The spy comic from 12-Gauge Comics explores racial identity and politics through a white-knuckle blockbuster. 
Thomas River #1 Cover by Brian Stelfreeze and Michelle Poust. 

A country in flames.
Deception at every turn.
A relentless man driven to find all the answers. 

September 15, 2020 (Birmingham, AL)—Brian Stelfreeze, the award-winning artist behind the 2016 relaunch of Marvel’s Black Panther, and Doug Wagner, the writer behind Image Comics’ Plastic and The Ride, today announce THOMAS RIVER, a new ongoing spy blockbuster comic series. The pair joins colorist Michelle Poust and letterer Ed Dukeshire for a white-knuckle thriller that explores race and identity through political upheaval. The debut issue is currently available for backing on Kickstarter.

The first chapter introduces the titular character, a construction engineer who also serves as the United State’s top spy operative. The narrative winds through Thomas River’s past and present to illustrate a man with brutal efficiency and drive, navigating horrendous acts of destruction as his foundations of truth crumble away.

“This book is a taut thriller about exploring perceptions, and how each person’s perceptions of fact cannot only warp their beliefs and build a false set of truths, but how they can influence one’s life,” Stelfreeze says.

“I’ve always been fascinated by how two people can read the same sentence and come away with two separate interpretations,” Wagner elaborates. “THOMAS RIVER explores those extremes and how they operate after the United States suffers a devastating terrorist attack—an event that will lead River into a descent of violence and ambiguous ethics.”

The comic roots those weighty themes in pure, relentless action—an approach both Stelfreeze and Wagner honed together on titles such as The Ride and Gun Candy. But the creative team deviates from standard cinematic fare by adding an autobiographic element to River’s identity. “I love Jason Bourne, John Wick, and James Bond, but I wanted a character who reflected my own upbringing and those of anyone who didn’t grow up in international chateaus. I wanted a black super spy who could speak to that American identity,” Stelfreeze says.

Future publishing plans for THOMAS RIVER will be announced later in the year.

Kickstarter Link for THOMAS RIVER #1

Thomas River #1

Artist/Story: Brian Stelfreeze
Writer/Story: Doug Wagner
Colors: Michelle Poust
Letters: Ed Dukeshire
Design: Sasha Head

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From THOMAS RIVER #1 by Brian Stelfreeze, Doug Wagner, Michelle Poust, and Ed Dukeshire.
From THOMAS RIVER #1 by Brian Stelfreeze, Doug Wagner, Michelle Poust, and Ed Dukeshire.
From THOMAS RIVER #1 by Brian Stelfreeze, Doug Wagner, Michelle Poust, and Ed Dukeshire.
From THOMAS RIVER #1 by Brian Stelfreeze, Doug Wagner, Michelle Poust, and Ed Dukeshire.
From THOMAS RIVER #1 by Brian Stelfreeze, Doug Wagner, Michelle Poust, and Ed Dukeshire.
Brian Stelfreeze
As a painter, penciller, inker, and colorist, Brian Stelfreeze has worked for nearly every major U.S. comic book publisher, and was one of the original members of Atlanta’s famous Gaijin Studios.While Stelfreeze has been known throughout his career primarily as a cover artist, painting more than 50 consecutive cover illustrations for DC Comics’ Batman: Shadow of the Bat, he’s also produced a significant amount of sequential work, including his Eisner Award-Nominated run as the artist (both interior and cover art) on the 2016 revival of Marvel’s Black Panther with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.Currently, Stelfreeze acts as art director for 12-Gauge Comics, and has provided interior artwork for their titles The RideGun Candy, and ICE, as well as many of their most iconic covers.
Doug Wagner
Doug Wagner is an American comic book writer whose Image Comics include The Ride: Burning Desire (with Daniel Hillyard and various other artists), Plastic (co-created with Daniel Hillyard), The Hard Place (co-created with Nic Rummel), Gun Candy (co-created with Brian Stelfreeze), and The Ride (with too many to list). He’s also written titles such as World of Warcraft: BloodswornLegends of the Dark Knight, and Witchblade/Red Sonja. Doug can be found hiding out in Park City, Utah where he spends his days creating madness, frolicking down the slopes with his lovely wife, and reveling cuddle time with the sweetest kitty in the world.
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The spy comic from 12-Gauge Comics explores racial identity and politics through a white-knuckle blockbuster.  Thomas River #1 Cover by Brian Stelfreeze and Michelle Poust.  A country in flames. Deception at every turn. A relentless man driven to find all the answers.  September 15, 2020 (Birmingham, AL)—Brian Stelfreeze, the award-winning artist behind the 2016 relaunch of...