EXCLUSIVE: Fleecs and Seeley Team for Image’s New Noir Superhero Series, Local Man

Nov 17, 2022 · 24


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CBR can exclusively announce Tony Fleecs and Tim Seeley are teaming up for a new Image Comics series, Local Man.

Local Man is a new ongoing series from Tony Fleecs and Tim Seeley launching at Image Comics in February 2023. Combining elements of rural crime noir and superhero action, Local Man follows a retired member of a super-team as he returns home to live with his parents before then getting involved in a hardboiled detective case. The publisher said of the series, "Each issue of the series will be a classic Image Comics 'flip book' format with a lead story drawn by Fleecs and a superhero flashback—into the depths of the Image Universe—drawn by Seeley. The premier issue will contain 30 pages of story content for only $3.99. 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."

A CBR exclusive preview of Local Man #1 sees Crossjack jumping into action alongside his team; although, the hero seems to have little idea as to what they're actually fighting against. He's later seen having an awkward reunion with his parents, who are unimpressed with his foul language and impolite mannerisms. Much to his surprise, Jack also sees his dog, Pepper, is somehow still alive despite being well up there in age.

Local Man Is About '90s Superhero Nostalgia

Seeley said Local Man blends a number of different tones together to provide a unique experience for fans and readers. "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," he explained. "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." Fleecs added, "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."

Local Man #1 features cover art by Seeley, Fleecs and Brian Reber. The issue releases in comic book shops and on digital platforms on February 22, 2023, from Image Comics.

Source: Image Comics

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