Official Press Release
After stirring up buzz, generating critical praise and proving that "maturereader" titles could crack the Top 50, Marvel's MAX line shifts into highgear in 2002, with a lineup of projects for new readers and jaded fansalike.
"Not only are the books coming together great -- but they really cover a lotof different genres," said editor Stuart Moore. "We've got crime, horror,western, martial arts action, science fiction, satire, and more. There'struly something for everybody here."
"Especially if you like your heroes cussing, naked and bathed in blood,"added editor Axel Alonso.
"Or your creators," MAX's weak sister editor Tom Brevoort punctuated.
The next ongoing MAX title to launch will be the monthly BLADE series, whichhits stores on March 13th. Written by novelist Christopher Hinz, andfeaturing art by Steve Pugh and covers by Tim Bradstreet, this is an all-newapproach to Marvel's deadly vampire hunter -- bringing the action and horrorof the hit films to comics, with more than a few dark additions along theway.
In April, BLACK WIDOW: PALE LITTLE SPIDER presents a shocking erotic crimetale set in present-day Russia. "This one's going to surprise a lot ofpeople," predicted Moore. "It's very disturbing." The three-issue series iscreated by acclaimed crime writer Greg Rucka (ELEKTRA, Queen & Country) andartist Igor Kordey (NEW X-MEN, CABLE), with covers by Greg Horn.
And in May, THE HOOD hits the streets, courtesy of writer Brian K. Vaughan(Batman) and INCREDIBLE HULK artist Kyle Hotz. "This is the underbelly ofthe Marvel Universe, seen through a haze of smoke and covered in a patina ofblood," explained Brevoort. "It's at once dark, morbidly funny, unashamedlyviolent, and unquestionably real. Our lead character, Parker Robbins, is anamoral sociopath -- and we're going to make you love him."
APACHE SKIES, by John Ostrander and Leonardo Manco, follows in July. "Leo'sfully painting this series, which really conveys the flavor of the Old Westin a palpable manner. He's really taken his artwork to a whole new level,"said Brevoort. "Plus, John and I get to use all of the twisted, violentmaterial we were forced to soft-pedal in BLAZE OF GLORY (which itself isconveniently available as a trade paperback the same month)."
If you're in the mood for a Summer blockbuster with a nasty twist, check outthe all-new DEATHLOK limited series. "If you hated FURY, you're really gonnahate DEATHLOK," promised Alonso. "Think Waterworld -- only there is no thewater and there is a plot. It's a sci-fi black comedy by 2000 Xeric GrantAward-winner Daniel Way and FURY penciler Darick Robertson."
Also this Summer the long-awaited MASTER OF KUNG FU series leaps intostores, by the award-winning creative team of Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy."MOKF fans -- myself included -- are a near-fanatical lot," stated Alonso."So who better to revamp Shang-Chi than the creative team who made him greatin the first place?"
Reviewing the latest issue of ALIAS, Zentertainment.com recently commentedthat "It looks like a book that was already good will be getting evenbetter!" MAX's inaugural title keeps gaining steam, with a new storylinestarting in issues #11 and #12, both shipping in July. And thecontroversial CAGE and HOWARD THE DUCK mini-series will both continue toshock readers right through Spring. "I had to release this cover to HOWARD#3 as soon as it came in," said Moore. "It's just soooo wrong. And the bookitself is twice as disturbing."
"We knew we couldn't stand still with the MAX line," admitted Moore. "So wethought about changing our cover design. We had a three-hour meeting aboutit, but it just ended with Axel breakdancing, Tom fondling his belovedcrowbar and everybody else giggling and pointing at Black Widow's -- uh,nevermind. Anyway, we compromised and decided to make the 'Explicit Content'cover label twice as big, then we went home."
"Actually," Alonso revealed, "we just said we were going home, waved goodbyeto Stuart, and then reconvened at the bar around the corner."
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