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Bryan Talbot Unleashes His "Cherubs!"

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Bryan Talbot spoke with CBR about his and artist Mark Stafford's upcoming "Cherubs!" graphic novel which sees release in October from Dark Horse, from its underground comics influences to its streak of absurdist humor.

This October, Dark Horse Comics releases "Cherubs!" a raucous graphic novel written by Bryan Talbot and featuring art by Mark Stafford. Talbot has had a long and distinguished career in comics, beginning with work in the British underground comics scene of the late 1960s and '70s. His work includes "The Adventures of Luther Arkwright," and stints on several serials for "2000 AD," including "Nemesis the Warlock" and "Judge Dredd." He was the recipient of an Eisner award in 1996, for "The Tale of One Bad Rat," and holds several Eagle awards and nominations, not to mention an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sunderland.

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"Cherubs!" tells the story of five cherubim who, having been accused of committing the first murder in Heaven, escape to New York City. The journey takes the cherubs through the bowels of the city and into Hell itself in an attempt to delay the Apocalypse, all while riffing on references ranging from Milton to Robocop and Amy Winehouse with a stinging sense of humor.

Comic Book Resources spoke with Talbot on the development of "Cherubs!" and the ongoing influence of his early years in underground comics on his career today.

CBR News: First off, can you tell us a little about "Cherubs!" and how it might relate to some of your previous work?

Bryan Talbot: "Cherubs!" is a supernatural comedy-adventure about a bunch of gonzo cherubim who escape to New York on the eve of the apocalypse of Revelations after being blamed for the first murder in Heaven. There, hotly pursued by two seraphim enforcers, they discover a whole supernatural underworld that, on the whole, is beneath the perception of the human inhabitants.

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