With the publication of BURN THE ORPHANAGE VOLUME 1: BORN TO LOSE in May, Image Comics will show readers that revenge is a dish best served with blazing side-scroller-style action. In the ‘80s-tastic graphic novel inspired by video games like Double Dragon and Streets of Rage, Sina Grace (THE LI’L DEPRESSED BOY, NOT MY BAG, SELF-OBSESSED) and Daniel Freedman (UNDYING LOVE) tell the story of Rock, a young orphan who was left for dead in a burning building. All grown up now, Rock is out to find the person responsible, taking on on every goon and punk in the city. Fighting by his side are his friends Lex and Bear, who bring their own talents into the mix.
"I'm lucky enough that I get to work with one of my best friends on a comic book that was born of a love of video games, music, and styles of our shared childhood,” said Grace, who both co-writes and draws the series. “We're going to put our rough-and-tough hero Rock through the wringer in Burn the Orphanage, and I'm glad that the industry embraces the product of our intense friendship."
Co-writer Freedman agreed. "Burn the Orphanage is Sina’s and my baby to the world,” he said. “While it was in our collective womb, we piped in shred guitar and 8-bit techno. Birthed it by way of interstellar travel. Nursed it on an unhealthy amount of side-scrolling, brawling, and button-mashing. And clothed it in the fur-lined rags of our childhoods, meaning acid washed jeans, bandanas, and fishnets. I'm just excited for people to finally get a look at this monster."
Collecting all three issues of the comic book series plus never-before-seen art and other extras, BURN THE ORPHANAGE VOLUME 1: BORN TO LOSE is the first volume in a planned trilogy. The first installment of a five-issue second volume, BURN THE ORPHANAGE: REIGN OF TERROR, begins in May.
BURN THE ORPHANAGE: BORN TO LOSE VOLUME 1: BORN TO LOSE by Sina Grace and Daniel Freedman will be in comic book stores on May 7 and in bookstores on May 20.
• ISBN 978-1-60706-965-2
• 128 pages, full color, paperback
• Collects BURN THE ORPHANAGE: BORN TO LOSE #1-3