The comic book publisher is reportedly suffering from an addiction to releasing awesome new comics.
Source: Press Releases
Concerned friends of Image Comics gathered at a coffee house in Berkeley on Thursday morning to discuss plans to stage an intervention for the comic book publisher, which many believe has been on a reckless bender of releasing awesome new comic after awesome new comic. The decision to intervene comes after Image sent out a press release Thursday morning touting the acclaim that recent book launches such as Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn, Umbral by Antony Johnston and Cristopher Mitten, and Manifest Destiny by Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts have received from critics and fans alike.
"Look, no one is saying that Image shouldn't be putting out great new comics," said Dark Horse Comics, a concerned friend. "They just need to pace themselves, you know? We've seen Velvet by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, Pretty Deadly from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios, Rocket Girl by Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, Three, Bushido, Rat Queens, Sex Criminals, Reality Check, Zero, all in just the last few months. I'm probably forgetting some."
"Putting out so many incredible creator-owned comics in such a short time span is hurting Image," Dark Horse continued, "and it's hurting the people they love."
It's true, Image has put out a lot of new comics lately, and all of them have been pretty damn cool. Even when its just a mini series like Bushido, or a one-shot like Dirk Manning's Love Stories to Die For, Image's comics are always of the highest quality and a breath of fresh air from the usual rehashed stories and marketing gimmickry of mainstream superhero comics. And they're not done yet!
"Rick Remender's Black Science comes out this month," chimed in IDW Publishing, who expressed worry that Image could cause irreparable damage to themselves and hoped to get the publisher to adopt a twelve step program for recovery from sweet new comic publishing addiction. "A Voice in the Dark too, from Larime Taylor. The Fuse was promoted yesterday, from Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood. Steve Orlando and Artyom Trakhanov's Undertow. Sin Boldly. What the fucking fuck?"
"They even announced a new ongoing Christmas comic, for fuck's sake!" Dark Horse interjected.
"It's insane," added Dynamite Entertainment. "They can't keep going like this."
"It's out of concern for Image that we're all here," swore Valiant Entertainment (no relation to Dynamite). "It's not because we're afraid that Image has become the go-to publisher for a Big-Two alternative and probably the number one source of fresh, exciting new comics in the entire world, leaving the rest of us in the dust."
"Yeah," said Vertigo, eyes darting around nervously. "That's totally not why."
Despite the plans of the other publishers to get Image checked into an inpatient rehab center, the company sent out two more press releases today, touting a new J. Michael Straczynski comic called Apocalypse Al as well as The Revenger by Jonathan Ross and Ian Churchill. The Outhouse reached out to Image for comment on their obvious issues, but they declined to comment. They did, however, offer to publish a new ongoing comic book, a romantic comedy series starring Outhouse reporters ThanosCopter. We're trying to get Brian Keene to write it.
Here's a shitload of press releases:
NEW IMAGE COMICS SERIES DEBUT TO OVERWHELMING RESPONSE
ALEX + ADA, UMBRAL, and MANIFEST DESTINY mark a banner week for fantasy and science-fiction comics and creator-owned comics
Three debut series from Image Comics, two fantasy and one science-fiction, were met with immediate enthusiasm from readers and received critical acclaim from the press. Among the three was the first issue of ALEX + ADA from Jonathan Luna (GIRLS, THE SWORD) and Sarah Vaughn (Sparkshooter), a science-fiction drama set in the near future about a man who forms a unique bond with an android. In light of its success, ALEX + ADA has been expanded from 12 issues to a 15-issue series.
Adding to the excitement, UMBRAL #1, a brand new dark fantasy adventure series from Antony Johnston (WASTELAND, Daredevil) and Christopher Mitten (WASTELAND, Batman) has enchanted fans. This story of a thief accidentally discovering the beginnings of a demonic invasion blends paranoia, magic, and dark prophecies.
Chris Dingess (Being Human) and up-and-coming artist Matthew Roberts’ MANIFEST DESTINY has sold out, as well. The newest genre-blending series from Skybound explores Lewis and Clark’s adventures in an untamed Western frontier where monsters lurk in the shadows. These new series instantly picked up momentum and found a strong readership.
