Last July, the folks at Image Comics hit their long-time readers of “The Walking Dead” with a baseball bat as they revealed on the day of release that issue #193 would be the final issue of the long-running series. We discussed that shocking news HERE for those who might just be joining us here on the website, and this leads us to some awesome news about a special edition one-shot coming this July.
The Press Release:
The New York Times bestselling, award winning creative team behind The Walking Dead phenomenon—Robert Kirkman (Fire Power, Oblivion Song) and Charlie Adlard (Vampire State Building)—returns to the beloved series for a surprise one-shot story, “Negan Lives” #1, which will arrive in stores this July.
Before we begin I have to ask you all a question. Do you have an extra $10 on you? If you answered “Yes” to the question, you’ll want to put it someplace safe in your wallet or purse and make a call to your local comic book retailer and ask them to add the brand-new Image Comics “Image Firsts” one dollar issues to your pull list. Let’s overview the recently issued press about the titles and enjoy the provided images.
The Press Release:
In response to recent feedback from direct market retailers, Image Comics is pleased to announce the expansion of the popular “Image Firsts” editions—printings of the first issues of popular series that only cost $1. Perfect for readers interested in trying out a variety of new series without feeling the effects on their wallet, five popular titles will have their Image First editions brought back to print while seven additional bestselling series will get Image First editions this April. These new releases will be available in stores on Wednesday, April 25th—just in time for retailers to stock up for the influx of new customers on Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5th.
AFAR #1 by Leila Del Duca & Kit Seaton: In a fantastical post-industrial desert, 15-year-old Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astral project to other planets while she sleeps. When she accidentally gets a young man hurt on a planet light-years away, she must figure out a way to project back to save him. On her own world, Boetema’s two parents have temporarily left her and her 13-year-old brother, Inotu, to make a living as salt shepherds. Left to their own devices, the two siblings must flee across a dangerous desert when Inotu gets into trouble with a threatening cyborg bodyguard. As Boetema visits amazing planets and encounters vibrant cultures, she must confront her mistakes and learn to trust in Inotu as she navigates her newfound abilities.
CURSE WORDS #1 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne: A wizard has appeared in present-day New York! His name is Wizord, and he’s here to save us all from dark magical forces bent on our destruction. He’s the best wizard of all time! Or…he’s not, and he’s lying to everyone, and secretly is the dark magical force, but wants to hang out in our world for a while because it’s so much nicer than the hellhole he comes from. Secrets, and spells, and talking koalas—CURSE WORDS is a gonzo dark fantasy from Charles Soule (Daredevil, Letter 44, Star Wars) and Ryan Browne (GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS). Continue reading Image Comics Reveals “10” New “Image Firsts” $1 Issues For 2018→
The Press Release:
All-female creative team—writer Caitlin Kittredge (THROWAWAYS, Coffin Hill) and artist Roberta Ingranata—join forces for an all-new story about one Alex Underwood, a journalist who thinks she’s seen it all… until she becomes the unlikely host to an ancient and powerful artifact known as the WITCHBLADE. The ongoing series—first co-created by Image Comics co-founder and partner, Marc Silvestri, with Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl—is set to launch this December.
“Everywhere you look in the real world, you’ll see a hero. Not the kind that wears a cape and flies around a comic page or across the big screen but the kind you see walking around being kind of unremarkable. Basically people. People that, when given the choice, will simply do the right thing. Because that’s what a hero does,” said Silvestri. “Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, as it often means being selfless. Without hesitation. But again, that’s what a hero does. Our most enduring superheroes come from this simple idea: people choosing to do the right thing. People like the wielders of the Witchblade.” Continue reading Image Comics Announces “Witchblade” #1 Coming In December→
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.
Hello again comic fans, I am dishing out the Image Comics first issues for the month of July as my next comic book solicitations post since there are a nice batch of issues to examine that are just launching. There are also a couple of celebratory tomes that help us to keep the toasting going on the company’s 25th Anniversary. The title premise and art come from the official channels but the editorial closing is all us. Here we go.
Moonstruck #1: A NEW ONGOING SERIES from Lumberjanes creator GRACE ELLIS and talented newcomer SHAE BEAGLE that tells a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks! The first arc also includes an additional short story with artist KATE LETH! Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal…werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes! But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie’s dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who’s going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world?? These questions and more will be answered in MOONSTRUCK, coming July 19 from Image Comics.
Sacred Creatures #1: When the supernatural forces maintaining the fragile balance of power in this world start to unravel, Josh Miller, a young college grad and expecting father, is caught in the middle of a vast conspiracy threatening to tear apart the foundations of humanity as we know it. As myth and reality collide, Josh finds himself on the frontline of a battle against an enemy dating back to the beginning of time itself. Comic legends KLAUS JANSON (Daredevil, Dark Knight Returns) and PABLO RAIMONDI (X-Factor, Book of Doom) proudly present SACRED CREATURES, their first-ever creator-owned series, with a monster-sized first issue featuring 66 pages of color art!