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In the comic, 2Pac returns to the stage as a superhero, alongside martial artist Bruce Lee, singers Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison, and comedian Andy Kaufman.
In the story, the group of cultural icons have all faked their deaths (which span decades) to join forces as Project Resurrection, a “global crime-fighting unit that’s a cross between The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Celebrity Rehab.” Somehow, I kind of can’t picture this – can you?
Sullivan says of creating the comic, “The stars we chose are obviously all icons that died too young who could still be alive today – but they also have an audience that believes (or wants to believe) they faked their own deaths. Our Tupac is a thug angel, torn between a socially-conscious man of honor and a ready-to-die gangsta who just doesn’t give a f***. Focusing his revolutionary impulses beyond “me against the world” is his mission – and his struggle.”
The comic book is described as being a “dark satire” and hit shelves last Wednesday, May 25.
Sullivan commented, “I remember a Vibe interview Tupac gave late in his life, in which he said he was tired of playing drug dealers and wanted to be an action hero for his generation. That’s something I would’ve loved to see – and in Comeback Kings, we make that happen.”
Matt Sullivan, Gabe Guarente (A) Ethan Young After the shocking reveal of the newest Comeback King, Bruce Lee trains the team’s new recruit, Michael Jackson, hoping to turn his dance skills into martial arts moves. Meanwhile, Elvis Presley and Andy Kaufman go undercover to Las Vegas – dressed as Elvis impersonators! – to stop a terrorist posing as a magician from making Sin City disappear with a truckload of C4. This dark satire is packed with humor, action, and not-so-dead celebrities!
Comeback Kings #4 Matt Sullivan & Gabe Guarente (A) Ethan Young Holy Hollywood holocaust! Can Bruce Lee, Jim Morrison, Elvis Presley, Andy Kaufman, Tupac Shakur, and Michael Jackson thwart evil reality TV guru Abel Caine’s plan to blow up the Oscars – even if they have to walk the red carpet to do so? Find out in the grand finale to the Kings’ epic encore!