Yes you read that right comic fans, Dynamite is planning a universe spanning crossover that will bring together The Shadow, Green Hornet, Kato, Zorro, The Spider, Miss Fury, The Black Bat and more! If that isn’t enough to gode your curiosity, Alex Ross will be doing the interior art for the first full issue! You can look forward to picking up Masks #1 this November!
Here’s what legendary artists Alex Ross had to say on the project:
For years now, Dynamite Entertainment and I have desired to unite all of the varied pulp characters they’ve been publishing into one big crossover event. When the Green Hornet and Kato paved the way for a successful relaunch of the original masked duo characters, we knew that the grand prize of revivals should then be the ultimate original, the Shadow. Now, to be able for the first time in history to have these legends meet, along with fellow mysterymen; The Spider, Zorro, Black Bat, and others, makes this project a unique accomplishment. I always thought that illustrating the first hero archetypes like The Shadow would be a milestone in my career. I’m thrilled to touch upon the legends that began the very concept of the superhero in Masks with a crossover that is literally the longest overdue.
Series writer Chris Roberson had this to add:
Masks is the comic I’ve wanted to write since I first discovered the pulp heroes in the 1970s. Just working with these characters is already a dream come true, but having the first issue painted by Alex Ross makes it that much more amazing!
Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt had this to say on the title and the creative team behind it:
When we were exploring writers, I emailed Chris and we spent a couple of emails back and forth and in that short span, he laid out a basic framework that was pitch-perfect for what we were looking for. Alex had initially laid out a character list and high concept, but Chris added the flesh to the bones and we’ve got something really cool coming togetherhere.
Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci echoed his editor’s excitement:
Alex is so incredible excited about Masks, and realizes that it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to draw so many classic and iconic characters in one series. Alex promptly jumped head-first when presented with the idea to pain the interiors of the entire first issue, which will bring the most amount of attentionto the series possible
So what do you guys think? Does this sound like a crossover worth picking up? Sound off with your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.