Every comic book writer and artist knows what it's like "breaking into the industry." It's a tough thing to do and requires quite a bit of perseverance and ability. Sometimes those works make it, but other times they don't. And sometimes, they become reality and make for great reading, written by Glen Brunswick and illustrated by Viktor Bogdanovic. Cue Reality Check from Image Comics.
Willard Penn is a struggling comic book artist with an unexpected hit and a very unexpected problem. After Dark Hour, his comic about an unlucky-in-love superhero sells out, Willard is hit with a bad case of writer’s block — and his creation is refusing to sit still and wait for it to pass. Literally. Dark Hour makes the leap from Willard’s page to the real world. His demand to his creator: Help him to find true love. Willard has problems other than finding Dark Hour’s perfect woman, though, because his comic’s archvillain, Devil-Inside, a homicidal maniac bent on causing havoc, has entered the real world as well.
“One of the side benefits of being forced to help Dark Hour hook up with a woman is it forces Willard to re-engage with the world as well,” Brunswick said, “so in that sense he's helping himself to connect with other people instead of solely focusing on his creative endeavors. It causes Willard to reevaluate his life.”
Reality Check #1 will hit stores September 4 and can be pre-ordered now from the July issue of Previews (JUL130410). Full press release below.