Failing Up The Criminal Ladder In Ireland – Savage Town From Shalvey, Barrett, Bellaire In September

by Staff

 

Declan Shalvey (Injection, All Star Batman) takes on writing duties, with artist Philip Barrett (Matter, Where’s Larry?) and Eisner Award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (Injection, Pretty Deadly), on Savage Town, an original graphic novel coming this September from Image Comics.

Described as “loosely based on real events” at the turn of the millennium, this OGN features Jimmy “Hardy” Savage, the head of a small gang in Limerick City, Ireland. Two large gangs that control Limerick have tolerated him until now, but with pressure from these rivals, the local cops, his friend, and even his mother, things are getting tougher.

Declan Shalvey explains:

Savage Town is a gritty crime story with Irish charm. Inspired by the troubled past of Limerick City, this story tells the tale of Jimmy Savage, a small-time crook who manages to fail his way up the criminal ladder. I’m excited for the world to discover Philip Barrett on this book, an artist who is without a doubt one of the best storytellers in Ireland right now. Pick Savage Town up in September; it’s the best hangover cure Image can offer.

Barret says:

Savage Town manages at once to be dark, funny, and an original and honest take on the mangy underbelly of shiny, happy, Celtic Tiger Ireland—and watch out, these fleas are hungry! I’m really thrilled and proud to be part of the team.”

Here’s quite a substantial preview of the interior artwork on Savage Town:

Savage Town (Diamond code: JUN170700, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0246-4) will arrive in comic shops on Wednesday, September 6th and bookstores Tuesday, September 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 14th.

You can pre-order via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Indigo.