Starting With A Bang
The debut issue of the all-new, highly anticipated series BANG! by writer Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), artist Wilfredo Torres (JUPITER’S CIRCLE), colourist Nayoung Kim and letterer Nate Piekos has sold out ahead of its publication on February 19, 2020. Dark Horse Comics has announced a second printing, featuring a cover by legendary comic book artist Denys Cowan…
Since the series was first teased last fall at New York Comic Con, buzz has been building for the high octane spy thriller. The debut issue has been praised by Keanu Reeves and some of the most respected comic book creators, and the official trailer’s debut in DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD has already sparked significant interest from film studios for media adaptation.
“All signs point to BANG! being a breakout hit,” said Matt Parkinson, Dark Horse Vice President of Marketing. “We see BANG! joining BLACK HAMMER, HELLBOY, and UMBRELLA ACADEMY on the list of can’t miss creator owned comics from Dark Horse.”
“Denys Cowan’s art is the perfect mix of noir, style, action, and intrigue” said BANG! Editor Daniel Chabon. “His cover’s a wonderful introduction to the story’s international man of mystery, Secret Agent Thomas Cord.”
Here’s what people are saying about BANG!:
“A great #$%^ed up blend of James Bond and Tintin.”—Keanu Reeves
“What Knives Out did for whodunits Bang! does for 007-style spy adventures by flipping sexist and culturally condescending tropes on their head.”—DEADLINE HOLLYWOOD
“A top secret agent, an elderly crime fiction writer who also solves crimes, members of a sprawling terrorist organization, and a drug-fueled action hero find themselves inexplicably linked to a sci-fi author whose novels could hold the key to saving all of reality…or destroying it.”—io9
“I will literally read anything by Matt Kindt or Wilfredo Torres. Put them together and it’s magic. Skip dinner and buy this book”—Mark Millar
“I #$%^ing love this comic! it’s literally everything I want out of one of my favorite creators!! Congrats to the entire team. This is how you make comics!!”—Brian Michael Bendis
“BANG is a fun, twisty spy thriller with a great meta-twist.”—Jay Faerber
“I love Matt Kindt and I love Wilfredo Torres, so it’s no surprise that I loved BANG! It’s like the weirdo, mind-bending James Bond story I didn’t know I wanted.”—Jeff Lemire
“Thanks to Kindt and Torres we finally have our Idris Elba – James Bond, and it’s exactly as cool as you imagined.”—Jeff Parker
“Imagine James Bond being abducted by David Lynch and forced into a maze that shifts with every step forward. The ground is unsteady. The walls of reality move. This is the world of Bang!, a spy thriller expertly conducted by Kindt and Torres, a mystery box that truly starts off with a… Well. You know.” —Van Jensen
Orders close for the second printing cover on February 10, 2020.
Dark Horse Comics will debut the first issue of BANG! on February 19, 2020 featuring a main cover by Wilfredo Torres and a variant cover by Matt Kindt. Dark Horse Comics will publish the second printing variant of issue 1, featuring an all new cover by Denys Cowan, on February 26, 2020, in order to meet the high demand from comic book stores and readers.
Matt Kindt is the New York Times bestselling writer and artist of the comics and graphic novels Dept. H, Mind MGMT, Revolver, 3 Story, Super Spy, 2 Sisters, and Pistolwhip, as well as Justice League of America (DC), Spider-Man (Marvel), Unity, Ninjak, Rai, and Divinity (Valiant). He has been nominated for 4 Eisner and 6 Harvey Awards (and won once). His work has been published in French, Spanish, Italian, German and Korean. The author lives in St. Louis, MO, with his wife and Dept H. collaborator, the colorist and artist Charlene Kindt.
About Wilfredo Torres
Wilfredo Torres is an American cartoonist/illustrator based in Atlanta. Wilfredo has been working professionally for over a decade and in that time has collaborated with some of the most acclaimed and prolific Writers in Comics. Wilfredo has drawn stories for books such as BLACK PANTHER, LEGION and MOON KNIGHT for Marvel Comics as well as BLACK HAMMER: THE QUANTUM AGE for Dark Horse Comics and JUPITER’S CIRCLE for Image Comics.
About Nayoung Kim
Nayoung wasn’t introduced to the world of comics until late in life by her husband. With an art school background and a decade in graphic design, she jumped in and has been coloring for 3 years. Nayoung lives outside Atlanta with her husband and 2 dogs when they are not traveling in their campervan.
About Nate Piekos
Nate Piekos graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design from Rhode Island College in 1998. His designs can be seen worldwide, and he’s the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 Rhode Island College Alumni Honor Roll Award for Success in the Field of Design. He is fortunate enough to work with his childhood heroes, his esteemed contemporaries, and the inspiring up-and-coming talent in the comics industry and beyond.
About Dark Horse
For more than thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Stranger Things, Aliens, The Legend of Zelda, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Minecraft, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognised as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.