Dark Horse Comics is really looking to build the hype for Bang!, the new comic launching from Matt Kindt and Wilfredo Torres in February. They first tried to generate hype by teasing the book with a secret creative team (as if shouting the title at us wasn't enough), and since revealing that, they've been introducing the characters in a series of videos each Monday. Now in a press release, Dark Horse has revealed exactly what the story is about anyway.
To find out, read the press release below, though you'll have to scroll through the various quotes praising the comic by people who have been lucky enough to read it already. Bang! #1 hits stores on February 19th.
MILWAUKIE, Ore. (December 18, 2019) — Months ahead of its highly anticipated release from Dark Horse Comics, the buzz is building for BANG! by writer Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), artist Wilfredo Torres (JUPITER'S CIRCLE) colorist Nayoung Kim and letterer Nate Piekos. Accolades are rolling in ahead of the series' debut:
"A great fucked up blend of James Bond and Tintin." — Keanu Reeves
"I will literally read anything by Matt Kindt or Wilfredo Torres. Put them together and it's magic. Skip dinner and buy this book" — Mark Millar
"I fucking love this comic! it's literally everything I want out of one of my favorite creators!! Congrats to the entire team. This is how you make comics!!" — Brian Michael Bendis
"Thanks to Kindt and Torres we finally have our Idris Elba-James Bond, and it's exactly as cool as you imagined." — Jeff Parker
"I love Matt Kindt and I love Wilfredo Torres, so it's no surprise that I loved BANG! It's like the weirdo, mind-bending James Bond story I didn't know I wanted." — Jeff Lemire
"BANG is a fun, twisty spy thriller with a great meta-twist." — Jay Faerber
"Imagine James Bond being abducted by David Lynch and forced into a maze that shifts with every step forward. The ground is unsteady. The walls of reality move. This is the world of BANG!, a spy thriller expertly conducted by Kindt and Torres, a mystery box that truly starts off with a… Well. You know." — Van Jensen
Until now, plot details for the all new, four-issue comic book series have been kept confidential and under wraps. "At the center of the series is international man of mystery, Secret Agent Thomas Cord," said artist and co-creator Wilfredo Torres. "He is, they say, the best at what he does."
"Agent Cord is one complicated individual," said writer and co-creator Matt Kindt. "He might be the country's top spy, but he's also a misogynist and a sociopath. Oh and he's possibly been brainwashed."
"Agent Cord is just part of a much larger mystery and international conspiracy," said Torres. "BANG! is a high octane, globe-trotting adventure story full of questionable characters, crime, and questions within questions."
● Who is Paige Turnier, the 60-year-old novelist who spends her retirement solving crimes?
● What is the omnipotent terrorist organization hellbent on ending the world?
● Where is Philip Verve, the science-fiction writer whose books may hold the key to everything?
● Why does Thomas Cord have memories of Paige Turnier from before he was born?
● When does the first issue go on sale?
Dark Horse Comics will debut the first issue of BANG! on February 19, 2020 featuring a main cover by Wilfredo Torres and a variant cover by Matt Kindt.