In 2012, Chris Roberson left DC Comics in a hail of unforgivable curses over the company's treatment of creators, particularly their treatment of Alan Moore with the Before Watchmen fiasco, he formed his own company, Monkeybrain Comics, to enable creators to do what they do best without the crushing weight of a soulless corporate machine. As a comics mogul, Roberson has even more star power than ever before, so it's big news that Image Comics just announced a brand new series by Roberson and artist Paul Maybury called Sovereign.
Sovereign is a high fantasy book, but with a twist. "So many of the fantasy stories I encountered growing up were set in worlds that were largely modeled on medieval Europe, in one way or another. Lots of white folks in feudal societies, castles and kings, that kind of thing. And I love a lot of those, but I thought it would be more interesting for me personally to look to other cultures for inspiration," said Roberson in a press release Image sent out yesterday. "Sovereign is set in a world in which there are a number of cultures in the mix, and all kinds of ethnicities and types, and the drama comes as much from the cultural interactions as it does from the monsters invading from another dimension."
Here's a description of the book from Image:
In a world where gods, demons, and magic have slipped into myth, SOVEREIGN tells the story of masked undertakers facing the undead with swords while civil wars threaten the delicate balance between colliding cultures. But out of the ashes of history rises a new threat and the promise that magic has not yet faded into mere memory.
Image has been launching new creator owned series by very talented folks at a ridiculous pace this year, and it doesn't look like they have any intentions of slowing down in 2014. That's good, because every once in a while, it's nice to write an article that isn't mocking horrendous Big Two comics shenanigans. Once in a while.
Sovereign hits stores in March.