Monday, January 19, 2015

Bang!Tango Provides Sex, Violence and Ballroom Dancing


It takes a lot of guts to get out on the dance floor. Even more so if you're out there dancing ballroom dance, which requires a certain level of devotion and willingness to step on a few toes. Going after the New York mob requires a different sort of guts and some level of insanity, all of which will be on display in Bang!Tango from Image Comics this February. Written by Joe Kelly and illustrated by Adrian Sibar, Bang!Tango is shocking, seductive and visually explosive. Originally published by Vertigo in 2009, it is now being collected for the first time by Image with a near complete artistic face lift by co-creator Sibar.

“I'd never tried a crime book before, but knew that if I was going to go there, I was really going there,” said Kelly. “The characters in Bang!Tango aren't just broken, they're shattered. They are also complicated, sexually provocative, over-the-top and on occasion... even a bit redeemable. But this is a crime noir... no one really gets out clean, do they?”

The horrors of Vinnie’s years in the New York mob are a distant memory. Now he has a new life as the best tango dancer San Francisco has ever seen…until Autumn blows into town. Autumn: the one who broke Vinnie’s heart. In Bang!Tango, Autumn pulls Vinnie into one last job — robbing The Jock, the mob boss who wants Vinnie dead, so that Autumn can pay for gender reassignment surgery that will make her the woman Vinnie always wanted.

Bang!Tango will be in comic book stores on February 11 (Diamond Comic order code DEC140652) and in book stores on February 24 (ISBN 978-1-63215-250-3). It is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.

SEX, VIOLENCE, AND BALLROOM DANCING INBANG!TANGO

Crime noir graphic novel by Kelly and Sibar takes the stage in February


The horrors of Vinnie’s years in the New York mob are a distant memory. Now he has a new life as the best tango dancer San Francisco has ever seen… until Autumn blows into town. Autumn: the one who broke Vinnie’s heart. In BANG!TANGO, coming from Image Comics in February, Autumn pulls Vinnie into one last job — robbing The Jock, the mob boss who wants Vinnie dead, so that Autumn can pay for gender reassignment surgery that will make her the woman Vinnie always wanted.
Written by Joe Kelly (I KILL GIANTS, BAD DOG) with art by Adrian Sibar, BANG!TANGO is shocking, seductive, and visually explosive. Originally published by Vertigo in 2009, it is now being collected for the first time by Image with a near complete artistic face lift by co-creator Sibar.
“I'd never tried a crime book before, but knew that if I was going to go there, I was really going there,” said Kelly. “The characters in Bang!Tango aren't just broken, they're shattered. They are also complicated, sexually provocative, over-the-top and on occasion... even a bit redeemable. But this is a crime noir... no one really gets out clean, do they?”
Kelly describes BANG!TANGO as a deconstruction of crime story archetypes — the “Tough Guy” and “Femme Fatale” are altered in a way that redefines those roles. The result is a book that is violent, sexy, and perverse — while simultaneously an examination of violence, sex, and perversion.
Bang!Tango is one of my more offbeat comic children, and I love every twisted bit of it,” Kelly added.
BANG!TANGO will be in comic book stores on February 11 and in book stores on February 24. It is available for pre-order now.

BANG!TANGO by Joe Kelly and Adrian Sibar

  • ISBN 978-1-63215-250-3
  • Diamond Comic order code DEC140652
  • 128 pages, paperback, color
  • $14.99
  • Collects BANG!TANGO #1-6
  • Rated Mature
  • In comic book stores February 11, bookstores February 24
  • Retailers, librarians, and reviewers may request a PDF galley from Jennifer de Guzman, Director of Trade Book Sales,jenniferdeguzman@imagecomics.com

Preview (unlettered)

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ABOUT MAN OF ACTION ENTERTAINMENT
Man of Action Entertainment, the creative studio and writers' collective started in 2000, created the megahit Ben 10, a three billion dollar boys' action empire that has been called the most successful superhero launch of the past decade. Man of Action Entertainment is comprised of creators and acclaimed comic book writers Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, having collectively worked on the largest franchise characters in comics from Superman to X-Men before refocusing on creating worlds and characters for their own original work published through their Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. They also created cult favorite series Generator Rex for Cartoon Network, and are co-executive producers and writers for Marvel's Avengers Assemble and executive produced/wrote Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD. Beyond the world of animation, Man of Action has created wildly successful video games, toy lines, comic books, stage productions, as well as forthcoming feature films and live action television shows, some of which are based on their own original comic book series and graphic novels. Big Hero 6, Disney's first animated feature based on a Marvel property, features the team and characters created by Man of Action. Upcoming projects based upon other Man of Action creations include The Great Unknown, KAFKA, Officer Downe, I Kill Giants and The Crusades.

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