Question allegiances in Image Comics’ upcoming “Hardcore”
Training special ops groups to infiltrate takes lots of time and money, along with finding eligible operatives who can fit very specific criteria for qualification. After all, not just anyone can carry out top secret missions: you need someone who can get in, do the job, and get out without being seen. It can’t be easy, because if it was, anyone could do it.
But what if these operatives didn’t need to go behind enemy lines themselves? What if they could take over the consciousness of someone who belonged in a specific environment, and then carry out their mission from there? Assassinating a foreign dictator would be a breeze if carried out by one of their advisors, and stealing nuclear launch codes would be a cinch if you could just pop into the mind of a chief programmer. That’s the idea behind Image’s upcoming thriller Hardcore, a new series from comics masterminds Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri. Check out the details below.
HARDCORE GEARS UP TO SAVE THE WORLD
PORTLAND, OR, 09/17/2018 — Andy Diggle (THIEF OF THIEVES, Losers) and Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors) team up to bring Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri’s sci-fi/action series HARDCORE to life—coming this December from Image/Skybound. The series will feature cover art by award-winning artist Dan Panosian (SLOTS, Conan/Red Sonja).
“Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri’s action-packed concept immediately appealed to me,” said Diggle. “It’s been a pleasure to write and expand upon this idea, and I can’t wait for comic book readers to see where HARDCORE goes.”
Imagine being able to take over the body of anyone on Earth in order to track down a rogue nuke or assassinate a dictator. Sound crazy? Not for Agent Drake and the Hardcore Program. They can turn anyone—your neighbor, your co-worker, your spouse—into a human drone to get to targets that normal soldiers can’t.
Drake is the best soldier Hardcore has to offer. But when the Program itself gets hijacked, he finds himself stranded in a body—with only 72 hours to neutralize the threat. But who can he trust when his enemy can change their appearance as easily as the rest of us changes a shirt?
“I’m very happy and honored to have worked on HARDCORE,” added Vitti. “Seeing my name next to Andy Diggle for this project is fantastic. I’m thankful to Jon Moisan and his colleagues at Skybound, and Image, for giving me this opportunity. I can’t wait to share this project with readers!”
Hardcore #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on December 19.