second is the third and final issue of QUEEN & COUNTRY: DECLASSIFIED, the spin-off series looking at Paul Crocker’s past, illustrated by Brian Hurtt (SKINWALKER) with a painted cover by Scott Morse (ELEKTRA: GLIMPSE & ECHO). Last but certainly not least is QUEEN & COUNTRY VOL. 3 – OPERATION: CRYSTAL BALL, the collection of the buzz-worthy third story arc illustrated by Leandro Fernandez (SPIDER-MAN’S TANGLED WEB).
QUEEN & COUNTRY #13 sees Rucka taking a different approach with the material, moving out of the realm of international terrorism and into big business. French industrialists, who may have governmental ties that go all the way to the top of France’s political structure, are blackmailing a wealthy British entrepreneur. The Minders have to stop them from ruining this man’s business-and the lives of his family.
Issue #13 features 32 pages of black-and-white story and art, with a fully painted cover by Alexander. It retails for $2.95 and ships to comic book stores on January 8, 2003. It is suggested for mature readers.
QUEEN & COUNTRY: DECLASSIFIED #3 is the last issue in the three issue miniseries. This comic has been an event unto itself, being the first spin-off from the main series. Its focus is Paul Crocker, back when he was Minder Two, and some of the rough lessons he learned out in the field. Brian Hurtt, who debuted in comics as the penciller of the second Q&C story arc, MORNINGSTAR, illustrates it.
DECLASSIFIED is a 32-page comic book, with black-and-white interiors and a painted cover by Scott Morse. It has a January 22, 2003, ship date, retails for $2.95, and is suggested for mature readers.
CRYSTAL BALL collects five issues–#s 8-12. It focuses on a plot by a terrorist organization to unleash sarin gas and the Minders’ efforts to pinpoint where the attack takes place. Rucka and Fernandez also go deeper into the personal lives of the characters as Tara and Ed begin to develop a romantic relationship. This edition, like the previous Q&C collections, will have simultaneous paperback and hardcover releases, with the hardcover being limited to initial orders. Both versions will feature an extensive section with Leandro Fernandez’s preparatory work.
QUEEN & COUNTRY VOL.3 – OPERATION: CRYSTAL BALL contains 152 pages of black-and-white story and art. Both will ship to comics shops on January 22, 2003. The hardcover edition will retail for $30, while the regular trade paperback retails for $14.95. Due to violence and explicit language, it is suggested for mature readers. The trade paperback ISBN # is 192999849X. The hard cover is only available in the direct comic book market.
QUEEN & COUNTRY vol. 1, OPERATION: BROKEN GROUND is still in print as a trade paperback. Its Diamond star code is STAR15478, and its ISBN is 192999821X. Vol. 2, OPERATION: MORNINGSTAR, will go on sale October 2, 2002.
For more QUEEN & COUNTRY merchandise, first check the Oni solicitations for December 2002, as the publisher will be releasing an iron-on/sew-on patch of the Q&C logo.
Then, in January, Graphitti Designs will unleash the first-ever QUEEN & COUNTRY T-shirt. The shirt will have the cover to issue #4, illustrated by Tim Sale (SPIDER-MAN: BLUE).
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