Union worker vigilantes? Only in a comic book named C.O.W.L.

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Comic geeks already know that the Image Expo is going on right now. If you’re not there, here’s the big news: Kyle Higgins (who once wrote for Marvel Comics and is known for a few Batman titles) is kicking off his first book with Image. Named C.O.W.L., it stands for Chicago Organized Workers League. It drops this May, according to several comic blogs, and will be set in the 1960s.

Higgins selected Chi-town as the location for his new book because, well, he’s kind of from here. Born in Lockport, Ill. he created his film “The League” for his master’s thesis. The film is the basis for the comic.

The backstory is that C.O.W.L. comes together after World War II and the release of the atomic bomb. The heroes need to gather back together. They’re also – ha ha – subcontractors hired to improve situations in the city and they need to work on their own public relations campaign. Sound familiar? A smidge?

- Adrienne Samuels Gibbs

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