Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A Single Shot of The Bulletproof Coffin

Back in June 2010 the world woke up to a new comic book phenomenon...

The comic introduced Shaky Kane and David Hine, two creators from an alternative two-dimensional reality that exists just the thickness of a comic book page away from our own. Two men who created heroes and heroines on a scale never dreamed of before. Then, at the height of their fame, their publisher, Golden Nuggets was bought up by the evil publishing empire, Big Two.

Kane and Hine's comics  were cancelled and the creators disappeared into obscurity. For years they continued to  secretly print and distribute their books through an underground network, rarely seen by their fans until Image comics courageously defied Big Two Publishing and unleashed their story upon an unsuspecting world.

Volume one of The Bulletproof Coffin took comic fandom by storm. Here's what the critics had to say:

Meta-fiction at its best...a perfect fusion of words and pictures, by creators who understand how to complement each other's strengths and weaknesses intimately.  Broken Frontier

First comic in forever that says UP YOUR GODDAMN GAME!  Matt Fraction

...without question the most unnerving comic I've read in years.  Comics Bulletin

Really fun and original.  Robert Kirkman

...pure big dumb fun...Y'know, like Iggy And The Stooges.  Forbidden Planet

That Shaky Kane and David Hine killed it.  Tim Seeley

You like comics, you should be all over it. It's my favourite new Image book.  Kieron Gillen

When it comes to comics, The Bulletproof Coffin annihilated the opposition in 2010  Mindless Ones

This makes me happy in my bits, so it does.  Warren Ellis

At the end of that series, the creators were persuaded by Big Two's corporate lawyers to sign over the rights to their characters forever and went their separate ways. Now this one-shot tells the story of what happened to Kane and Hine in the intervening years, and it ain't pretty...

Shaky Kane swears never to work again with "that washed up hack, Mister David Hine." He strikes out on his own, launching a solo career with indie publisher Image Nation. Here he is flogging the ashcan edition of Hypno Vampires From The Stars at a comic convention...

Below are the details. Ask your comic shop to order a copy for you. Order it by name or by the catalogue number: APR170734 Tell 'em Shaky sent you!