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Retired vigilante Michael Lane thought his secrets were long buried in the past, along with his cloak and mask. But when his ex-wife Lori is suddenly killed in a house explosion and his former associates become the targets of similar attacks, those secrets threaten to come back to haunt him.

Launching April 8, OLD WOUNDS is a four-issue comic book mini-series written by Russell Lissau (STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, THE BATMAN STRIKES) and drawn by John Bivens (POPGUN, DARK ENGINE) that’s equal parts crime drama and action thriller, following Lane and police detectives Frank King and Alyssa Hess as they try to solve Lori’s murder…and prevent their own!

“My comics writing is very much influenced by my experience as a newspaper reporter,” said Lissau, who in his secret identity works for a daily newspaper in suburban Chicago. “I spent about three years working nights covering police departments and crime. You learn a lot about humanity writing about crime every day—it really paints a picture of the darker side of life.”

Lissau, who has written a wide variety of comic books, including THE BATMAN STRIKES!, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE and SHREK, previously worked with Bivens on “One of Us,” a short story published in Pop! Goes the Icon’s OMEGA COMICS PRESENTS anthology, where detectives King and Hess first appeared. Like that first story, OLD WOUNDS is presented in pulpy black and white.

“Most superhero comics are very black and white, very good versus evil,” Lissau said. “The world of OLD WOUNDS is painted in shades of gray. That’s actually one of the reasons I wanted to do it as a black-and-white comic. And John did a fantastic job delivering the visuals for the story.”

Bivens, who lives in Minneapolis, is also currently collaborating with writer Ryan Burton on the series DARK ENGINE for Image Comics, and his previous work has appeared in the award-winning COMIC BOOK TATTOO, POPGUN, and READING WITH PICTURES.

OLD WOUNDS #1 can be pre-ordered now from the February issue of Previews (Diamond Code FEB151566) and will be available in comic book stores on Apr. 8 for $2.99, as well as on digital platforms including Comixology and Comics Plus for 99 cents. To find a comic store near you, call 1-800-COMIC-BOOK or visit

About Pop! Goes the Icon

Launched in 2009, Pop! Goes the Icon (PGTI) is a boutique print and online publishing house, specializing in comic books, graphic novels and webcomics. In partnership with Creation Forge Studios, PGTI also offers a full suite of custom comic book printing services under the PGTI Press banner. More information can be found at


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