'Invincible' #1 - 4 sells out, trade set for August

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA -- 24 June, 2002 -- With the first four issues of INVINCIBLE sold out, fans curious what all the hype is about are probably beginning to feel left out. After all, how do you find out what makes Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker's sleeper hit so cool if you can't find a copy? Well, not to worry: Image Comics has announced that the first four issues of INVINCIBLE are being collected this August in INVINCIBLE, VOL. ONE: FAMILY MATTERS.

"We pulled out all the stops for this one," said Kirkman. "Bill Crabtree went back in and touched up all the coloring, I fixed a couple typos that crept into the book and we've got a HUGE bonus section with production art, unused covers, characters designs, sketches and all kinds of stuff from series artist and Russ Manning Award nominee, Cory Walker."

INVINCIBLE is the story of Mark Grayson, a teenage boy like most everyone else his age. He's a senior at a typical American high school, he has a crappy part-time job, he enjoys hanging out with his friends and he likes girls quite a bit (even if he can't understand them). What sets him apart, though, is that his father just happens to be the most powerful superhero on the planet. And lately, Mark seems to be inheriting his father's abilities. Which is okay at first, but how does Mark hope to follow in dad's footsteps when he knows he'll never live up to his standards?

Following the release of INVINCIBLE #1 in January 2003, the title received overwhelmingly positive reactions from retailers, reviewers and fans alike. In addition to strong reviews from various online comics magazines, Walker received a nomination for the Russ Manning Award given to outstanding new talent, and Kirkman found an ardent supporter in writer Kurt Busiek, who not coincidentally is writing the introduction to the trade.

"After INVINCIBLE #1 at www.imagecomics.com, it shot to the top of my list," Busiek said. "It's got high school in it, and family, and real life. It's got humor and warmth and charm, and a love for superhero comics. It's funny and positive, and it's got dynamite art. Check it out. You'll agree."

"Everyone on the INVINCIBLE team is delighted with the support that Image Comics has given our book," Kirkman added. "Selling out is one thing, but it can hurt a book as much as help it if new readers can't find the material. It's great to know that readers all over the world will be able to pick up INVINCIBLE in book form for years to come."

INVINCIBLE, VOL. ONE: FAMILY MATTERS is available for order now in the June issue of Previews and will go on sale August 13. INVINCIBLE #5 will be in stores July 9.

INVINCIBLE #1 is currently available free online at www.imagecomics.com.

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