by Neal Holman, Clayton McCormack, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Pub Date 13 Feb 2018
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MARS. The near future-ish. For now, mostly a military base, a place where people like Superintendent Denton Coyle get stuck doing the same thing every day. Until a bomb goes off, killing hundreds of humans. The easy explanation is to say the Locals did it—they haven't been so happy with the human population moving in. But Coyle doesn't think it's that simple... especially after he finds a key piece of evidence linking the present events to those of his past. This hilarious and never introspective mystery should either leave you satisfied or feeling like you're about to crap your pants. Ideally, both.
A Note From the Publisher
WELL-RESEARCHED: Writer Neal Holman interviewed veterans from several branches, including the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: This multi-genre graphic novel includes mystery, dark comedy, sci-fi, and action.
“This fun noir–procedural SF mash-up by writer Holman (The Art of Archer), artist McCormack (Café Racer), and colorist Kelly Fitzpatrick starts off with a bang. It’s just your average Tuesday morning on Mars, when human soldiers functioning as garbage collectors discover the remains of a female Martian native in the trash, right before a huge explosion levels several blocks. Superintendent Denton Coyle and his team are called upon to investigate this possible native attack, and another definitely human suicide bomber detonates soon after. Veteran Simon Kim and newcomer Christopher Peck back Coyle up as he attempts to navigate corporate politics to discover the truth. The three share a ribald sense of humor that verges on the juvenile at times, which won’t appeal to everyone. The puzzle that Holman sets for his investigators, though, is nicely convoluted, and the ending should be satisfyingly surprising. McCormack’s art has a ’90s look and suits the story well, walking the line between humorous and dark, while Fitzpatrick’s coloring leans heavily on the oranges and reds obligatory for a Mars tale. This is a bawdy alternative to science fiction police tales like Jay Faerber’s Copperhead.” - Publishers Weekly
“With blasted body parts and unpleasant fluids oozing everywhere, this is pitch-black, scatological satire disguised as a hard-boiled military conspiracy thriller. Crucially, like Archer, it’s also hilarious, while McCormack’s 2000AD-inspired art makes Mars look vast, wild and mysterious, despite all the industrial crap humankind has carelessly strewn about.” - The Guardian
“Taut, tense, funny when you least expect it—with dialogue that makes you wonder if you could get away with stealing it.” - Adam Reed, Creator and Executive Producer of FXX's Archer
“Clayton McCormack and Kelly Fitzpatrick expertly bring this war-torn world to life with loads of sex, dirt, bombs, battle scars, and violence. The storytelling is beyond exceptional. As great as this book looks–and it looks really, really great–the star of the show here is Neal Holman’s lightning-fast dialogue. Redline reads like the best TV show you’ve never seen, a perfectly scripted tale that is filled with some of the most engaging, witty, and ugly characters in comic books. Hell, we’d put the dialogue in an issue of Redline up against just about any other comic out there and all but guarantee that it’ll come out on top.” - Nerdist
- Print adverts to run in Oni Press periodicals.
- ARC mailing to trade review publications, and select press, book buyers, and librarians.
- Included in the Oni Press Spring 2018 catalog for buyers.
- Targeted awards outreach.
- Creator signings at Emerald City Comiccon 2018 in Seattle, WA.
- Local author appearances and signings in Atlanta, GA and Boston, MA.