Image Comics are on quite the winning streak lately, with a bunch of new series gaining favour from readers and critics alike, such as Chew, Skullkickers, Morning Glories and Who Is Jake Ellis?. Maybe this is the latest one, from long time artist and first time writer Tomm Coker, though he did co-write and direct the 2007 horror film Catacombs, which featured singer Pink. Slightly censored press release for Undying Love below.
IS LOVE STRONGER THAN DEATH?
A Man Fights For His Life and His Love in Undying Love
Image Comics is proud to present UNDYING LOVE, an all-new eight-issue miniseries from the creative collaboration of Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman. Set in an expertly mood-evoking and cinematic Hong Kong, UNDYING LOVE presents a simple concept: hardened American ex-soldier, John Sargent, has fallen in love with a beautiful Chinese woman named Mei. The only thing keeping these star-crossed lovers apart? Mei is a vampire.
Determined to ensure the possibility of a future together, Sargent sets out with Mei on a journey to free her from this curse and make her human once more. Unfortunately, that means destroying the vampire that first made her, and Sargent soon learns Mei was bitten by one of the most powerful vampires in history! Further complicating their desperate situation, their unlikely human/vampire dynamic has piqued the unfathomable interests of other strange beings drawn from Chinese folklore.
“Being able to create a world, populate it with interesting characters and then realize that story through my own art is fantastic,” Coker said of his work on the serires. ”It was the most fun I’ve had in years and I think that comes across when you read the book.”
Co-creator Daniel Freedman added, “With UNDYING LOVE, we tried to create something really special, bringing together different elements of the West and the East and letting them run wild in this violent love story. To say things get a little messy would be like asking a bear to eat with a knife and fork.”
UNDYING LOVE is already receiving advance praise from other well-respected creators:
“A work of stunning and staggering beauty, by one of the most talented, consistently awesome artists in comics. Helluva story, great setting and fantastic action to boot!” – John Layman (CHEW)
“Holy s***!!! This book looks f****** great!!!” – Robert Kirkman (INVINCIBLE, THE WALKING DEAD)
“So, you’d think Tomm would be satisfied with being one of the finest artists working in the comics medium, but no, he had to go and team up with Daniel and get me hooked on the writing, as well. Well, okay, smart guys, where’s the second issue? Because I want it. Now!” – JG Jones (WANTED, Marvel Boy)
“I always feel two steps behind Tomm Coker, but UNDYING LOVE reminds me I’m probably further back than just two. With razor sharp line work and atmosphere you can cut with a knife, Tomm and Daniel Freedman have crafted a taught, spellbinding mixed genre tale that has the makings of something truly epic.” — Lee Bermejo (Superman, Hellblazer)
UNDYING LOVE #1 (FEB110389), a 32-page full-color action tale of fantasy, horror and unlikely romance, equal parts vampire mythology and Chinese folklore, will be on sale March 30, 2011 for $2.99.
Yes, you may be sick of vampires too, but this sounds like it’s worth a purchase.