“We recommend Maestros to our customers who love fantasy comics, and because they see our enthusiasm for the book, they end up picking it up and loving it just like us.” —Nick Ignacio, Store Manager at Winnetka Comics and Cards
PORTLAND, OR, 12/21/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that the third issue of MAESTROS, the darkly irreverent fantasy series from Steve Skroce (WE STAND ON GUARD), is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand.
“I knew it would be good, but I didn’t expect it to be THIS good!” said Patrick Godfrey of Velocity Comics in Richmond, Virginia. “Maestros fires on all cylinders from page one on… I haven’t had as visceral a reaction to reading a debut issue since Saga #1. Easiest hand-sell we’ve had in the shop for years, customers just need to take a quick look to know they want it.”
Ralph DiBernardo, of Jetpack Comics in Las Vegas, added: “When I put Maestros into a customer’s hands, flip open to any page, and tell them Maestros is an über-violent Harry Potter mixed with Doctor Strange and a Grateful Dead concert, it is sold.”
Skroce’s reputation for jaw-dropping worldbuilding technique extends beyond just the comics industry with his storyboarding credits on such Hollywood blockbusters as the The Matrix Trilogy and I, Robot. He also co-created Doc Frankenstein with Geof Darrow and the Wachowskis.
In the series MAESTROS, protagonist Willy Little has been granted an unlimited and ultimate power by sheer happenstance when his god-like wizard-king father is murdered, along with the rest of the royal family.
With the all-powerful Book of Remaking stolen by cutthroat thieves—and with Willy being the only one who can open it—it’s starting to look like his reign might be a short one.
MAESTROS #3 will remain available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play.
MAESTROS #3, 2nd printing (Diamond code: NOV178105) and MAESTROS #4 (Diamond Code NOV170774) will both be available on Wednesday, January 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 1st.
Select praise for MAESTROS:
“Maestros is all that is good about funny books. That sort of ‘smiling through broken teeth’ mean, splendidly chaotic comic book. Steve Skroce, with his intricately beautiful pencil art that recalls both P. Craig Russel and Frank Quitley while still being an entirely unique expression, and Dave Stewart, with his candy-like palette choices that demand the attention of the readers, have crafted a book that looks, feels, and reads like nothing else on the stands. The heads of gods are curb-stomped, wangs are extended through wizardry, and all is full of wonderful, reckless abandon in the world of Maestros.” —Justin Micallef, Specialty Retailer and Staff Writer, Vault of Midnight
“We always expected the art in Steve Skroce’s Maestros to be outstanding, and it certainly delivers. What we didn’t expect was to love this offbeat, yet intricate fantasy world that Skroce’s has created. We recommend Maestros to our customers who love fantasy comics, and because they see our enthusiasm for the book, they end up picking it up and loving it just like us.” —Nick Ignacio, Store Manager at Winnetka Comics and Cards
“Maestros is a rare treat where the story is as strong as the art. Steve Skroce’s art has never been more beautiful and the plot is a non-stop mix of fantasy and action where the story is as complex and detailed as the art! A true page turner.” —Wayne Markley, retailer at Westfield Comics
“Maestros is over the top in just the right way. It’s like Loki and Harry Potter had a baby, and that baby is now the most powerful being in the galaxy. The problem with being at the top, though, is someone else always feels they can do things better. Great pacing, beautiful art, fun characters and a fantastic story make this a must read comic.” —JC Cunningham, Manager, Coliseum of Comics Kissimmee
“Part Harry Potter, part Heavy Metal (with maybe a dash of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in there for good measure), Maestros pairs magic with some of the pertinent moral questions of our collective moment.” —Comic Book Resources
“The art: This is what got me to pick up this book. The visuals are incredible. I haven’t seen art this detailed since I encountered the work of Geoff Darrow years ago.” —Sci-Fi Pulse
“I’m loving this story and find it to be a truly original and engaging concept. It’s well written, filled with likeable characters ” yes even the baddies are likeable ” and the art speaks for itself. I was sad to reach the end of this issue, as I didn’t want the mayhem to end.” —Impulse Gamer
“A beautifully drawn book pulsing with details you can’t imagine, featuring wizardry cloaked in a sheen of sarcastic sleaze.” —The Oregonian
“This acerbic book promises to be a nice balance to all the more serious fantasy stories in comics right now, and that it looks good while doing it is icing on the cake.” —Uproxx
“Skroce’s expert sequential storytelling and detailed style are a rare treat, and the opportunity to see him drawing exactly what he pleases is the kind of comics serendipity that only the creator-owned realm can offer.” —Paste Magazine
“With Maestros, Skroce demonstrates his true expert level conducting skills at weaving together a story and artwork that leave the mind yearning for more.” —Comicosity
“Maestros is a masterpiece, with one of the best first issues I’ve ever read. Steve is somehow an even greater writer than he is an artist. Get ready for your new favorite comic.” —Brian K. Vaughan