Icon, aka "Image Light", isn’t used to having to publish books on a regular basis as most of the creators to publish though the imprint aren’t what’s known as “timely” or view these books as something to work on when they are done with their paying work. That is all about to change as Jason Aaron (Scalped and Southern Bastards) and Ron Garney (The Amazing Spider-Man) bring their creator owned Men Of Wrath to the imprint. From an EXCLUSIVE interview by CBR:
Unlike "Southern Bastards," which is published by Image Comics, "Men of Wrath" is being released through Marvel's Icon imprint. What made Icon the right home for "Men of Wrath?"
Aaron: I just wanted to take a chance and throw my name into that Icon ring. It's been a pretty selective imprint over the years and I've enjoyed most of the stuff it's put out.
You don't see many Icon books these days so I wanted to do my part to keep that imprint alive. We'll see where things go from here.
Hopefully those in charge of Icon will have enough lead time to double their workforce in time to publish at least one book with a predictable publishing schedule. If I were a petty man, I’d suggest taking a bet regarding what finishes first: Kick-Ass or Men of Wrath, but I won’t.
Still, Men of Wrath, will end before Image United.
I guess there are some of you who want to know what the book is about. Same interview:
Let's move to the protagonist of "Men of Wrath," the hitman, Ira Rath. What can you tell us about Ira? What are his goals when we first meet him?
Aaron: He's a bad guy. He's an older guy who's reaching the end of his life, which consists pretty much of killing people for money and living alone in an empty house which doesn't have much furniture. For him it's clearly not about the money. There's something else going on.
"Men of Wrath" is about a family history. So each issue opens with flashbacks to different generations of the Rath family. We kind of start to see how the cycle of violence begins and gets perpetuated and passed down from generation to generation of this family and kind of culminates in Ira as the worst of the bunch.
So it's pretty clear from his opening scene, which kind of punches of you in the face and tells you that he is not a nice man. It's a story of how this cycle of violence has led to this one sad and very scary man.
Okay, so elevator pitch wise it's "William Faulkner writes hardboiled crime fiction"?
Aaron: Sure! This is another southern crime series like "Southern Bastards." I think if I were going to talk about how one was different from the other this one is certainly much darker. This is more Cormac McCarthy. So if they were Coen Brothers movies this would be "No Country for Old Men" and "Southern Bastards" would be "Fargo." "Southern Bastards" is still a dark book, but it's got a different sort of edge to it. It's a little quirkier, a little funnier. "Men of Wrath" is pretty much straightforward and mean.
Sounds completely different than anything else Jason Aaron has written and I’m really looking forward to this book.
(writer’s note – although I am sure of the sincerity regarding how much I am looking forward to this comic, even I am unsure as to whether or not the first part of the above sentence is sarcastic or not.)