Image Comics has announced the upcoming release of The Schlub, a brand-new action/comedy ongoing from the likes of artist/writer Ryan Stegman, writer Kenny Porter, and artist Tyrell Cannon. Mike Spicer and John J Hill join the team on coloring and lettering/designing respectively.
Here’s Image’s official description of the title, which releases this upcoming August:
The Schlub follows failing dentist Roger Dalton who blames the world for his problems… up until he is body-swapped with the world’s greatest superhero. Can Roger save Earth and finally prove to his family he’s not a loser? Or are we all doomed?
The title comes from Stegman and Donny Cates‘ Kids Love Chains imprint, notable for the recent Vanish, which paired the two creators together again after their enormous Venom run. Stegman spoke a bit about the development of the title and his collaborators:
“A few years back I pitched Image a comic that I would write and draw about a Michael Scott/Kenny Powers type character if they became a superhero that the entire world relied on. It was approved and I had started work on it when Marvel came along and asked me to do a little book called Venom,” said Stegman. “I couldn’t say no, but I couldn’t shake this idea of the superhero that just can’t do the right thing. So I asked my buddies Kenny, Tyrell and John to help me make this book a reality and here we are! The greatest superhero comic book on the planet.”
Porter and Cannon also chimed in, discussing their love of comics and excitement over the series.
“We created The Schlub for people like us—comic fans who love big, bombastic superhero action wrapped around a heartfelt story. This is all about feeling like the world is against you and growing as a person—and I think that’s something we can all relate to,” said Porter
“Drawing The Schlub is an absolute blast,” said Cannon. “I basically get to channel my lifelong obsession with action movies and comics into every issue. Having that big ‘i’ on our comic is the fulfillment of a dream I’ve had since picking up my first Image comic as a kid. I couldn’t be more stoked!”
The Schlub #1 will be available digitally and in local comic shops on Wednesday, August 23rd. Below is a preview for the first issue: