Humans sometimes have a tendency to join groups. It's possible that those groups are even biker gangs. In the 1970s in Bakersfield, CA, there was a specific group of humans called The Humans who just so happened to be apes. They deal out beatings, cook drugs, party endlessly and struggle to keep their turf and status amongst the numerous outlaws, rival gangs, and bonafide killers — all of whom are trying to take their spot at the top of the heap. It's not until The Humans, Volume 1 from Image Comics that a member of the gang long thought dead returns…haunted by memories of hell on earth. It's written by Keenan Marshall Keller and illustrated by Tom Neely.
“I just love me some biker flicks and exploitation/genre in all forms,” said Keller. “It wasn’t like I was trying to do an ape project and settled on them being bikers… The Humans were bikers from the start. It’s my love affair with the fringe, with outlaws and no-good-doer’s and made me focus on biker culture.”
Neely has relished the chance to draw full-time. “I get up and draw monkeys and motorcycles all day and it’s the best,” he said. “It’s also really great collaborating with another artist – Kristina Collantes is doing the coloring and I love to see how she transforms my pages. I love my black and white drawings for this book, but they really don’t come to life to feel like a real comic book until Kristina’s colors complete the picture.”
The Humans, Volume 1 will be in comic book stores on March 11 (Diamond Comic order code JAN150630) and in bookstores on March 25 (ISBN 978-1-63215-259-6). It is specially priced at just $9.99 and is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.