As part of Image Comics' Powers Month, the company has announced the launch of BASTARD SAMURAI, a three-issue mini-series, which will get a preview in December.
Created by POWERS and BLUNTMAN AND CHRONIC artist Michael Avon Oeming, animator Kelsey Shannon (JOHHNY NEUTRON), and writer Miles Gunter (WEIRD WAR TALES), BASTARD SAMURAI is the telling of a modern-day Spartacus rebelling against his Masters and his own way of life.
Here's how Image describes BASTARD SAMURAI, which will launch in the spring:
"Jiro is a student of the KoZu Sword School, an underground training camp in midtown Manhattan that takes in orphans and twists and transforms them into Bushido warriors. The Yakuza use these kids in death matches staged across the city rooftops where Japanese businessmen gamble heavily on the always-fatal outcome. This killing life is all Jiro has ever known. But a rendezvous with fate is about to change all of that. In one moment Jiro realizes that everything he has lived for is a lie. The Samurai live by the Bushido code, one of which is rectitude: the righting of wrongs. Now with the only ally he has -- his sword -- Jiro is forced to make the hardest decision of his life."
"I desperately wanted to tell this story myself, but I just don't have the time to take on all the ideas in my head, so I approached some friends who's talents I respect and admire." Oeming says.
"Then I got an e-mail from Kelsey. He was just saying how he liked my art, and he sent a link to some of his...I fell out of my seat when I saw it! Amazingly fluid and rich with composition, I knew he could bring my ideas into light. We began to work them out, and I contacted Miles Gunter, a member of the Brian Bendis board who had done some Vertigo anthology work, to take my plot outline and further define it and its characters. The three of us have been working very closely together, with Kelsey and Miles doing the lions share of the work."
Oeming will also provide the back covers and illustrate a five page back-up story in each issue, also co-written by Gunter.
In December, as part of Powers Month at Image Comics, POWERS #17 will feature a five-page Bastard Samurai back-up story. The prelude story is the first appearance of Jiro while setting up the tale that is to come early next year.
Powers Month will also include a second trade paperback collection, ROLEPLAY, collecting POWERS #8-11, and a new story arc called "The Supergroup Saga."