'Noble Causes' Returns with New Miniseries in July

Official Press Release

ORANGE, CA -- If the recent NOBLE CAUSES: IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH trade paperback only whetted your appetite for more in-fighting, back-biting and family drama, then get ready for the latest chapter in the continuing saga of the Noble Family, NOBLE CAUSES: DISTANT RELATIVES. Jay Faerber's less-than-happy family of superheroes return for their third miniseries this July, once again featuring artwork by Ian Richardson.

Described by some as the perfect marriage between the superhero comic and the television soap opera, this latest installment in Faerber's ongoing series of miniseries follows up on the explosive events of NOBLE CAUSES: FAMILY SECRETS with a confrontation between Frost and his father, the beginnings of a nasty divorce and mounting pressure on Krennick to follow in his late father's footsteps.

"Frost -- the black sheep of the Noble family -- has learned that his father is Doc, and in this miniseries, both characters are going to have to deal with this fact," explained Faerber. "I'm sure fans are wondering why Gaia kept it a secret that Doc is Frost's father -- it seems to make little sense. But trust me when I tell you that Doc IS Frost's father -- only it's not nearly that simple.

"Another plot involves Krennick (the kind-hearted son of the Noble family's late arch-nemesis) being put in a position where he has to assume his dead father's role as ruler of an underground kingdom. Basically, Krennick's inheriting the family business ... very much against his will. We've seen hints that Krennick's got a dark side (what with him paying a prostitute to dress up like Zephyr Noble), and this time out, we'll find that Krennick's going to be edging even further away from the light. On top of that, we're going to watch as Rusty and Celeste's divorce becomes very, very public (thanks to Celeste). We're also going to be introducing a major new character named Cosmic Rae, who's going to have a BIG impact on Rusty and Celeste's relationship."

Faerber is also quick to point out that he hasn't forgotten about Liz, the series' heroine, who married into the Noble family in the first miniseries only to see her husband, Race, violently murdered at the end of the first issue. "Liz just might have found a way to be with Race (her dead husband) again," Faerber confided. "And, no, it doesn't involve her dying. By the end of the first issue, you'll see what I'm talking about. You'll also see just how much more there is to this miniseries than I'm letting on."

According to Faerber, one of the most enjoyable aspects of working on NOBLE CAUSES is finding ways to put a larger-than-life, superhero spin on classic soap opera plot mechanisms. Anyone familiar with soap operas is well knows that everything from amnesia, to evil twins, to "who's-the-father-of-so-and-so's-baby" is fair game in the world of daytime television drama. NOBLE CAUSES feeds off those conventions, though, and gives them a fresh spin.

"I've already got an amnesia plot all worked out in my head," Faerber chuckled. "It's just a matter of time before I use it."

Returning to illustrate the lead stories is Ian Richardson, who handled the art chores on NOBLE CAUSES: FAMILY SECRETS and will also be supplying covers this time around. Faerber has also lined up four promising young artists to draw back-up stories. The back-up story in issue #1, focusing on a happier time in Rusty and Celeste's past, is pencilled by Andie Tong. The story in issue #2, which explains why Liz still lives at the mansion, is pencilled by Shane Davis. Issue #3 will have a story that reveals some of the secrets of Frost's origin and that's pencilled by Ray-Anthony Height. Finally, issue #4's back-up story will focus on Gretchen (the prostitute that Krennick hired to pose as Zephyr in the first NOBLE CAUSES miniseries) is drawn by Ethen Beavers.

"Believe me when I tell you that I've been blown away by each and every page that's come in from these guys," Faerber said. "I couldn't ask for a better group of collaborators for these stories."

NOBLE CAUSES: DISTANT RELATIVES #1 is available for order in the May issue of Diamond Previews and will arrive in stores in July 2003.

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