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Image Comics has announced that James Robinson will be returning to creator owned comics this December with The Saviors. Illustrated by J. Bone, the funny book centers on Tomas Ramirez, a gas station attendent with an easy life that gets turned upside down when he stumbles upon an alien conspiracy to take over the world. Now he's in the midst of a fight to save the planet against an unstoppable threat and he's in desperate need of allies. The Saviors starts out small before blowing up into a worldwide conspiracy.
"It's great to be doing a series where anything goes. Where a character can seem the main focus for several issues only to die suddenly,” said Robinson. “Where an arc can end and another begin in a different part of the world with a different cast and focus. Where an up-coming arc might even focus on the aliens' perspective. To be able to do something with so very few rules is very liberating and a lot of fun."
J. Bone is similarly excited for The Saviors "I'd always wanted to draw a horror/monster book in my cartoon style, but told as a straight up scary story. After some long phone calls and email exchanges, James came back with a terrific Monster in the Desert story that just hit me right in the nostalgia. I love old black-and-white horror movies—guys in rubber suits, teens racing through the desert on dune buggies and convertibles. The old sheriff called in because someone's killing all farmer Jones's cattle. That's the kind of story James wrote except with quite a few modern twists."
Robinson is a big name in the comic industry, but I've somehow made it this far in my fandom without checking out any of his work. I have, however, seen J. Bone's artwork in The Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror, so I can't wait to see what he brings to The Saviors. Based on Robinson's comments above, it sounds like it's going to be an interesting book.
The first issue of The Saviors is available for pre-order in the October issue of Previews. It will hit comic shops and digital devices on December 26th, 2013.
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