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Fourth "Noble Causes" TPB Collects First Six Issues of Monthly

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"I just can't read ordinary superhero comics anymore. I need something whichmakes it unique or I don't give a rat's ass. NOBLE CAUSES has such a greatpremise that I actually pay MONEY for it." -- writer Mark Millar

Writer Jay Faerber has nurtured NOBLE CAUSES through an initial one-shot,three mini-series and two anthologies before settling into a monthly rhythmwith the ongoing NOBLE CAUSES series, illustrated by Fran Bueno.

Now is the perfect opportunity for everyone to jump into the saga of theworld's preeminent superhero family, as the first six issues of the ongoingNOBLE CAUSES are collected into the fourth Nobles trade: NOBLE CAUSES: BLOOD& WATER.

In this initial story arc from the new series, the Noble family finds itselfin the midst of scandal when their friend, Krennick, is suspected ofmurdering a prostitute who was found dressed up like Zephyr Noble.Meanwhile, half-brothers Rusty and Frost find themselves forced to team upon a mission to outer space, and Gaia begins to notice startling changes inher husband, Doc.

Faerber hopes that BLOOD & WATER will entice readers who've been reluctantto give another superhero book a try. Despite being the fourth Nobles trade,the book provides a perfect jumping on point for new readers, who may beintimidated by jumping into an ongoing book late in the game.

"The start of our ongoing series marked a 'new beginning' for the Noblefamily," says the writer. "So I took the opportunity to make sure it wasaccessible to new readers, while still forging ahead for the benefit ofthose faithful fans who've been with us from the start. Most books are ableto craft 'jumping-on' points because of frequent creative team turnovers,but since I've been writing these characters from the start, it's importantto provide frequent entryways into the book, so we don't alienate anyone."

One of the ingredients that Faerber feels has enabled NOBLE CAUSES tofinally firmly latch on is the emergence of artist Fran Bueno, a relativeunknown before taking up the Noble reins.

"Fran has that one-two punch of an incredible work ethic combined withimmense talent," explains Faerber. "Almost every morning, I log into myemail and there's another beautiful page from Fran. While we featurelarger-than-life visuals, NOBLE CAUSES' hallmark is its quieter charactermoments, and those scenes wouldn't work without Fran's deft touch --augmented by our amazing colorist, Ron Riley."

Image Comics Executive Director Eric Stephenson has watched NOBLE CAUSESdevelop every step of the way, and couldn't be happier to see readerenthusiasm for the title picking up steam.

"Jay's one of those guys who just knows how to tell entertaining stories,and that's reflected in every issue of NOBLE CAUSES," says Stephenson. "Welook forward to publishing the book for a good long time."

NOBLE CAUSES tells the story of Liz Donnelly, a stranger in a strangeland -- an everyday person who married into a family of celebritysuper-heroes. But behind the glamour and wonder lie dark secrets, ruthlessambition, and twisted desires, as detailed by Faerber and Bueno each andevery month.

NOBLE CAUSES, VOL. 4: FIRE & WATER is solicited in the May issue ofDiamond PREVIEWS, and will be in stores on July 20. NOBLE CAUSES #12 isalso solicited in the May PREVIEWS (order code: APR05 1684), and willhit stands on July 15.

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