C.O.W.L. #1-7 (Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel / Rod Reis)

En mai, les scénaristes Kyle Higgins et Alec Siegel et le dessinateur Rod Reis reviendront dans le Chicago des années 60 en racontant comment l’union des Super-héros “C.O.W.L.” (Chicago Organized Workers League) se démène pour regagner la confiance des citoyens suite à la plus grosse attaque de Super-vilains connue.

L’histoire est basée sur le court métrage “The League” réalisé par les deux scénaristes en 2009 comme thèse d’étude cinématographique.


[quote]Image Comics Press Release

This May, Kyle Higgins (Batman, Nightwing), Alec Siegel (Captain America, Avengers), and Rod Reis (Justice League) take readers back to 1960s Chicago, in a time when the once-celebrated superhero labor union C.O.W.L. struggles to maintain their public image and regain the confidence of the people.

A rise in “super powered” individuals dates back to the closing days of World War II after the deployment of the atomic bomb. In response, Geoffrey Warner (then known as The Grey Raven) spearheaded the campaign to bring heroes together in Chicago…and struck a contract with the city for the heroes’ services. But while C.O.W.L. once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and a loose “brotherhood” of villains, the organization is now in a position where it must prove its worth to an ever more disillusioned public…while overcoming great threats from both inside and outside its offices.

Although Geoffrey, aka The Grey Raven is the character responsible for first organizing the heroes under one banner, C.O.W.L., he’s not the only character readers will get to know. “While Geoffrey is definitely a major player, both within C.O.W.L and within the story, the book is very much an ensemble piece, allowing us to explore C.O.W.L. from a number of different viewpoints,” said Siegel. “These characters range from some of the “top tier” heroes, to members of the Investigations and Patrol Divisions. We’ve also got spouses, reporters, Chicago Police Detectives, jailers, and City Hall.”

The concept for C.O.W.L. has been marinating with Higgins for quite some time. Its first appearance was in his college film, THE LEAGUE. “As someone who loves history, comics, and crime fiction, 1960s Chicago was always the perfect era for C.O.W.L. In fact, it’s what got me to take the idea of organized superheroes seriously,” said Higgins. “Between the politics and labor unions in Chicago, and the rise of Marvel Comics, the early ’60s are one of my favorite periods in American History.”

“With this I project tried to play around a little with references for comics and illustration,” explained Reis. “Stuff like ’80s graphic novels, noir and ’60s illustration, to create a fun and exciting way to tell the story.”

Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis’s C.O.W.L. is projected to debut in May 2014 from Image Comics. [/quote]

Le site Newsarama.com a présenté les premières images de “C.O.W.L. #1” réalisées par Rod Reis:

Source: newsarama.com


Voici quelques pages de C.O.W.L. #1 illustrées par Rod Reis:

[quote=“Kyle Higgins”]Radia and Blaze, along with Arclight, make up our tactical “trinity.” They’re the three heavy hitters of COWL. as well as the public faces. Blaze is Geoffrey’s second in command, as well as his oldest friend. They served in WWII together, which is where Blaze discovered the gauntlet that he uses to generate his electromagnetic energy fields (it was originally a piece of Nazi tech). Radia is a telekinetic, possibly the most powerful person on the planet, and yet she’s made out to be a sex symbol by the media. COWL uses her to appeal to a certain demographic, scripts her interview answers, and uses her for publicity. Of course… this doesn’t sit well with her.

The things that she and Blaze have to deal with — Radia being a woman and Blaze being an African-American– link into the emerging women’s lib and civil rights movements of the period. The fact that these two people are so powerful doesn’t keep others from having opinions about them.[/quote]


[quote]C.O.W.L. #1
Written by: Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel.
Art by: Rod Reis.
Cover by: Trevor McCarthy.
Description: Welcome to the “Chicago Organized Workers League”-the world’s first Super-Hero Labor Union! While C.O.W.L. once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and an unbeatable “brotherhood” of Super-Villains, the union now faces its fiercest foe yet-a disillusioned public. In targeting the last of the great villains, C.O.W.L. attempts to prove its value to the world and to each other, while staving off villainy from both outside and inside its offices.
Pages: 32.
Price: $3.50.
In stores: May 28. [/quote]

source : comicscontinuum.com

[quote]C.O.W.L. #2
Story by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel
Art by Rod Reis
Cover by Trevor McCarthy
Publisher Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.50
Release Date Wed, June 25th, 2014
Moles, murder, and mayhem. As C.O.W.L. prepares to enter negotiations with the city, scandal threatens the organization. Can The Grey Raven keep C.O.W.L. from tearing itself apart? Plus, what really happened between him and Sparrow?[/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

