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SuperPatriot makes his return to Image Comics in July

Official Press Release

[SuperPatriot]ORANGE, CA -- 22 March, 2002 -- It's been a while, but Image Comics'SuperPatriot is back in action this summer, thanks to up-and-coming artistCory Walker and Battle Pope creator Robert Kirkman. The creative duo arecombining their talents on an all-new four issue miniseries entitledSUPERPATRIOT: AMERICA'S FIGHTING FORCE.

According to Kirkman, this series will focus on the hard life SuperPatriothas endured since surviving a near-death experience and being revived as acyborg. "He hasn't been in control of his actions on more than a fewoccasions," Kirkman explained. "Now, he's back in charge of his life, andhe's getting into the swing of things. We get to see his apartment, hisday-to-day life -- we get to KNOW Johnny Armstrong."

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[Isse #1 cover]SUPERPATRIOT: AMERICA'S FIGHTING FORCE will also be fleshing out some of thecharacter's history by "retelling" a few of SuperPatriot's adventures fromWorld War II in flashback form, including his origin, which will be revealedhere for the first time.

"The main plot revolves around some heavies left over from World War IItrying to get rid of SuperPatriot once and for all," Kirkman continued, "butthe meat of the story will be the flashbacks and the slice of life stuff."

Tying it all together will be the remarkable Cory Walker, a relativenewcomer to comics who has made quite an impression on everyone who's seenhis work, his creative partner chief among them.

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"Working with Cory is a dream come true," said Kirkman. "I met him onlineand have worked with him before on my Battle Pope book. The talent Corybrings to the table is immense. He has an animation background and it reallyshows through in the slickness of his art style."

[TPB Cover]Rounding out the art team is Hi-Fi Color. "They do a FANTASTIC job on Cory'sline art," Kirkman enthused. "They really make the book sing! There's areason they color the number one book in the industry."

SUPERPATRIOT: AMERICA'S FIGHTING FORCE is the third miniseries focusing onImage's greatest patriotic character and the first since SUPERPATRIOT:LIBERTY & JUSTICE was released in 1995. And to support the launch of theall-new miniseries, Image is releasing a trade paperback collection of thefour-part SUPERPATRIOT: LIBERTY & JUSTICE the same month. The trade willfeature a new cover by original series artist Dave Johnson, as well assupplementary material featuring Johnson's character designs and preliminarysketches.

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"SUPERPATRIOT: AMERICA'S FIGHTING FORCE will continue SEAMLESSLY from theLIBERTY & JUSTICE trade," Kirkman noted, "though it won't be picking up anyplot threads from it."

Both SUPERPATRIOT: AMERICA'S FIGHTING FORCE and the SUPERPATRIOT: LIBERTY &JUSTICE TPB will be available for order in the May issue of PREVIEWS. And tohelp celebrate the 4th of July with a bang -- both will have a guaranteedin-store date of July 3.

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