Humanoids is getting ready to release Space Bastards Issue 1 come January 2021. The upcoming story is from The Boys artist and co-creator Darick Robertson and writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey. Fans now have two new variant covers to enjoy!
According to the press release, there will be one-in-ten collectible, black light variant cover by acclaimed artist Dan Panosian and a 50/50 virgin variant cover by Darick Robertson.
The story features David S. Proton as a meek, unemployed accountant who is desperate for money. He ends up joining the Intergalactic Postal Service only to be paired with Manny Corns (a.k.a. “The Manicorn”). Manny Corns is has been described as “a sardonic brute who thrives on the competition provided by the company.” Of course, things grow worse from there.
“Humanoids publishes mind-blowing sci-fi epics like THE INCAL, METABARONS and BARBARELLA,” said Humanoids Publisher Mark Waid. “Those works are like enjoying a fine wine at dinner. SPACE BASTARDS is like drinking moonshine on a week-long bender you’ll never forget, because one day you woke up with some weird tattoos, a scar from a fight you don’t even remember, and a new best friend who smells weird.”
The official description reads:
In SPACE BASTARDS, violence is everywhere. Corporations are exploiting the weak and disenfranchised. And while America has taken to the cosmos, scientific advancements and technology have outpaced civilization as we know it. Even getting mail between planets is damn near impossible. Enter the Intergalactic Postal Service, a deadly organization with a brutal, mercenary business model. Whoever delivers the package gets the cash. And every delivery can be made by any means necessary.
“Eric and Joe have poured their heart and souls into this project and have devoted years to seeing it come to fruition,” shared artist Darick Robertson. “Designing this world and characters with them was unbridled fun. It’s a raucous and bizarre world that puts the fiction in Sci-Fi.”
Waid said they wanted to have variant covers that stood out from the rest. Also, they wanted the black light variant cover to be a collectible yet still have enough distribution for fans to find it.
“Repeated efforts to utilize ‘scratch and sniff’ technology proved unsuccessful, so we went back to the drawing board,” said writer Joe Aubrey. “With the possible exceptions of scorpions and bodily fluids, this variant cover is the best thing you will ever see under black light.”
Eric Peterson said that the reliability and timelessness of this story was his favorite thing. “There are lasers and spaceships but ultimately this is a story about a mild-mannered accountant with nothing left to lose who is given the chance to be master of his own destiny for once. All he has to do is live through it and that’s easier said than done.”
In January 2021, Space Bastards will kick off with a seven-part monthly “Tooth and Mail” arc by series co-creators Robertson, Peterson, and Aubrey. Later in 2021, writers Peterson and Aubrey will be joined by all-star artists Simon Bisley (Lobo) and Clint Langley (2000 AD).
Fans can look forward to purchasing the mega-sized Space Bastards issue 1 (with 44-pages of story) on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
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