The following press release was sent out Tuesday afternoon:
TITAN PUBLISHING TO LAUNCH WWE COMICS
Titan Publishing has announced its partnership with World Wrestling EntertainmentÂ® in the launch of WWE Comics. Over the course of the agreement, 20 issues will be produced and distributed to comic retailers and specialty stores in the US and Canada. The comicâ€™s flagship title will be WWE Heroes featuring WWE Superstars and Divas, with the first issue debuting on March 23, 2010.
The series will take the biggest WWE Superstars and Divas beyond the spotlight of the squared circle and into a brand new fictional universe.
â€œEach week more than 1.6 million teens watch WWE programming on television in the U.S. This is an important demographic for the comic book industry and vital for a successful launch in the industry,â€ stated Ned Hartley, Editor, WWE Heroes. â€œWe’ve got some truly amazing stories to tell – our first issue is going to blow you away! The “in-your-face, no-holds-barred” attitude of the WWE works so well as a comic, we just can’t wait for people to see the great surprises that we’ve got in store.”
WWE Heroes series features Superstars Triple HÂ®, UndertakerÂ®, Randy OrtonÂ®, BatistaÂ®, Shawn MichaelsÂ®, Big ShowÂ®, John CenaÂ®, CM PunkÂ®, KaneÂ®, EdgeÂ®, Chris JerichoÂ®, Matt HardyÂ®, Rowdy Roddy Piperâ„¢, Carlitoâ„¢, Jim Ross, Jerry LawlerÂ® and Kelly KellyÂ®. The WWE Heroes cycle is written by Keith Champagne, who has penned acclaimed comics such as Justice Society of America, Green Lantern Corps, World War III and Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters.
Issue #1 reveals an eternal rivalry set against the backdrop of the history of WWE. Why is the ruthless Shadow King so obsessed with WWE? What is the reason for his eternal and supernatural war with the Firstborn? And could his ancient opponent really be a member of the WWE roster?
Artwork is provided by comicsâ€™ artist, Andy Smith, who has worked as a penciller for major comic publishers such as Marvel, DC, Image, Acclaim, and CrossGen Entertainment.
An alternate cover exclusive to comic stores of issue #1 features a specially-commissioned cover by comicsâ€™ artist Liam Sharp, who has worked on titles including Hulk, X-Men, Spider Man, Venom, Gears of War, Superman, Batman, and Spawn: The Dark Ages.
WWE Heroes #1 on-sale March 23rd 2010. For more information visit WWEcomics.com.
Check out the artwork for WWE Heroes, including the cover of Issue 1: