Superstar artist and jeans spokesperson Rob Liefeld has started up a Kickstarter to launch a new
X-Force Youngblood Brigade comic book. The Kickstarter page calls the book Liefeld's "return to comics," though nobody was really aware that he was ever gone; we all just assumed he was producing work at his normal pace.
The premise of the Kickstarter campaign is that, the more money is raised, the more free copies of Brigade #1 will be provided to comic book retailers in the United States and Canada, to be given for free to readers. It's really important to get as many copies of issue #1 out there, because, if history is any indication, Liefeld will probably never get around to producing an issue #2.
This is the premise of the new Brigade series, according to the page:
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The premise behind the new Brigade is that all time and space is under constant attack by a multitude of threats each attempting to alter the course of human history. A Brigade of heroes is assembled by John Stone aka Battlestone who commands a diverse unit of heroes uniquely qualified to defend humanity and preserve the fragile order of things. By definition, "A Brigade is a major tactical military formation that is typically composed of up to three to six battalions". The first of many TIME-BOMB'S has been detonated and the fabric of many realities has begun to crater and change.
Battlestone has gone to great lengths to recruit a dynamic new team to facilitate the variety of threats that his units will encounter in defense of humanity. A powerful nemesis known as IMPERATOR has emerged as a force of cataclysmic terror and devastation, although his true identity, while suspect is not confirmed.
KNIGHTMARE! CYBRID! LETHAL! FREE AGENT! SOLDIER! KABOOM! SHOGUN! are but a few of the vast and diverse cast that assembles to combat a myriad of threats against the fabric of our reality.
To combat this myriad of threats, Battlestone and the gang, presumably, will float menacingly in a backgroundless reality, grimacing asymmetrically. Watch out, bad guys! Grrrr!
The Kickstarter also offers up some pretty cool rewards. Backers who pledge $10 or more can choose from various rewards like a "Thank You" on the inside of the book, a special sketch variant cover, or a grab-bag of signed Liefeld comics for you to yell at. As the pledges get higher, the rewards get cooler. A $250 pledge will get a 15-20 minute phone or skype call from Liefeld himself. $1500 gets you lunch with Liefeld, though you'll need to pay your own way to the Orange County, CA. area. $2500 will get you made into a character in Brigade, with your choice of looking like Cable, Deadpool, or Shatterstar, just like all the other characters. $10,000 gets you all the original art from the first issue.
If you want to contribute to the project, head over to the Kickstarter page. Liefeld is only looking for $17,500 to produce the comic, but additional funds will go into the free copy initiative that we're too lazy to try to understand and relay to you here. You can read more about it here, if you're interested.
All in all, this is pretty cool of Liefeld, both because hes giving away free comics, and because he's afforded us an opportunity, with this article, to perform a sort of "greatest hits concert" of Liefeld jokes. We do it out of love though. We love us some Liefeld comics. Even if they never love us back. :(