Official Press Release
BERKELEY, CA — 20 June, 2006 — A comatose girl. Supernatural
criminals. Two cops on the edge. What do they all have in common?
Welcome to the world of THE CROSS BRONX, a brand-new four-issue
miniseries by Michael Avon Oeming (co-creator of POWERS) and Ivan
Brandon (NYC MECH) that seemlessly mixes police procedure and the
The series, which marks Oeming’s first large-scale sequential work
outside of POWERS in years, follows Detective Rapheal Aponte in the
Bronx as he investigates a mysterious gang slaying that quickly
brings him face to face with the supernatural in the form of a
beautiful ghost named Santaria. Taking out her revenge on the city,
Santaria challenges Aponte’s faith in the law as it clashes with his
faith in God – or lack of it.
In the vein of “High Plains Drifter” and “Taxi Driver,” THE CROSS
BRONX delves into two worlds; one is the dark side of the Supernatual
and the other is the dark side of Crime Noir. Dodging bullets and
curses, THE CROSS BRONX will take you down some very unexpected and
dangerous streets of the real life Bronx.
“I’m very enthusiastic about CROSS BRONX,” says Oeming. “It is the
first thing I’m co-writing as I’m also illustrating it, which has
been a refreshing mix for me. I think any fan of POWERS or FELL will
really dig what we’re doing with this book.”
Along with handling the art chores, Oeming is also co-writing the
book with Ivan Brandon, one of the creators of the critically
acclaimed NYC MECH. The two of them found common ground with THE
“It should be clear by now that I’m a little obsessed with the
intricacies of the street-level crime world,” explains Brandon. “And
Mike’s fascination with the city itself, with the tiny details that
make up an authentic Bronx environment, have made this a dream
project across the board. Visually, this is Mike at his absolute
peak. The level of craft he’s bringing to this really surpasses any
of the work he’s done in comics at any point in his career. Every new
page is darker and more phenomenal than the last. Writing for him on
this could not be more daunting or more fulfilling.”
Guns will fire, people will die, prayers and curses will both be
answered in THE CROSS BRONX.
THE CROSS BRONX is a four-issue full-color miniseries debuting in
September. It is available for order in the July Previews catalog and
is scheduled to be in-stores on September 13th.
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