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In 2013, a comic came out from Image Comics called Nowhere Men. That was a great year for Image with amazing series like Saga, Lazarus, Sex Criminals, Pretty Deadly, Rocket Girl and Black Science among others being published. In the midst of all these heralded books, Nowhere Men got lost a little at the time, but it’s still a pretty fascinating and complex read, combining elements of Lee and Kirby’s Fantastic Four, the Beatles, Grant Morrison, Watchmen and Phonogram. After the first volume came out, I was eager to see more issues. So I waited… and waited… and waited. Yet Nowhere Men never came out.
Ultimately, what came out was that much of the delay was due to major problems that the artist, Nate Bellegarde, was having. It was a combination of physical health, mental health, financial troubles and unprofessionalism that led to Bellegarde being later and later on the book. He apologized and offered explanations, and yet there was still no Nowhere Men. While writer Eric Stephenson (also the Publisher at Image Comics) stuck with Bellegarde for a while, today came the announcement that Nowhere Men would return – with a new artist, Dave Taylor (Batman, Judge Dredd).
Taylor joins the original team of Stephenson, colorist Jordie Bellaire and letter Fonografiks with Nowhere Men #7, which will pick up the story established in the first six issues of the series following revolutionary scientists Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange and Thomas Walker as they become successful and world famous, but also disagree about the negative fallout of some of their experiments.
It’s interesting that Image’s press release concerning the return of Nowhere Men makes no mention of Bellegarde. It’s hard to blame Stephenson for wanting to continue a story he began, especially an involved one that had received mostly positive response. Stephenson wrote, “It’s really exciting to finally be returning to Nowhere Men. I’ve admired Dave’s work since I first saw it back in the ‘90s, so learning that he was a fan of Nowhere Men and interested in working on the book was nothing short of amazing. It’s awesome to be working with him, and I’m looking forward to seeing how his style develops as we further explore the landscape created by World Corp.”
Nowhere Men is worth checking out and the first six issues are available as a collected volume called “Fates Worse Than Death.” Nowhere Men #7 will come out on January 13th, 2016.