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Virtex Returns For Digital Webbing
By Brian Jacks


In 1998, a new character appeared in comics – a character so offbeat and over-the-top he couldn’t be kept down. This December, the cyborg cowboy VIRTEX returns in DIGITAL WEBBING PRESENTS #13.

Originally published by Oktomica Entertainment, VIRTEX tells the tale of a cybernetic cowboy that hunts outlaws across The Badlands – a time-amalgamated world where Arthurian knights ride dinosaurs and World War II fighter planes are fitted with satellite-guided smart bombs.

“VIRTEX was born as a bastard child of the operatic gunfights of films of John Woo, the techno-cynicism of James Cameron and Paul Verhoeven, and Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns,” explains creator Casey Lau. Along with scripter Jeff Kwan and artist TeeJay Frias, Lau presents a 12-page all-new VIRTEX story for DWP #13.

The story continues where the original series left off, but has enough information for new readers,” Lau continues. “VIRTEX is reintroduced five years later as we reveal where he’s been and where he’s headed. This time we’re really letting go, and fans of Garth Ennis’s PREACHER will get a kick out of our new direction!”

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Publisher Ed Dukeshire is excited to bring VIRTEX back to comics. “We’ve even launched a spankin’ new site, the VIRTEX Depository, to bring everyone up to speed on the evolution of the character. You can even download the full issue of VIRTEX #0!”

“It’s a great way to celebrate the fifth anniversary of VIRTEX and the beginning of the third year of DIGITAL WEBBING PRESS,” adds Dukeshire.

“We had a lot of fun putting this together, and hope that VIRTEX readers, both old and new, will enjoy visiting The Madlands,” adds Lau. “If all goes well, we might even see more of VIRTEX in 2004!”

Also appearing in DIGITAL WEBBING PRESENTS #13:
- “Intrinsic Dreams,” by Troy Wall and Kody Chamberlain
- “Slight of Hand: Stiletto,” by Ian Ascher, Dan Campos, and James Taylor
- “The Interrogation,” by Chris Kirby and Gil Agudin
- “Just Another Wednesday,” by Ev Jameson and Justin Peterson

This issue also features a new format cover, spotlighting VIRTEX, with art by TeeJay Frias.

DIGITAL WEBBING PRESENTS #13 (40 pages, full color cover, b/w interiors, $2.95 US, $4.50 CAN) is scheduled to hit stores on December 17.


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