Friday, June 14, 2013

SWEET AS: The Best From Image Comics' September 2013 Solicitations

When we Kiwis find something we like, we say it's "Sweet as". Formerly known as Cover Shots, I'm renaming these solicitation spots in the Kiwi slang, to spotlight more than great cover art - to highlight new series', where unsung great reads are and to help people looking for a change to experiment - myself included.

Wouldn't you know it, just as I decide to do this, Image Comics releases six new titles as part of their September 2013 solicitations...


The third season of Saga is kicking off and Fiona Staples continues her tradition of sparse yet striking covers with this one, featuring Slave Girl and Gwendolyn. Before Christmas rolls around and all your money goes on others, do yourself a favour and pick up an issue of this book. It's better than adjectives.


(W) Kurtis J. Wiebe (A) Roc Upchurch
"Gold, Guts and Grog," Part One. Who are the Rat Queens? A pack of booze-guzzling, death-dealing battle maidens-for-hire, and they're in the business of killing all gods' creatures for profit. 

This Birds of Prey meets Lord of The Rings fantasy series could see Hannah the Rockabilly Elven Mage, Violet the Hipster Dwarven Fighter, Dee the Atheist Human Cleric and Betty the Hippy Hobbit Thief become this years break out stars!


(W) Ales Kot (A) Michael Walsh and Jordie Bellaire
Edward Zero is the perfect execution machine, a spy who breaks the rules to get things done. When a stolen device appears in the center of a long-running conflict, Zero comes to retrieve it. The problem is, the device is inside a living, breathing, bio-modified terrorist and there's an entire army after it.

(W) Matt Fraction (A) Chip Zdarsky
A sex comedy for comics. Suzie's a normal girl with an extraordinary ability: when she has sex, she stops time. One night she meets John... who has the same gift. And so they do what any other sex-having, time-stopping, couple would do: they rob banks.

RAT QUEENS #1 (As above)
(W) Kurtis J. Wiebe (A) Roc Upchurch

(W) Dirk Manning (A) Owen Gieni and Rich Bonk
Two full-length stories in one double-length flip book! First, a desperate monk pits savage Vikings against rabid vampires to protect a precious child. Then, a woman trapped on an overrun space station must chose whether to save her aloof but heroic husband or her passionate, forbidden lover.

(W) Glen Brunswick (A) Viktor Bogdanovic
Struggling artist, Willard Penn, creates a hit comic about a hero more concerned with his libido than serving justice. As the hero shows up outside Willard's window refusing to return to the comic until he finds true love, Willard soon learns the book's villain, a homicidal maniac, has entered his world too.

(W and A) Howard Chaykin
Century, Texas used to be a sleepy little burg, barely a whistlestop between nowhere and the great beyond...until the 20th Century arrived with a bang, bringing with it automobiles, aeroplanes, telephones, paved streets...and, of course, the movies. Howard Chaykin tells the colorful story of the American West, transformed from frontier to legend, and how the American dream became a modern myth.

 What do you think? 


  1. I love Saga. I love you for showing me Saga. It is worth every penny to buy this book as it comes out.
    The Rat Queens book looks right up my alley, too. In fact, all of them look like they're worth a go. Oh, to have all the money to buy every comic I want to try. And the time with which to read them.

  2. Dan I don't see a bad title in the line up. I could probably jump on anywhere and catch hold.Preciate the update.

  3. Matt Fraction is currently writing the Fantastic Four [or attempting to ; his continuity is for shit] it just me or does his lead characters in Sex Criminals being called Suzie and John rather too close to siblings Sue and Johnny in the FF?

  4. @Karl - you know Karl, I didn't think of it that way, but now you mention it! Mind you that's not his only book for Image, plus FF, and Hawkeye and you'd think he wouldn't be doing anything to help get titles confused huh?

    No worries Tiger, I like new solicitation day - especially leading up to Comic Con. They always have great stuff.

    Random - I love Saga too, as you know. Even though it's on a break months are torture, it's always great when it comes back. As for Rat Queens, and the one dollar bill to buy them all, yup, count me in on that wishlist too.