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Christopher Leone talks WE KILL MONSTERS

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Coming soon from Red 5 comics (and some of you may have seen a preview today, FREE COMIC BOOK DAY) is a battle between small town mechanics and Monsters, in a book titled: We Kill Monsters, created by Christopher Leone and Laura Harkcom.

We spoke with writer, Christopher Leone about the comic.

The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give our readers a synopsis of We Kill Monsters?

we kill monsters bookChristopher Leone: WE KILL MONSTERS is an action-comedy blend about two brothers who are small-town mechanics, Jake and Andrew Basher. One night they're stumbling out of a bar, and out of nowhere they're attacked by a monster. The younger brother, Jake, saves his older brother Andrew's life -- but not before Jake's arm gets nearly bitten off. But while he's lying in the parking lot, the glowing blue fluid leaking out of the dead monster's skull heals Jake's arm. So Jake seems perfectly fine until he wakes up the next morning to discover his damaged arm is now a super-strong monster arm. And now he needs more of that glowing blue monster fluid to stay alive. Which means of course: the Bashers need to kill more monsters. The big question becomes, where the hell are all these monsters coming from?

The Big Bad Wolf: Who are the main characters?

Christopher Leone: The younger brother, Jake Basher, is something of a mechanical genius -- he could put a car engine back together when he was 10. He's a nerdy, introverted genius in the body of a lummox. Andrew Basher is the older, responsible brother who has to take care of his odd younger brother. Andrew is a mechanic too, but he runs the garage, tries to pay the bills and property taxes so they don't lose the house they grew up in. The brothers lost their parents at a young age, so they're the only family they've got. Which means they're close, but drive each other crazy. There's also Andrew's ex-girlfriend, Vanessa -- who's a tough, hot bartender chick -- who gets pulled into the Bashers' monster killing for her own reasons. So the three of them form this tight, dysfunctional unit.

The Big Bad Wolf: What types of monsters will we see in this book?

Christopher Leone: They're the sort of monsters you'd have nightmares about when you were a kid. Big, violent, remorseless things with sharp teeth. One has three eyes and horns, another is a giant insect, another is like a man-rabbit hybrid. No one knows where they come from. But there's no hand-wringing or moral ambiguity involved. The monsters are evil and have to be destroyed, period.

The Big Bad Wolf: What can we expect from this book in terms of blood and gore?

Christopher Leone: Lots of action and violence, some blood, not so much gore. Well, a little gore.

The Big Bad Wolf: Is this an ongoing, or mini series?

Christopher Leone: It's a 6-issue limited series. If we get enough readers we'd love to do further installments -- we've got a lot of ideas for the Bashers.

The Big Bad Wolf: When is the release date?

Christopher Leone: July 8th.

The Big Bad Wolf: How much is the book?

Christopher Leone: $3.50.

The Big Bad Wolf: Whos the rest of the creative team on the book?

Christopher Leone: Brian Churilla is the penciller and inker for most of the book (Hilary Barta kindly inked part of the first issue for us). I love Brian's artwork for a lot of reasons, but especially because I think his monster designs are brilliant, and I love how he frames his panels. Ronda Pattison is our colorist. Ronda was nominated for an Eisner Award last year for her work in ATOMIC ROBO so we're kind of giddy to have her aboard. And once we were pilfering ATOMIC ROBO's crew we figured we'd pilfer Jeff Powell as our letterer also since that book looks so great. And at that point we were convinced we wanted to publish through Red 5 Comics -- they just put out really cool books.

The Big Bad Wolf: Where can our readers find out more about We Kill Monsters?

Christopher Leone: We have an 8-page sneak peek in Red 5's Free Comic Book Day issue. You can also check out wekillmonsters.com and red5comics.com.

The Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about We Kill Monsters?

Christopher Leone: WE KILL MONSTERS is the first project we've unveiled since our Sci-Fi Channel miniseries THE LOST ROOM aired. For me it reaches back to the kinds of comic books and movies I loved as a kid. It's part EVIL DEAD, part GHOSTBUSTERS, part EC Comics, with the potential for some big storylines.

The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time, Christopher! Best of luck with We Kill Monsters!

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