New Image Miniseries Olympia Is An Intriguing And Very Personal Comic

by Olly MacNamee

Coming from the creative term of Curt Pires (Wyrd), his father, Tony Pires, and artist Alex Diotto is a new Image mini-series, Olympia.

Olympia follows Elon, a latchkey kid who spends his days alone reading comic books—until his favorite superhero, Olympian, comes crashing off the page and into reality! But as he nurses his wounded and delirious hero back to health, he discovers Olympian isn’t the only thing that came through…something evil followed him.

And, it would seem there is good reason why Image Comics points out that Tony Pires was Curt’s father in their Press Release, as Curt explains:

We started working on Olympia just about three years ago when my father was first hospitalized as a means of giving us something to look forward to, to hope for, in dark times. All these months later the book’s finally coming out, even after he’s left us. Beyond any extra-textual reasoning I can throw at you, though, this is just good comics. Plain and simple. It’s a love letter to the Spielberg movies we loved so much smashed against the cosmic epicness of the Jack Kirby joints that laid the foundation of our modern entertainment landscape. These are the most personal and raw comics I’ve been a part of, and I hope you’ll join us.

A love letter to Spielberg, Jack Kirby, and I’d argue, Pires’ own father too. A comedic yet heartfelt love letter to the comics medium, Olympia also promises readers to be “a meditation on hope and loss, co-conceived by the Pires together while Tony was undergoing treatment for cancer.”

Olympia #1 seems an intriguing and very personal comic and out Wednesday, November 20th from Image Comics.

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