In the spirit of Top 5 day, The Outhouse brings you the best of the best new series coming from Image Comics in February. Greatness strikes like lightning, you can never predict it, but you can always pick the likely spots. Image, unlike many other current publishers doesn't follow trends, but allows their writers to set them. With more original content than we know what to do with, we have to boil it down to what we can consume.
5) The Mercenary Sea #1
In the interest of reading something that's a little different, try a little adventure. Sort of a Robinson Crusoe tale, Ex-bootlegger Jack Harper and crew of mercenaries/adventure seekers find themselves always on the run, either for treasure or for their lives.
Ed Brubaker's endorsed it, saying, "An amazing new high adventure book, I can't wait to read more of The Mercenary Sea."
4) One Hit Wonder #1
This crime-comedy series doesn't reveal much in way of plot in the description, but what I can tell by the cover and description is that it looks gritty, sexual, & funny. Fabrice Sapolsky (Spider-man Noir) is a French writer, teaming up with artist Ariel Olivetti (Cable) to tell the story of Richie Reese, the Hollywood child star turned hitman. Hopefully the title won't lend to it's fate.
3) Undertow #1
This is where the list really begins. Undertow looks bad ass. In this new series, Atlantis is the world superpower, wherein an evil supervillain, Redum Anshargal can offer you amnesty from the underwater world. They are hunting for a way to live on land permanently, which makes for an incredible baseline for this story inversion. I'm an Aquaman fan, but always felt like he hasn't really truly reached his best story-telling potential. Maybe Undertow will be a better undersea epic.
Steve Orlando (Mystery in Space) is the up-and-coming writer spearheading this new inventive series, with Artyom Trakhanov another new-comer turned heavy weight artist.
2) Apocalypse Al #1
This is just a 4 part mini-series, but it's being written by the renowned J. Michael Straczynski. I can imagine if Straczynski is coming to Image, he's getting the free reign every great writer thrives in. The story is about Alison Carter, a private detective of the supernatural & apocalyptic kind. Each issue is actually 30 pages, so there should be a lot of content packed in.
1) The Fuse #1
First issue in the arc, "The Russia Shift", comes a very different detective series in space. Half a million people are orbiting Earth, and with no help from below, one might imagine murder turns into a very large, complex game of Clue. But with all the cynicism and earthiness coming from Antony Johnston (UMBRAL, Daredevil) and the art coming from Justin Greenwood, it's bound to be good. This isn't the first time they're worked together (Wasteland), which truthfully I'm not 100% wowed by, but the premise of the story looks awesome.