Pullbox Previews: A Vicious Circle

BOOM! Studios announced A VICIOUS CIRCLE, a prestige 3-issue original series from director, creator of Project Power, and one of the screenwriters behind the upcoming Batman sequel, Mattson Tomlin, with Lee Bermejo, iconic artist behind the smash hits Batman: Damned and Joker, about two men cursed to roam across time and space in an unending cycle of violence and revenge, available in December 2022. 

Shawn Thacker is a trained assassin from the future who seeks revenge on the only other man with his affliction—each life they take forces them both to involuntarily travel between vastly different past and future eras. Spanning from 22nd century Tokyo to 1950s New Orleans to the Cretaceous Era and beyond, the two mortal rivals are locked in a battle of wills that spans millions of years, all to alter the course of history. 

With each time period, legendary artist Lee Bermejo adjusts his artististic style to pay homage to luminary comics artists and historical master painters, presented in a prestige, oversized format!

Mattson Tomlin is the screenwriter of the Netflix superhero movie Project Power starring Jamie Foxx as well as the writer/producer of the film Little Fish starring Olivia Cooke. He made his directorial debut in 2021 with Mother/Android starring Chloë Grace Moretz and his debut in comics writing Batman: The Imposter with DC Comics. Currently, he is showrunning an upcoming anime series based on The Terminator for Netflix and Skydance, writing the screenplay for Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR based on the BOOM! Studios comic, and co-writing the upcoming sequel to The Batman with director Matt Reeves.

“Lee Bermejo is an artist of the highest caliber and getting to partner with him as we push each other into the vortex of involuntary time travel has been a uniquely satisfying experience,” said Tomlin. “I’m very excited for you to join us on this journey that unpacks the good, the evil, and the vicious meaning of life.”

Lee Bermejo is an American illustrator and writer based out of Italy.  He has primarily collaborated with Brian Azzarello on series such as JokerLuthorBefore Watchmen: Rorschach, and Batman: Damned for DC Comics. As a cover artist his work can be found on titles like Detective Comics and Hellblazer for DC Comics, amongst many others. As a writer and artist he completed Batman: Noel and Suiciders, the latter also his own creation. His latest publication is Dear Detective, a sequential collection of his Detective Comics covers. 

A VICIOUS CIRCLE is a passion project and the most deliciously challenging thing I’ve done in my career thus far.  This is thanks to the collaboration with Mattson, whose gift of being able to bring intimacy and subtle nuance to epic genre concepts helps make them feel personal as much as bombastic,” said Bermejo. “ It’s also an opportunity for us to embrace and play with what makes the medium of sequential art so unique and give readers a tailored, stylistic experience to every sequence.”  

A VICIOUS CIRCLE #1 features main cover art by series artist Bermejo, and variant covers by highly acclaimed illustrators Alex Garner (Batman), Jae Lee (Grim), Rafael Grampá (BRZRKR), and more. 

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