Andy Diggle joins Dynamite Entertainment for Uncanny series
Dynamite proudly confirms that fan-favorite writer Andy Diggle (Action Comics) will helm the new series Uncanny, set to launch in June as the second title in its burgeoning Crime Line. Illustrated by the immensely talented Aaron Campbell (The Shadow), Uncanny #1 will ship with two covers by superstar artists Jock (The Losers, Detective Comics) and Sean Phillips (Criminal, Fatale), split in equal ratio. A special exclusive variant will be available as well, featuring the artwork of Dan Panosian (Avengers: Citizen Kang) and offered only to comic fans who enroll in subscription programs with their preferred comic book retailer.
Uncanny introduces Weaver, a man born with an uncanny ability that allows him to steal other people’s skills – their memories, abilities, and expertise – for a limited time. A man with a power like that could change the world; but as a professional gambler, con-man, and thief-for-hire, Weaver prefers to look out for Number One. That is, until he finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of international intrigue where the rules keep changing, the players are hidden… and the first thing he stands to lose is his life. And maybe, just maybe, he isn’t so unique after all…
The anticipation for Andy Diggle’s new Uncanny series has been building since New York Comic-Con 2012, when it was announced that the red-hot writer would be helming an upcoming, yet unspecified series as part of Dynamite’s highly-touted Crime Line. With a huge list of high-profile comics under his belt (including Daredevil, Hellblazer, and Thunderbolts), plus as one of the industry’s premiere writers of crime fiction thanks to his acclaimed work on The Losers, Diggle will certainly bring a wealth of genre experience and edgy innovation to the new Dynamite launch, a title with the foreboding tag line: “Six billion skill sets. One last chance.”
“I’d been talking to Nick Barrucci off and on for years about doing something for Dynamite, and I’m thrilled that we’ve lined up a project that pushes all of my buttons,” says Diggle. “Uncanny is an edgy, fast-paced crime thriller with just a hint of the paranormal. In other words, exactly the kind of comics I love to write – and to read. It’s very freeing, not having to pull your punches, to be able to present new characters without the reader knowing their entire life history in advance. Instead, the reader gets to discover this new world as Weaver does. They go on that journey with him. And it goes to some pretty dark places.”
“Andy Diggle is one of the most incredible writers in comics today. As a fan, I find each series that he writes more engaging than the previous one,” says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite’s President/CEO. “I enjoyed his Hellblazer run, but when I read his Green Arrow: Year One and The Losers, I wanted to read more of Andy’s work and sought out his earlier comic series to read. And I’m glad I did! Having now read much of his body of work, I have a deep respect for his skill as a writer. After several years of exclusivity with DC and Marvel, I’m excited that Andy will be working with Dynamite on a series and genre that he loves. Uncanny is going to blow everyone’s minds.”
Uncanny #1 will be available for comic retailers to order through the April Previews catalog, corresponding to June-shipping products.
Item Code: APR130996
(Ships with 50/50 split collation covers by Jock and Sean Phillips)
Uncanny #1 Exclusive Subscription-Only Variant
Item Code: APR130997
(Cover by Dan Panosian, available only to pull-list customers at their local comic book stores)
Uncanny #1 is also scheduled for day-and-date digital release, for consumers who prefer to read their comics on digital platforms.
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About Dynamite Entertainment:
DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, The Shadow, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Bionic Man, A Game of Thrones, and more!
Dynamite owns and controls an extensive library with over 3,000 characters (which includes the Harris Comics and Chaos Comics properties), such as Vampirella, Pantha, Evil Ernie, Smiley the Psychotic Button, Chastity, Purgatori, and Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt.
In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and bestselling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Kevin Smith, Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Jae Lee, Marc Guggenheim, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner, and a host of up-and-coming new talent!
Dynamite is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s Project Superpowers – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005, Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%) and again in 2011. The company has also been nominated for and won several industry awards, including the prestigious Harvey and Eisner Awards.