|| February 9,
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Rob Hanes Adventures
Returns June 2004
go Back to its Roots in Upcoming Stories
Cartoonist Randy Reynaldo announced
that his comic-book series, Rob Hanes Adventures, would
return to comic-book stores with all new stories in June 2004.
Reynaldo, the creator, writer and artist of the long-running
series, said he looks forward to getting the quarterly series
back on track. Reynaldo is a past Xeric Foundation Award recipient
and a previous nominee for the Russ Manning Award for Most Promising
Newcomer, presented annually in conjunction with the Will Eisner
Debuting in 1994, Rob Hanes
Adventures has earned a strong following among both comic-book
fans and industry professionals. Though the globetrotting series
takes place in the modern day, readers familiar with the series
know that its tales of high adventure and derring-do, and its
clean black-and-white art style, harken back to classic soldier-of-fortune
adventure strips like Terry and the Pirates, Tintin,
Buz Sawyer, and the work of Alex Toth.
"I've always loved Randy's
work and I'm looking forward to get new stuff," said Kurt
Busiek, creator and writer of Astro City, and more recently,
the enormously successful JLA/Avengers crossover series.
"Rob Hanes Adventures has a thoroughly modern feel,
but it still captures the excitement and thrill of classic adventure
comics that you rarely get to see today." Busiek is a long-time
fan of the series.
Rob Hanes Adventures will return with issue 5 in June in
a story entitled "The Glowworm Identity." The issue
concludes the long-running "Glowworm" story arc that
has been running in background continuity for several years.
In the story, Rob finally uncovers the truth about whether his
father was a double agent for the Soviet Union known as "Glowworm"
during the Cold War. The story climaxes with a daring raid on
a decommissioned Soviet submarine being sold on the black market.
Because not everyone may be familiar
with "The Glowworm Conspiracy," the original 8-page
that introduced the story arc in the Rob Hanes Archives
trade paperback, the story has been posted in its entirety online
at the WCG Comics website Reading Room at wcgcomics.com. (Other
stories from the series are available for free online viewing
Reynaldo cited his recent marriage
and the birth of his first child as the primary reason for the
delay between new issues. Nevertheless, during the hiatus he
has continued to work on the series and has completed several
"I know I haven't maintained
a regular a publishing schedule over the years," Reynaldo
said. "That partly is why I have always focused on giving
readers full-length stories that are complete and self contained.
Readers are never kept hanging between issues."
The long-running comic-book title
features the globetrotting adventures of Rob Hanes, a private
investigator for worldwide Justice International. Accompanied
by his trusted friend and sidekick, Abner McKenna, Rob travels
the world on assignments that often involve current world events.
Past stories have included infiltrating a crime syndicate in
Hong Kong, recovering stolen nuclear suitcases in Russia, and
tracking down a missing spoiled millionaire in Eastern Europe.
More than 20 stories, totaling more than 350 pages, have been
produced since the series debuted in 1994.
After the Glowworm story arc
concludes, Reynaldo plans to return the series to its roots.
"My early stories were stand-alone
adventures that moved quickly, and featured plenty of action,
exotic locales, beautiful women, and humor," Reynaldo explained.
"As I got more ambitious with the series and tried to make
it more complex and rich, I think some of the early charm of
the series disappeared. I want to try and recapture the fun and
innocence of those early stories, and I think readers will see
a new energy in the series and get a kick out of upcoming stories.
Issue 6 will reflect the series'
new direction. In the story, Rob is hired to find a missing nuclear
scientist who has ties to terrorists, but he must do so while
his agency, Justice International, is undergoing major budget
cuts. The balance in the story between the importance of Rob's
assignment and the way it is humorously undercut by the subplot
perfectly captures the new direction of adventure-comedy that
Reynaldo plans to take the series.
The following issue, #7, features
a humorous send-up of classic drawing-room mystery in the tradition
of Agatha Christie and Hercule Poirot. In the story, entitled
"Death on the Moors," Rob is invited to an old English
manor in the middle of a violent rainstorm. When someone attempts
to murder the host, Rob is forced to play sleuth, despite the
fact that he really has no experience conducting such investigations!
As usual, Rob Hanes finds himself out of his element.
Every issue of Rob Hanes Adventures
features a complete story and 32 black-and-white pages, with
a full color cover and $2.95 U.S. cover price. All back issues
in the series are still available.
"I appreciate the support
that everyone at all levels of the comic-book industry has given
me over the years," Reynaldo said. "I like to think
it's because Rob Hanes Adventures is one of the more unique
comics being published - few comics continue to uphold the tradition
of the classic adventure strips I always have loved and have
tried to emulate with a modern-day edge. I'm excited about returning
the series back to the market!"
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