The one cool thing about most KickStarter projects is the amount of special add-on’s creators produce for their fans as the Kickstarter advances. This is no different for Brian Stelfreeze and Doug Wagner’s Thomas River. Their super cool spy thriller has only been active for a short time but has already surpassed its initial goal. To recognize this and to thank those who have contributed, Stelfreeze and Wagner have created a prelude Comic Strip for Thomas River that will run during the length of the KickStarter. The Strip will be released by 12 Gauge on their social media platforms. This was announced with this press release:
September 23, 2020 (Birmingham, AL)—Following the announcement of their Kickstarter for the first issue of the super-spy comic THOMAS RIVER, the creative team of Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Doug Wagner (Plastic, The Ride), colorist Michelle Poust, and letterer Ed Dukeshire will release a brand new THOMAS RIVER comic strip. These will run every weekday till the Kickstarter’s conclusion on October 15th. The Kickstarter was funded within 24 hours upon its debut last week.
The new prelude story, “The Bravest Soldier,” witnesses CIA Agent Thomas River attempt to halt a hostage situation involving speeding armored cars and multiple gunmen. The strips will release every weekday via publisher 12-Gauge Comics’ Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook platforms. This is the first interior art drawn by Stelfreeze since his 2016 relaunch of Black Panther with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Why a Comic Strip
Brian Stelfreeze –
“We were just too impatient to wait for the Kickstarter to wrap and wanted to introduce Special Agent Thomas River and one of his many, many occupational hazards,” artist and co-writer Brian Stelfreeze explains. “This is a breathless, adrenaline-doused standalone prelude that will also appear in the finished comic currently available on our Kickstarter.”
“A Wonderful Challenge…”
Doug Wagner –
“It was a wonderful challenge to tell a cohesive story comprised of 20 panels that could also stand on their own, mirroring the slow-drip rhythm of the newspaper strips we grew up with,” Wagner adds. “It’s also a sucker punch way to wrap readers into the world of Thomas River, before pumping the breaks and showing more of his motivations and history in the first issue.”
Earlier this week, Stelfreeze also revealed a new variant cover to THOMAS RIVER #1, joining already-announced variant covers from bestselling artists Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman, We3) and Bengal (Overwatch, Death or Glory).
Are you excited about the pending new comic from Brian Stelfreeze and Doug Wagner? Have you visited their KickStarter yet? Give it a look and be sure to keep an eye out for our interview with Brian Stelfreeze as he talks his career and Thomas River. Coming soon to Geek Vibes Nation.
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