Huck, newly announced at Image Expo 2015 in San Francisco, is very different kind of comic for writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and artist Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire).
Millar's own take on the project was described in Image's announcement: "All the best old comics were about people you didn’t expect becoming empowered. Peter Parker wasn’t a classic hero. He was a lonely teenager. Matt Murdock was blind. Tony Stark had a heart condition. Doctor Donald Blake couldn’t walk without a stick. So we wanted to do something incredibly sweet about a small-town guy with learning difficulties who could do all these amazing things. He’s the purest, most decent character you’ve ever seen in a comic book. A big guy who just wants to help people and does it in secret so nobody even knows he even exists. It’s the ultimate feel good comic. A Frank Capra superhero story I guess about a small town and a close-knit community and an amazing guy they just all want to shelter from the outside world. He’s Captain America meets Forrest Gump. He’s just a nice guy in a very classic mould."
Speaking at the press event at the conference, Albuquerque spoke about wanting to create the bright, hopeful, magical feeling from Amblin classic films in the 80s. "That's what Mark and I want for this book," he said. "To bring this feeling back to comics. You'll see this reflected in the art as well. Huck is a very different comic, its the most different comic I've ever done."
Albuquerque spoke about making the art for this series being a different "rythmn" from his other projects. "When you read American Vampire, it's like a rock band playing hard," he laughed. "This is something lighter. There are a lot of tender moments, I'm not used to drawing that, I'm going to enjoy it.
Huck will launch in fall 2015 as a 6-issue miniseries.
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