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Everything by Michel Fiffe
COPRA returns in the first issue of its all-new ONGOING SERIES!
Acclaimed comics auteur MICHEL FIFFE picks up where his band of mercenary misfits left off, reintroducing the entire cast of his Suicide Squad-esque revenge machine in a brutal standoff against their own leader. Jump right into the thick of it with the world’s greatest action team in this extra-length debut milestone-36 pages for just $3.99!
Diamond Code: AUG190053
FOC due September 9th, 2019
In stores on October 2nd, 2019
Why It’s Cool:
“I picked up the first issue of the original Copra in Brooklyn back in 2012. The cover grabbed me immediately; a bright, vibrant yellow on thick cardstock with that dark skull stuck through with what looked like a lightning bolt. I’d heard of Michel Fiffe at that point, probably about his sci-fi series Zegas, but I hadn’t had the opportunity to read anything by him yet. When I got back home and read the issue, I found that it had the same electricity the cover seemed to promise: classic superheroes (or villains as the case may be), but done in an art comics meets Jack Kirby DIY aesthetic. I was hooked immediately.
Like that first issue, this new series of Copra drops you right into the story and trusts you enough to catch up. Fiffe plays with pastiche characters a lot in this series, so there’s archetypes and concepts you’ll recognize immediately (The Suicide Squad, Punisher, etc) but it’s all done in a way that adds up to more than the sum of its parts. This is superheroes as only Michel Fiffe could do them, and I couldn’t be more excited for this new series.”
Q&A with Michel Fiffe:
Tell us a little bit about Copra. How did everything come together?
Michel Fiffe: COPRA is an action team book, misfit mercenaries getting into trouble, as written and drawn in my style. It’s violent, it’s down-to-earth, it’s my love letter to the world of comics. After self-publishing and distributing 31 full-color issues and a 5 issue mini, Image Comics has absorbed the catalogue and will be publishing the continuation of the series from here on out.
What are you reading/watching/listening to as inspiration for this work?
MF: I was the last person on the planet who had never watched Game of Thrones, so I recently fixed that. Binged the entire thing in a month and loved it. It’s good to see long running serials, so to speak, being embraced, since that’s definitely the dynamic I’m working with. I doubt I’m the only one caught in that web of influence, but hey, I’ve got 5 COPRA trades to work with.
When you started this project who did you have in mind as an audience for this, and did it change by the time you finished?
MF: I would always wonder about the kind of comic book I wish existed, something I could invest in as a reader. Y’know, genre stories with a specific personality driving them. There was a readership hungry for the same thing, which I discovered as soon as I started this project. I’m nowhere near the end, either, so there’s still time for folks to get on this train.
Can you give us an idea of what readers can look forward to in this series, maybe a little down the line?
MF: There are a bunch of new characters and established plot points that are being rolled out in very specific, exciting ways. But this comic is also a product of me making one issue at a time and letting it develop organically. That’s the benefit of a long running title, it lends itself to variety and unpredictability.
What’s great in comics right now that you’re currently reading?
MF: Blubber #5, by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics), is pretty remarkable. I just bought that last week.
Which character is your favorite and why?
MF: Since I write a team book, I can say they’re *all* my fave at one point or another, but I wouldn’t do that to you. So let’s go with our main cover girl Gracie, the one running, leading the pack on. Oh, wait, did you mean favorite character of all time, like in general? Benjamin Marra’s Terror Assaulter O.M.W.O.T. hands down.