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Jay Fearber’s “Firebirds” take flight this November

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Jay Fearber’s “Firebirds” take flight this November

Official Press Release

With NOBLE CAUSES, Jay Faerber demonstrated his keen eye for creating
complex characterizations, and gave readers a dramatic look at the daily
trials and tribulations of a world famous superhero family. Now that NOBLE
CAUSES is an ongoing, full color monthly series, it’s only natural Faerber
would begin to expand on his emerging superhero universe.

This November, Faerber and artist Andres Ponce are doing just that with
FIREBIRDS, a 48-page, full color one-shot from Image Comics.

In FIREBIRDS, Faerber demonstrates once again his ability to bring
believable, dramatic relationships to the comic page. The book follows the
story of superheroine Rebecca Reed and her estranged teenage daughter,
Emily, as they deal with the revelation that Rebecca’s daughter has
inherited powers of her own from her mother. At its core, FIREBIRDS is the
story of a mother and daughter who have never really had the chance to know
one another until now.

“Rebecca gave birth to Emily at a pretty young age,” says Faerber. “And as
soon as she was able, she sent Emily to live at a boarding school. She told
herself that it was to keep Emily safe, in case any super-villains ever
discovered her true identity. But deep down, Rebecca knows it’s because she
was scared to death of being a mother. So Emily’s lived most of her life at
various boarding schools, and her mom is just this person she sees for the
occasional holiday.”

Instead of littering his new book with standard superhero cliches, Faerber
is careful to focus on the people behind the masks, and in FIREBIRDS he’s
working with themes that many readers can relate to.

“FIREBIRDS is just as much about Rebecca, the seasoned superhero terrified
at the prospect of being a mother, as it is about Emily, the average
teenager thrilled at the prospect of being a superhero,” notes the writer.

The book also shares the same universe as Faerber’s other current Image
superhero book, NOBLE CAUSES, opening the door for the Firebirds to play a
role in future NOBLE CAUSES stories.

“Rebecca’s first appearance is actually in the pages of NOBLE CAUSES:
EXTENDED FAMILY #2,” Faerber notes. “And she goes on to play a recurring
role as part of a group of heroes joined by some of the Noble family. It’s a
lot of fun to cross-pollinate my own little corner of the Image universe,
and I think fans will appreciate seeing how the various heroes react to one

FIREBIRDS not only introduces a new superhero tandem to the Image Universe,
but a new artistic talent in Andres Ponce. Continuing his commitment to
unearthing new talent (as evidenced by early NOBLE CAUSES and current
Aquaman artist Patrick Gleason, and VENTURE artist and current Firestorm
artist Jamal Igle). Faerber recognized Ponce’s talent the first time he saw
samples, and foresees a bright future for the Argentinian artist.

“Andres is an amazing artist that I found online,” Faerber says. “He kept
sending me samples, and I started him out with a pin-up in NOBLE CAUSES.
That led to an 8-page back-up story, which led to him jumping aboard as lead
artist of the NOBLE CAUSES: DISTANT RELATIVES mini-series, which led to me
asking him to develop these new characters with me. Andres has a fantastic
talent for body language and facial expressions, two traits essential to the
kind of story I’m telling. And he’s no slouch in the action department,
either. He brought along a friend of his, Nestor Perrerya, to color the
book. Because of their existing relationship, Andres is able to work closely
with Nestor to ensure a distinct look for this book.”

FIREBIRDS is available for preorder in the September issue of PREVIEWS, and
will go on sale November 3.

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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