Titan Comics has launched a new imprint named Statix Press, which will showcase the best comics from Europe and around the globe.
With the new Statix Press line, Titan will continue to publish English language versions of classic material such as Philippe Druillet’s Lone Sloane, and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Showman Killer, while introducing audiences to fresh new creators and titles from international creators.
The first titles kicking-off the new Statix Press line are: Doctor Radar, The Beautiful Death, Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens, and Under: Scourge of the Sewer.
Published on 22nd November 2017, Doctor Radar is set in Paris during the roaring 1920’s, and sees a gentleman detective investigate a series of horrific deaths, all the while playing a deadly game with a mysterious criminal mastermind known only as Doctor Radar. Written by Noël Simsolo with art by Bézían, Doctor Radar Issue #1 comes with a "stunning" cover by artist Francesco Francavilla.
The Beautiful Death, a post-apocalyptic, coming-of-age mini-series, written and illustrated by Mathieu Bablet, asks the question - what does resistance mean when there’s nothing left to fight for? That’s what Wayne, Jeremiah, and Soham, the only survivors of a devastating alien invasion, struggle with – seeking a future that justifies their presence on a ruined world. Issue #1 arrives September 2017 and debuts with a special cover by comic book creator Brandon Graham.
A "bold" new take of the Twelve Labors of Hercules, Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens by JDMorvan and Looky is a "stunningly illustrated" science fiction re-telling of the legend of Hercules, which debuted in August 2017. As war rages across the galactic frontier, Hercules - half-human, half-god super-soldier - faces his greatest enemy – his own demons – in a bid for truth and redemption. Issue #2 is due to be published in mid-September.
Then, on 13th December 2017 classic B-movie horror comes to comic book stores with Under: Scourge of the Sewer! In this new series, written by Christophe Bec with art by Stefano Raffaele and a cover by James Stokoe, some people bury their secrets underground. In Megalopolis, the filth flows into the sewers. Disgraced Lt. Wilson Jericho will soon discover something monstrous will be crawling out of the sewers to rip the city apart.
Statix Press will also showcase Titan’s back catalogue of translated comics from a variety of genres including superhero with The Chimera Brigade and Masked plus fantasy/science-fiction with Khaal, and World War X, alongside the dark comedy series Norman.
Titan Comics’ brand manager Chris Thompson said: “Growing up in Australia, I was exposed to comics from all over, and I've tried to maintain that breadth of reading into adult life. It's why I enjoy my annual pilgrimage to Angouleme, and why I'm always on the lookout for something new. With our Statix Press line, we hope to continue Titan's rich history of publishing essential classics like Bilal, Jodorowsky and Druillet, while introducing English-speaking audiences to fresh new creators and titles from around the world.”