Avengelyne #1 Gets New Cover

Angels bearing down upon you with a sword coming down with them requires you duck. If you can't quite envision that image to prepare yourself for just such a scenario, the above variant cover for Avengelyne #1 by Joe Benitez should be a good primer.

Rob Liefeld's 15-year-old creation is being brought back to relevance by writer Mark Poulton and artist Owen Gieni. The new creative team takes the redesigned superhero through the sin-filled streets of New York City. It's up to Avengelyne to stop NYC's newest serial killer, Torment, while the Red Dragon has chosen a new human host.

Avengelyne #1 will hit stores July 20. Full press release after the jump.

Joe Benitez Adds a New Variant Cover for Avengelyne #1

Berkeley, CA – 28 June, 2011 – To mark the return of one of Rob Liefeld’s classic characters to the world of comics, acclaimed cover artist Joe Benitez (Lady Mechanika, Green Hornet, GI Joe) brings his unique style to a special variant cover for AVENGELYNE #1.

Created by Image Comics founder Rob Liefeld over 15 years ago, the fallen angel Avengelyne’s quest for redemption is brought back into the forefront of comics by writer Mark Poulton (Koni Waves) and artist Owen Gieni (Sore Thumbs). Together, this new creative team takes this freshly redesigned supernatural heroine on an epic and tantalizing adventure through the sin-filled streets of New York City. Will Avengelyne be able to stop New York’s newest serial killer, Torment, and who has the mysterious Red Dragon chosen as his newest human host? The adventure begins this July in AVENGELYNE #1, only from Image Comics!

The Joe Benitez variant of AVENGELYNE #1 (MAY110434), along with variant covers by series creator Rob Liefeld (MAY110432) and interior artist Owen Gieni (MAY110433), will go on sale July 20th, 2011 for $2.99 and is available for order now.

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