Whilce Portacio Returns to Creator Owned Comics

One of Image Comics’ founders, Whilce Portacio, returns to creator-owned world with the new series NON-HUMANS, written by Glen Brunswick (GRAY AREA, JERSEY GODS), which will be published by Image Comics in October.

An otherworldly disease brought back to Earth by a NASA space probe has given inanimate objects like toys, dolls, and mannequins the ability to come to life, able to walk, talk, and speak — and to think for themselves. A new minority class called “Non-Humans,” the former objects take on part of the personalities of the people who used or even loved them.

“The toys are not only a new minority in our world, but because they come from us they are quite human–with all of the frailties, insecurities and desires we humans possess,” said writer Brunswick. “And some of these creatures can be very dark–it’s a world filled with toys that envy us, want to be more like us, and are willing to kill us if they can’t get what they want. What could be better than that?”

NON-HUMANS is Portacio’s first creator-owned comics since his original Wetworks series, published from first 1994 to 1996 and then relaunched in 2006. Portacio has suffered through a series of personal setbacks which have limited his artistic output.

“It’s very exciting for me to get back on a creator-owned book,” said Portacio. “It took a long time waiting for the right one to come along that would really fire my imagination. I have the same boundless enthusiasm for NON HUMANS that I had when Image Comics was first formed. I feel like there are no limits to what we can do with this story.”

NON-HUMANS starts in October. Conflicting reports have it as an ongoing series and as a four-issue series. Issue #1 is available for pre-order from the August issue of Previews. A five-page preview of NON-HUMANS #1 appears in ELEPHANTMEN #42

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