Side-Scrolling, Brawling, and Button-Mashing Inspire BORN TO LOSE

March 24, 2014

BURN THE ORPHANAGE kicks off video game infused trilogy in May

With the publication of BURN THE ORPHANAGE VOLUME 1: BORN TO LOSE in May, Image Comics will show readers that revenge is a dish best served with blazing side-scroller-style action. In the ‘80s-tastic graphic novel inspired by video games like Double Dragon and Streets of Rage, Sina Grace (THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY, NOT MY BAG, SELF-OBSESSED) and Daniel Freedman (UNDYING LOVE) tell the story of Rock, a young orphan who was left for dead in a burning building. All grown up now, Rock is out to find the person responsible, taking on on every goon and punk in the city. Fighting by his side are his friends Lex and Bear, who bring their own talents into the mix.

"I'm lucky enough that I get to work with one of my best friends on a comic book that was born of a love of video games, music, and styles of our shared childhood,” said Grace, who both co-writes and draws the series. “We're going to put our rough-and-tough hero Rock through the wringer in Burn the Orphanage, and I'm glad that the industry embraces the product of our intense friendship."

Co-writer Freedman agreed. "Burn the Orphanage is Sina’s and my baby to the world,” he said. “While it was in our collective womb, we piped in shred guitar and 8-bit techno. Birthed it by way of interstellar travel. Nursed it on an unhealthy amount of side-scrolling, brawling, and button-mashing. And clothed it in the fur-lined rags of our childhoods, meaning acid washed jeans, bandanas, and fishnets. I'm just excited for people to finally get a look at this monster."

Collecting all three issues of the comic book series plus never-before-seen art and other extras, BURN THE ORPHANAGE VOLUME 1: BORN TO LOSE is the first volume in a planned trilogy. The first installment of a five-issue second volume, BURN THE ORPHANAGE: REIGN OF TERROR, begins in May.

BURN THE ORPHANAGE: BORN TO LOSE VOLUME 1: BORN TO LOSE by Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman will be in comic book stores on May 7 and in bookstores on May 20.

  • ISBN 978-1-60706-965-2
  • 128 pages, full color, paperback
  • $12.99
  • Available for pre-order now


Burn the Orphanage repeatedly punches you with fists made of nostalgia and awesomeness, which is precisely why you need you need to let it kick your ass.”
– Joshua Yehl, IGN

“’80s fanboys and fangirls, come out and play… you’ll want to read this three-part miniseries and get ready for ongoing series. Burn the Orphanage follows Rock, a tough-talkin’, harder-punchin’ kid straight from the Street Fighter/Warriors era. He and his crew get mixed up in some wicked alien mess, love-dilemmas, and even modern qualms like equal rights. Somehow, all of this culminates into a compelling story full of humor and action.”
– Scott Ryan Kennard, Eat, Geek, Play

Burn the Orphanage: Born to Lose is so much win!”
– Clarence, Redheaded Mule