With a wink, Image Comics announces ... Uncanny Skullkickers #1

Riding the "Uncanny" wave of new Marvel titles -- Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Men, Uncanny X-Force -- Skullkickers creators Jim Zubkavich and Edward Huang have wryly announced the February arrival of ... The Uncanny Skullkickers #1.

"A bold new direction!" the Image Comics solicitation promises. "A perfect jumping-on point! A newly added adjective! Our nineteeth issue, but also a new issue #1! It's all here, people! Don't make us use more exclamation marks!! P.S. Retailers: Rack this comic beside other 'Uncanny' comics you may have hanging around and sell a ton of copies. Do it." The subsequently released teaser (above), parodies Marvel's ubiquitous ads for its relaunched titles, with the "Join the Revolution" logo replaced by a box reading "YUP we went there."

Image NOW! maybe? Hey, why not. "That's how we roll ... bandwagon-jumping bastards," Zubkavich wrote this morning on Twitter, adding, "Wait until you see the variant cover."

Speaking of covers: Note, too, that Chris Stevens' cover (below) bears a striking similarity to those recently released by DC Comics for its Zero Month. The Uncanny Skullkickers #1 goes on sale Feb. 27.

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