"The kind of fun but grim escapism that reflects our world back at us."

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are easily one of the most dependable creative teams in the entire comic book industry. Their past collaborations have resulted in crime noir classics like Criminal, Fatale and The Fade Out. Brubaker and Phillips latest collaboration is Reckless, the first in a new series of graphic novels inspired by the classic pulp novels of yesteryear.IGN can exclusively debut several new pages from Reckless. Check them out, along with all previously revealed art, in the slideshow gallery below:Reckless: Exclusive Graphic Novel Preview

reckless: exclusive preview of graphic novel from criminal and fatale creators
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reckless: exclusive preview of graphic novel from criminal and fatale creators
reckless: exclusive preview of graphic novel from criminal and fatale creators
reckless: exclusive preview of graphic novel from criminal and fatale creators
reckless: exclusive preview of graphic novel from criminal and fatale creators
Publisher Image Comics is teasing reckless as something of a departure for Brubaker and Phillips. While most of their projects are steeped in the criminal underworld and morally compromised protagonists, Reckless is a story about a genuine hero. The book revolves around a protagonist named Ethan Reckless, a man who solves other people's problems for a fee. But when he reconnects with a friend from his days as a college student and political activist, Ethan will find his past coming back to haunt him.
“Reckless is a project I've been dreaming of us doing for years,” Brubaker told IGN. “Our version of the kind of paperback pulp heroes that I grew up with. And the kind of fun but grim escapism that reflects our world back at us. With the way our last graphic novel Pulp hit, selling out its print-run almost instantly, this finally felt like the right time to make a bigger and bolder move, which is just what the Reckless series is. Each book is a standalone graphic novel, a complete story, and we'll be putting out three of them over the next year. Hopefully it won't kill us.”

“I escaped from a drizzly English summer to an adventure in the sun-kissed valleys of California drawing this book,” said Phillips. “Unfortunately for me it was only on paper, although that's also the perfect medium for you to enjoy the first in our new series of graphic novels this December.” Reckless is priced at $24.99 and is scheduled for release on December 16, 2020. The second, untitled volume in the series is planned for an April 2021 release.
In other recent comic book news, Batman: Three Jokers just wrapped up with a major twist, legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont is being celebrated in the form of a lavish new hardcover collection and Marvel has just added significant new layers to Apocalypse's back-story. Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter.

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