Titan Comics Announce New Imprint: Statix Press Offering English Language Versions Of Continental Comics

by Oliver MacNamee

The biggest gripe for me has always been the lack of English translated books from the continent. As a child, I visited with family in Germany many, many times, but could never penetrate the albums that were on sale there, only being able to marvel at the sophisticated artwork with their glossy pages. These were comic albums miles head of anything DC or Marvel were doing, I felt. Albums usually from France, but ones we never had in the UK. I believe The Colonies had the same problem too.

Well, thanks in recent years to the likes of Humanoids and Cinebooks we are more able to read up on magnificent books such as The Metabarons, Valerian and even Lucky Luke. And, not to be left behind, Titan Comics have just announced their own imprint, Statix Press, designed solely to offer up English language translations of continental comics, which they have been doing more and more of recently too. This imprint seems almost a step up for Titan Comics in this department and I couldn’t be happier if out means more great comics from abroad are available for both the UK and the USA readers.

Now Titan Comics is proud to announce a brand-new international imprint: Statix Press! This exciting new line will showcase the best comics from Europe and around the globe.

With the new Statix Press line, Titan will continue their rich history of publishing English language versions of classic material such as Philippe Druillet’s Lone Sloane, and Alejandro Jodorowsky’ Showman Killer, while introducing audiences to fresh new creators and titles from the best international creators.

First up on their release slate are the following titles to look out for:

Hitting stores November 22, 2017, Doctor Radar is set in Paris during the roaring 1920’s, and sees a gentleman detective investigate a series of horrific deaths, all the while playing a deadly game with a mysterious criminal mastermind known only as Doctor Radar! Written by Noël Simsolo with art by Bézían, Doctor Radar Issue #1 comes with a stunning cover by superstar artist Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle, Detective Comics).
The Beautiful Death, a post-apocalyptic, coming-of-age mini-series, written and illustrated by Mathieu Bablet (Shangri-La), asks the question – what does resistance mean when there’s nothing left to fight for? That’s what Wayne, Jeremiah, and Soham, the only survivors of a devastating alien invasion, struggle with – seeking a future that justifies their presence on a ruined world. Issue #1 arrives September 2017 and debuts with a special cover by iconic comic book creator Brandon Graham (Island, King City, G.I. Joe, Multiple Warheads)!
A bold new take of the Twelve Labors of Hercules, Hercules: Wrath of the Heavens by JDMorvan and Looky is a stunningly illustrated science fiction re-telling of the legend of Hercules, which debuted in August 2017. As war rages across the galactic frontier, Hercules – half-human, half-god super-soldier – faces his greatest enemy – his own demons – in a bid for truth and redemption. Issue #2 is due to hit comic stores in mid-September.
Then, on December 13, 2017 classic B-movie horror comes to comic book stores with Under: Scourge of the Sewer! In this new series, written by Christophe Bec with art by Stefano Raffaele (Marvel Generations: Hawkeye) and a cover by James Stokoe (Aliens: Dead Orbit, Prophecy), some people bury their secrets underground. In Megalopolis, the filth flows into the sewers. Disgraced Lt. Wilson Jericho will soon discover something monstrous will be crawling out of the sewers to rip the city apart! Lloyd Kaufman (director of Troma’s The Toxic Avenger) said: “Great and wise entertainment! If the French Nouvelle Vague, made a Troma movie, this would be it!”

Retailers can order Doctor Radar from the current Diamond PREVIEWS catalogue, and Under: Scourge of the Sewers from the upcoming October Diamond PREVIEWS catalogue.