Monday, July 16, 2012

IMAGE-INATION: Image Comics Unveils Sex, Drugs and Scientists As Rock 'n' Roll [SDCC]

While quite a few titles on my pull list got cut over the last few months, it hasn't been a case of simply swapping DC for Marvel and vica versa. Publishers like Image Comics have taken a bite back, with Fatale, The Manhattan Projects and Saga outstanding reads each and every issue. Especially that Saga, hot damn is that something else.

Now out to prove they can spawn even more hits in a year, Image has unveiled it's list of titles to prepare for in the 365 days ahead. 

Firstly, the best writer outside (or should that be alongside) Grant Morrison, Joe Casey is launching two fresh titles. Sex, embracing superhero sexuality and illustrated by Piotr Kowalski, as well as Bounce, which promises crazy concepts drawn by David Messina. Even with an obscured main character, that is one striking cover!

New Warriors and Transmetropolitan star artist Darick Robertson will launch Oliver, joined by The Book of Eli's writer Gary Whitta. A steampunk reinterpretation of Oliver Twist, the title is set in a post-apocalyptic future where clones work as slaves.

Greg Rucka will re-team with Gotham Central and Daredevil buddy artist Michael Lark to bring Lazarus to life. Hard sci-fi set in a dystopian future, the book's core character just won't stay down.

J. Michael Straczynski will resurrect his Joe's Comics imprint with four new titles; Falling Angel, Ten Grand, Guardians and Sidekick.

Kelly Sue Deconnick joins artist Emma Rios for the Sergio Leone inspired Pretty Deadly, a title about a western assassin competing for a prize she does not necessarily want. Eric Stephenson's Nowhere Men will explore the earth made if scientists were our idols, not rock stars. James Robinson will unleash mini-series Saviours with J.Bone. An alien invasion based Mexican horror, the worlds only hope lies in a young stoner getting people to believe him.

Other upcoming titles included Whilce Portacio's Blade Runner meets Toy Story tale Non-Humans, Howard Chaykin and Matt Fraction's murder mystery Satellite Sam, Chris Roberson and artist Paul Mayberry's fantasy tale Rain, Brandon Graham's Multiple Warheads, Jay Faerber's Point of Impact and Joe Harris's Great Pacific.


  1. I'm quite excited about Oliver. At least enough to pick up and browse through the first issue. Ditto with Nowhere Men, because that's just a cool intellectual concept, and I'm not below getting highbrow. Cover-wise Bounce does seem to reach out and grab you, but so does Pretty Deadly, and I'm a sucker for Sergio Leone.

    I'm getting so geeked out.

    Is it August yet?

  2. What I love Random is the amount of fresh concepts! So many great new titles and different genres, it really does lift your spirits huh?

    I'll definitely be getting both Joe Casey titles, and probably the first issues of three more just so I can see more of the angle they are going with.

    Still great news and thanks for the great comments!