Never let it be said that Image is afraid to push the envelope every now and then. Twisted Romance is going to be fairly unique on the shelf in February. It’s a 48 page weekly anthology. Each issue will have a main story and a backup story, both written by Alex de Campi, and then a backup prose story. de Campi and the theme of “love” (Image seems all-in on Valentine’s Day this year) are the through line on this one, which promises to cover a lot territory within that theme. Image is also bragging about getting sneak peak placements with EW and The A.V. Club, so some of the right people seem to be impressed by it.
Official PR follows:
Critically acclaimed writer Alex de Campi (MAYDAY, NO MERCY) teams up with some of comics’ hottest artists for TWISTED ROMANCE, a four-issue weekly anthology miniseries with tales of love—love gone right, wrong, and everything in between.
“This project is a dream for me,” said de Campi. “I’m getting to collaborate with some of comics’ coolest creators and some amazing prose fiction voices. Everything everyone is doing looks so amazing. I’m just giddy that Image basically handed us the reins and said, ‘do whatever you want. This looks cool.’ So, yeah: come February, we’re going to break your heart, fill you with joy, and give you awkward pants feels. Sometimes in same story. Occasionally, even on the same page.”
Each issue of this month-long romance event will feature 48 pages of content: a main comic story, a backup comic story, and a backup prose story. Within the pages of TWISTED ROMANCE, you can expect to find a wide variety of themes, including the commoditization of breakups, the love of a shy girl and a wildly famous guy, forbidden love on an intergalactic dreadnought, and the deceptive lure of childhood as seen by a princess who’s afraid to grow up. Exclusive sneak-peeks can be found throughout December and January at participating sites; see below for details.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Alex,” said Skelly. “I think our comic will show off our love of ’70s film—and the darkest reaches of our brains. It’s going to be such a standout on the comics stand. I think the right people will find it and really appreciate it.”
“I am psyched to work on something bold and heartfelt, a story that knows where it’s going from the outset, that may end up somewhere surprising, but that surprise will be perfect,” added McNeil. “That’s the best thing, always.”
“Being the comics baby of the bunch, I’m really excited for people to see the fun world we’re creating,” said Gutiérrez. “Honey, get into this boots-the-house-down realness for your nerves!”
“Alex is an incredibly versatile writer!” said Trungles. “I love stories that explore the nature of love and agency, and I’m really stoked to work on this one.”
TWISTED ROMANCE #1: “Old Flames” (Diamond code: DEC170607) arrives February 7th, featuring art from Katie Skelly (My Pretty Vampire, Nurse Nurse), a backup comic from Sarah Horrocks (Goro, The Leopard), and a prose story by Magen Cubed (Crashers). The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 15th. Look for an exclusive sneak-peek at EW.com on Monday, December 11th!
TWISTED ROMANCE #2: “Twinkle and the Star” (Diamond code: DEC170608) hits shelves February 14th, with art from Alejandra Gutiérrez (Love is Love), a backup comic from Meredith McClaren (HINGES), and a prose story by Vita Ayala (Batman Beyond). The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 22nd. Look for an exclusive sneak-peek at Monkeys Fighting Robots on Monday, January 8th!
TWISTED ROMANCE #3: “Invincible Heart” (Diamond code: DEC170609) will be available February 21st, with art from Carla Speed McNeil (NO MERCY, Finder), a backup comic from Margaret Trauth (Decrypting Rita), and a prose story by Jess Bradley. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 29th. Look for an exclusive sneak-peek at SYFY Wire on Monday, January 22nd!
TWISTED ROMANCE #4: “Treasured” (Diamond code: DEC170610) hits stores February 28th, with art from Trungles (Mirror Mirror, Fauns & Faeries), a backup comic from Sarah Winifred Searle (Fresh Romance), and a prose story by Naomi Salman. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 5th. Look for an exclusive sneak-peek at The A.V. Club on Monday, January 29th!
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