Praise for ALEX + ADA #1:
“I'm hard pressed to imagine a reader that wouldn't be intrigued enough to come back for issue two to see exactly where Luna and Vaughn plan to take this story. On the whole Alex + Ada #1 is simply an excellent start to an exciting new book.” --Kelly Thompson, Comic Book Resources
“Luna and Vaughan have taken what could have been a derivative story about androids and the humans who love them and turned it into a promising debut.” --Melissa Grey, IGN
Praise for UMBRAL #1:
“The end result is exactly the combination of dreamworld and darkness readers would expect from a nightmare, giving the world a very distinct look and feel. Who needs the map in the front to establish a world when the art is this impressive?” --Marykate Jasper, Comic Book Resources
“Experimenting with genre conventions from Arthurian lore and Lovecraft, Johnson, Mitten, and Rauch have created a whole new fantasy world that is just ripe for stories.” --James Johnston, Multiversity Comics
Praise for MANIFEST DESTINY #1:
“Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts and Owen Gieni have produced an opening issue that will pique your interest and get you invested in our heroes. This is the kind of trailblazing you won't want to miss.” --David Pepose, Newsarama
“What I liked the best is the unknown, and what lies ahead… I am anxious to see what happens when this creative team is given a chance to unleash the strange and dangerous beasts that even Lewis and Clark themselves could not have seen coming… Go pick up this issue, and see for yourself. It's well worth a read. Trust me.” --Jeremy James, Geeked Out Nation
ALEX + ADA #1, UMBRAL #1, and MANIFEST DESTINY #1 have all sold out at the distributor level, but may still be available in comic stores, and are currently available digitally on the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com) and the official Image Comics iOS app, as well as on Comixology on the web (comixology.com), iOS, and Android.
Image Comics is pleased to announce that all three titles will be going back to print to meet customer demand. The second printing of ALEX + ADA #1 (Diamond Code OCT138100) and MANIFEST DESTINY #1 (Diamond Code OCT138101) will release on 12/11, while the second printing of UMBRAL #1 (Diamond Code OCT138102) will release on 12/18.
ALEX + ADA #2 releases 12/11 and will be available for pre-order with Diamond Code OCT130591. MANIFEST DESTINY #2 releases 12/11 and will be available for pre-order with Diamond Code OCT130608. UMBRAL #2 releases 12/18 and will be available for pre-order with Diamond Code OCT130630.
SCIENCE-FICTION AND CRIME INVESTIGATION COLLIDE IN THE FUSE #1
A new ongoing series about working homicide 22,000 miles above Earth
A space adventure sure to captivate science-fiction and procedural crime fiction fans, THE FUSE is a new ongoing, hard-bitten sci-fi crime series from ANTONY JOHNSTON (UMBRAL, Wasteland, Daredevil) and JUSTIN GREENWOOD (Wasteland, Resurrection). THE FUSE follows detectives Ristovych and Dietrich of Midway City's Homicide division, whose jurisdiction is an orbiting power station 22,000 miles up.
Johnston describes THE FUSE #1 as a blend of different influences. “I'm a sucker for detective stories, down-at-heel cop shows, and the kind of 'lived-in' sci-fi where everything feels like it might fall apart at any moment,” he explains. “Combine those with a frontier attitude, where a half million people all think they can get away with murder, and you've got THE FUSE.”
The creators worked together as a team and fed off of each other’s creativity. “The thing I love best about cop stories and crime comics is that ultimately they're about people, and that's where I think Antony and I tell our best stories,” said Greenwood. “Combine this with Shari Chankhamma's wonderful, atmospheric color sense and Ed Brisson's great lettering and you get the kind of comic that I know, as a fan, I'd want to check out myself.”
In “THE RUSSIA SHIFT,” Part One, we’re introduced to the permanently understaffed and overworked murder police on board “The Fuse,” assigned to working a new frontier where the law struggles to be heard, let alone obeyed.
THE FUSE #1 will be available in stores on February 12, 2014 for $3.50. Pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130485.
