Official Press Release
Oni Press is pleased to announce the April debut of THREE STRIKES, a tense, five-issue suspense comic from the creative team of Oni’s critically acclaimed miniseries SKINWALKER. This all-new series reunites writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir with artist Brian Hurtt (QUEEN & COUNTRY: DECLASSIFIED) and will focus on college student Rey Quintana and bail enforcement agent Noah Conway as they’re set on a collision course that will change both their lives forever. Utilizing the split narrative style that turned so many heads on SKINWALKER, THREE STRIKES examines the difference between law and justice and how one choice can alter everything.
“The idea, and title, for THREE STRIKES emerged out of my frustration with California’s ludicrous law of the same name,” DeFilippis commented. “I was talking to my friend and colleague Greg Rucka about the absurdity and inherent bigotry in the statute and his immediate response was, ‘You have to do a story about this. You HAVE TO. If you don’t, I will.’ Little did Greg know that the cogs in my head were already turning and that the base of the story Christina and I were going to write was already starting to form.”
“The passion that Christina and Nunzio have for this book just bleeds off the page,” said series editor James Lucas Jones. “And that gusto is matched by Brian Hurtt and on full display in his detailed, evocative artwork. You can tell that the three of them have really gelled as a team. Each one is bringing their best to every panel and you can tell.”
Astute readers may notice the absence of one SKINWALKER artist. “Arthur Dela Cruz, who provided digital inks and gray tones on SKINWALKER, was already committed to doing his own books for Oni in 2003,” Oni editor in chief Jamie S. Rich explained. “We knew the book would still look sharp with Brian finishing his own pencils as evidenced by QUEEN & COUNTRY: DECLASSIFIED, but we wanted to find some way to continue his collaboration with Arthur. The covers of the book provided the perfect opportunity to involve Arthur and bring his unique skills together with Brian’s for a combined effort sure to stick out on the comic racks.”
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Or at least that’s what we’re told, but Rey Quintana just learned the truth that Noah Conway already knew. In life, there’s often a disproportionate response. A butterfly flaps its wings in Asia and a brutal tropical storm hits the coast of Florida. Some actions are like knocking over the first domino in a line. You have no choice but to watch the rest fall. Rey used to run with the wrong crowd, but he’s got his act together. He’s making good grades and has a sweet girlfriend. Noah was a boy in blue until he handed in his badge in a failed attempt to save his marriage. Now he’s a lonely bail enforcement agent, desperate to make things right with his teenage daughter. Each man is about to have his world come crashing around his head-all because of one little lapse in judgment.
“This book should leave the reader breathless,” Jones concluded. “It should leave the reader mad or sad or horrified. While SKINWALKER was about thrilling, THREE STRIKES is about compelling drama. The twists and turns and action sequences are all there, but in the end it’s about the characters-the choices they make and the consequences the world imposes on them.”
THREE STRIKES #1 (of 5) is a 32-page, black-and-white comic, with a full color cover. With a cover price of $2.99, it will arrive in comic book stores on April 23, 2003. It contains harsh language and mature content.