Will Meugniot is one of the biggest names in TV and theatrical animation. If you don’t believe that, just check out his credits, but you’d better have some time, as they run about a mile long. G.I. Joe, Jem, X-Men, Ultimate Avengers and the Real Ghostbusters are just a handful of the series and features he’s been at the helm of. Deep down, he always thought of himself as a comic book artist- and in our opinion, one of the very BEST, particularly in terms of the “good girl” art genre of glamorous, pin-up style interpretations of female characters. When he got back in touch with us last fall (he had drawn a particularly well-remembered run of FEMFORCE covers between back in 1990, like the FEMFORCE #26 pictured here.) after a two-decades-plus “sabbatical” working on some of the most successful video and movie properties around, we were thrilled that he volunteered to illustrate an issue of FEMFORCE for us, and the #156 that he did earlier this year already stands out as one of our all-time best FFs ever. When he pitched us on his concept for a new superhero group, utilizing some of the Golden Age Standard/Nedor heroes we’d revived in the ’90′s, but setting his “alternate take” on them in the mid-1960′s, with an eye to giving the strip a classic Wallace Wood/Tower Comics/Thunder Agents kind of “feel”, we were intrigued. But in NO WAY were we prepared for how good it actually came out!! Will’s N.E.D.O.R. Agents strip has already caused a sensation online, even though their first full-length adventure is not even out yet!! (That would be in Femforce #157. Unfortunately, the NA story hadn’t even been finalized when we had to solicit FF #157 through Diamond Previews, so we were not able to mention the story in the Previews listing. FF #157 will ship in the third week of October, but if you haven’t ordered it, there is still time. Tell your favorite comic book retailer that you want AC’s Femforce #157, DCD Item Code #JUL110775, and he can back-order it for you.) Will’s ‘Agents will be back in a big way in Femforce #158, as well- getting their OWN cover and another feature-length adventure as N.E.D.O.R. Agents #0 will be a flip-book special, sharing binding with FF #158. It will be listed in the November issue of Diamond Previews (although AGAIN, we had to have our Previews text in to Diamond BEFORE we were certain that we’d be including the N.E.D.O.R. Agents, so you WON’T see this mentioned in the Previews listing, but there will be a special promo on the Diamond Comics media site within a few days. Be sure to look for FF #158 in the October 2011 Previews and order it at your local retailer. There is still time to put in your order with your local comic book retailer; just tell him you want a copy of FEMFORCE #158, DCD Item # OCT110756, in the October Diamond Previews, for items shipping in December. Of course, all regular AC readers know that if its SOLICITED as a Diamond December product, it’ll actually be in your hands in late January. In the meantime, don’t miss out on the big original art giveaway contest Will is running. You’ll be able to get details on the particulars here as they develope, on Will’s Facebook page, and in the pages of FEMFORCE #157, which will shipped to Diamond Distribution (and is available in our own AC Comics web store ) on October i9th. Check it out and get in on the fun. Once you’ve seen the strip, let us (and Will ) know if you’d like to see the N.E.D.O.R. Agents in a book of their OWN in 2012!!
– October 27, 2011