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I finally had the chance to sit down and read the first two issues of Skullkickers over the weekend and I have to say… it was okay. It didn’t grab me and struck me as someone trying really hard to capture the essence of all their favorite nerd references and cram them into a story regardless of how it fit. Other’s seem to be taken by it and the sales certainly help it’s case. Although I believe Image’s new marketing strategy has played a huge part in the sales of this book.
The main characters of SKULLKICKERS can’t be put down, and readers can’t put the book down either — the third issue of the riotous action-comedy series has already sold out at the distribution level! Image Comics has ordered a second printing of Skullkickers’ side-splitting third issue. It will be in stores alongside the fourth issue on December 22, 2010.Written by Jim Zubkavich (POPGUN, Street Fighter Legends: Ibuki) and illustrated by the talented team of Edwin Huang on interiors and Misty Coats on colors, SKULLKICKERS plays fantasy tropes to the hilt with all the black-hearted comedy and bombastic action any comics fan could want.
“Everyone on the Skullkickers creative team is working hard,” says Zubkavich, “so getting this kind of back-to-press boost three times in a row is incredibly gratifying. Please keep reading and enjoying because we intend to keep delivering frantic fantasy fun throughout the holidays!”
In SKULLKICKERS, two mercenaries are entangled in a high-class assassination plot, and nothing will stop them from getting paid. The third issue sees our heroes tripping the light fantastic with pilfered poison stew and undead antagonists aplenty. This one has something for everyone — including a special recipe for Skullkickers Stew for comic culinary enthusiasts!
SKULLKICKERS #3 Second Printing (SEP108188D), a 32-page full-color comic book for $2.99, will be in December 22, 2010, the same day as SKULLKICKERS #4 (AUG108190). Follow the Skullkickers blog at www.skullkickers.com for sneak peeks and more. You can download a free preview of SKULLKICKERS using the Image Comics app from comiXology.
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