San Diego, CA -There are costumed superheroes who are
pure of mind, altruistic in purpose, and serve as role models to
children… and then there is the Badger. And while IDW Publishing has
long held to their plan of doing non-superhero titles and filling a
different niche within the comic book marketplace, so, too, did the
Badger occupy a different space among the superhero set. Therefore,
it only makes sense that these two entities would meet and pair up,
which is exactly what they plan to do come November.
IDW Publishing is proud to announce they will return creator Mike
Baron’s classic-and quite mentally unstable-character to comics in a
two-pronged attack. Starting in November, IDW will release trade
paperback collections of The Complete Badger, reprinting the series
from its start at Capital Comics through its long, distinguished run
at First Comics. Volume 1, available in November, will offer the
first six issues of the book by Baron and artist Jeff Butler. Baron
will also provide a new introduction for the first volume.
Badger will return in monthly comics in an all-new, five-part
miniseries, also penned by Baron, this time featuring art by Neil
“Bannen” Hansen and Kevin Caron. The book will feature covers by
Badger vets Brian Murray and Hanson. Of the new Badger: Ceremony,
Baron says, “Ceremony is about everything-world politics, theology,
modern psychiatry, druidism, martial arts, dead actors, couples
relations, taxonomy, acting, the essence of friendship and the nature
But first, also in November, Baron and Bannen weigh in with “Bull!”
an all-new Badger one-shot computer enhanced and pumped full of
fractals to give Vegans heartburn and bring new readers up to speed.
Following “Bull,” the five-part Ceremony begins with “Dog Killer,”
followed by “The Ballad of Chastity Slut,” “The Honey Badger,” “The
Mercy Tax,” and “The Big Finish.”
In the series, mercenary Pavlov Possum sends a dog to kill the mayor
of Milwaukee. Pavlov’s “sacrifices” are interfering with Ham’s
business, so Badger goes after Pavlov, gets himself arrested and
things go downhill. Along the way, we see some familiar faces, get
glimpses into Ham’s past, and just try to hang on as things get out
of hand. The story starts small. But it gets big.
The Complete Badger, Vol. 1 and Badger: Bull! #1 launch in November
2007. Badger: Ceremony #1 launches in December.