Official Press Release
This May, Image’s Shadowline imprint releases a book that poses the question of
how the real world we live in would react to an actual super-being. And what if
he were black?
Would he have been accepted, beloved by the world at large? Or would he have been
feared, rejected, even hated? Would his near omnipotence cause governments to
tremble or would they attempt to use him to advance their own agendas? Would his
mere existence send religious leaders into turmoil? Or renew their faith in God’s
master plan? Or would it do BOTH?
And, what if instead of using his powers to “fight crime” or dance with
“super-villains” he used them to end hunger, disease and poverty? What if he tried
to rid the world of weapons of mass destruction?
Where is the line between helping and enabling? How far should any one individual,
regardless how powerful they are, go? How can any one person hope to cure an entire
planet…and can they?
In a universe of comic books where superpowers are commonplace, creator and Image
co-founder Jim Valentino, with the critically acclaimed creators of Image’s Small
Gods, J.R. Rand (Helios) and Juan E. Ferreyra (Rex Mundi), offers a compelling
look at a world experiencing the coming of its first superhuman. In EMISSARY, the
revelation of one man’s gift will show the human race at its best and at its
Emissary will examine the effects of a super-being on politics, religion and the
common man in a way never before seen in comics. Created and co-plotted by Jim
Valentino and written by J. R. Rand with art by Juan E. Ferreyra and Clayton
Brown, Emissary will be available for preordering from PREVIEWS in March. It will
be cover-featured on the March PREVIEWS for May product with 5-page previews at
www.imagecomics.com and in ShadowHawk #11 and Intimidators #5, with the first
issue set to hit stores May 2006.