Paul Lee will now be the artist for FUSED!, a bi-monthly Image Comics series from writer/creator Steve Niles.
Nat Jones was named in the original solicitation as artist, but, according to Image, "A creative team change was made from the original solicitation to ensure timely delivery of the first issue."
"I'm sad that things didn't work out with the old team, and I wish them the best of luck, but I'm extremely thrilled with Paul's take on the concept," Niles says. "I think it's fresh and original and I think in the end, FUSED! will be a better book for it. There's nothing like it on the stands."
Here's how Image describes the book:
"Imagine that you have become imprisoned within a suit of armor...and that it has fused with your entire nervous system. How will you eat? How can you touch anything or anyone? How will you cope when even the simplest of bodily functions are denied you?
"FUSED! is more than merely a sci-fi/superhero series. It is, instead, a psychological horror/thriller that places an ordinary man in one of the most terrifying predicaments imaginable."
Says Niles: "This isn't just a big guy in a suit. I think our take on this concept is fresh and exciting. This is a real human with a life, a family, and a wife who has become encased in a virtually inescapable carapace."
The man who becomes fused inside of the Cy-Bot is a young scientist/engineer named Mark Haggerty, who lost his hand in service to his country. Unlike armored heroes of the past, however, his first instinct isnšt to save the world, but to ensure his survival and reclaim his life.
"Being trapped inside the suit is the least of his problems," Niles said. "He's stuck in the middle of a grudge war between rival factions in the U.S. government and there are government-sanctioned superheroes hunting him. Then, to make matters worse, he's being blamed for his own murder."
The first four-issue story arc, "Canned Heat," introduces readers to Mark Haggerty, the Cy-Bot he has become, and the life-altering predicament he finds himself in.
FUSED! launches in March as a bi-monthly.