IDW to publish 'Gene Pool' by Marv Wolfman and Len Wein

Official Press Release

[Gene Pool]San Diego, CA, August 1, 2003. Marv Wolfman... Len Wein... two names that are legendary in the ranks of comic book superheroes. Between them they have created some of the most well known heroes to ever slip into spandex: characters like Wolverine, Blade, Swamp Thing and The New Teen Titans, just to name a few. Now they've collaborated on what may be their most unforgettable characters yet-Gene Pool!

Gene Pool is a story that puts a new edgy slant on the time-tested theme of young outsiders with incredible powers, being hunted because of abilities they never wanted. Marv and Len are comic legends whose collaborations have been sorely missed. Now they're back together, doing what they do best, and with forceful results.

Gene Pool also introduces artist Steven Cummings to the comic book world. Cummings has a fresh style with an energy that will have everyone taking notice.

"Sometimes you get to work with legends, and that's part of what's exciting about my job," said IDW's Editor-in-Chief Jeff Mariotte. "Len and Marv certainly qualify. They've forgotten more about writing comics than most writers ever learn, and they can still write rings around most of the field. Finding a great new artist is also exciting, and Steven is definitely that. Teamed with Steven Cummings, Marv and Len are taking the superhuman adventure to a new level."

Gene Pool is already being developed by Solo Entertainment Group as a major motion picture. The Gene Pool comic is a forty-eight page, full color one-shot with a retail price of $6.99.

"This is a very exciting deal for IDW Publishing. It's our first real superhero book. Who better to do it than two of the best creators in comics?" said IDW's VP of Sales and Marketing, Beau Smith.

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