IDW Limited has just unveiled their upcoming limited edition hardcover Mars Attacks: Attack from Space, which compiles the first five issues of the IDW comic book based on Topps' outrageous collectible card series Mars Attacks! The compilation is accompanied by hand-drawn sketch cards from a huge roster of artists in many different fields.
IDW worked directly with Topps and the contributors, which include series artist John McCrea, alternative gallery painter Apricot Mantle, and trading card artist Nar!, to provide original, hand-illustrated and hand-painted card art. The cards are foil-stamped exclusively for this release.
“When we started designs for the limited edition, we wanted to make sure we celebrated not just the IDW comic, but the roots of the series as well,” said IDW Limited director Jerry Bennington. “To us, that meant we had to do sketch cards, and we had to do them right.”
The 124-page hardcover will be released in both Red and Blue Label versions, each signed by the creative team of John Layman and John McCrea, housed in a custom-built tray case and paired with the hand-drawn cards. Red Label books (250 total at $125 each) will include one sketch card; Blue Label editions (50 total at $400) will be packaged with a four-card puzzle set. IDW is taking preorders now at their official site.