Are you eagerly anticipating the upcoming summer movie event The A-Team? Canâ€™t wait until the film hits theaters June 11, 2010? Well Iâ€™ve got good news for you!
IDW Publishing is partnering with Twentieth Century Fox Licensing & Merchandising (Fox Licensing) to launch two A-Team comic book series this March, entitled A-Team: Shotgun Wedding and A-Team: War Stories. Each comic will be an original story written and illustrated by some of the industryâ€™s biggest names. Each series will be available as single issues in March and April, and collected into individual graphic novels in May and will give fans an in-depth look at the upcoming action-adventure film from Twentieth Century Fox, which will be released in theaters June 11, 2010.
Tom Waltz (editor and co-writer on the comic) had this to say:
â€œLike many, I was a huge fan of the original A-Team television series in the 80â€™s. Iâ€™m happy to report, after reading the new movie script, the updated A-Team movie has all the wit, swagger and kick-ass action of the original series, but tells a story much bigger than was possible on the show. For our comics, weâ€™ve worked directly with the filmmakers to build a solidly action-packed foundation for a new generation of A-Team fans.â€
Virginia King (Vice President U.S. Sales for Fox Licensing & Merchandising) spoke about the partnership between comic and movie studios:
â€œThis comic project is the ideal collaboration between the studio, the production, the filmmakers and the publisher maximizing everyoneâ€™s talents for the best product. IDW has demonstrated their ability to bring on some of the best writers and artists in the comic book industry and work closely and effectively with all the constituents. The A-Team has a huge following and these comics, much like the upcoming film, contemporize this enormously popular action-adventure franchise and deliver fresh, compelling stories and art to the fans.”
The comic book series provides the back story for the characters in the film and documents several of the teamâ€™s first missions. War Stories features four stand-alone, bi-weekly issues that each focus on a different member of the team, offering details of their Desert Storm adventures as Army Rangers before each joins The A-Team.
IDW veterans Chuck Dixon (G.I. JOE) and Erik Burnham (Nanovor: Game Day) are co-writing War Stories which kicks off with Hannibal and B.A. in March, followed by Face and Murdock in April. Each team memberâ€™s story will feature a different artist in order to best bring out every characterâ€™s individual personality. Hugo Petrus (Marvel Illustrated) will provide interior art for Hannibal, and Casey Maloney (G.I. JOE: Rise of Cobra) tackles B.A. in March. In April, Alberto Muriel (Legion: Prophets) revives Face, followed by Guiu Vilanova (After the Fire), who delivers Murdock. Fan-favorite artist Michael Gaydos (Alias) will provide covers for every issue.
Dixon stated, â€œI was a devoted A-Team fan from the first episode and love all of these characters. Pure action and excitement. The dialogue and characterizations came so naturally to me, it was scary.â€
Also starting in March, A-Team: Shotgun Wedding, a bi-weekly four issue series, gives fans a taste of the teamâ€™s missions after theyâ€™ve officially formed The A-Team. This original adventure, co-plotted by the movieâ€™s director, Joe Carnahan, and Waltz (who also handles the scripting) follows the team from frigid Alaska to sunny San Diego and onto a wedding cruise that becomes utter chaos. Artist Stephen Mooney (Angel: After the Fall) adds heat to every explosion, while John K. Snyder III offers eye-catching covers.
A-Team: Shotgun Wedding #1 (of 4; $3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores on March 10, 2010. Diamond order code JAN10 0987.
A-Team: War Stories: Hannibal ($3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores on March 17, 2010. Diamond order code JAN10 0989.
A-Team: Shotgun Wedding #2 (of 4; $3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores on March 24, 2010. Diamond order code JAN10 0988.
A-Team: War Stories: B.A. ($3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores in March 2010. Diamond order code JAN10 0991.
A-Team: Shotgun Wedding #3 (of 4; $3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores in April 2010.
A-Team: Shotgun Wedding #4 (of 4; $3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores in April 2010.
A-Team: War Stories: Face ($3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores in April 2010.
A-Team: War Stories: Murdock ($3.99; 32 pages) will be available in stores in April 2010.
[Source: IDW Publishing]