by Chuck Kennedy
Comic Related readers who have been following the back story of Hoax Hunters from Image Comics that has been appearing in Hack/Slash are already familiar with the excellent storytelling of Michael Moreci. In addition to the recent news that Hoax Hunters will be going monthly starting this July with Image central, Moreci has been also been working on a project that he describes as a "two year labor of love" that he describes as a "stylized, character-driven noir in the vein of Chew or [the TV Show] Terriers" in his original graphic novel Reincar(Nate).
Moreci crafts the story of one Nate McCoy, a down on his luck, but well meaning Private Eye who stands out from others due to a unique ability that he possesses. Nate can see and interact with his past lives, or reincarnations. With the help of Jameson, a Wild West lawman and Alan, a 1960's era hitman, Nate must work to solve his latest case, one that drags him further into the underworld of his city as he digs up each clue.
The past two years Moreci has been joined by veteran artist Keith Burns, who has worked for Marvel and Dynamite, most notably on The Boys titles Highland Laddie and Herogasm. Rounding out the creative team is Chris Beckett on colors, who has worked at DC, most recently on Smallville, and Jim Campbell on letters, who also did an excellent job working with Moreci on Hoax Hunters and his 2011 Original Graphic Novel Quarantined that was published by Markosia.
Together Moreci and Burns have slowly crafted a story that they both believed in, working it alongside their other work to release it digitally. As they brought the rest of the team together and the story began to take on more of a finished look, their love and faith in the project was so strong that they both felt this story had to be put out in print for everyone who wanted it to have it in their hands. Having seen an extended look at the story, Burns' artwork, Beckett's colors, and even Campbell's unnoticeable letters that let the words flow naturally through and around the story, I can say that I'm anxiously waiting for this story to come, but I want it to come out as a book.
For that to happen, they need our help. They have a Kickstarter program that has a very modest goal set up. The idea isn't to make much, if any (as far as I can tell) of a profit from a printing run, but to get enough to make a modest print run to get this story into to more people's hands. But don't take my word for it alone, take a look at the kick starter page with the link provided and some of the page samples and you won't be disappointed. This is a project that's worth backing. Definitely worth checking out!
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