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Marvel’s Icon imprint welcomes Men of Wrath in October

Violence is a family tradition in the newest book from New York Times bestselling writer Jason Aaron and artist Ron Garney.

This October, New York Times bestselling writer Jason Aaron (Southern Bastards, Scalped) and fan-favorite artist Ron Garney (Thor: God of ThunderWeapon X) team up once again for a gritty new limited series kicking off in MEN OF WRATH #1!

Ever since Great Grandfather Isom killed a man over some sheep, a black cloud has hung over the Rath family. Now, over a century later, Ira Rath is the coldest hitman ever to walk on Alabama soil. And he’s just taken a job that will decide the fate of his cursed family once and for all. As the blood-soaked history of the Rath family unfolds, witness the cycle of violence that shaped Ira into the ruthless killer he is today.

Men of Wrath is about family history,” said Jason Aaron in an interview with CBR. “Each issue opens with flashbacks to different generations of the Rath family. We kind of start to see how the cycle of violence begins and gets perpetuated and passed down from generation to generation of this family and kind of culminates in Ira as the worst of the bunch.”

“Everybody has their history. Some history is more colorful than others,” says Ron Garney. “Some are more dysfunctional than others. I can’t speak for everyone else, but I can guarantee this story is bound to hit on many different cylinders for many people because of the family dynamic.”

Launched in 2004, Marvel’s ICON imprint is designed specifically for top-tier creators to tell their bold, creator-owned stories featuring their own characters and creations. Producing such critically acclaimed titles like Kick-Ass, Powers and The United States of Murder Inc., Marvel’s ICON imprint has solidified itself as the place to be for exciting stories from A-List creators.

What actions and events led Ira Rath down his murderous path? Dive into the story of a Southern family and their violent history as Aaron & Garney explore the dark past of the Rath family this October in MEN OF WRATH #1!

Not your usual stuff from the House of Ideas, but then again that’s what Icon is for isn’t it? Men of Wrath sounds like something profoundly cool though and falls into that rare niche of non-superhero action that comics really aren’t focusing on at all in the modern market. It’s almost as rare as horror comics were a few years back and it’s a very welcome sight.

Garney is a terrific artist too, with a style that looks to fit perfectly this kind of a tale. As for Aaron, he’s also a proven talent, though one that I’m not all that familiar with. Nonetheless though, I’m going to say my interest is most definitely piqued here, and it should be interesting to see where Men of Wrath goes. If it does well, we’ll hopefully get some more straight-up action tales in our four-color funny books… I can hope can’t I?

Men of Wrath #1 arrives this October with a special variant cover from Steve Dillon.

About Jason

Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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