Official Press Release
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ORANGE, CA — 20 December, 2001 — Maybe it’s just the holiday season, but a
look back at the early days of one of this year¹s surprise gems just got a
little fatter. Image Comics has announced that when Violent Messiahs:
Genesis arrives in stores on December 28, it will be at an expanded page
count of 64 pages.
Serving as a document of the early days of this genre-bending series,
Violent Messiahs: Genesis showcases the amazing artistry of penciler Tone
Rodriguez, the early works of up and coming writer Joshua Dysart and the
graphic-noir style of “Citizen Pain” designer William O’Neill. Included are
early sketches, the original black-and-white story first published in 1997
by Hurricane Ent., and the series prologue from the recent Wizard 1/2 story
featuring the raw energy of Rodriguez’s uninked pencils. The result is a
treasure trove of hard-to-find material that was literally too big for the
book in its original size.
“We just realized we had more material than pages,” O¹Neill noted. “When we
showed Image how much exciting material we had for the fans, they gave us
their blessing to expand the book to a full 64 pages and bind Genesis in
Violent Messiahs: Genesis also features a stunning recreation of the cover
of the original Violent Messiahs series penciled by Dave (100 Bullets)
Johnson in 1997 and newly recolored by colorist Travis Smith. A second
all-new cover by Tone Rodriguez was offered as a retailer incentive.
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