The book is called Simon Says, and it’s due out from creators Andre R. Frattino and Jesse Lee this September, from publisher Image Comics. The publisher announced Simon Says Tuesday, describing it as a “post-World War II crime noir,” in which the titular Simon paints Europe of that era “in a scarlet shade of revenge.”
The full press release is below:
Image Comics is pleased to announce an all-new, original graphic novel, Simon Says by Andre R. Frattino and Jesse Lee which will paint a post-World War II Europe in a scarlet shade of revenge this September.
Simon Says is a drama-filled, crime noir story that follows a former artist to the Führer who hunts down and seeks justice upon the Nazis he witnessed murder his friends and loved ones during the war. It is an original graphic novel inspired by true events and by a real world Holocaust survivor, Simon Wiesenthal, an artist who lost his family and took justice into his own hands.
“Simon Says is about an innocent and gentle man, an artist, whose family and life are destroyed by a real world event. Not something sci-fi or fanciful, but something that has happened and could happen again. In that way, it’s the story of any of us, and how we would respond if who we were and what we had were lost,” said Frattino. “The real-life, famed Nazi hunter, Simon Wiesenthal, was quoted as once saying: ‘For evil to flourish, it only requires good men to do nothing.’ This is a story of a good man doing something.”
Showcasing gritty, starkly black and white panels with pops of red, Simon Saysfeatures the same ominous storytelling and nuanced characters of bestsellers like Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta and Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
Simon Says original graphic novel trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1319-4) will be available in comic shops on Wednesday, September 11 and available in bookstores on Tuesday, September 17. It can be pre-ordered at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.
Simon Says will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.