All-ages comic book fans will be in for a treat in November with the release of the trade-paperback, graphic novel compilation of artist/writer Stephanie Heike’s self-published 21st Centurions teen superhero/science fiction series, “21st Centurions: New Clear Day”. Six years in the making, this full digital color GN on glossy paper collects issues 0, 1 & 2 of the regular series, with additional never-before seen material and previews for upcoming storylines, and is being released by Ms. Heike’s own Centurion Premiere Publishing company. In an industry overwhelmingly dominated by men, Stephanie is a unique multitalent who not only writes and draws her own original creations (currently under review for licensing to other media in Hollywood) with 21st Centurions, but publishes them as well. Plans had tentatively been underway for some time to rework the original 21st Centurions comic book series into a bookshelf volume, but the hectic pace of Stephanie’s freelance schedule ( check out AC’s FEMFORCE #156 for her most recent “outside” scripting job, and virtually EVERY FF issue going back to #137 for a writing, penciling or cover art contribution.), kept pushing it onto the proverbial back burner. That is, until Diamond Distribution came a-calling with their “Unsung Heroes” promotion for November 2012, set to give a special push to superhero products from publishers OTHER than Marvel or DC. With a special spotlight from Diamond locked in, it was too good an opportunity to pass up, and Steph made the time to pull the project together. What’s it all about? Heroes in training, mad scientists, super-villain boy bands, killer robot cars and a mysterious mentor with his own hidden agenda. It’s a next generation superhero graphic novel that drives home the “anyone can be a star” vibe of the post-American Idol world. It’s still available for advance reorder from Diamond Distribution through your favorite comic book retailer, using DCD item code SEP110963.
– October 28, 2011