Image Comics announced a new Punks series from Eisner and Harvey award nominated creators Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Bunker, The Ultimates) and Kody Chamberlain (SWEETS, The Ride), much to the chagrin of hardcore fans of the comic from back when it ran on the MTV Geek blog. Immediately after the press release went out, bedazzled delinquents took to the internet to complain about the commercialization of the formerly underground comic.
"I would have been online to complain about this earlier, but I couldn't use my smartphone during the three hour process of putting glue in my tri-hawk," explained one angry fan. Another former reader told The Outhouse that she covered up all the Punks patches on her studded leather jacket to show her disdain for the title's selling out.
"This is the worst example of an underground act going mainstream since The Cockney Rejects made a NWOBHM album," said yet another fan in a reference maybe three people will smirk at, which is, by the way, the best kind of reference.
The burning question is, will selling tens of thousands of copies per issue and making a shitload of cash make leaving behind the punk rock ethos of having your comic only available on a defunct blog owned by the Viacom corporation? And the answer is, unequivocally, yes.
Here's the press release:
DOG, SKULL, FIST, AND ABE LINCOLN RETURN IN PUNKS
The cult hit comedy series returns with all-new stories
The cult hit comedy returns with new stories and a bonus classic in the back of the issue in PUNKS: THE COMIC #1. From Eisner and Harvey award nominees Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Bunker, The Ultimates) and Kody Chamberlain (SWEETS, The Ride) comes the latest dose of irreverent, fun-loving hilarity that fans have been waiting for.
Dog, Skull, Fist, and Abe Lincoln live in a house, beat the #%?! out of each other, and frequently humiliate themselves. There is bleeding and sadness; Morrissey would likely approve.
"Returning to both the world of Punks and Image is like a warm, slimey sock,” said Fialkov, before pausing to rethink the comparison. “No. That's a terrible analogy. It's like a pungent pair of goiters. No. This isn't going well. Um... Getting to make new Punks for a whole new audience is a dream come true. And not one of those weird dreams with too much massaging."
“Exactly ten years ago, Josh and I took an obscure political figure named Abraham Lincoln and thrust him into the mainstream of American pop culture with the very first issue of Punks,” said Chamberlain. “As usual, Hollywood wanted a piece of this newly unearthed ‘hero’ and Abe quickly found himself immersed in a whirlwind of feature film projects and various promotional opportunities.”
Chamberlain continued, “Let me be absolutely clear, I don't think what Abe did could be considered 'selling out', in fact, I’m genuinely thrilled for the success and popularity he's found as a result of our well-made comics. Still, as a fan of his early work I couldn’t be more excited about this new attempt to revive his failed comic book career.”
PUNKS: THE COMIC #1 arrives in stores on 10/8, available for $3.99. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code AUG140539. A variant cover by Eisner award-winning artist Rob Guillory will also be available for pre-order with Diamond Code AUG140540.