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SuperPatriot makes his return to Image Comics in July

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Official Press Release

[SuperPatriot]

ORANGE, CA — 22 March, 2002 — It’s been a while, but Image Comics
SuperPatriot is back in action this summer, thanks to up-and-coming artist
Cory Walker and Battle Pope creator Robert Kirkman. The creative duo are
combining their talents on an all-new four issue miniseries entitled
SUPERPATRIOT: AMERICA’S FIGHTING FORCE.

According to Kirkman, this series will focus on the hard life SuperPatriot
has endured since surviving a near-death experience and being revived as a
cyborg. “He hasn’t been in control of his actions on more than a few
occasions,” Kirkman explained. “Now, he’s back in charge of his life, and
he’s getting into the swing of things. We get to see his apartment, his
day-to-day life — we get to KNOW Johnny Armstrong.”

[Isse #1 cover]

SUPERPATRIOT: AMERICA’S FIGHTING FORCE will also be fleshing out some of the
character’s history by “retelling” a few of SuperPatriot’s adventures from
World War II in flashback form, including his origin, which will be revealed
here for the first time.

“The main plot revolves around some heavies left over from World War II
trying to get rid of SuperPatriot once and for all,” Kirkman continued, “but
the meat of the story will be the flashbacks and the slice of life stuff.”

Tying it all together will be the remarkable Cory Walker, a relative
newcomer to comics who has made quite an impression on everyone who’s seen
his work, his creative partner chief among them.

“Working with Cory is a dream come true,” said Kirkman. “I met him online
and have worked with him before on my Battle Pope book. The talent Cory
brings to the table is immense. He has an animation background and it really
shows through in the slickness of his art style.”

[TPB Cover]

Rounding out the art team is Hi-Fi Color. “They do a FANTASTIC job on Cory’s
line art,” Kirkman enthused. “They really make the book sing! There’s a
reason they color the number one book in the industry.”

SUPERPATRIOT: AMERICA’S FIGHTING FORCE is the third miniseries focusing on
Image’s greatest patriotic character and the first since SUPERPATRIOT:
LIBERTY & JUSTICE was released in 1995. And to support the launch of the
all-new miniseries, Image is releasing a trade paperback collection of the
four-part SUPERPATRIOT: LIBERTY & JUSTICE the same month. The trade will
feature a new cover by original series artist Dave Johnson, as well as
supplementary material featuring Johnson’s character designs and preliminary
sketches.

“SUPERPATRIOT: AMERICA’S FIGHTING FORCE will continue SEAMLESSLY from the
LIBERTY & JUSTICE trade,” Kirkman noted, “though it won’t be picking up any
plot threads from it.”

Both SUPERPATRIOT: AMERICA’S FIGHTING FORCE and the SUPERPATRIOT: LIBERTY &
JUSTICE TPB will be available for order in the May issue of PREVIEWS. And to
help celebrate the 4th of July with a bang — both will have a guaranteed
in-store date of July 3.

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