Earthquakes are typically preceded by (and accompanied by) rumbles. Ground stirs that alert you that something isn't quite right and you should brace for something bad. John Arcudi and James Harren want Image Comics to warn readers about impending rumbles in Rumble #1, a new ongoing series launching December 17. In it, a scarecrow—a warrior scarecrow god called Rathraq, that is—walks into a bar...and it’s all downhill from there. After a long absence, Rathraq is back and very unhappy. This is bad news for his old enemies, yes, but even worse news for everyone else, including bartender Bobby LaRosa who finds himself caught in the chaos.
“Rumble is not just fantasy, not just action, not just drama, or not just humorous, you know?" said Arcudi. "That’s too limiting. That’s not how we live. You wake up happy, then something happens that messes up your whole day (of course, in the case of Rumble, that ‘something’ just so happens to be a giant sword-wielding scarecrow and some monsters), but you still manage to have a laugh that night. What I like about this book is that any character can have a day like that. Any of them, human and non-human."
“James’s art allows us to go in all the directions the story needs to go," added Arcudi. "Nobody draws ferocious action the way James does. Monsters smashing each other’s heads in, that’s in the book, and James kills on it! But he also can set a spooky mood, and while his idea of what’s ‘funny’ is rather bizarre, that’s exactly what the book needs!”
Rumble is a modern-day action fantasy series where rundown dive bars, undead kitty cats, psycho skinheads, and giant mummies run amok. Rumble #1 will be available on December 17 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code OCT140580. Full press release below.