Image Comics has announced Local Man, a new series from writer/artists Tony Fleecs and Tim Seeley. The new series, on which Fleecs and Seeley are joined by colorists Brad Simpson, Felipe Sobreiro, and Brian Reber, follows a disgraced former superhero who becomes embroiled in a mystery after moving back home.
Here’s how Image describes Local Man:
Once the star recruit of the media sensation super-team Third Gen, Jack “Crossjack” Xaver had it all. But when controversy sends him crawling back to his mom and dad’s basement in the Midwest, Jack struggles to fit into a world he left far behind. And then the bodies start piling up.
Local Man is presented in a flipbook style, with one side of the issue, illustrated by Fleecs and Simpson, following Jack in the present and the other side, illustrated by Seeley and Sobreiro, following his past adventures as a superhero. Fleecs’s cover for the present-day side is above; Here’s Seeley and Reber’s cover for the superhero side:
In announcing the book, Seeley and Fleecs described their approach to the series:
“Local Man is Tony and I teaming up to make a comic book that combines what we love about ’90s superheroes, with our shared affections for crime and horror stories. Part Extreme Studios, part Vertigo Comics. It’s a story about love and loss, and ego, and murder most foul. But it’s also about nostalgia, and promises not fulfilled—with lots of gritted teeth, and epic head punches.” – Tim Seeley
“We wanted to try and make something that captured what we loved about the explosive early Image Comics—while also telling a personal, small town crime story. Sounds cool, right? Cybernetic limbs, telekinetic blasts and pickup trucks.” – Tony Fleecs
Check out a quartet of interior preview pages from the issue – two by Fleecs and two by Seeley – below. Local Man #1 is due out in stores and digitally on Wednesday, February 22nd.