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Ed Brubaker Writes Introduction For New Crime Book, ‘Miss,’ From Humanoids

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Ed Brubaker Writes Introduction For New Crime Book, ‘Miss,’ From Humanoids

Los Angeles ­ Humanoids Publishing is extremely pleased to
announce that Batman and Catwoman writer, Ed Brubaker has written an
introduction to its new crime genre trade paperback, Miss: Better Living
Through Crime. His participation was added at the last minute, and therefore
not mentioned in the solicitations for the book.

“Ed is a great writer, and we’re really big fans of his,” said Ian Sattler,
Marketing Manager for Humanoids. “We asked him to take a look at Miss
because its subject matter is right up his alley. Thankfully he liked it
enough to write the intro. Miss is a fantastic book, and I hope that fans
will take note of what Ed has to say about it and check it out when it comes
out in July. You still have time to pre-order a copy at your friendly
neighborhood comic store,” Sattler said.

Here now for your reading entertainment is Ed Brubaker’s complete
introduction to Miss: Better Living Through Crime:

“Working in the U.S. comics market, it’s hard not to look at European comics
with a sort of jealousy. The freedom that writers and artists have to
explore so many different genres, in such nice packages, is certainly
alluring when viewed from a place that is so dominated by one particular
genre and style. One of my favorite genres, of course, which has thrived in
European comics, and is finally starting to gain a hold in the American
scene, is crime stories, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more
compelling example of a great crime story than in MISS.

“In fact, in European comics, aside from Munoz and Sampayo’s SINNER books, I
can’t recall any work in the form that has such lovingly rendered and
sympathetic characters, who also happen to do completely despicable things
to survive. Enola and Slim kill a lot of people. Some for money, some for
survival, and some for revenge. And yet, you can’t help but fall in love
with them over the course of their adventures and want to know what happens

“Another thing you’ll find in this book that is sadly missing from most
American comics is a sense of breadth, of time passing, one story ending and
another beginning. Just like life, but a whole hell of a lot meaner than the
life you’re used to. It’s a world where violence is so commonplace that it’s
treated casually, and that impressed me to no end. These aren’t characters
who weep every time they have to kill someone, but when they bleed, you want
them to keep on living just the same.

“What more can I say about MISS, other than that I would give my left arm to
work with such amazing artists as Marc Rioux and Mark Vigouroux. These two
created a sense of character and place unlike any comic I’ve read in a long
while, and I’ll follow them to anything they do. You should too, and you
should read MISS and put it on the shelf where it belongs, next to Dashiell
Hammett and Jim Thompson. And like me, you should anxiously await your
chance to revisit this world.

“Ed Brubaker is a Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz nominated cartoonist and writer
whose work includes A Complete Lowlife, Scene of the Crime, the Fall,
Batman, and Catwoman. His work in the crime genre has been translated into
nine languages all over Europe.”

Here is the original solicitation text for Miss, “Welcome to the world of
Miss, a bold new journey into crime graphic novels from Humanoids
Publishing. Set during the early 1900s in New York, Miss tells the tale of
two unlikely partners in crime, Enola and Slim. Enola is a poor white girl
who has learned to survive by hook or by crook since being expelled from the
orphanage. Slim is a black pimp with an uncertain past, trying to keep one
foot out of the grave. When their paths cross, and their options run out,
Enola and Slim forge a partnership as murderers for hire. This is their
story – what it takes to survive when all you have is a gun. Miss is a
masterpiece of crime fiction that is sure to entertain fans of Torso and Sin

Miss: Better Living Through Crime is written by Philippe Thirault, with art
by Marc Riou and Mark Vigouroux. On sale in July, it is a 192 page softcover
trade in grayscale retailing for $24.95. For more information, go to:

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