[quote]C.O.W.L. #3
STORY BY Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel
ART BY Rod Reis
PUBLISHER Image Comics
RELEASE DATE Wed, July 30th, 2014
Who is Radia? And why does Chicago fear her? Meanwhile, Geoffrey discovers that C.O.W.L.'s future is anything but guaranteed, and investigation into the union takes an unexpected turn.[/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

[quote]C.O.W.L. #4
Story by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel
Art by Rod Reis, Stephane Perger
Cover by Trevor McCarthy
Publisher Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.50
Release Date Wed, August 27th, 2014
As City Hall continues to threaten Geoffrey Warner, Blaze must find a way to unite C.O.W.L…even as John’s investigation brings a dark cloud over the organization.[/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com


[quote]C.O.W.L. #5
Written by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel
Art by Rod Reis
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: September 24, 2014
The end of the first arc and a huge turning point for the series! John Pierce and Geoffrey Warner square off over C.O.W.L.’s big secret, Radia faces public outcry, and Arclight resorts to lethal force…against one of his own.[/quote]

Source: www.comicosity.com

[quote=“Kyle Higgins”]So we’re looking at that shift in the world, and the beginning of America’s loss of innocence, through the lens of superheroes," he said. "In issue #1, they take down the last crazy villain in Chicago in 1961, and then the series follows several members of the labor union as they confront the changing of the times, as well as a changing of the organization. Now that the threats that have occupied them for the last 10 years are gone, the question becomes whether or not C.O.W.L. will become irrelevant, and what does that mean for its members?

The twists in issue #5 are the story points that Alec and I had originally wanted to launch the series with, to be totally honest," he said. "But as we got into writing and plotting the first issue, we realized that, for it to carry the emotional weight that we were hoping for, we really needed to take a step back and build the world out, establish the characters, and really develop their flaws and the problems that are facing them in early 1962 — and really see what C.O.W.L. means and represents to each of them.[/quote]


Voici quatre pages de C.O.W.L. #6 par Elsa Charretier:


Source: www.comicbookresources.com


[quote]C.O.W.L. #6

(W) Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel (A) Elsa Charretier (CA) Joe Bennett


Before he started C.O.W.L., Geoffrey Warner fought for Chicago as the city's first hero, THE GREY RAVEN! But what started him down the path of crime fighting? Witness the origin of Chicago Superheroes, the War Years, and the formation of C.O.W.L. as told in the sellout issue written by C.O.W.L reporter and comic book writer Randall Winters.

Item Code: SEP140575 In Shops: 11/26/2014 SRP: $3.50[/quote]






Source: www.comicvine.com

Ci-dessous, trois pages de C.O.W.L. #8:


Source: www.comicbookresources.com

[quote]C.O.W.L. #10
Story by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel
Art by Rod Reis
Cover by Rod Reis
Publisher Image Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date May 13th, 2015
After weeks of vicious attacks by Camden Stone and Geoffrey Warner’s villains, C.O.W.L. finally has a new contract with the city. Now, will Geoffrey be able to reign in the fabricated villains? Plus, Detective Evelyn Thompson confronts John Pierce’s killer.[/quote]






Source: www.comicbookresources.com

Une série très intéressante : un contexte original, une partie artistique entre **Phil Noto **& Bill Sienkiewicz, bref une série à lire (et à traduire en V.F). :wink:

Oui, je découvre les pages, et pareil, j’y vois une légère influence de Noto (je m’en fous un peu) et une grosse influence de Sienkiewicz (et ça, je kiffe nettement plus). Les hachures sur les personnages, les palettes bleues, les corps déformés, les onomatopées, la composition des planches avec des images étalées sur plusieurs cases, c’est clair que le Sienkiewicz d’Elektra Assassin plane là-dessus. Et c’est super chouette, réellement.


C’est toi qui traduit (ou relis) l’album d’Urban ?

Ah pas du tout.
Je suis même pas sûr d’avoir eu connaissance du truc avant de cliquer sur le lien qui m’a envoyé de la section VF à la section VO, genre, hier ou avant-hier.