On February 23rd, the team behind Powers flexes a whole different set of muscles when Takio hits the shelves. Created by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Avon Oeming and Olivia Bendis (with colors by Powers' Nick Filardi and letters by superstar Chris Eliopoulos), Takio is the first volume of an all ages graphic novel series by Bendis and Oeming from Icon. Not only is this something new for Bendis and Oeming, it's also something Icon's never done before. Take a gander at the Oeming goodness below, along with what they're telling us about the story:
Takio tells the story of two sisters in a multiracial, adoptive family who are driving each other insane!!! Their overprotective mother makes them walk to school together, eat lunch together, and play together. They can’t get away from each other!! But when a one-of-a-kind, once-in-a-lifetime accident gives them real-life superpowers, these two sisters become the first actual superheroes in the entire world.
How exciting is this? It's everything you've been saying you wanted. The big names should do more creator-owned work? Done. The "Big Two" should produce more original graphic novels? Done. There should be more kid-friendly, new reader-friendly books? Done. There should be more books about strong, independent female characters? Done. Books should be more ethnically diverse? Done. That's without even mentioning that it's by two of the best in the business. Do I have to drive to your house and put it in your hand?
I don't have those kind of resources.
In fact, if a project like this is going to succeed, you need to ask your retailer to pre-order this book for you. That's the way the biz works, and if you really want to reward this kind of creative endeavor and encourage more like it you have to demonstrate to the people making buying decisions that there is a market for this kind of thing at their stores. I expect this to be good; I also want it to be the start of something.
The book is 96 pages; it costs a mere $9.95. I'm counting the days until 2/23.