EL•E•PHANT•MEN [el-uh-fuhnt-men] noun: 1. Transgenics; human/animal hybrids, genetically engineered by the MAPPO Corporation for military deployment in the Afro-Sino War (2239-2243). Rehabilitated by the United Nations, these creatures were gradually inculcated into human society. 2. Derogatory term for such.
Hieronymous Flask (known as “Hip”) is the first of the Elephantmen. A hippopotamus/human hybrid, he possesses immense strength, which he uses along with his cultivated intelligence in his job as an Information Agent. In ELEPHANTMEN 2260, a new storyline in the long-running Image Comics series by Richard Starkings and Axel Medellin, Hip teams up to investigate a double murder with Jack Farrell, a young detective with a secret: He’s being haunted.
A perfect starting point for new readers, ELEPHANTMEN 2260 BOOK ONE: MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE is a taut science fiction mystery in which Hip and Jack must delve deep into the genetic secrets that made Elephantmen like Hip possible. All the while, Jack’s murdered girlfriend Scarlet follows him, seemingly an apparition of his guilt — or is she something more? Scarlet seems to have her own agenda, one that Hip and Jack will have to discover to solve the crime.
This collection of ELEPHANTMEN #51-55 features covers by Boo Cook, a bonus pin-up by Tim Sale and Cook, and back cover art by Joseph Michael Linsner. ELEPHANTMEN 2260 BOOK ONE will be in comic book stores on April 30 and bookstores on May 13 and is specially priced at only $9.99.
ELEPHANTMEN 2260 BOOK ONE: MEMORIES OF THE FUTURE by Richard Starkings and Axel Medellin
128 pages, full color, paperback
Collects ELEPHANTMEN #51-55
In comic book stores April 30, bookstores May 13
Available for pre-order now
Praise for ELEPHANTMEN 2260:
“You must check in out!”
– J.J. Abrams
“One of the absolute best comics on the market.”
– John Layman (CHEW)
“Bold, mythic, and heartbreakingly cool, Starkings’ universe is… a breed apart.”
– Andy Serkis
“Human/animal hybrids have been integrated into a society no different from our own. Richard Starkings’ sharp, nuanced writing weaves social commentary into this entertaining sci-fi story set in a future Los Angeles. A wonderful jumping-on point.”
– Comics Spectrum
“Mr. Starkings has done a wondrous job on this series and continues to amaze. With the start of a new arc, the reader is transported back to the days of authors such as Richard Starks and Charles Willeford. Crime novels used to be cleverly crafted and always had the lead detective/character following the clues with good old fashioned police work. Mr. Starkings brings a feeling of the 50’s crime novels and Blade Runner back in this fantastic read.”
– Roshawn, Redheaded Mule