Written By Neymar Jr. Comics on Dec 05, 2019, Posted in Neymar Jr. Comics
Fresh off their heart-stopping encounter with a bloodsucking monster in Inked: Night Of The Living Tats, our new heroes Adão Rosa and Thieres Paim — Neymar Jr.’s legendary tattoo artists in real life — return as the main characters in the all-new series The Painted Men: 17 Seconds.
With the 17 Second Man lurking around their neighborhood and threatening to rob citizens with his devilish powers, it’s up to Adão and Thieres — our friendly favela painted men — to save São Paulo.
“When I knew I would be in an American comic book I was very happy and honored even more knowing that I would be next to such important figures as Neymar Jr.,” said Adão. “For me, a poor kid from the favelas, now being recognized for my work worldwide is sensational!”
“I felt like a superhero too,” adds Thieres. “I really liked the idea!”
And while we’ve gotten used to the ink that’s come to life off the body of Junior, we’re about to see some incredible new transformations from Adão and Thieres!
“Yes, they have their own Baysan and Roberta, though, they aren’t quite as friendly,” explains Jason M. Burns, Chief Creative Officer at Fan the Flame Concepts, with a laugh. “Thieres has a silent, ax-wielding behemoth that he summons, which is based on a tattoo he has in real life, and Adão has two sarcastic floating skulls, Mi and Graine, which are also based on a real tattoo he has. So these characters are VERY different than those we have seen come to life from Junior’s body, and that’s part of what makes this a tonal shift for the universe.”
While The Painted Men takes place within the Inked universe and will feature appearances from Junior alongside new villains like The 17 Second Man and horror-genre-obsessed Oalo, this new title offers readers the chance to explore the spider web of association within the universe while further propelling the storyline as a whole.
“There will be references to how we got to this point, so it’s good to take the journey, but you will not need to follow Inked in order to read and enjoy The Painted Men,” says Burns. “I would liken it to someone who grew up reading Avengers but maybe didn’t read Captain America’s standalone book. They co-exist, but you don’t need one to fully enjoy the other.
“There isn’t a different audience, per say, but there is a different tone. Our main characters in this — Adão and Thieres — got into the hero game because they think it’s a blast. Their motivations are much different than what Junior’s were, which was more out of necessity. So that tonally changes things a bit, but in the end, they all exist within the same space and breathe the same oxygen, they just do things differently.”
Can Adão and Thieres stop The 17 Second Man on his robbing spree and repel the monster army of Oalo? Find out by reading along with The Painted Men!
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