It’s Wednesday afternoon! This week the Small Press Spotlight is celebrating small press heroes.
First, let’s check out an upcoming title from Binge Books. The Heroes Union #1 is set to release this summer, bringing you 68 pages of family-friendly adventure from acclaimed writer Roger Stern (The Avengers, Captain America) and celebrated artists Ron Frenz (Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man) and Sal Buscema (Captain America, The Defenders).
This is the first of several planned releases to be made available as a modernized, Binge Book edition. Created by veteran TV writer Darin Henry (“Seinfeld,” “Futurama,” “KC Undercover”), Binge Books are tailored for today’s audiences who want to binge their favorite content, hence the oversized issue with plenty of story to be released all at once.
The Heroes Union #1 also marks the reunion of Stern and Frenz, the creative team behind the iconic Spider-Man story, “The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man,” (The Amazing Spider-Man #248). With a special arrangement with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the book will be the first comic in more than a decade to feature the official Comics Code Authority Seal. Each copy will be uniquely numbered for collectors, and the publisher hints that some of the numbered variants may eventually entitle their owners to additional perks. Stay tuned for details.
The publisher states:
“With an action-packed, engrossing story featuring compelling new superheroes with names such as ‘Startup,’ ‘Windfall,’ ‘Protégé’ and more, The Heroes Union #1 will also offer adults a unique way to teach children about business. “
“Like millions of other kids, I grew up devouring comics by Roger Stern, Ron Frenz, and Sal Buscema, so to have some of the 20th Century’s greatest creators introducing readers to the 21st Century’s greatest heroes is a personal and professional dream come true,” said Henry in a statement. “I was inspired to create Binge Books by European comic albums like TinTin and Asterix because I wanted to publish affordable graphic novellas for US readers to enjoy.”
Check out solicit info below and look out for the book on August 18.
Written by Roger Stern, Art by Ron Frenz (p), Sal Buscema (i), Chris Nye (i), Cover by Ron Frenz (p) & Brett Breeding (i)
Naucrate the Auteur Cosmic — half the universe celebrates her genius, the other half cowers before her world-shattering power. And the only ones who can stop her are Earth’s foremost super-group… The Heroes Union! Legendary creators Roger Stern (The Avengers), Ron Frenz (Thor), and Sal Buscema (Captain America) unite to chronicle the adventures of a marvelous new generation of heroes in a cosmic epic bursting with so many breathtaking twists and thrills, it should probably come with seat belts! This 68-page, standalone story introduces all-new 21st Century Heroes in an exciting new, square-bound “Binge Book” format!
In the meantime, head over to Comixology and check out their Small Press Superhero sale. Titles include Little Heroes from 215 Ink, The Haunter from Creephouse Comics, Orphans from Eric Palicki, and many more. Click here to begin shopping. The sale ends on Thursday, July 29.