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Where There’s Smoke, There’re Fired-up Fans

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Where There’s Smoke, There’re Fired-up Fans

Official Press Release

San Diego, CA (August 25, 2005) About “Smoke,” the three-issue miniseries
from writer Alex De Campi and artist Igor Kordey, the critics have

“It’s always nice when something you’re anticipating as being good lives
up to those expectations, and that’s what happened with me and Smoke. De
Campi and Kordey have created a fascinating near-future setting,
populated it with interesting characters and wrapped it around an
all-too-believable and yet just exaggerated enough conspiracy plot to
keep the reader engaged from start to finish. Score: 10/10”
– Randy Lander,

“Smoke is a British Farenheit 9/11 crossed with The Bourne Supremacy.
Score: 10/10.”
– Don MacPherson,

“It’s refreshing to hear from new voices in comics, especially when they
sound as professional and talented as that of Alex de Campi, who really
knocks one out of the park with Smoke”
– Nashville City Paper

“The thing with these stories is to allow the ridiculous elements to seep
in without compromising the tension. Smoke pulls that off, and so it
works. It helps, of course, that Kordey’s art can make even the most
unlikely world seem alive. Grade: A”

“The first issue. has had unusually high reviews and repeated sellouts
from stores as well as disproportionately high message board buzz. – this
could well be the first breakout comic of the decade.”
– Rich Johnston,

Couple this return to peak form by Igor Kordey with a spectacular debut
by Alex de Campi. and we have an introductory issue that excites me to
the extent that a Warren Ellis or Alan Moore penned tale would do so on
the same subject matter. It’s a fantastic debut issue, and acts as a
great pick-me-up from a market saturated by mediocrity and hype-laden
events. Rating: 5/5.
– James Groves,

“Smoke,” one of the most acclaimed comic books of the summer, also
recently received high marks in Entertainment Weekly magazine for Alex De
Campi’s densely plotted story and amazingly detailed art by Igor Kordey.
And now fans of the book will have a chance to read the
complete story in one edition. Smoke returns as a trade paperback and
signed & numbered hardcover edition this November. The story is set in a
futuristic London run by a government both morally and financially
bankrupt, an ex-soldier-turned-government-assassin must contend with a
crisis in London, an unusual terrorist group and their even more
unusual demands, and a vindictive ex-girlfriend, even as he tries to
rebuild his own shattered life.

The “Smoke” trade paperback (Item Code SEP05 2982) and signed & numbered
hardcover edition (Item Code SEP05 2983) is scheduled for release in

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