While he has done some art work recently, it’s been a while since Alex Ross (Kingdom Come, Earth X) has done some full interior comic work. That’s looking to change soon as Ross will be teaming with writer Chris Roberson (iZombie, MonkeyBrain Comics) for Dynamite Entertainment’s Masks—a crossover series that will team up famous pulp heroes like The Green Hornet and The Shadow.
Why is Ross doing the entire comic? What’s causing the heroes to team-up?
Find out after the break.
Masks takes place in the 1930s, where a bad organization known as the Justice Party comes into political power in New York and sets up a corrupt police state. So of course, costumed vigilantes now must rise to battle crime and corruption. This is the first massive team-up of classic pulp heroes like Zoro, the Spider, and Miss Fury. And for Ross, it’s a shot at being a part of history.
“For years now, Dynamite Entertainment and I have desired to unite all of the varied pulp characters they’ve been publishing into one big crossover event,” Ross said through a statement. “When the Green Hornet and Kato paved the way for a successful relaunch of the original masked duo characters, we knew that the grand prize of revivals should then be the ultimate original, the Shadow. Now, to be able for the first time in history to have these legends meet, along with fellow mysterymen; The Spider, Zorro, Black Bat, and others, makes this project a unique accomplishment. I always thought that illustrating the first hero archetypes like The Shadow would be a milestone in my career. I’m thrilled to touch upon the legends that began the very concept of the superhero in Masks with a crossover that is literally the longest overdue.”
For writer Chris Roberson, the opportunity to work on this project is high goal achieved. Roberson described the series as “the comic I’ve wanted to write since I first discovered the pulp heroes in the 1970s.”
You can look for Masks later this year.