Andy Diggle’s Uncanny #3 on sale now

Uncanny #3 - Cover by Sean Phillips

During a meeting to discuss many things yesterday, Andy Diggle reminded me that the latest issue of Uncanny, his latest title for US publisher Dynamite, is on sale now in UK comic shops, part of the company’s Crime Line.

Illustrated by Aaron Campbell (The Shadow), Uncanny introduces Weaver, a man born with an ability that allows him to steal other people’s skills – their memories, abilities, and expertise – for a limited time. A man with a power like that could change the world; but as a professional gambler, con-man, and thief-for-hire, Weaver prefers to look out for Number One. That is, until he finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of international intrigue where the rules keep changing, the players are hidden… and the first thing he stands to lose is his life. And maybe, just maybe, he isn’t so unique after all…

In Issue 3, which features covers by Sean Phillips, Weaver is introduced to the mysterious arms dealer Deacon Styles, who has a proposition for him. All he has to do is steal a briefcase. But why bring a man of such unique abilities halfway round the world for such a lowball heist? Something doesn’t add up, because Weaver isn’t the only one in Deacon’s crew with uncanny abilities…

With a huge list of high-profile comics under his belt (including Daredevil, Hellblazer, and Thunderbolts), plus as one of the industry’s premiere writers of crime fiction thanks to his acclaimed work on The Losers, Andy brings a wealth of genre experience and edgy innovation to the new Dynamite launch, a title with the foreboding tag line: “Six billion skill sets. One last chance.”

“I’d been talking to Nick Barrucci off and on for years about doing something for Dynamite, and I’m thrilled that we’ve lined up a project that pushes all of my buttons,” Diggle said of the title back during the run up to its launch in June. “Uncanny is an edgy, fast-paced crime thriller with just a hint of the paranormal. In other words, exactly the kind of comics I love to write – and to read. It’s very freeing, not having to pull your punches, to be able to present new characters without the reader knowing their entire life history in advance. Instead, the reader gets to discover this new world as Weaver does. They go on that journey with him. And it goes to some pretty dark places.”

“Andy Diggle is one of the most incredible writers in comics today,” enthused Nick Barrucci, Dynamite’s President/CEO. “As a fan, I find each series that he writes more engaging than the previous one.

“I enjoyed his Hellblazer run, but when I read his Green Arrow: Year One and The Losers, I wanted to read more of Andy’s work and sought out his earlier comic series to read. And I’m glad I did!

“Having now read much of his body of work, I have a deep respect for his skill as a writer. After several years of exclusivity with DC and Marvel, I’m excited that Andy will be working with Dynamite on a series and genre that he loves. Uncanny is going to blow everyone’s minds.”

More about Uncanny on the Dynamite web site — but here’s some preview pages from #3…

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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