If you haven’t checked out the digital comics available at Panel Syndicate, you are missing out. There is an array of creator-owned comics there with a pay-what-you-want model, including multiple comics from Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin. This May, Barrier, the second book from this team, will be released in print for the first time thanks to Image Comics. Barrier also features colors by Muntsa Vicente. This is the second release of this nature, as Image also published the print version of The Private Eye.
Barrier is an interesting and somewhat challenging comic, although still a great read. It’s part drama, part sci-fi and it tackles issues like violence, language, and illegal immigration. Chunks of the book are told in Spanish, although much can be understood through Martin’s artwork alone. It is told in landscape format and will be printed with some gorgeous cardstock covers.
Writer Brian K. Vaughan says:
I’m enormously proud of this story, not least because it features some of the best artwork ever from the incomparable Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente. Everyone behind PanelSyndicate.com is so excited that Image is bringing this story to print and making these five extra-sized issues available exclusively through local comic shops. Gracias!
Artist Marcos Martin adds:
Una historia sobre las barreras que levantamos entre nosotros y el viaje necesario para comprender que todos compartimos un mismo destino. We hope you’ll enjoy the trip!
Fans will get a chance to try out Barrier on Free Comic Book Day on May 5th as Image Comics will have a massive 50 plus page first issue as one of its offerings. It is for mature readers only. The following week will see the release of a special collector’s edition of the first issue in a larger size which will match the next four issues, released weekly throughout the rest of May.
Of course, if you don’t want to wait that long, you can just go to Panel Syndicate right now and check it out digitally.