Debuting in 2017, Shirtless Bear-Fighter from writer Jody LeHeup and Nil Vendrell was rip roaring good time that even inspired an 8-bit video game. More than five years later, a the titular hero returns in a sequel series as revealed in exclusive scoop on the announcement at ComicBook.com.
The entire creative team from the first series once again is back including colorist Mike Spicer and letterer Travis Lanphear. Though not mentioned in the press release, the cover credits seem to indicate that Sebastian Girner is also back as co-writer.
The title alone should be enough of a selling point, but if you need more perhaps the potential revelation of Shirtless Bear-Fighter’s origin will pique your interest:
FINALLY! The man, the myth, the legend—SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER RETURNS to the War on Bearror in a wild new action-comedy with higher stakes, new characters, and all the heart and hilarity fans have come to expect. This time, Shirtless’s search for his true origin sets him on a cosmic collision course with the bear god…URSA MAJOR!
Jody LeHeup is thrilled to return to the character and world:
“Shirtless Bear-Fighter is quite possibly the most joyful comic of all time and given the events of the last few years, we could all use some of that joy right now. So I’m absolutely thrilled to announce Shirtless Bear-Fighter 2. We always said we wouldn’t do more unless we found the right story and boy did we find it. I cannot wait for fans to see what Nil and I have in store. If you thought volume one was wild, you haven’t seen anything yet. Prebear yourselves!”
The first issue of the miniseries will feature a main cover drawn by Dave Johnson, as well as additional covers by Chris Brunner (wraparound), Paolo Rivera (1:10 incentive), Daniel Warren Johnson (1:25 copy incentive), as well as a blank sketch cover.
Shirtless Bear-Fighter 2 #1 arrives in stores and digitally on Wednesday, August 17: