Official Press Release
This August, Image Comics is proud to debut ULTRA, an eight issue mini-series that takes an unorthodox look at the everyday lives of super-heroines. Specifically, the book focuses on the life and times of Pearl Penalosa, also known as Ultra, and her friends. Penalosa is an agent of Heroine, Inc., an agency that collaborates with the city's Police Department and Federal agencies to take care of situations that normal humans can't handle.
ULTRA is the first published work by talented brothers Jonathan (art and plot) and Joshua Luna (script).
Asked to describe the feel of the book, Jonathan, describes it as something close to "Sex in the City" meets Powers.
"We're definitely not trying to emulate these two; but that pretty much gives a good idea how the celebrity and personal lives will be portrayed in the story," says Jonathan. "We really wanted to inject a relatable human voice into these larger-than-life archetypes. But, there's all kinds of conflict here too, and everything is wrapped around a message."
In Ultra's world, there aren't any super villains; just normal criminals, some of whom happen to be superhuman. Agents such as Ultra wear costumes simply as a marketing ploy. At the end of the day these agents hang up their capes and masks, and deal with everyday problems and situations just like anyone else. Anyone else who happens to be super rich and super famous, that is.
Each cover for ULTRA will be modeled after a well-known magazine cover, with the first issue being modeled after TIME magazine. Joshua explains why this decision was made.
"Well, 'shameless ploy' is definitely a motivation but storytelling and character-development are really key here." says Joshua. "If superheroes existed today, I don't see any reason why they wouldn't be plastered all over the covers of popular publications, and the fame concept plays an enormous role in the overall plot. But honestly, we just needed some excuse to work 'Hustler' in there. Kidding."
Image Comics Publisher Erik Larsen points to the book as an example of Image's continued commitment to providing a place in the comic book world for fresh voices to emerge.
"Image is the preferred home for established creators," says Larsen. "Over the years Image has become a haven where established creators can take their characters and own them outright. But that doesn't mean that we can't find room for talented young guys. Ultra is an outstanding book from a couple of newcomers that make you believe you're looking at the work of seasoned pros. These guys nailed it right out of the gate. Jonathan and Joshua Luna are a couple of creators that make you stop and say, 'where did THESE guys come from?'"
"Jim Valentino green lit this book and passed it my way and it has been my extreme pleasure to watch this book come together and guide it along the way," Larsen adds. "It's cool stuff."
ULTRA #1 is available for order in the June issue of Previews and is scheduled to go on sale this August.
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