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“Ward Of The State” Arrives In May

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Editor’s Note: For more on “Ward of the State,” check out CBR’s interview with writer
Christopher E. Long.

Official Press Release


BERKELEY, CA – March 9, 2007 — Norma Balitzer has her own brand of
justice. An average foster mother by outward appearance, Balitzer
takes in her young wards and trains them to be deadly contract
killers in her private war on pedophiles, rapists, and murderers.
When Dravis Trucker comes under Norma’s unique brand of foster care,
his hopes for a normal life become a struggle for survival. This
May, Shadowline presents the controversial three-issue thriller WARD
OF THE STATE!


“Even after a life enduring the violence and misery of the foster
care system, Dravis is unprepared for Norma’s terrifying home,”
explains writer Christopher E. Long. “Through his eyes we meet her
band of young killers and experience his turbulent path through their
amoral underworld. It’s like Oliver Twist by way of Mean Streets – a
brutal, uncompromising look at a world where personal tragedy is
compounded by savage violence.”


Chee, artist of IDW’s WAKE THE DEAD and GEORGE A. ROMERO’s DAWN OF
THE DEAD brings Long’s story to life. Long says, “The book is all
about the disturbing undercurrents of suburban life and Chee captures
that perfectly. Chee’s America looks serene at a glance but beneath
the surface reveals a much more sinister reality.”


WARD OF THE STATE #1 (of 3) ships this may in May. It is a full color
32 page comic available through Diamond Previews (MAR071822)

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