PORTLAND, Ore. 08/18/2023 — Bestselling writer Rob Williams (Suicide Squad) and superstar artist Pye Parr (2000 AD) team up for a pedal-to-the-metal, action-packed sci-fi series in the upcoming Petrol Head. First This all-new ongoing series is set to hit the pavement this November from Image Comics.

In a climate crisis-ravaged future metropolis, an old, grumpy, obsolete, smoke-belching, cigar-chomping, hotrod-racing robot is one 12-year-old girl’s only hope. Together, can they outrace the chasing Robo-Cops with an invention that might just save humanity? Readers will jump straight into the non-human race with this robo-gorgeous launch issue featuring 42 story pages.

Petrol Head is that rare thing in comics—art that feels like it’s actually moving on the page,” said Williams. “Pye’s racing sequences have this kinetic, Akira-like energy and he draws the best robots, and cars, and robots driving cars. We both come from a 2000AD background and we wanted to bring that same punky, funny edge to what is basically a heartfelt story about one smart little girl who may just be able to save the whole human race from a climate emergency, but she has to team up with a grumpy, obsolete hotrod-racing robot to do it.”

Parr added: “I love fast cars, big robots and cute, wise-cracking bluetits with concealed lasers, so Petrol Head is the exactly the kind of comic I’ve wanted to draw since I was about ten. But what elevates it beyond just squealing tyres and engine noise is its heart. It’s fun, its fast, and there’s big explosions… but there’s also characters you’ll care about, and who (eventually) care about each other. And that’s all Rob. I hope everyone gets as much pleasure reading this as I did drawing it.”

Petrol Head #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 8:

  • Cover A by Parr – Lunar Code 0923IM323
  • Cover B by Parr “Green” – Lunar Code 0923IM324
  • Cover C by Parr “Purple” – Lunar Code 0923IM325
  • Cover D by Laurence Campbell – Lunar Code 0923IM326

Petrol Head #1 will also be available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.

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