While Alex Ross first rose to fame with his “Marvels” Marvel Comics mini-series with Kurt Busiek, he shot to superstardom with his art for DC Comics “Kingdom Come” with Mark Waid. The hardback and paperback collections of the latter also added new pages to the story, giving fans more of Ross’ award-winning art in sketch book form, as well.
Now he’s repeating himself with his follow-up to “Kingdom Come.” In the new hard cover collection of DC/Vertigo’s “Uncle Sam,” arriving in stores in November, eight new pages of art and an explanatory piece about the history of the character have been added.
“I wanted an outlet to show all the unseen artwork that had done relating to the series – initial character designs as well as several paintings, including the one done for the Graphitti Designs t-shirt, and one that was the cover of a UK convention program,” Ross explained. “But more important, what Steve and I wanted was a text piece explaining the origin of the character and how this icon of America evolved. We were encouraged by DC to think of ambitious things to do with the book, and this is one of the best ideas we came up with – something that would help readers understand the historical as well as the comics angle of the piece.”
The Eisner-nominated two issue series tells the story of a vagrant clad in star-spangled rags. As he struggles to sort out his fractured memories, he’s swept away by time-traveling visions dragging him through the worst of American history, while hinting at a violent past of his own.
The “Uncle Sam” hard cover is a 112-page VERTIGO hardcover, suggested for mature readers, and is solicited for order in the September volume of Diamond’s Previews (Vol. VIII, No. 9). It arrives in comic-book stores November 25 with a cover price of $17.95 U.S.