First announced at Image Expo in July, offbeat writer Keenan Marshall Keller (Galactic Breakdown, Drippy Bone Books) and artist Tom Neely’s (The Blot, Henry & Glenn Forever, Popeye) new project with colorist Kristina Collantes, THE HUMANS, will ride into comic shops on November 5. Readers are advised to buckle up for a high octane, no holds barred, ape-biker-gang chopper cruise back into ’70s exploitation genre bliss. This first issue features an eye-popping back-cover pin-up by artist Benjamin Marra (Night Business, Gangsta Rap Posse).
Apart, they are nothing… deemed by society as outcasts, misfits, losers, no good punks… but together, they are THE HUMANS! Follow Bobby, Johnny, and all The HUMANS as they fight and fly down the road to oblivion on a ride filled with chains, sex, leather, denim, hair, blood, bananas and chrome.
Keller cited his passion for exploitation films while he was in film school in Chicago as the inspiration for the series in an exclusive interview with Nerdist. “It was initially an idea I had for a film script in my brain for over 15 years. I wanted to create genre stories and when thinking about a biker idea, I just saw them as apes and it clicked.” The idea resurfaced again years later over drinks with Tom Neely, who later went home and sketched out two apes on a bike based on a famous Danny Lyon photo. From there THE HUMANS went full speed ahead.
THE HUMANS is one long and twisted ride through biker gang warfare, drug running, corrupt cops, semi-truck hijackings, Vietnam flashbacks, Skin Fights (homosapien cockfighting), major ultra-violence, a strip club called The Forbidden Zone, and bloody vengeance.