Half Evil Comics is thrilled to announce that Kewber and Schimerys Baal, the punch-packing artistic duo behind Dynamite Entertainment’s recent Army of Darkness: Furious Road comic book series, have signed on to provide art for the company’s most recent endeavor, a dark superhero noir, titled BANJAX.
Laird Mason, a disgraced former superhero known as Stalk (think Batman), finds out he has terminal cancer caused by magnetic fields produced while using his powers. Defending what he deems an ungrateful city for years is literally killing him. With just months to live, Mason launches a violent, misguided campaign to purge the city of supervillains before he dies. Mason starts off trying to make the city a better place… but as the first 12 issue arc progresses, he makes compromise after ugly compromise and quickly ends up descending into full supervillain territory himself.
When things start to get very ugly, Abel Raines – Mason’s former sidekick, known as GYRO (think Robin), currently the public’s point-and-wink superhero ideal – is tasked with bringing his old mentor in. The issue? He isn’t remotely up to the task. Years of basking in the fame and business opportunity that comes with superheroing has made him soft. Over the course of our first six issues, Mason will expose Raines for the fraud that he is and Raines will lose everything he holds dear. He’ll spend the next six issues picking up the pieces, trying to bring down Mason and prove to the world that he is worthy of protecting them.
Kewber has worked as a penciler/inker for Dynamite for over a decade, wrestling with titles like Jenifer Blood and Blood Queen vs. Dracula. Schimerys has long provided colors for the label’s Chaos Campus titles.
“Kewber & Schim are a sincerely dynamic team,” added Banjax creator Rylend Grant. “Their art is dark and twisted. And I mean that as the HIGHEST compliment. They are immediately able to transport a reader to a time and place, to put the reader in a prescribed mood. This was a lucky get for Half Evil. These guys are really going to deliver one hell of a kick in the teeth with this first issue.”
Check out some samples of Kewber and Schim’s work on Army of Darkness: Furious Road #1 below: