Official Press Release
ORANGE, CA — 3 April, 2002 — The long wait is over for everyone who missed
out on the early issues of VIOLENT MESSIAHS: a trade paperback of the
genre-bending cult hit is due out from Image Comics in July. VIOLENT
MESSIAHS: THE BOOK OF JOB will collect all eight issues of the first series,
making the entire story available again following the complete sellout of
the first four issues.
An urban crime fantasy combining the themes and pacing of suspense novelist
Ramsey Campbell with the horror/fantasy of early Clive Barker and the
socio-religious sci-fi of Phillip K. Dick, VIOLENT MESSIAHS: THE BOOK OF JOB
tells the story of a poetic serial killer, an unforgiving vigilante called
Citizen Pain and Cheri Major, a fiercely independent police detective
assigned to bring both killers down.
Conceived by Joshua Dysart and William O’Neill, the grisly world of VIOLENT
MESSIAHS: THE BOOK OF JOB is brought vividly to life through the chilling
storytelling of writer Dysart, the Russ Manning Award-nominated artwork of
penciler Tone Rodriguez and the stunning computer art of colorist/cover
artist Travis Smith.
Described by some as “Beauty and the Beast meets Frankenstein” in a film
noir setting, VIOLENT MESSIAHS is driven by a very dark poetic sense that
Dysart isn’t seeking to downplay. “The reality is that I love the two
stories,” Dysart admits. “I think they pretty much run the gamut of human
emotion. Citizen Pain is a combination of the Beast, who is completely
incapable of being loved, even though his soul is quite beautiful, and
Frankenstein’s monster, who is basically similar in theme.”
As would be expected from a tale that can only be described as a
theological, sci-fi love story about criminal politics, the nature of
violence and man’s search for individuality, however, there are a number of
differences between VIOLENT MESSIAHS and the works at the base of Dysart’s
inspiration, but Dysart is quick to point out the themes of the story are
“I also draw from a sense of solitude and loneliness, all the stuff people
go through,” he explains. “All those times in your life when you’ve felt
really lonely and no one was there for you. That’s the energy I take and put
into VIOLENT MESSIAHS–everyone is somewhat lost, lonely and scared.”
Set for a July release, the 224-page VIOLENT MESSIAHS: THE BOOK OF JOB will
be available for order in the May issue of PREVIEWS. The trade will feature
a new cover by Smith, as well as numerous extras, including rare artwork and
sketches by Rodriguez and a gallery of variant covers by Andy Park and Ed McGuinness.
A new VIOLENT MESSIAHS series, VIOLENT MESSIAHS: LAMENTING PAIN, is
currently scheduled to debut in September.
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