Mad Cave Studios has announced World Class, the third launch from their new YA imprint Maverick. Featuring a script by Jay Sandlin, line art by Patrick Mulholland, color art by Rebecca Nalty, and letters by Justin Birch, World Class is a story all about learning to live with anxieties and thrive outside of your comfort zone.
‘Life’s a pitch for teen football star, Adrian “Colombian Cannon” Molina. With his powerful shot, Adrian looks like a shoe-in for the European junior league. When a Regents United elite prep school scout offers him a full scholarship, the news seems too good to be true. Adrian’s celebration is short-lived thanks to his meeting with the team’s star, Titan Evans.
Titan is everything Adrian is not; rich, powerful, and connected. Despite that, Titan sees the Colombian Cannon as a threat to his domination on the pitch. Hallway brawls and constant bullying from Titan and his cronies consume Adrian’s new life along with crippling anxiety thanks to the fear of losing his spot on the team.’
“Over the course of 200+ script pages, I loved hanging out and getting to know Adrian Molina,” said Sandlin. “Like a teenage Ted Lasso, our star, known as the Colombian Cannon, is catapulted from small town life into the high-stakes competition of European football. What happens when you’re the small fish in a huge, often-terrifying, new pond? If he can overcome his anxieties, Adrian could take home the most prestigious cup in the world and earn a spot on the team of his dreams…if he can survive high school first.”
“Working on World Class was a great experience for me,” added Mulholland. “I evolved as an artist, as I had never worked on such a big project. In a way, I empathized with Adrian, who found himself out of his comfort zone. I wanted the reader to feel like they were on the pitch with him. To have all those moments of action and tension, and I think we managed to do that all the way to the end. I’m grateful to have had a great team to work along side to bring World Class to life.”
World Class will be released on February 9th, 2022 in comic shops and February 22nd, 2022 in bookstores.