Alright, so here we are again. I promised you that I was going to return at around lunchtime with the next batch of solicitations. We just ran the Dynamite Comics stuff and now it’s time for the few launches that are coming from Image Comics. As you probably have observed, I have been showcasing the variant covers that Image has been offering up as a part of their 25th Anniversary celebration. Those summaries get their own posts since I like to allow easier focus. Okay, let’s get a move on it. Take a look.
MAGE: THE HERO DENIED #1 (OF 15) – GEM OF THE MONTH: LEGENDARY WRITER / ARTIST MATT WAGNER RETURNS FOR THE THIRD AND FINAL VOLUME OF HIS EPIC FANTASY TRILOGY—MAGE: THE HERO DENIED! This first full-sized issue begins 10 years after the climax of THE HERO DEFINED and finds the everyman hero Kevin Matchstick at an unexpected point in his life. It’s been some time since he’s utilized his powers as the reincarnated Pendragon, wielder of the mystical weapon Excalibur. Despite his reluctance to fulfill what two different Mages have declared as his destiny, dark forces have gathered to once again force Kevin into action. Throughout these events, Kevin keeps hoping for the same mystical guidance that has mentored him in the past. “Who is the third Mage?!”
MAGE: THE HERO DENIED will be a 15-issue limited series climaxing in a double-sized finale. Newly repackaged editions of the previous books from the trilogy—THE HERO DISCOVERED andTHE HERO DEFINED—will be released over the course of the new series. MAGE has been a perennial favorite with old and new readers alike for nearly three decades.
STORY / ART / COVER:MATT WAGNER
IMAGE FIRSTS: MAGE #1;
MAGE: THE HERO DISCOVERED HC; MAGE: THE HERO DEFINED HC
REDLANDS #1 – GEM OF THE MONTH: A brand-new horror book from the minds of Eisner Award-winner JORDIE BELLAIRE (PRETTY DEADLY, Vision, Batman) and critically acclaimed artist VANESA R. DEL REY (ZERO, Scarlet Witch, Constantine) brings you to the sleepy, sunny town of Redlands, Florida. The police are failing to maintain control of their old-fashioned town, and a coven of killer witches plan to take everything from them. This summer, hide your bibles.
STORY / ART: JORDIE BELLAIRE & VANESA R. DEL REY; COVER: VANESA R. DEL REY
ELSEWHERE #1: COPPERHEAD WRITER JAY FAERBER TEAMS WITH RISING STAR SUMEYYE KESGIN TO UNVEIL ELSEWHERE: THE FANTASTIC STORY OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENED TO AMELIA EARHART! Mysteriously transported to a strange new world filled with flying beasts and alien civilizations, Amelia desperately struggles to return home. Along the way, she forges alliances and makes enemies as she goes from aviator to freedom fighter in a rebellion against a merciless warlord! “Get lost in this other world and you’ll be in the best company.” – KIERON GILLEN (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE)
STORY: JAY FAERBER; ART / COVER A: SUMEYYE KESGIN & RON RILEY; COVER B:ANDREW ROBINSON
SPY SEAL #1: SERIES PREMIERE! “THE CORTEN-STEEL PHOENIX,” Part One. Journey into the thrilling world of international espionage as one of Britain’s most covert MI-6 divisions, The Nest, recruits a brand-new secret agent to their team: SPY SEAL! An exciting new comic series—reminiscent of The Adventures of Tintin andUsagi Yojimbo—and created bySHE WOLF author, RICH TOMMASO.
STORY / ART / COVER:RICH TOMMASO
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I used to love “Mage” so will be the most interested in that title. Not sure about the other ones since the cash will be on the low side thanks to Marvel’s pile. It happens sometimes. So what do you comic book savvy folks think about these? Giving any of them a whirl? Let me know down in the comments section below.
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