This sounds like an amazing premise. In BOOM!’s Black Market, superhero blood is a cure-all, which presents an interesting conundrum: if you could cure all the diseases of the world, but had to steal blood to do it, what would you do?
What if you could cure any disease in the world with one simple vaccination? What if you had to steal the blood of superheroes to do it? This July, BOOM! Studios explores a truly modern take on the superhero mythos with BLACK MARKET, mixing the noir/pulp sensibilities of writer Frank J. Barbiere (Five Ghosts) and artist Victor Santos (Filthy Rich). Ray Willis is a broken man, a disgraced medical examiner making ends meet by preparing corpses at a funeral parlor and trying to care of his ill wife. His scientific genius is being wasted…that is, until his estranged criminal brother Denny shows up on his doorstep, supposedly cleaned up and proposing a once-in-a-lifetime partnership to cure not just cancer, but all disease. The catch? It exists within the DNA of superheroes.
“From IRREDEEMABLE, to SUICIDE RISK, to TRANSLUCID, we’ve shown time and again that we love to explore the dark corners of the superhero genre and really push those boundaries in unexpected directions,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Frank and Victor are the perfect combination to tell this story of a decent man whose back is against the wall, and the cost it has on your soul to care for the ones you love.”
BLACK MARKET #1 arrives in comic shops on July 16th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAY141135. The first issue will ship with a main cover by series artist Victor Santos and a retailer incentive cover by Cameron Stewart (Batman and Robin). Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films.