Say Anything lead singer Max Bemis (POLARITY) and artist Ransom Getty (Guarding the Globe, Suicide Squad) were arrested this morning and taken to a secret detainment facility at an undisclosed location after BOOM! Studios sent out a press release for their new book, EVIL EMPIRE. According to the press release, the political thriller asks the question, "What would happen if modern society crossed the line and became the megalomaniacal force we’d always fought against?" This angered one megalomaniacal force, the U.S. Government, which retaliated by locking Bemis and Getty up indefinitely.
"EVIL EMPIRE is an intense vision of a society’s dark transformation," said BOOM! Editor in Chief Matt Gagnon in a taped message released on the internet. Gagnon is believed to be hiding out in Russia following the arrest of Bemis and Getty. In order to help pay his legal fees, Bemis has announced a special final order cutoff incentive for retailers with the comic. Similar to the DAY MEN #2 promotion, the publisher will have 50, limited-edition, screen-printed, and numbered prints created of one of Jay Shaw’s iconic cover images for EVIL EMPIRE. The “We The People” print promotion means that each one of the 25 top-ordering retailers will receive one print. Additionally, in keeping with the democratic nature of the series, 25 additional retailers, chosen at random, will receive one print each. Retailers have until the end of the day on Monday, February 10th to finalize their orders for EVIL EMPIRE #1. Gagnon hopes that he can use the extra money earned from increased sales to avoid assassination by the CIA and raise awareness about the imprisoned creative team.
"In retrospect, maybe it was not such a smart idea to publish a comic about an out of control, megalomaniacal society while living in an out of control, megalomaniacal society," explained Professor of Comic Books and Political Science at the prestigious University of Phoenix, Thaddeus T. Puffinbottoms. "Unmanned drone strikes, massive public surveillance efforts, debt-induced wage slavery, and a policy of worldwide military intervention to support the interests of the global banking system are evil policies that the U.S. government actually engages in today, in real life. Why would you make a comic taunting them?"
According to BOOM!'s Press Release, after POLARITY, they "just had to work with writer (and Say Anything lead singer) Max Bemis again, and his thrilling take on how a modern society could evolve into an evil empire is absolutely terrifying. Told through the perspective of an underground rapper named Reese, Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve (or is it devolve?) into an evil empire. Every fan of fiction is aware of the trope of the "evil, sinister empire" i.e. the Empire in "Star Wars." Oftentimes, when we are introduced to these totalitarian establishments, they are already fully in power and it's up to our hero to bring back order and peace. However, in EVIL EMPIRE, we explore how that would unfold in a real-world setting. How close to the precipice are we right now in the world we live in? Would we let it happen? More specific to this tale: Would we secretly WANT it to happen?"
"Yeah, dumb move," Puffinbottoms remarked, shaking his head sadly.
EVIL EMPIRE #1, a non-fiction documentary comic, arrives in comic shops on March 5th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JAN140984. The issue ships with a main cover by Mondo print illustrator Jay Shaw along with two retailer incentive covers by Robbi Rodriguez (FPB: Federal Bureau of Physics) and Shaw. If you plan to check it out, The Outhouse recommends you find a comic shop that takes bitcoin and try to keep your identity a sec... hang on, someone's knocking on my door. Let me just go see who... AHHHHHH! OH GOD! NO, I'M SORRY! DON'T TAKE ME AWAY! I'LL NEVER DO IT AGA...
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