December 31, 1969

Palmiotti and Gray Bring Their Unique Western One-Shot to Image Comics

CA – 10 June, 2011 – Jimmy Palmiotti (THE PRO, Painkiller Jane) and
Justin Gray (Hawkman, Countdown to Final Crisis) will bring a new kind
of western to comic stands next month. Known for years as one the most
respected and prolific writer duos in the business, responsible for such
acclaimed titles as Jonah Hex, RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE, and the recent
TATTERED MAN, the two have joined forces with the art of Jim Daly to
publish an all new creator-owned one shot through Image Comics:

“There is nothing more fun than getting to do a bit
of genre mashing,” explained Palmiotti. “With TRAILBLAZER, we got to mix
action with sci-fi and throw a bit of western into the mix, and the
results are one hell of a fun ride. We also got to work with a fantastic
crew putting this project together. The covers alone by Dave Johnson
and Amanda Conner are just icing on the cake.”

“Image is a vital
and essential part of the comics landscape providing an alternative
publishing opportunity for people looking to create new and original
works,” added Gray. “This is exactly why Jimmy and I wanted to work with
Image to release TRAILBLAZER.”

Palmiotti continued: “Working
with Image Comics on this book was a dream come true for all of us and
we are really proud of the end result. We hope to do more in the

TRAILBLAZER illustrates a modern western science fiction
story about a hired killer who turns in evidence against an employer
for the murder of the woman who raised him. The government must then
shield their star informant by enacting Operation Trailblazer, a witness
protection program that uses not only location but time travel as well
in order to keep their charges safe. As the assassin adjusts to his new
life in the old west, he soon finds that no matter when or where he is
the future is dead set in coming back to haunt him.

TRAILBLAZER (APR110414), a 48-page full color western science fiction comic book, will be on sale for $5.99 in stores July 6.