Official Press Release
BERKELEY, CA — 24 May, 2005 — THE SILENCERS, created by writer Fred Van Lente (Amazing Fantasy)
and Steve Ellis (Iron Man) was originally introduced by Moonstone in a critically-acclaimed, best-selling
miniseries last year. The first two issues immediately sold out and the reviews dubbed it “SOPRANOS with
Set to launch with an all-new #1 from Image Comics in July, the creators are excited to get their book
back out to the public.
“Erik Larsen took over the reins of Image at about the time our first run on the book ended,” Ellis says.
“He was incredibly supportive from the get-go, and it just seemed like a perfect fit: Fred and I are
really proud to join the ranks of great creator-owned hero series at Image!”
THE SILENCERS is not technically a “hero” book though, the first series introduced readers to a
team of super-powered mob enforcers who had to become independent operators when the
Provenzano Family they worked for got wiped out by a rival, The Syndicate. Half the Silencers
got wiped-out too — but the survivors rallied around their legendary leader, Cardinal, who
spent the rest of the arc exacting some serious payback on The Syndicate.
“As the new Image #1 opens, The Silencers discover they’re victims of their own success,” explains
Van Lente. “They’ve lain low for a year with their loot, but their annihilation of the Syndicate left a
vacuum of mob power in New York. Every two-bit super-hood in the country has moved to the city
and is gunning for instant street cred — how are they going to do it? By knocking off the current top
dogs on the crime scene, and that would be The Silencers.
“Ultimately, Cardinal decides that, for their own safety, they’re going to have to take over the New
York mobs themselves.”
“Though we have no doubt returning Silencers fans will enjoy the new series, the new #1 is a perfect
jumping-on point for new readers!” Ellis says. “And in many ways, Fred and I are just getting better as
we go along — there’s no work I’m prouder of than what’s going into this book.”
Rave reviews have been the norm for THE SILENCERS. Wizard Magazine raves “THE SILENCERS
delivers from start to finish! With a perfect blend of superheroes and organized crime, you’ll definietly
dig this series…capiche?” Comics Buyers Guide exclaims “Forget THE SOPRANOS, give me THE
SILENCERS! An excellent blend of action and character development … Filled with characters I can’t
learn more about. It’s time to cheer for the bad guys!”
THE SILENCERS #1 (MAY051538) is set to debut on July 20th from Image Comics.
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 four major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions,
Shadowline 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. Visit www.imagecomics.com for more information.
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