Official Press Release
Building on the sold-out launch of EL CAZADOR, writer Tony Bedard (NEGATION,
ROUTE 666) and penciler Mike Perkins (RUSE) will introduce CrossGen’s next
stand-alone adventure series in January 2004. Surrounded by the political,
cultural and sexual revolutions of London in the swinging ’60s, three MI6
agents fight for the safety of the globe – and scheme to claim the UK’s #1
espionage job – in the sizzling spy series KISS KISS BANG BANG.
The new monthly title shines the spotlight on the world’s top agent, Sir
Charles Basildon of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. While no one within the
international espionage community knows what Basildon actually looks like,
the mere mention of his name is enough to terrify spymasters from Moscow to
Beijing. In truth, Basildon is merely an identity cooked up by MI6 and
passed on from one agent to the next. But times are changing, and that’s
where the series takes a wicked zigzag.
As the story opens, not only is the next Basildon-in-training a “Yank”…but
she’s also a woman. Can Stephanie Shelley, a thoroughly modern American,
live up to the role of the legendary British super spy? And can she bear to
learn the ropes from the current Sir Charles – the most lethal, infuriating,
and unrepentantly sexist Basildon ever?
“Over-the-top in its humor and action, KISS KISS BANG BANG asks ‘what would
a spy like James Bond be like in the real world?'” Bedard stated. “If you
actually met him, some might see Basildon as a smooth operator. Then again,
you might think he’s an amoral adrenaline junkie and a sociopathic sexual
predator. Whichever you decide, he’s a loose cannon who frequently holds the
fate of the Free World in his fanny-slapping hands.”
“We’re going for all-out excitement, exotic locales and expectant character
interaction – while also exploring the sexual politics of the age,” Perkins
revealed. “As a life-long espionage fan, this is the perfect chance to draw
everything from groovy fashion and exotic locales to retro-future gadgets
and sexy agents of the crown. Everything you want to put into a book like
this – and everything that people want to see – will be there…and then
we’ll add that extra bit, just to confound your expectations and put your
knickers in a twist.”
On sale January 14th, KISS KISS BANG BANG #1 – crafted by the creative team
of writer Tony Bedard, penciler Mike Perkins, inker Andrew Hennessy, and
colorist Laura Villari – will be offered in the November 2003 edition of
Diamond’s Previews catalog.
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