As much as I love the holidays, I'll admit that sometimes, they can be a real drag. There's a lot of pressure to be merry, and sometimes, there's no real reason for it, and it all just wears on you after a while. But not this year. This year, we have reason to rejoice, to throw open the sash and call out in good cheer to everyone who will listen, for now, we finally have a release date for Kevin McCarthy and Kyle Baker's Circuit-Breaker.

Originally announced as "coming soon" almost two years ago, Circuit Breaker is the manga-inspired story of an outlawed robot that finds Baker using a style heavily influenced by the legendary Osamu Tezuka, and according to this month's Image solicitations, it's going to hit shelves on March 16. It's a Christmas miracle! That will actually happen right before St. Patrick's day!



A few pages, like the one above, were released back in February 2014 to go with the initial announcement, and as someone who thinks of Baker as one of the all-time greats thanks to books like Nat TurnerThe Cowboy Wally Show and Plastic Man, getting to see him take on a new style riffing on Astro Boy is pretty enticing.

Here's the official solicitation:


MARCH 16 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $2.99
When the heroic robots that saved Japan during World War IV are outlawed, they turn against mankind, waging a campaign of terror across the last city on Earth. Their creator builds one more soldier—disguised as his teenaged granddaughter—and tasks her with dismantling the marauding mechanical militia. But as she begins to question her programming, will she be the last hope for humanity, or the final nail in our coffin?