Monday, December 6, 2010

Joe Casey and Image Unleash Butch Baker in March

Image Comics explains enigmatic teaser campaign
It's been hard to miss the teaser campaign that Image Comics has been running throughout the month of November. Were the images from one book? Several new series? At long last, Image is coming clean about those dirty little teasers...

In March 2011, Image is unleashing an all-new series written by showman Joe Casey (OFFICER DOWNE, GØDLAND) and drawn with dynamic intensity by Mike Huddleston (The Coffin). The name of this surreal homage to uber violence? BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER.

"This one ain't for the faint of heart," declares Casey. "BUTCHER BAKER is a sleazy, mature readers superhero book about a semi-retired 'patriotic' superhero who gets the call for one last adventure. It's everything you want a superhero comicbook to be. It's simultaneously iconic and subversive and a whole lot of fun."

"I don't think I've ever had this much fun working on a book before," says Huddleston. "Joe has created a ridiculously ultra-violent and over-sexed world unlike anything anyone has read before. It's intense!"

Casey adds, "I feel like this series is a creative pinnacle for both of us. I know I'm pushing the envelope in unusual ways with this one, and Huddleston's art is as good as it gets."

"Joe's at his best when he's pushing against the walls of convention," offers Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. "If you've read his work on Automatic Kafka, Wildcats 3.0 and GØDLAND, you're well aware of just how adept he is at stretching standard superhero tropes into something else, so believe me when I tell you the best is yet to come. All those teasers? Mere slivers of the gem Joe and Mike have been crafting these past few months. If this book doesn't rock your socks off, then you're dead inside."

BUTCHER BAKER was the preeminent All-American superhero. A long time ago. Now, he's getting laid... a lot. One last mission could return him to glory... IF he doesn't screw it up.

BUTCHER BAKER, THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER #1, a 32-page full-color comic book for $2.99, is available for order in the January issue of Diamond's Previews and hits stores in all its epically violent glory on March 30, 2011.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit

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