Choker #1 to be Reprinted and Available on February 24th


Earlier this week, we reported that the release date for Choker #1 was being brought forward from February 24th to February 10th (see here). However, it would seem that the first print run was affected by a misprint, and has been recalled by Diamond to be pulped. Many stores did not receive their copies of the title, but a small number managed to slip through the net, and ended up on the shelves in various stores.

Diamond will be reprinting the comic, and will have the properly printed version back in stores by February 24th, being the comic’s original release date.

Choker #1 was available on the shelves at my local comic store, and I picked up one of the misprinted versions. It’s not a major misprint, but just resulted in the pages of the comic being quite stiff and crinkly (as seen below). I hope to have a review of the issue posted this evening.

Written by Ben McCool with artwork by Ben Templesmith, Choker is a hard boiled noir fable set on an unconventional backdrop. Johnny “Choker” Jackson, is an ex-Shotgun City police detective who lives in his own rendition of hell. His case of Alien Hand Syndrome has manifested into the most psychotic entity on the planet, he’s stuck working at a deadbeat detective agency, and he’s engaged in a squalid and involuntary amour with an otherworldly creature that dwells beneath his bathtub. That, believe it or not, is just for starters. But there’s prospective light at the end of the tunnel: a high-profile con Johnny once put behind bars is at large, and not even the city’s elite has been able to track the sleazebag down. The police department has offered Johnny a deal: put the rogue back in his below regulation-sized cell and he’s got a job for life. However, it comes at a price, and it’s one nobody will see coming. But if you want something, and want it real bad, what would you be willing to do to get it?

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Here is the solicitation for issue #1:

Issue one: ‘Pain’
Written by Ben McCool
Art by Ben Templesmith
FC, 32pg.
Industry superstar BEN TEMPLESMITH teams up with writer BEN McCOOL for this deliciously skewed tale of hardboiled noir. Johnny ‘Choker’ Jackson, once one of Shotgun City’s most promising police officers, is a bitter private detective with a terrible case of Alien Hand Syndrome. But he’s unexpectedly been offered a job back on the force: provided he can nail a twisted drug dealer selling a very exclusive product, that is…

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  1. [...] Please note, that a limited amount of issues of the comic were sold to the public on February  10th, before a printing error meant that the copies had to be recalled. Subsequently, the reprinted version will be available to buy on February 24th (see here for more details). [...]

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