In the never-ending quest for expanding readership, independent publisher Image Comics is venturing into the realm of post-apocalyptic robotic weirdness with Circuit Breaker.
In a press release today, the Berkeley-based creator-owned outlet announced a new series from the creative team of Kevin McCarthy and Kyle Baker (Plastic Man).
In what seems from the solicit to be a riff on the classic Japanese Manga Astro-Boy, Circuit Breaker is set in a post-WWIV Japan and stars a female android made in the image of her creator’s granddaughter.
Judging from the creative team’s comments in the release, they seem to be angling for a quirky approach, something which their respective bibliographies would suggest they’re well-suited to.
Circuit Breaker is set to hit comic book shops in the second week of March, with an FOC at the end of March, so be sure to let your retailer know soon if you plan on picking it up.
[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
CIRCUIT-BREAKER IS AN ELECTRIC READ
An all-new series about one girl robot who must save humanity
Bestselling writer Kevin McCarthy and artist Kyle Baker (Plastic Man) team up for an all-new series, CIRCUIT-BREAKER, launching from Image Comics this March.
CIRCUIT-BREAKER #1 is set in the aftermath of World War IV, where the heroic robots that saved Japan during war are outlawed. Now they’re turning against mankind, waging a campaign of terror across the last city on Earth.
“If Circuit-Breaker isn’t the best Shakespearean-Sentai, shōjo-shōnen superhero, soap-opera satire on the market, it’s at least in the alliteration. I mean, the conversation,” said McCarthy.
Meanwhile the vengeful robots’ original creator builds one more soldier—disguised as his teenaged granddaughter—and tasks her with dismantling the marauding mechanical militia. But as she begins to question her programming, will she be the last hope for humanity, or the final nail in our coffin?
McCarthy went on to describe the creative process of working with Baker. “The real hero here is my fellow Circuit-maker, Kyle Baker. There’s a lot going on in this book, and he took every one of my crazy ideas and obscure references and brought them to (artificial) life. I’m excited for everyone to see this book.”
McCarthy added: “Readers can expect our story to take a lot of left turns. So many in fact, that we made a complete… circuit? (Sorry.)”
CIRCUIT-BREAKER #1 (Diamond Code JAN160521) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, March 16. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, February 22.