One of the strongest trends in comics is the true power of a long-term collaboration. The greats of Kirby/Lee and Claremont/Byrne became what they were by working together often, and getting better each time. It looks like that's turning out to be the case as well for writer Mark Sable and artist Paul Azaceta.
After workng together on the Image series Grounded and doing smaller projects here and there, they're reuniting for a new series about one of the most fabled warlands in Graveyard of Empires. Set for debut on June 15, this series is a ground-level view of a young Marine lietenant coming face-to-face with the horrors of the Afghanistan war — and a new threat when both friend and foe start coming back to life. Image has compared this to The Hurt Locker meets The Walking Dead, and the writer has spoken in numerous interviews about how this is a modern take on the fabled genre of war comics that have been out of the public eye — and comic shelves — for years.
As the book nears release, series artist Paul Azaceta gave us some exclusive preliminary sketches he worked up as he was getting started on the series. Enjoy!