Dynamite has just started their first ever crossover with Prophecy, and they've now announced another huge event – one likely to get much more attention due to the sheer force of cool.
It's called Masks, and it's bringing together all their pulp heroes, including The Spider, The Shadow, The Green Hornet & Kato, The Black Bat, Miss Fury and, somehow, even Zorro in a book featuring the first interior art from Alex Ross since DC's Justice several years ago. Usually, Ross just does the covers for Dynamite books, but here, he's going all out for Chris Roberson's story.
"For years now, Dynamite Entertainment and I have desired to unite all of the varied pulp characters they've been publishing into one big crossover event," says Ross. "When the Green Hornet and Kato paved the way for a successful relaunch of the original masked duo characters, we knew that the grand prize of revivals should then be the ultimate original, the Shadow. Now, to be able for the first time in history to have these legends meet, along with fellow mysterymen; The Spider, Zorro, Black Bat, and others, makes this project a unique accomplishment. I always thought that illustrating the first hero archetypes like The Shadow would be a milestone in my career. I'm thrilled to touch upon the legends that began the very concept of the superhero in Masks with a crossover that is literally the longest overdue."
Here's the synopsis blurb.
It's 1938, and the Justice Party has swept into office in New York State. But the newly-elected officials are in the control of powerful criminals, who quickly corrupt the law to their own advantage. When a fascist police state is instituted, the only ones who stand in defense of the innocent are masked vigilantes like the Shadow, the Green Hornet, Kato, and the Spider. When the law is unjust, justice must be an outlaw…
"Masks is the comic I've wanted to write since I first discovered the pulp heroes in the 1970s," says Roberson. "Just working with these characters is already a dream come true, but having the first issue painted by Alex Ross makes it that much more amazing!"
Here's Ross' cover for the first issue of Masks. It looks very cool.
I am SO on board for this.