Death-Cults And Drug-Dens: ‘The Brothers James’ Now Funding On Zoop
by Brendan M. Allen
Co-creators Brian Level and Ryan Ferrier return to The Brothers James Redux with love in their hearts and more highway miles behind them. Artists Michael Walsh and Eamon Hill join the team to drive the story to its bloody and heart-wrenching conclusion.
‘Identical twin orphans, Jack and John James terrorize the southern US highways to wrap up unfinished business: Hunt down and kill the bikers that butchered their parents fifteen years earlier!’
Starting with a massacre of unsavories at the Sunshine Diner in Kentucky the boys rip-roar their Dodge Challenger through 5 issues of mechanics’ garages, death-cults, drug-dens all the way to prison in Louisiana. But having a hard time was always part of the plan. If they can survive state police from the past and present, and a shady woman who seems to offer help, brotherly spats and good-old-fashioned violent bikers, they may get their revenge and come out of it alive. The real question is, will their relationship withstand the truth of what got their parents killed in the first place?
Rowdy, fast-paced and in glorious black and white, The Brothers James shows two brothers hanging on with white knuckles as they speed toward oblivion and try to take every offending member of the murderous Lucky Devils with them. But it can’t all be pedal to the metal, now can it?
Between twists, turns, and double crosses. Women with secret motives, blood cults and cops that can’t be trusted, The Brothers James, keeps your butt in the seat and your head spinning ‘til the bitter end.
“This project put me on the map as a comic book artist,” said Level. “It was an early work where I first got to exercise my artistic voice, both as a cartoonist and a writer, and as an unfinished work, it made perfect sense to update the issues and tie it all up with love and care for everyone that supported us all those years ago. I’m forever grateful to The Brothers James and Ryan for bringing me along. It’s been a massively important book for my life both professionally and personally.”
“The Brothers James concluding, after so long, means a lot to me because at the time it was a start,” added Ferrier. “It was made with joy and fearlessness; grit wrapped in determination, wrapped in hope, wrapped in blissfully unaware gumption—all lovely things a want-to-be creator clutches; even one with blood, guts, bullets, twisted metal, and southern fried revenge. Above all else, this comic represents what I’m most grateful for, looking back: an indelible friendship–a brotherhood and love–that will outlive and outshine any body of work or printed page. For readers, I just hope they have fun.”
“Being afforded the opportunity to get down in the dirt with the James boys is a true treat,” said Eamon Hill. “With the abundance of capes and mask books out there, the purity of a gritty revenge tale is something I find incredibly fulfilling.”
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