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Minor Threats: Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum Reunite for Creator-Owned Series at Dark Horse

Minor Threats: Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum Reunite for Creator-Owned Series at Dark Horse

Minor Threats: Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum Reunite for Creator-Owned Series at Dark Horse

Dark Horse Comics has announced that the creative duo of Patton Oswalt and Jordan Blum who previously collaborated on the Marvel Comics mini-series M.O.D.O.K. Head Games and the Hulu original animated series M.O.D.O.K. are jumping into their first creator-owned comic book series with Minor Threats. They will be joined by the talented artist Scott Hepburn, colorist Ian Herring, and letterer Nate Piekos in what the publisher describes as a genre-bending superhero crime-drama that sees the innocence of the silver and bronze era of comics being dragged into the gritty modern age.

Check out Dark Horse‘s description of Minor Threats:

“It’s hard out there for a supervillain. Not the world conquerors, chaos engines, or arch-nemeses… but the little guys, the career criminals. The ones who put on uniforms, knock over jewelry stores, and get tied to telephone poles before the hero swings off to face the actual big bad. Times are tough for costumed crooks… and they’re about to get much worse. The psychotic Stickman has done the unthinkable and murdered Kid Dusk, sidekick to Twilight City’s premier crime-fighter, The Insomniac. 

The Insomniac’s teammates, The Continuum, are tearing Twilight apart, turning it into a terrifying police state–desperate to capture the Stickman and stop the Insomniac from “crossing that final line” in which he may never come back from. Caught in the middle are the small-time c-list villains, finding it impossible to pull jobs or even walk down the street without being harassed by these heroes. With a bounty on the Stickman’s head, former villain Playtime decides to put together a ragtag team of equally disgruntled supervillains to take down the Stickman and kill him themselves. Leading her on a dark journey into the criminal underbelly she’s tried so hard to escape.”

Oswalt shares his excitement to bring his and Jordan’s own universe to readers, saying:

“Every comic book fan dreams of creating their own universe. There is fun and danger and violence and sadness just like in real life, but with WAY brighter colors. I can’t wait to see you guys experience it.”

Blum also shares that this is their love letter to comics and crime fiction and will bring readers a true underdog story, saying:

“This is our love letter to superhero comics and crime fiction. An underdog story of inept costumed criminals in over their heads, trying to survive an unforgiving city filled with caped gods, fallen kaiju, and traffic causing time vortexes. Everyday crooks in a fantastical world trying to get theirs.”

Hepburn also talks about the internal struggle amongst himself, Oswalt, and Blum to determine who ultimately loves this series more, saying:

“Work like this is why I’ve always wanted to be a comic book artist. Patton, Jordan, and I are in a three-way battle of one-ups-manship to prove who loves this book more.”

What Oswalt, Blum, and Hepburn were able to show us in M.O.D.O.K. Head Games was that they have the dedication of a cult when it comes to working on projects. They tackled the Marvel Comics universe like M.O.D.O.K. tackles any evil plan he concocts. These three manage to show their love for comics in what they create and this is something that can be guaranteed to transpire in their new creator-owned series.

Hulu‘s M.O.D.O.K. was short-lived but the talent all the way from Blum and Jordan, down to everyone who worked on the series deserved another season and more. Even having only had one season, Blum and Oswalt created a one-of-a-kind experience full of laughter and real emotion that many would not have expected to see depicted by a character like M.O.D.O.K.

Minor Threats #1 will be available at your favorite local comic shop (find one near you here) and digitally on August 24th, 2022. Hepburn will provide art for the main cover and a variant from artists Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart. Check out the covers below:

Source: Dark Horse Comics

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