Official Press Release
The first issue of writer Jonathan Ross and artist Tommy Lee Edwards’ critically acclaimed miniseries is sold out at the distributor level, and publisher Image Comics is rushing a second printing to press.
“This is so cool!” Ross exclaims. “Hope everyone who bought this debut issue is going to stick with us to the end because we have some insane stuff planned for this book!”
“I am so proud of the work that Jonathan and I have put into TURF and am really glad that the first issue has been received so well,” adds Edwards. “Doing a second printing will hopefully ensure that our series gets into enough readers’ hands and get them hooked, because the whole thing just gets better and better with each following issue.”
Image Publisher Eric Stephenson says, “I’m ecstatic that the first issue of TURF has sold out. Jonathan and Tommy have worked so hard on this book, and they deserve all of the praise they’ve received for TURF.”
TURF: New York, 1929. The height of prohibition. The cops turn a blind eye while the mobs run the city, dealing in guns, girls and illegal liquor. But the arrival of the mysterious Dragonmir Family from Eastern Europe with more of a taste for blood then booze coincides with a series of brutal attacks on the gangsters themselves. As the gangs fall before the fangs, only a handful of mobsters survive. But an unlikely alliance formed between tough guy Eddie Falco and a character from a LONG way from New York City — a long way from Earth in fact — offers the humans a glimmer of hope. As the strong willed young reporter Susie Dale from the Gotham Herald tries to survive in the middle of the maelstrom and an ancient prophecy unfolds, no one can guess who’s going to win the battle for this particular slice of Turf.
TURF #1 Second Printing, a 32-page full color comic book for $2.99, will be in stores May 19, 2010, the same day as TURF #2 (MAR100405).
Some praise for TURF #1:
“This is a striking debut by Ross into comic book writing! …Ross and Edwards have created such vibrant characters that they extend past any sort of cliche that they might have otherwise been stuck in. ”
–Comic Book Resources
“TURF spins a great tale that mixes genres perfectly.”
“Ross creates a living, breathing world in which fantasy and reality blend together with a true sense depth, and it acts as an anchor for all of the characters and the actions that take place on the page… Don’t miss a truly original piece.”
“The story suggests it’s ready to spring to weird life, which is a good thing for a first issue to do. And perhaps most importantly, the issue took me a lot longer to read than the typical five minutes it takes me to read a comic these days…”
“Edwards’ lines make the NYC of TURF seem very real, it’s down and dirty, it’s corrupt, but yet he also makes the more fantastical elements feel like they fit. Vampires and Aliens, Edwards makes it all seem like one, very real world.”
“TURF is a hugely impressive debut that, as unlikely as it sounds, may possibly mark the entrance of a major new talent on the scene.”
–Paradox Comics Group
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