"Ward Of The State" Arrives In May

Mon, March 12th, 2007 at 12:00am PDT

Comic Books
CBR News Team, Editor

Editor's Note: For more on "Ward of the State," check out CBR's interview with writer

Christopher E. Long.

Official Press Release

BERKELEY, CA – March 9, 2007 -- Norma Balitzer has her own brand of

justice. An average foster mother by outward appearance, Balitzer

takes in her young wards and trains them to be deadly contract

killers in her private war on pedophiles, rapists, and murderers.

When Dravis Trucker comes under Norma's unique brand of foster care,

his hopes for a normal life become a struggle for survival. This

May, Shadowline presents the controversial three-issue thriller WARD


"Even after a life enduring the violence and misery of the foster

care system, Dravis is unprepared for Norma's terrifying home,"

explains writer Christopher E. Long. "Through his eyes we meet her

band of young killers and experience his turbulent path through their

amoral underworld. It's like Oliver Twist by way of Mean Streets – a

brutal, uncompromising look at a world where personal tragedy is

compounded by savage violence."


THE DEAD brings Long's story to life. Long says, "The book is all

about the disturbing undercurrents of suburban life and Chee captures

that perfectly. Chee's America looks serene at a glance but beneath

the surface reveals a much more sinister reality."

WARD OF THE STATE #1 (of 3) ships this may in May. It is a full color

32 page comic available through Diamond Previews (MAR071822)

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