Image to Release Print Edition of Monkeybrain’s Masks and Mobsters

Today Image Comics announced that they would be releasing a print version of Masks and Mobsters, a webcomic originally released by MonkeyBrain.

The full press release can be found below.

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[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]

IT’S CAPES VS. TOMMY GUNS IN MASKS AND MOBSTERS

Acclaimed Digital Series gets Hardcover Collection from Image Comics/Shadowline

Masks and Mobsters was hailed as one of the best webcomics of the year when it was released by MonkeyBrain in 2012, and now the Image Comics imprint Shadowline is bringing it to print in style, with a deluxe hardcover edition that collects all seven issues. Written by Joshua Williamson (Ghosted, Dear Dracula) and drawn by Mike Henderson, Ryan Cody, Jason Copland, and Justin Greenwood, Masks and Mobsters explores the secret stories of super-heroes and mobsters vying for control of Golden City.

Writer Williamson imagines a world where, in the 1930s and ‘40s, super-heroes and super-villains didn’t start appearing just in the pages of comic books but in flesh-and-blood life, confronting the underground powers that had maintained a fearful status quo.

“One of the things that always has stuck with me was… if all these super-heroes started to pop up, how did that affect the mob’s business?” said Williamson. “The masked men couldn’t be paid off, and the super-villains didn’t care about paying dues, right? How did organized crime deal with it all? I wanted to see that world from their perspective.”

Praise for Masks and Mobsters:

“Best digital series [of 2012]… an intriguing black-and-white tale about gangsters, snitches and the first caped do-gooders.”

– USA Today

“Smart work brilliantly presented. My favorite Monkeybrain series.”

– Mark Waid

Masks and Mobsters is such a fantastic idea that I burn with jealousy I didn’t think of it first. Fortunately, Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson, and company are doing things with the notion that I never could have imagined possible. One of my absolute favorite comics currently being published.”

Chris Roberson

Masks and Mobsters is a 128-page, black and white hardcover, retailing for $19.99 (ISBN 978-1-60706-765-8). It will be in stores on July 3 and can be pre-ordered from the May issue of Previews.

 

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
 

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Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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