Go new Speed Racer, go!

Leave it to an impending big-screen adaptation to bring a new Speed Racer comic into the world. Coming in January, IDW will debut Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer, a monthly mini-series that will tell the stories of Racers over various generations. "There hasn't been a Speed Racer in comics at least five years, and we're taking it in a direction that it has never gone before," says Chris Ryall, IDW publisher and editor-in-chief. "These stories expand the entire Speed Racer legend. We look at the Speed Racers of the past-incarnations throughout history, from the Roman times to the medieval era, and even the swashbuckling high seas." Arie Kaplan will be behind the creative duties, with Robby Musso pulling his weight with the art. The first issue will have two special covers, one by Alex Garner (variant cover) and the other by E. J. Su (retailer incentive cover). Look for the new series to debut in January 2008. IDW to bring new life to Speed Racer in January