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STEP BY BLOODY STEP #1 (OF 4)
(W) Simon Spurrier (A) Matias Bergara, Matheus Lopes
An armored giant and a helpless child. Together they cross an astonishing world brimming with beasts, bandits, and-deadliest by far-civilizations… If they stop walking, the earth itself forces them onwards. WHY? The child can’t ask. She and her guardian have no language, no memory, nothing-except each other.
Multiple-Eisner nominees SI SPURRIER (X-Men), MATIAS BERGARA (Coda), and MATHEUS LOPES (Supergirl) present a watershed moment in modern comics: four double-length chapters of a bittersweet fantasy opus, completely text free.
Let’s take a walk.
“STEP BY BLOODY STEP may be my new favorite comic. SPURRIER, BERGARA, and LOPES have created something that celebrates everything comics can be: mysterious, inventive, bursting with imagination and also incredibly heartfelt without ever saying a word.” -JEFF LEMIRE
|— A Personal Note from Simon Spurrier about STEP BY BLOODY STEP —|
|Hey there! Happy new year, and welcome to the first comicbook sensation of 2022.|
That’s no idle boast. STEP BY BLOODY STEP is going to entrance any fan of Saga or Isola; anyone who loves Moebius and boundless sci-fi or fantasy; anyone who believes comics can be entertaining, heartwarming and badass… whilst also being true works of art.
This is the book you give folks when you need to prove there’s magic in comics. It’s a story about a scared little girl and an ultraviolent giant, plus a looot of monsters—yet it’s composed as a symphony for the eye. It is, in a word, spellbinding.
There is no dialogue in this book. But SBBS isn’t some pretentious experiment. It drips with plot, character and intrigue. We wanted to pop the hood on sequential narrative and show off what our miraculous medium can do. A text-free world absorbs the reader. It’s an intense, savage fantasy experience whose core mystery will keep your customers hooked to the end.
My last collaboration with Matias Bergara, Coda, picked up awards and nominations everywhere it went. We pushed fantasy to its limits. Step By Bloody Step goes further.
The first arc is four double-sized issues: incredible value for money. We’re a long way ahead in production, so no danger of skips. We have variants by Jock, Peach Momoko, James Harren, Ian Bertram, Tula Lotay, Jamie McKelvie… It’s the full package.
Creators have been buzzing since we shared the first issue. It’s Jeff Lemire’s “new favorite comic.” Scott Snyder called it a “stunning feat of visual storytelling.” It even achieved the impossible and left Kieron Gillen “speechless.” I could go on. We’ve poured our hearts and souls into crafting a unique journey. It’s our great pleasure to invite you to come walk with us.
This February, there are no words.
–Si Spurrier, London, January ‘22