A quick wrap-up of today’s announcements at Image Expo from San Francisco, CA. For those who may not know, Image Comics is the third largest comic book publisher behind Marvel and DC. They were formed in 1992 and pride themselves on allowing the creator to own 100% of their work. Based out of Berkeley, Ca, Image Comics has established themselves as an industry favorite.
Outcast and Tech Jacket Digital
First up was Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) as he announced a revamp of Invincible, the return of Tech Jacket, revamped as Tech Jacket Digital and written by Joe Keatinge (available today in digital format), and his new book with artist Paul Azaceta, Outcast. Outcast comes out in June as a forty page first issue debut for $2.99 and is being described as a horror comic that will be a scary visual journey about exorcism. Says Kirkman, “We are going to try to make them as scary as possible.”
Joe Keatinge stayed on stage to talk about his new series with artist Leila De Luca, Shutter. The new comic comes to us April 9 and is being described as a fantasy/adventure featuring Kate Kristopher as a Lara Croft/Indiana Jones type character for 2014. From a family of long time adventurers, Kate is doing her best to live a routine life, until a family secret comes back and threatens to bring down that normalcy and forces her back to the families adventure roots.
Also in 2014, Brandon Graham will team up with Xurxo Penalta, Marian Churchland, Hwei Lim, and Emma Rios to bring us a sci-fi/fantasy mini-series. The first titled 8House: Kiem will be written by Graham and drawn by Penalta. The second (also written by Graham) is titled 8House: Arclight and features art by Churchland. The finale will be called 8House: Mirror and will be written by Emma Rios with art by Lim. The series will feature characters taking over the bodies of others, and others trapped inside the body of others, and monsters galore.
Joshua Williamson (Ghosted) and Mike Henderson (Venom) are collaborating on Nailbiter, a series about Buckaroo, Oregon, a town that has produced sixteen serial killers since 1969. An FBI agent must take over after a fellow agent goes missing while investigating the town. Williamson immersed himself in serial killer research for Nailbiter which is said to be somewhat inspired by films such as Se7en and Silence of the Lambs. Says Williamson, Like how Twin Peaks shines a spotlight on a small town after Laura Palmer’s death, Nailbiter does the same but shows a small town after finding out a bunch of horrible killers are from there.”
Staying with the popular science fiction theme, Rick Remender (Black Science) will once again team up with artist Greg Tocchini (Uncanny X-Force) in Low. The story is set in the future and focuses on a relocated humanity that is forced to live under the sea to survive from a radiation exposed surface. Remender explained, “Low explores what happens to groups of humans who are holding out hope for a solution when one is quite unlikely.
Casanova Vol. 4: Acedia
Casanova Quinn returns in 2014 with Casanova Vol. 4: Acedia which will feature Matt Fraction working with Michael Chabon, Fabio Moon, and Gabriel Ba. A perfect jumping on point for new readers, Casanova will have no recollection of his previous adventures as a shape shifting playboy like killer.
2014 will also bring us the second Image title from Kelly Sue DeConnick, with Bitch Planet, a story about a women’s prison and five women who are looking to escape. Along with artist Valentine De Landro (X-Factor), DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Avengers Assemble) describes the story as a bit influenced by old women prison exploitation films, but done as a sci-fi tale that honors feminism. Said DeConnick, “there are five women, all ridiculous and real, and all very different. One shouldn’t be there. The other four are unrepentant and guilty as Hell.”
Paradigms, Great Beyond, Cerulean
Spencer for hire. Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Bedlam) will be really busy in 2014 with three Image titles coming out in 2014. The first will be a team-up with Butch Guice (Captain America, Superman) on Paradigms, which is being called a Game of Thrones like fantasy epic set as a contemporary spy thriller that will feature sorcery and magic.
In the Great Beyond, Spencer will work with artist Morgan Jeske (Sex, Zero). The series will tell the story of a society that values money and power over morals and values. Sound familiar?
Finally, the third title will have Spencer working with artist Frazer Irving (Morning Glories, Bedlam) on Cerulean, which is about the last group of survivors from Earth struggling to rebuild society on another planet.
A comic book about a comic book. Perhaps influenced by the Charlie Kaufman film Adaptation and created by James Robinson and Greg Hinkle, Airboy is a story about James Robinson and Greg Hinkle, two comic book creators who have brought back an old popular comic book from the 1940′s (called Airboy) and are trying to find success for it again. Described as a semi-autobiographical series, Airboy will mix reality and fiction in a creatively humorous fashion.
Kyle Higgins (Batman, Nightwing), Alec Siegel (Captain America, Avengers), and Rod Reis (Justice League) are bringing us C.O.W.L in May. Set in 1960′s Chicago, the Chicago Organized Workers League is a superhero union who has lost the trust of the general public and struggle to regain the trust of the people. Said Higgins, “Between the politics and labor unions in Chicago, and the rise of Marvel Comics, the early ’60s are one of my favorite periods in American History.”
The Wicked and the Divine
The Wicked and the Divine is a re-imagining of mythological characters, written by Kieron Gillen (Three) with art by Jamie McKelvie (Young Avengers). The series is set to come out in 2014 and is described as a fantasy action series about twelve mythological figures who have returned from the dead, only this time they are viewed as superhero/celebrity like gods.
Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham (both of Batman Incorporated fame) are once again teaming up to bring us Nameless in 2014. The book was described today at Image Expo as the ultimate horror comic. Burnham was quoted as saying, “I think it’s going to be awesome and terrible, and hopefully some 11-year-old kids will steal it, and it’ll ruin their lives forever.”
Finally, Scott Snyder (The Wake, Batman) and Jock (Wolverine, SNAPSHOT) are collaborating in 2014 to bring us Wytches, a fantasy horror series about witches. The witches in this story are described as darker and more horrific. “I like taking classic monsters and reimagining them in a fresh, contemporary, and much scarier way,” said Snyder. The book is Snyder’s first at Image Comics since Severed.