CBR News has the exclusive reveal in advance of IDW Publishing‘s WonderCon announcement on the next entry in their high-end, limited Marvel Artist Select Series. Marvel’s acclaimed “The New Mutants” run by artist Bill Sienkiewicz and writer Chris Claremont will be the focus of the next oversized, limited edition hardcover in the line. The July-shipping collection will feature Sienkiewicz’s entire run on the series, which began in 1984 and lasted from issues #18 to #31, along with a New Mutants story from 2003’s “X-Men Unlimited” #43.
“For those of us who picked up the original comics, Bill Sienkiewicz’s work on ‘New Mutants’ with Chris Claremont was an amazing gut-punch of energy, electricity, creativity, and nerve like we’d never seen,” IDW’s Editor-in-Chief/CCO Chris Ryall said in a statement. “‘Traditional superhero comics can look like this?! More, please!’ So to be able to do a deluxe book that collects every last one of the stories that Bill and Chis created together in one hardcover volume is beyond a sense of pride for us. It’s a deluxe oversize reminder of what pinnacle comics are capable of achieving. And doing this book in cooperation with Marvel, adding a new, spanning interview with Bill, a signed plate, and even all-new hand-drawn Sienkiewicz plates and other bonuses, plus an introduction from Chris Claremont, is yet another dream project for us. The characters and costumes may change, but this work has resonated for decades and is just as compelling and vibrant now as it was then.”
“How do I feel about this project?” Sienkiewicz asked in his statement. “Dig out your thesaurus — either old school paperback or online — and look up the following words: Very; Excited; Thrilled; Copious; Over-the-moon. The number of examples you find should begin to cover it.”
The “New Mutants: Bill Sienkiewicz” Marvel Artist Select hardcover is limited to 999 copies, and each hardcover is slipcased, hand-numbered, and signed by Sienkiewicz. You can check out the official solicit text and cover art below.
The New Mutants: Bill Sienkiewicz Marvel Artist Select Series
Chris Claremont (w) • Bill Sienkiewicz (a & c)
The next installment of the smash-hit Marvel Artist Select Series is here! Each deluxe hardcover in this series features a collection of issues never-before released together. This oversized, limited-edition hardcover celebrates the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz’s complete run on The New Mutants and X-Men Unlimited #43. Each copy of this 999-copy limited-edition hardcover is slipcased, hand-numbered, and signed.
HC w/slipcase • FC • 352 pages • UPC: 827714009859