The writer/artist team of Joe Casey and Nathan Fox will be joined on "Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers" #6 by an all-star roster of guest artists, including Benjamin Marra, Dan McDaid, Jim Mahfood, Michel Fiffe, Nick Dragotta, Tradd Moore and Grant Morrison, publisher Dynamite Entertainment revealed today as part of its New York Comic Con pre-show announcements.
"I've written a couple of Jack Kirby characters in the past but the opportunity to draw one was too good to pass up - as was the chance to work on a script by the unstoppable Joe Casey," Morrison stated in a press release. "I've known Joe for years and we're both devotees of the King and his Kosmos, but Captain Victory marks our first collaboration and our first chance to indulge in some Kirby-related celestial hi-jinks together. You know the drill, space soldiers; Don't ask! Just buy!"
While he's known mainly for his writing, the award-winning author does occasionally dip his pen in the world of illustration. Most recently, Morrison provided a variant cover for the final issue of his and Chris Burnham's "Batman Incorporated" series.
Official Press Release
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to reveal the amazing roster of comics talent for Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #6, the final senses-shattering chapter of Joe Casey's interpretation on the classic Jack Kirby creation. Featuring series regular Nathan Fox alongside guest contributors Benjamin Marra, Dan McDaid, Jim Mahfood, Michel Fiffe, Nick Dragotta, Tradd Moore, and industry heavyweight Grant Morrison (Batman and Robin, Final Crisis), this special collaborative undertaking will hit store shelves in January.
"There is a moment that occurs in the history of any artistic medium that truly defines it. This is one of those moments," says Joe Casey, acclaimed writer of Sex, The Uncanny X-Men, and Superman. "Our sixth issue is the reason Johannes Gutenberg birthed his culture-altering invention. In the face of what we've accomplished here, even sliced bread can suck it. And on top of the massive creative achievement of having all these artists contributing to this issue, we'll also -- once and for all -- make explicit the conceptual connection that Kirby himself only hinted at in his run. The true history of Captain Victory will finally be revealed! It's all-new and it's all-gods, not to mention exposing the dark side of Victory's origins. Retailers worldwide should order big and order often."
Since its launch in August, Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers strives to push all boundaries of sequential storytelling - a noble goal that its creative team hopes can honor the legacy of Jack Kirby. A legendary writer/artist whose visual style and design sense defined the Silver Age of Comic Books, Kirby first introduced the Captain Victory character to audiences in 1984, during a period of unfettered creative freedom. Upon taking the helm of Dynamite's new Captain Victory miniseries, Joe Casey recruited artists with exceptionally distinct and experimental art styles, those illustrators whose vision could transcend the perceived physical limitations of the medium.
After five issues of star-spanning adventure, wherein the crew of the Tiger lost their beloved captain (and the titular hero underwent an unbelievable transformation), the final issue of the Captain Victory series promises something that Jack Kirby tantalized readers with many years back, but only in passing: the secret origin of Captain Victory. It's a story so grand in scale that it could only be told by an assembly of ultra-talented comic artists.
"I'm simply amazed at the creators involved with this project," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "Issue after issue, Joe Casey, Nathan Fox, and our special guest contributors have done some mind-blowing work. But this last issue -- well, it's the cherry on top. Jack Kirby would be so proud."
Regarding their part in the Captain Victory project, several contributing artists has the following to say:
Grant Morrison (Batman and Robin): "I've written a couple of Jack Kirby characters in the past but the opportunity to draw one was too good to pass up - as was the chance to work on a script by the unstoppable Joe Casey. I've known Joe for years and we're both devotees of the King and his Kosmos, but Captain Victory marks our first collaboration and our first chance to indulge in some Kirby-related celestial hi-jinks together. You know the drill, space soldiers; Don't ask! Just buy!"
Benjamin Marra (Hip Hop Family Tree): "It was a dream for me to draw characters and concepts created by Jack Kirby's legendary imagination. Kirby's astonishing contribution to popular culture is as unsung, by the majority of the masses, as it is unparalleled. The opportunity to create illustrations based on even a small portion of his ideas is an honor. Joe Casey's story reminded me why I love drawing comics. It was as much fun as I've ever had drawing and telling stories. I hope the readers will be able to connect with the story and sense the fun we had creating it. I hope Joe and I can collaborate in the future. I want to replicate the experience as many times as I can and do an even better job with Joe's words and ideas. We share a deep love of 1970s comics from the great Jim Steranko and Paul Gulacy, who were the heirs to Kirby's comic book ideas and aesthetics."
Dan McDaid (Jersey Gods): "It's such a thrill to be working with Joe Casey again, and on one of Jack Kirby's weirdest, wildest creations. I got a stack of battered Captain Victory comics for my birthday a few years ago and they're first-rate comics: vibrant, ambitious... strange! All words I would use to describe Joe, by the way. I can't think of a finer helmsman for ‘Dreadnought: Tiger', and I know he's preparing something really amazing for this special issue. Trust me, you are not ready for the world that's coming."
Jim Mahfood (Grrl Scouts): "I am a huge Kirby fanatic, so to work on this project has obviously been an immense thrill and honor for me. Joe Casey and I have been friends and collaborators for a long time now, and working with him is always a fun and action-packed adventure. I think Jack Kirby would most definitely approve!"
Michel Fiffe (Copra): "I had a great time drawing Joe Casey's young Captain Victory in the second issue, where he suffers a post-triple murder galactic aneurysm. Getting to rub elbows with some of my top level peers has been an honor, so being a part of the grand denouement is just gravy."
Nick Dragotta (East of West): "Jack Kirby was the forefront of comics. Joe Casey along with a ridiculous roster of talent from Fox to Fife to Simpson and more are carrying on that tradition. Captain Victory is the forefront."
Tradd Moore (All-New Ghost Rider): "Though I'd likely be excited to be involved in any comic with a mighty title like Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers, Jack Kirby created this one, so it's a particularly fine honor to be included. Joe Casey, Nathan Fox, and the rest of the crew ain't too shabby either. I'm happy to contribute to this exciting series."
Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #6 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' November Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in January. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Captain Victory with their local comic book retailers. Captain Victory will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.