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Image collects “Small Gods” this January

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Image collects “Small Gods” this January

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA — October 15, 2004 — A new chapter begins this November for
Image’s latest hit, SMALL GODS, as the critically acclaimed series begins
its second story arc with “Dead Man’s Hand,” in SMALL GODS #5.

And for those who haven’t been able to track down the sold out early issues,
a trade paperback collecting the first arc, “Killing Grin,” is due in

“Our sell-through has been very gratifying,” says series creator and writer
Jason Rand. “The first three issues are sold out (although some shops may
still have copies). In fact, the third issue nearly sold out before it hit
the shelves, and the initial orders on #4 were similar enough that I’d be
very surprised if the trend doesn’t continue there. It’s very pleasing, but
it makes it tough for people just hearing about SMALL GODS now to get on
board. So having the trade out fairly quickly is good. And we’re pricing it
to attract new readers, as well.”

SMALL GODS: KILLING GRIN is 128 pages, and will retail for just $9.95.

SMALL GODS tells the story of an Earth on which an estimated 1% of the
world’s population possesses psychic abilities. The book follows the
experiences of a variety of cops and criminals, as well as “regular” people,
who try to live “normal” lives in a not-quite so normal world.

The new storyline, “Dead Man’s Hand,” revolves around Bobby Pope, a petty
con man and low-level empath and telepath. Bobby’s abilities let him both
sense what people are feeling and see what’s in their minds, in essence
allowing him to build up a mental picture of what they’re going to do in the
next few seconds.

“Just like Owen Young in the first arc, it’s these very abilities that get
Bobby into trouble,” says series creator and scribe, Jason Rand. “Seeing the
future is a common ability in SMALL GODS – but the abilities of precogs like
Owen are entirely unconscious. Being able to predict the future on demand,
even if it’s only a few seconds in advance, can be very useful to some

In Bobby’s case, those people are a group of crooked narcotics officers, led
by Theodore Irvine, a character who made a cameo appearance in the first arc

“I like doing that, putting little links between the different arcs,” says
Rand. “In fact, the plan is that every story will feature at least one
character from the next arc, usually in a minor role. The idea is to build
the sense of SMALL GODS as a unified world. It’s not essential for the
readers to get each story in order to understand what’s going on in the
others, but those who do will be able to see that world take shape.”

While “Killing Grin” is as much a character drama as a cop story, “Dead
Man’s Hand” promises much more action.

“The second arc has a lot in common with action and chase movies,” says
Rand. “It’s still got the deep characterization that I think is important in
any story and that really seemed to strike a chord with the readers in the
first arc.but there’s plenty of action for people who like that kind of
thing, and at a pretty frenetic pace, too. Shootouts, car chases, martial
arts mayhem – about the only thing we don’t have is a full-scale military
assault. Guess you’ll have to wait for the third arc for that.”

SMALL GODS #5 is in stores November 24th.

SMALL GODS: KILLING GRIN is solicited in the November PREVIEWS and will go
on sale January 19.

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a
collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to
become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are
currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc
Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into three
major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions and Image
Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre,
sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror,
crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and
writers working in the medium today.

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