GET CAUGHT IN THE UNDERTOW
Atlantis gets turned on its head in this new pulp monster series
If you want to break free of the system, Redum Anshargal can offer you a place at his side.
With Atlantis now a world superpower, Anshargal and his hostage-protege Ukinnu Alal hunt the Amphibian, a legendary creature that may be the key to an air-breathing life on land. In UNDERTOW #1, writer Steve Orlando (MYSTERY IN SPACE) and artist Artyom Trakhanov bring pulp monster adventure to comics and debut a new take on Atlantis in this new series.
In UNDERTOW, Atlantis is a world superpower and breathing air is something of a rare phenomena. “UNDERTOW takes a lot of expectations about Atlantis fiction and turns them on their head. Here, Atlanteans evolved to the spot where humans are in our world, or maybe just a bit past it. This Earth is fundamentally different because of it, from the geography to the animals to the technology,” explained Orlando, “Atlantis has had to develop technology that can function underwater… Those who breathe water are the ruling power. And those who breathe air? Humans are a wild species, living like pack animals all over the surface, adapting to their environments. Wild, thick-coated polar humans, hairless tropical humans, even monstrous humans evolved from island gigantism. For Redum Anshargal, finding an Atlantean that can breathe air might just be his chance to give his people a shot at life on land, a chance to finally be free of Atlantis' corruption.”
Typically, Atlantis is thought of as “the lost city,” but in UNDERTOW, the opposite is true. “This was a chance to take Atlantis a few centuries into the present day, just like most other monarchies. And making it modern makes it a great way to show the truly strange face of the deep ocean,” said Orlando. “Now Atlantis can do what speculative fiction should--it can be a weird mirror to our own world, just a half step away--more relatable than ever before, and thus, even more frightening.”
For more info on what UNDERTOW is and where the idea came from, check out this interview with Steve Orlando on the official Image Comics website, imagecomics.com.
Join Anshargal on his watertight city barge and explore the wild surface world in UNDERTOW #1, which will be available in stores on February 19, 2014 for $2.99. Pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130486.
LOOK INTO THE FACE OF VENGEANCE
WITH THE REVENGER #1
A new revenge series set amongst the seedy underbelly of Hollywood from Jonathan Ross and Ian Churchill
The more time you spend on the Hollywood B-list (or in Griffin Franks’ case, the C-list), the more the value of being on the top of the heap increases, but with fame comes an increased number of enemies, too. A new series of violence and vengeance in the Hollywood Hills, THE REVENGER #1 from JONATHAN ROSS (TURF, AMERICA’S GOT POWERS) and IAN CHURCHILL (MARINEMAN) is the beginning of a face-off between one man and the people who took away his dream.
When Franks shoots to the top of his game and gains the recognition and Hollywood fame he’s always dreamed of, he becomes a target. He’s a star celebrity, his movie’s a hit, and his wife leaves men drooling in her wake. But just when he feels like he’s finally “made it” someone decides to rip the rug out from underneath him... and the face off his skull.
Praise for Jonathan Ross:
“Jonathan Ross is not a name that many comic fans are familiar with. To many, he just seemed like another celebrity sneaking into the world of comics because it's the cool thing to do nowadays. Then he wrote Turf and it was really good. Really, really good. Now, he's got America's Got Powers and proves he is no one trick pony. It's well written, expertly paced, and incredibly engaging.” --Benjamin Bailey, IGN
“Ross throws a lot of things at the reader, but never do they feel overwhelmed. Ross frames the story in a way that slowly peels the layers back on the history while also subtly throwing hints at the way the world works.” --Kevin Finnigan, Comic Book Therapy
“Superb writing, Mr. Ross.” --Tommy Hancock, Fanboy Buzz
“[Jonathan Ross] shows a gift for plot and dialogue.” --Chuck’s Comic of the Day
Join Griffin Franks on his quest for revenge in THE REVENGER #1, which will be available in stores on February 26, 2014 for $2.99. Pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130487.
A preview of THE REVENGER #1 will appear in ELEPHANTMEN #52, by Richard Starkings and Alex Medellin, on sale 12/4.
