Well, they have given CBR the news about a new creator-owned book by Jason Aaron and Ron Garney, Men Of Wrath.
Icon titles are usually reserved for significantly prominent Marvel creators or those who have exclusive contracts with the publisher. Aaron tells CBR that,
I just wanted to take a chance and throw my name into that Icon ring. It's been a pretty selective imprint over the years and I've enjoyed most of the stuff it's put out.
You don't see many Icon books these days so I wanted to do my part to keep that imprint alive. We'll see where things go from here.
Garney did sign a Marvel exclusive at one point – that was in 2006. But Aaron has created more prominent titles for Marvel of late as well as getting an increasing reputation with Scalped and Southern Bastards.
He describes the book, and the lead character hitman Ira Wrath,
He's a bad guy. He's an older guy who's reaching the end of his life, which consists pretty much of killing people for money and living alone in an empty house which doesn't have much furniture. For him it's clearly not about the money. There's something else going on.
"Men of Wrath" is about a family history. So each issue opens with flashbacks to different generations of the Rath family. We kind of start to see how the cycle of violence begins and gets perpetuated and passed down from generation to generation of this family and kind of culminates in Ira as the worst of the bunch.
So it's pretty clear from his opening scene, which kind of punches of you in the face and tells you that he is not a nice man. It's a story of how this cycle of violence has led to this one sad and very scary man.
Cycle of violence, that's when you attach an uzi to a chopper bike, right? Right?
Out in October…