[Comics] A Brilliant Teen’s Forced Into Her Parents’ Criminal Footsteps in Bendis & Maleev’s MASTERPIECE



Dark Horse Comics and Jinxworld present Masterpiece, a new action/adventure comic series from Eisner Award-winning creators Brian Michael Bendis (The Ones, Scarlet) and Alex Maleev (Scarlet, Daredevil). Bendis will write the new series with Maleev illustrating. Ian Herring joins the team as colorist with Josh Reed as letterer.

MASTERPIECE #1 main cover by Alex Maleev
MASTERPIECE #1 main cover by Alex Maleev

Emma, aka “Masterpiece,” is a brilliant and driven 16-year-old. She has paid for school with her next level inventions and is well-known for her funny and honest webcomics. Then, one day, Zero Preston, one of the most famous billionaires on the planet, confronts her with the truth about her world. Emma discovers she is the only daughter of two of the greatest, most charismatic master criminals of all time. Her parents were the authors of the greatest casino robbery of all time, the greatest museum heist of all time, AND they took Preston for a cool billion… before they disappeared never to be seen or heard from again.

Zero Preston has been looking for payback for years since then and now he finds Emma… who clearly does not have his money. Instead, Zero threatens Masterpiece into pulling a grand, impossible job against his corporate enemy and, in order to pull off one of the greatest heists of all time, Masterpiece fashions a crew of her peers and her parents’ old associates.

MASTERPIECE #1 variant cover by Tula Lotay
MASTERPIECE #1 variant cover by Tula Lotay

Joining the team for the first issue are variant cover artists Tula Lotay (Barnstormers) and Peach Momoko (Demon Wars, The Immortal Thor, Marvel Zombies), with Momoko’s cover as a 1:10 incentive variant for comics retailers.

Praise for Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev:

“Both chaotic and beautiful, Scarlet #5 is, hands-down,
Maleev’s best work on the series to date.”

“Bendis’ easy read, well thought out story, along with clean
amazing artwork from Edgar and colors from Diaz gives you
a complete first issue and leaves you excited for
the future of the series [The Ones].”

MASTERPIECE #1 - 1 in 10 retailer incentive variant by Peach Momoko
MASTERPIECE #1 – 1 in 10 retailer incentive variant by Peach Momoko

–Capes & Tights

“Scarlet remains as relevant as ever in today’s America,
as well as a standout title in the Bendis/Maleev collaboration.”
—AIPT Comics

Masterpiece #1 (of 6), breaks into comic shops on December 13, 2023. It is now available to pre-order for $3.99 at your local comic shop.

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