The GeeksverseI.C.E. Buckshot Edition #1

I.C.E. Buckshot Edition #1
Published on Saturday, June 11, 2011 by

I.C.E., from 12 Gauge Comics, was presented as the flip side of the 2011 FCBD offering to Loose Ends. 12 Gauge Comics is following up the free taste with the “buckshot” edition aka a dollar book to continue pulling in new readers.

32 pages of action and law enforcement for only a buck

CREATED BY KEVEN GARDNER, DOUG WAGNER, &W/BRIAN STELFREEZE
WRITTEN BY DOUG WAGNER
PENCILS BY JOSE HOLDER
INKS BY JOSE HOLDER
COLORS BY MICHAEL WIGGAM
LETTERS BY ED DUKESHIRE
COVER BY BRIAN STELFREEZE
Free Comic Book Day Cover

The FCBD sample provided readers with a taste of the action. It opened with a border patrol needing an assist from the helicopter cover of I.C.E. to stop a pursuit before it crossed the border. The team is then called away to a gruesome crime scene with missing heads. I.C.E appears to be a team book about modern law enforcement on a bizarre case with large personalities and over the top crimes.

Does that lead agent look like Dwayne “Rock” Johnson to anyone else? Maybe it is just me. 12 Gauge Comics has recently collaborated with WWE wrestler Mick Foley on RPM, which was favorably reviewed here on the Pryde.

Like the other July solicitation from 12 Gauge Comics, Loose Ends, it is slated to move quickly through the four parts with the second installment in August for $3.99.
Oddly enough, the Free Comic Book Day offering that premiered both I.C.E. and Loose Ends sold on E-bay for $4.00. So make sure you ask your local comic book shop to save you a copy of the miniseries kick off.

The U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agency (a.k.a. ICE) is charged with keeping our borders secure. The politics are complicated, but they don’t matter to COLE MATAI, leader of the best tactical group ICE has to offer. For him, it’s all about protecting the public from men like LUIS MORALES, head of a ruthless Mexican drug cartel. When Morales notices that some of his drug runners are stealing inventory, he takes it personal. Shockwaves hit three U.S. cities as members of his cartel are savagely murdered over a period of weeks, all at the hands of Morales. The cross-country manhunt for this vicious killer begins here—don’t miss this special BUCKSHOT ($1.00) Edition of ICE #1!

12-GAUGE COMICS launched in 2004 and currently publishes some of the most successful and critically acclaimed independent comic books in the marketplace today.

Seeing a hole in the marketplace for crime, action, and adventure stories, Keven Gardner (President + Publisher) set his eyes on creating and publishing comics that would fill that niche in the marketplace, one he felt had been ignored for too long in the crowded world of super heroes.

While developing the concept for THE RIDE, Gardner recruited the current creative force of the company– Doug Wagner (Managing Editor), Brian Stelfreeze (Art Director), Jason Pearson, and Cully Hamner, to help bring the inaugural 12-Gauge title to life. THE RIDE #1 debuted as the top-selling black and white comic of 2004 and 12-Gauge Comics was off and running.

After solidifying its position as a force to be reckoned with by publishing Pearson’s wildly successful BODY BAGS series, 12-Gauge turned its attention to launching THE O.C.T. (Occult Crimes Taskforce), an original comic book concept co-created and starring actress ROSARIO DAWSON. THE O.C.T. was optioned as a major motion picture by Dimension Films only days after the release of its first issue, and remains one of the company’s biggest hits to date. The series has been featured on “The Today Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Access Hollywood,” and many other media outlets.

In 2009 12-Gauge broke away from its original publishing partner (Image Comics) to firmly solidify its unique identity. Blasting out of the gate with its first licensed property, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS: The Comic Series made a major splash. With all new stories by series creator/director TROY DUFFY, the comics have been selling out each and every month, exposing the 12-Gauge brand to an all-new audience. 12-Gauge then moved into the untapped market of country music with superstar recording artist TRACE ADKINS. In LUKE MC BAIN, Adkins lends his likeness to a hard-as-nails character in an adventure story of revenge and redemption, developed by Gardner to be in the tradition of “Walking Tall” and “Billy Jack.” Trace went on a wide publicity tour for the comics; highlights being a guest appearance on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and a feature story in “USA Today”. 2010 closed strong with the release of 25 TO LIFE, a limited series that pushed the boundaries of the traditional law enforcement procedural.

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    • […] On this July 4th, it is fitting to interview the writer of I.C.E., a project from 12 Gauge, that is concerned with protecting America. I.C.E. follows a group of immigration control protecting America’s borders. Recently previewed as part of the 12 Gauge Free Comic Book Day offering, the buckshot edition of I.C.E. is coming soon. Check out what writer, Doug Warner, has to say about I.C.E., 12 Gauge, and all things comics and then tell your local comic shop to get you a copy of the buck shot edition. […]

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