With the release of MAYHEM! coming up, Tyrese recently sent the following introductory letter to comic book retailers:

I hope this letter finds you well. 
 
You will be seeing a lot of me the coming months as I reprise my role as Master Sgt. Epps in TRANFORMERS 2: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN.  But come late this summer, I want you and the rest of the world to see me in a different light when you pick up the Image Comics title, MAYHEM!.  Outside of the movies and the music for which I'm known, I want you and everyone else to experience my exciting new venture into the world of comic books. 

I believe I have created something special with MAYHEM!, and I want to share it with you. Robert Kirkman, one of the partners at Image and author of the best-selling title, THE WALKING DEAD, sang praise to MAYHEM! with this,

"With the entertainment world at large currently bowing at the feet of comics and its ideas, it's incredibly exciting to have a media mastermind like Tyrese Gibson turning his attention our way.  MAYHEM! is a unique, engaging comic-book experience that could only come from the mind of someone who's risen to the top of so many different fields--anxious to take another by storm.  Ready or not, Tyrese Gibson is in the house--and it's going to be MAYHEM!" Robert Kirman (IMAGE Comics)
 
I have always been open minded to new things, and I've said this a few times: I'm no comic book veteran, but when I went to Comic-Con to promote Death Race, that energy out there really did something to me. I had no idea... So that's when I decided I wanted to not only be a part of this world, but I wanna create something that I know the die hard comic book followers out there would appreciate. I know other celebrities in the past have lent their names to comic book titles, but no one has ever or will ever put the commitment to push their comic in the grass-roots level in the way I am about to with MAYHEM!.  I have great respect for comic book lovers. They have been extremely supportive of me, especially due to Transformers 1 and 2 . Just like my supporters of music and film, they're the ones who gave me energy to enter the comic book world. I embrace them all equally, because without them, I wouldn't be here.

True comic book fans can smell b.s. a mile away, which is great and what's needed for the comic industry; because it forces creators to put out a higher grade of product. Stories and books have to be top notch, and at the end of the day, I thank them for holding everyone to a higher standard. MAYHEM! is a true passion project of mine.  Right now, I am not worried about the movie, the merchandising, or other ancillary rights that will naturally follow.  All I care about is making the best comic book title possible for readers to enjoy.  Of course I will use all major media outlets to promote MAYHEM!, from the global TRANSFORMERS 2 press tour, to the magazine interviews, to TV show appearances -- but I also will be more hands on to get the word out on MAYHEM!. 

I want to reach out to the vendors, the shop owners, the bloggers, and the comic book fans to let them know that I am serious about bringing them the best and first-class comic book, and I believe that book is MAYHEM!.
 
I created MAYHEM! with writers Mike Le and Will Wilson, and artist Tone Rodriguez.  It is a gritty, dynamic story about a masked vigilante who dares to clean up his home city of Los Angeles by taking on, Big X, the crime lord who holds several dark secrets.  MAYHEM! is a modern day gunslinger who seeks refuge in the basement of a church.  If you liked Garth Ennis' run on THE PUNISHER, and Frank Miller's run on DAREDEVIL, then you will love MAYHEM!.  You will be talking about MAYHEM long after you closed those pages.  And that's my promise to you.
 
I am celebrating the unveiling of MAYHEM! this coming Saturday, April 25th, in Los Angeles.  Attached is the flyer with info and a sneak peak at the cover...
 
Sincerely,
 
Tyrese Gibson
CEO & Founder
XiT ComiX
A division of Headquarter Entertainment
 
For all inquiries and interview requests, please contact
Mike Le
Vice President
HQ Pictures and Xit Comix

 

I decided to contact IMAGE myself and was fortunate to get Mr. Eric Stevenson on the phone. Mr Stevenson was even gracious enough to allow me to add a quote directly from him for this article:

"We couldn't be more pleased to have Tyrese Gibson at Image Comics. Given his outstanding track record in a other media, we're tremendously excited to help him bring his creative vision to comics!""

Image Comics Partner (Mr. Robert Kirkman) had said in the past that he was "here to save comics," which caused villains to come out of their evil lairs; but if Mr. Kirkman and Image Comics are willing to think outside of the box (The way Casey Seijas and Karen Berger did with me and my comic at Vertigo DC Comics) and he's able to see the vision of creators like Tyrese Gibson with his comic book MAYHEM!, well then Robert Kirkman and Image Comics deserves my support. So it's time for Percy Carey to throw on his cape and join him on his fight and pound these muthafuckas into the ground. We're going to create our very own league of superheroes who, when duty calls, will stick it out and "fight the good fight." So my last question goes out to all of the comic book publishers who are tired of feeling like you have no choices any more but to be a slave to old ways of thinking. My question to you is simple...Are YOU next to join the league?.

I back your play, Robert. LET'S GO!!!!

-Percy Carey
@percycarey

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