NEWS RELEASE - For Immediate Release
Issue 2 of Rob Hanes Adventures: Special Edition will be released in July 2016 and feature three never-released early adventures from the series dating from the late 1980s! The story will be published under the WCG Comics imprint.
Rob Hanes Adventures: Special Edition is a companion title to the long-running action-adventure indy series, Rob Hanes Adventures, and features material that don’t fit into the continuity of the main series. Issue 1 (July 2013) featured a previously published story from the series—”The EU Express”—in full color.
“The three stories in the issue were among the first I completed for print,” said Rob Hanes Adventures creator and writer-artist Randy Reynaldo. “As a result, since it was my earliest effort, the stories are much more tentative and cartoony than my current work. It obviously took awhile to find my voice and style.”
Nevertheless, several indy publishers from the era found the work refreshing, responding positively to the stories and expressing interest in the series. One company even formally announced the first issue but went out of business before the issue could be published. Reynaldo subsequently began self-publishing the series as a zine under the WCG Comics imprint but shelved these earlier stories since he felt by then that the quality of his work had significantly improved and the stories were no longer representative of his work. (One can still see traces of this earlier style in the Rob Hanes Archives trade paperback that compiled the early self-published zine stories.)
Over the years, Reynaldo has received requests to release these stories and is now pleased to make them available through this companion title, separate from the regular series. The three stories in the volume include the introductory “Rob Hanes,” “Loyalties,” and “Koman!”
Reynaldo notes that the stories do for the most part fit into the series’ continuity, though they are no longer considered "canon"—indeed, they show his earliest adventures as a private eye for Justice International and explain his reassignment to the Middle East. But some of the supporting characters that appear in these earliest stories are slightly different than how they would later appear in the series.
About Rob Hanes Adventures:
Inspired by classic adventure comic strips like Milton Caniff's Terry and the Pirates and Roy Crane's Buz Sawyer but set in the modern day — with dashes of light-hearted humor reminiscent of Will Eisner's Spirit — readers and fans have lauded Rob Hanes Adventures for recapturing the spirit of the classic adventure strip while updating it for modern day audiences.
Though themes and characters recur in the series, every issue of Rob Hanes Adventures is self-contained. The entire series remains in print, including 15 issues to date and two trade paperback collections of earlier work. For more information about the series, previews and to purchase back issues, visit the WCG Comics website at wcgcomics.com or facebook.com/rhadventures.