THE MERCENARY SEA sails into second printing
Posted on February 13, 2014 by Kat Salazar
Critics and readers alike have jumped aboard The Venture and fallen in love with Kel Symons (I LOVE TROUBLE) and Mathew Reynolds' (Marlow) adventure series THE MERCENARY SEA. The first issue sold out instantly and will go into a second printing with a special cover yet to be revealed.
If you haven’t already, read the comic that Ed Brubaker calls, “an amazing high adventure book.”
“I’m really proud of the work Kel and Mathew are doing on The Mercenary Sea,” said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. “Kel has a wonderful imagination, and I think he’s found the perfect collaborator in Mathew, who just brings everything Kel gives him to life with a style that’s both timeless and bold. I couldn’t be more pleased to have them here with us at Image!”
Praise for THE MERCENARY SEA:
"An amazing new high adventure book, I can't wait to read more of The Mercenary Sea." —Ed Brubaker, multiple Eisner Award-winning writer
"Writer Kel Symons and artist Mathew Reynolds have parlayed their mutual love for classic adventure stories into a sharp, swanky comic." —Casey Gilly, Comic Book Resources
"I was expecting another pirate story, but The Mercenary Sea seems to be a very different, much more interesting beast... This is definitely a series to look out for." —Matt Meylikhov, Multiversity Comics
"This book should be on more people’s radar. Do not miss out on this issue."
—Dustin Cabeal, Comic Bastards
“This is a great read and an even greater introduction to the premise and characters. You'll slowly be dragged in with the dialogue and character dynamics and then coldcocked by the uniquely striking art.”
—David Brooke, Adventures in Poor Taste
“Characters look like a mix between Johnny Quest and Archer with bold black lines and Reynolds' silhouette style and the way that it teams up with black, blue, purple, and green colored skies conspire to convey extreme depth for a real slice of visual WOW.”
—Jason Tabrys, Den of Geek!
“The Mercenary Sea #1 shows that Symons and Reynolds have the chops to bring us an exciting and fun adventure story set on the high seas. The swiftly paced writing coupled with the unique art show that this is yet another series to watch… If you've got an itch for adventure, The Mercenary Sea surely looks to scratch it, so get onboard The Venture and let's set sail together.”
—Matt LeMaire, The MacGuffin
“The Mercenary Sea #1 is fun! And as a first entry it does more than enough to garner attention and praise. So by all means, reserve it on your pull-list. Because on February 12th you'll find yourself flipping through its pages as it comes recommended.”
—Harrison Rawdin, Unleash the Fanboy
THE MERCENARY SEA #1 has completely sold out at the distributor level, but may still be available in comic stores. It is currently available digitally on the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com) and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well as on Comixology on the web (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.
Image Comics is pleased to announce that the first issue will be going back to print to meet customer demand. The second printing of THE MERCENARY SEA #1 (Diamond Code JAN148060) will release on 3/12.
THE MERCENARY SEA #2 will also arrive in stores on 3/12 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code JAN140602.
More of The Mercenary Sea
The Mercenary Sea #8
December 24, 2014
“ON TREASURE ISLAND” The second of a two-part story: On the hunt for Koji Ra, Jack and the crew of the Venture explore ancient ruins on a deserted island and run into an old adversary. This issue also includes a bonus short story just in time for Christmas.
The Mercenary Sea #7
November 6, 2014
“JOHNNY ONE-NOTE” The book BuzzFeed calls one of the top indie comics you should read returns with an all-new adventure. Jack Harper, captain of the Venture, tracks down clues about the legend of Koji Ra from an antiquities dealer in occupied China.
The Mercenary Sea #3
April 16, 2014
"BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA" Jack Harper and the crew of the Venture slip into enemy waters to rescue a British spy, code-named "Top Hat." Only their old adversary, Captain Tono of the Imperial Japanese Navy, spoils the party.
The Mercenary Sea #2
March 12, 2014
"RED SAILS AT SUNSET"
When the Venture is damaged in a trap laid by the Chinese admiral after Captain Jack Harper's head, he's forced to take the job offered by the mysterious American agent, Mr. Taylor, to rescue a British spy trapped behind enemy lines.
The Mercenary Sea #1
February 12, 2014
"NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT"
Action and adventure set in 1938—The South Seas. Japan has invaded China. War in Europe is imminent. Ex-bootlegger Jack Harper captains The Venture, a refitted German U-Boat, with a crew of expats, mercenaries and treasure hunters. They do whatever it takes to stay afloat, often running up against pirates, headhunters, spies, and soldiers. They’re always one step away from the greatest score of their lives...or their certain demise.
"An amazing new high adventure book, I can't wait to read more of The Mercenary Sea." —Ed Brubaker