I had a feeling it would happen one day.Battle Chasers
ended 14 years ago, after a mere 9 issues. I would say “suddenly” but their release schedule was almost as sporadic as mine. It just sort of fizzled, stopped and then everyone involved wandered away.
The artist, Joe Madureira went off to make video games and was involved with two studios…both of which closed. The most recent was Vigil, who made the rather pleasing Darksiders
, which is probably where the non-comic readers out there will recognise Joe Mad’s western-manga style from.
Unfortunately, Vigil went bye-bye because its parent company, THQ, crashed and burned. All the IPs and studios under its wing were sold off. No one wanted Vigil, but the Darksiders
brand was nabbed by Nordic games, who have yet to announce anything involving it.
This all left the remnants of Vigil having to rebuild, and obviously has provided motivation for a return to Battle Chasers
by Joe Mad. It’s coming back, not just as a comic, but as a game.Battle Chasers
is one of my fave comics from that period. It was very slick thanks to Joe Mad’s art style and the fantastic colouring work (done by a group called Liquid!, if memory serves) and still remains a real benchmark.
And, of course, it had Monika: a mix of classic 90s bad girl and Jessica Rabbit.She....uh....might have had something to do with me picking up the comic in the first place.