SOLVE THE CASE & PREVENT THE END OF THE WORLD:
ALL IN A DAY’S WORK FOR APOCALYPSE AL
The latest from J. Michael Straczynski and Joe's Comics: An action-packed miniseries full of monsters, demons, dead boyfriends and attitude
In 2013 MTV Geek announced plans to publish a new four-part miniseries entitled THE ADVENTURES OF APOCALYPSE AL, written by J. Michael Straczynski (SIDEKICK, TEN GRAND) and drawn by Sid Kotian (TWILIGHT GUARDIAN), with colors by Bill Farmer (EPOCH). The series follows the action-packed, fast-paced, surreal, and comically strange tale of Allison Carter, a private investigator whose beat is the end of the world...or more precisely, preventing same. When MTV Geek closed its doors in October, imperiling the project, Joe’s Comics and Studio JMS leapt in to reacquire the material with the assistance of MTV’s Tom Akel.
Consequently, in February 2014, THE ADVENTURES OF APOCALYPSE AL debuts from Joe’s Comics with an oversized first issue containing 30 pages of original story, unbroken by advertisements, and accompanied by an audio dramatization that has become the trademark of Joe’s Comics. All four issues—107 pages in all—are written, drawn and inked, guaranteeing that they will come out on time. In addition to the covers by Sid Kotian, covers will be provided by Francesco Francavilla and the legendary John Romita Jr. This marks the first time Romita and Straczynski have worked together since their celebrated run on The Amazing Spider-Man.
When a mysterious figure gets his hands on the Book of Keys, whose secrets can cause the destruction of the world, Allison Carter is the only one who can stop him. Her journey takes her through a world populated by zombie cops, machinegun toting imps, techno-wizards, closet trolls, demonic theme parks, other dimensions, Ultimate Darkness, and an undead ex-boyfriend.
“After doing three titles about demons, despair and death, more or less in that order, this is the first title from Joe’s Comics that’s about sheer, unadulterated fun,” said Straczynski. “It’s light-hearted and funny, its heart is in the right place, the action never stops, and it features a smart, strong hero who has a habit of saying exactly the wrong thing at exactly the right moment. If you liked Ghostbusters and Men in Black, this is the book for you.”
India-based artist Sid Kotian is a fast-rising star in the comics field, having worked on such titles as Hawken and Twilight Guardian. “His work on The Adventures of Apocalypse Al is some of his most stunning to date,” Straczynski said. “His work has a modern, fresh and fluid look, it’s just a beautiful book. We were so knocked out by his work on Al that we hired him to do the art for DREAM POLICE, a twelve-part maxiseries coming out from Joe’s Comics later in 2014.”
“Joe’s script for Apocalypse Al is a balance of noir, humor, horror and just the right amount of serious moments at the right spot,” said Kotian. “It was challenging trying to match the visuals to the soul of the story. I don’t think I’ve ever redrawn so many pages trying to do just that. I had a great time drawing it though and I'm sure the fans will love it.”
“With Apocalypse Al Joe blends a supernatural adventure story with a pulp sensibility crafted around a character who is one part Indiana Jones and one part Ellen Ripley. Allison Carter is the take charge, fast talking action heroine with a sharp tongue and nerves of steel fans have been waiting for,” said Phil Smith, Production Editor.
While most of the major comics companies are shortening their titles, each issue of THE ADVENTURES OF APOCALYPSE AL is oversized, giving readers more story and more bang for the buck at the same price as a regular issue. Issue one has 30 pages of story; issue two, 28 pages of story; issue three, 28 pages of story; and issue four, 21 pages of story plus additional pages of bonus features.
THE ADVENTURES OF APOCALYPSE AL #1 will be in stores February 5th 2014. Issue #1 cover A will be illustrated by Sid Kotian and Bill Farmer and pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130489. Cover B will be by Ryan Sook (Ghost, Zatanna) and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code DEC130490. A retailer incentive black and white line art cover C by Sook which can be pre-ordered as well with Diamond Code DEC130491.