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Optimum Wound's REX, Exclusive Preview

Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2008
Posted By: Kevin Powers


For the first time ever, acclaimed graphic novelist and artist, Danijel Zezelj’s earlier and darkest book Rex, will be released in an English edition from Optimum Wound Comics (

The original pages were retrieved in May, 2007 from Croatia . They have been rescanned, retouched and the English translation was given a fresh polish. Rex is currently serializing as a webcomic and new pages go up every Wednesday at This has helped attract thousands of new readers to the book. It has been an honor, privilege and master class in comics working with Danijel this past year.

The man called “Rex” is imprisoned as a decorated police officer, emerging on the other side of his prison sentence as an unrecognizable monster, created by years of obsession. He searches for both closure and bloodshed as he tracks down a love from his past to say goodbye, and then feverishly turns his eye toward hunting down the men responsible for making him the brutal beast he has become.

May 7 – 80 pages – B&W - $9.95
March Previews catalog: pg. 321, order code MAR08 3903.

“Revenge stories are timeless, and REX is one of the better ones. Zezelj's art, no matter how beautiful and stylized it gets, retains a strong sense of realism that's like a punch in the gut.”
-Brian Wood, Writer of DMZ, Northlanders & Demo

“Zezelj's glorious, hardcore black and white style grabs you by the throat and crushes your wind pipe with its Ink-chiseled-graphic-brilliance and sheer power of imagery. “REX” is a triumph of this extraordinary artist’s unique and compelling vision.”
- Tim Bradstreet, illustrator (The Punisher, Hellblazer, Criminal Macabre) and
co-founder of Raw Studios.

Danijel Zezelj is a graphic artist and illustrator, author of more than twenty-five graphic novels. His comics and illustrations have appeared in magazines and anthologies in Croatia , Slovenia , England , Switzerland , France , Italy , Spain , Sweden , South Africa and the USA .

Danijel's work has been published by DC Comics/Vertigo, Marvel Comics, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s Magazine, San Francisco Guardian, Washington Chronicle, etc. Most recently he has contributed art to DC Vertigo’s Loveless, Hellblazer, DMZ and Image Comic’s 24/7 anthology.

Optimum Wound Comics is a boutique publisher operating out of Vancouver , Canada , specializing in dark crime and horror graphic novels. OWC has been in operation since 2005 mainly as a webcomics channel.

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