This September at Dark Horse Comics, the publisher's growing superhero universe will be less mind over matter and more mind over America.
The company revealed exclusively to CBR that "Brain Boy" – the patriotic teen telepath created by Herb Castle, Gil Kane and Frank Springer in the 1960s – will continue on from his forthcoming appearances in "Dark Horse Presents" to his own limited series by Fred Van Lente and R.B. Silva. Dark Horse provided solicitation text for September's issue #1 as well as the covers by Ariel Olivetti and Juan Doe.
Brain Boy #1
Fred Van Lente (W), R. B. Silva (P), Rob Lean (I), Ego (C), Ariel Olivetti (Cover), and Juan Doe (Variant cover)
On sale Sept 18
FC, 32 pages
When the United States Secret Service needs to stop an assassination before the killer’s even decided to buy a gun, they call the world’s most powerful telepath: Matt Price, a.k.a. Brain Boy. But when the secret agent that can read anyone’s mind finds that a powerful psychic network has been hidden from him, Brain Boy begins to wonder whether he knows everything or nothing at all! Superheroic psychic espionage at its most insane!
• Written by New York Times bestselling author Fred Van Lente (Archer and Armstrong, G.I. Joe) with art by R. B. Silva (Superboy, Jimmy Olsen)!
Earlier this year, Dark Horse Publisher Mike Richardson explained the appeal of reviving the cult favorite to CBR. "A lot of the characters we do from the 'old days' are characters that attracted my attention back in my comics reading youth. Brain Boy is one," he explained. "You call it eccentric, but it's very different than the other superheroes out there. The name is enough to catch your attention, but the fact that he never wore a costume and his powers were telepathic and could levitate made him seem much more grounded compared to other heroes. With the idea of us building out a line of heroes now, it seemed like Brain Boy was a natural fit. He's a grounded character who finds out he has a secret past, and things aren't turning out exactly as he thought. That offers lots of storytelling potential."
Stay tuned next week for an interview with Van Lente about the new "Brain Boy" ongoing series.