Robert Kirkman Comic 'Fire Power' to Launch Early With Graphic Novel

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The 'Walking Dead' creator will introduce his new world via 'Prelude' in April.

Good news for fans waiting for the new comic book series from The Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman. Fire Power, his upcoming title with Daredevil artist Chris Samnee, is launching earlier than expected with an original graphic novel set to hit comic book stores in April.

Ahead of the already-announced first issue debut as part of the annual Free Comic Book Day event on May 2, Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment will release Fire Power Vol. 1: Prelude, a brand-new story introducing Owen Johnson and his quest to be the first person in a millennium to possess the Fire Power, a lost art of throwing fireballs that might be the key to saving the world.

In a statement, Kirkman said, “We need this prelude graphic novel to get you primed for the series launch with issue 1. I’m so thrilled that we're going to be introducing the world to Fire Power in this format. Readers will be able to pick up this book, featuring nearly eight issues' worth of story and art, for $9.99 on a Wednesday and then come back to the store on Saturday ready for the free issue 1 on Free Comic Book Day! That's almost too much Samnee and [colorist Matt] Wilson goodness to handle!”

Fire Power Vol. 1: Prelude is set to be released April 29 in comic book stores and digitally and May 5 in mainstream bookstores. Until then, here’s a sneak peek of the opening of the book… which might tie in with previously released preview images for the title.