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'Fused!' sells out, second issue includes new backup feature

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA -- 9 April, 2002 -- Fans curious about Image Comics' new series,1FUSED!, may have a bit of a search on their hands as the release date forissue #2 draws near: FUSED! #1 has reportedly sold out.

Created and written by Steve Niles (HELLSPAWN) with art by Paul Lee (SAM &TWITCH), FUSED! has received exceptionally strong word of mouth from fansand retailers alike. A number of retailers have reported brisk sellouts onmultiple reorders.

Niles and Lee aren't resting on their laurels, either: Beginning with FUSED!#2, due out in May, each issue of the series will feature a four-pagebackup story at no additional charge. Running as a separate serial, thebackup will introduce an a group of federally funded superheroes called theImplementers.

"These are 9 to 5 heroes," Niles explains, "They're like firemen in thatthey spend a lot of time waiting for the alarm to send them on their nextmission. They work under strict jurisdictional restrictions. These heroesdon't do bank robberies, they don't go out on patrol. They're only calledwhen there's a national security threat."

The initial Implementers backup focuses on the first day on the job for KidCrash, the son of the world's most famous hero, as he meets his futureco-workers DOA and Sliver. Along the way, Kid Crash discovers that there'smore to being a hero than simply punching the clock and following in hisfather's footsteps. He also learns that sometimes there is an 'I' in team.

As with the lead story, the Implementers backup will be written by FUSED!creator Niles and will feature artwork by Lee -- along with newcomer AdamHuntley. The Implementers will play a major role in upcoming issues ofFUSED! and the team will be featured on the cover of FUSED! #3, scheduledfor a July release.

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