Image Comics to Publish Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin’s Mini-series Barrier

The five-issue miniseries will be available in print for the first time this May


Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin, the Eisner Award-winning creative team behind THE PRIVATE EYE, are reunited in BARRIER, the five-issue miniseries originally published in digital format via Panel Syndicate and featuring color work by Muntsa Vicente. This May, all five issues will be available in print for the first time, exclusively from Image Comics.

BARRIER is a truly unconventional drama that tackles violence, language, and illegal immigration—with a shocking sci-fi twist. Printed in its original “landscape” format and graced with gorgeous cardstock covers, each comic is meant to be a durable work of art.

“I’m enormously proud of this story, not least because it features some of the best artwork ever from the incomparable Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente,” said Vaughan. “Everyone behind PanelSyndicate.com is so excited that Image is bringing this story to print and making these five extra-sized issues available exclusively through local comic shops. Gracias!”

“Una historia sobre las barreras que levantamos entre nosotros y el viaje necesario para comprender que todos compartimos un mismo destino,” dijo Martin. “We hope you’ll enjoy the trip!”

Mature readers will be able to pick up the massive 50-plus-page first issue for free on Free Comic Book Day on May 5th. The following week, a special collector’s edition of the first issue will be released in a larger size to match the next four issues being released weekly throughout the rest of May.

BARRIER #1 (Diamond code: MAR180571) and BARRIER #2 (Diamond code: MAR180573) hit comic book stores Wednesday, May 9th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, April 16th.

You can download and read this series now by going to Panel Syndicate. Payment is basically optional but honestly I feel you should tip these creators for their hard work.

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5 Responses to Image Comics to Publish Brian K. Vaughn and Marcos Martin’s Mini-series Barrier

  1. Killerwit says:

    These guys consistently produce great work. Expectations for this are high.

    • agentpoyo says:

      Yeah, BKV rarely disappoints. Master story teller. He just comes off as the type of guy who wants to tell his story, that’s priority over making money. When writers are in it over money, they tend to make more money with better writing.

  2. Marvel Zombie says:

    Really looking forward to this. Two great creator’s at the top of thier game. Probably some good spec potential as its coming out weekly and Saga fans might miss a few/all of the issues.
    Also oversized issues. Anybody know cover price?

    • agentpoyo says:

      Sadly I’m not going to count on spec’ing on this one. It’s a must pick up but most of BKV’s other mini-series never heat up. It’s his long term ongoing series that pick up heat for the early issues.

  3. David Bitterbaum says:

    Loved, “The Private Eye,” by these two and Vaughn is behind a number of works I adore–“Ex Machina,” was rad. I’m pumped for this!

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