New sci-fi western mines drama from crime and corruption in a small town
“Copperhead is the best Image debut of the year and my favorite new comic.”
–Brian K. Vaughan
Copperhead is a grimy, dusty mining town on a distant planet, not exactly the kind of place where a single mother would choose to settled down—but Clara Bronson is the new sheriff in town, and she has some secrets. And secrets won’t last long in a small town, especially when Clara’s profile is about to get a lot larger as she investigates a grisly massacre in COPPERHEAD, the new Image Comics space western series by Jay Faerber (GRAVEYARD SHIFT, NEAR DEATH) and Scott Godlewski (Dracula: The Company of Monsters).
“We just liked the idea of Clara being a single mother, who's very maternal and nurturing towards her son, but she's able to also be a kick-ass, take-no-shit sheriff,” said Faerber of his and artist Godlewski’s conception of their sheriff as a woman in an interview with Newsarama. “The people she routinely comes in contact with are really rough around the edges (to put it mildly) so she has to keep up a tough exterior.”
No one’s quite sure where Clara came from or why she took the job as sheriff in the first place. It’s no one’s dream job—except for maybe the deputy, who had his sights set on being sheriff long before Clara ever arrived. Some suspect she might be on the run from someone, trying to start life anew. But Clara Bronson’s not the only strange mystery in Copperhead: there’s more to this little community than meets the eye, and definitely more to the shady mining tycoon who seems to run it. Issues of race, colonialism, and class roil beneath the town’s tense surface.
With equal parts gritty western, fantastic sci-fi, and gripping mystery, COPPERHEAD, VOLUME 1: A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN sets the stage for a series that will keep all kinds of readers coming back for more. It will be in comic book stores on March 11 and in bookstores on March 24 and specially priced at just $9.99.
COPPERHEAD, VOLUME 1: A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN by Jay Faerber and Scott Godlewski (colors by Ron Riley)
- ISBN 978-1-63215-221-3
- Diamond Comic order code JAN150625
- 128 pages, paperback, full color
- Collects COPPERHEAD #1-5
- Rated Teen Plus (16 and up)
- In comic book stores March 11, bookstores March 24
- Retailers, librarians, and reviewers may request a PDF galley from Jennifer de Guzman, Director of Trade Book Sales, [email protected]
Praise for COPPERHEAD:
“A vibrant read…. [Copperhead has] combined its punchy, pulpy concept with nuanced characters and a believable universe.” –Marykate Jasper, Comic Book Resources
“Scott Godlewski's art and Ron Riley's colors combine to create one of the best looking books on the shelves right now, while Jay Faerber continues to write a series full of fascinating characters that drive a great story.” –Nick Nafpliotis, AiPT
“Copperhead is a place that could exist out there in the stars in the future, somewhere wildly different from the life on this planet we know now, but one that still has family, heartbreak, deceit and heroism. Maybe, that place already exists and these creators are merely telling that place’s stories to us. It seems that authentic, after all.” –Forrest Hollingsworth, Comics: The Gathering
“Faerber, Godlewski, Riley and Mauer have something special on their hands; a thoroughly entrancing book set in an engrossing setting with an environment and characters that ring true for this or any world at this or any time.” –Alex Mansfield, All-Comic