Marvel and DC are really taking a pounding at the Image Expo today.
Though it was originally published at Image Comics, superstar writer Matt Fraction and company have moved their psychedelic superspy book, Casanova, to Marvel's vanity imprint, Icon, a few years back when he started working there and people thought that imprint might amount to something. Times are changing though, and the Image logo in the corner of your book may mean more than even Marvel's. At the Image Expo today, it was announced that Image would publish Acedia, the next volume of Casanova, with the main story written by Fraction and drawn by Fabio Moon, and backups written by Michael Chabon and drawn by Gabriel Ba. Moon and Ba have been alternating artists on the book since the start. Image will also publish hardcovers of older Casanova material.
In addition, Fraction announced a new series, ODY-C, with Christian Ward, which is a gender-swapped version of the Greek epic, The Odyssey, but IINNNNN SPPPAAAAACCCCEEEEE (there's a lot of that going around). Fraction also writes Satellite Sam and the wildly popular and semi-autobiographical Sex Criminals for Image, of course, which means his Image output may soon be exceeding his Marvel stuff.
We like to talk shit here at The Outhouse, so take this statement seriously: it's a great time to be a comics fan.
UPDATE - Press Release from Image:
CASANOVA QUINN RETURNS!
Matt Fraction, Fábio Moon, and Gabriel Bá team up with Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon to continue the series
In 2014, Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, SATELLITE SAM), Fábio Moon (Daytripper, Serenity), and Gabriel Bá (Daytripper, The Umbrella Academy) team up with author Michael Chabon to bring the adventures of Casanova Quinn back with CASANOVA VOL. 4: ACEDIA.
Casanova escaped the complicated and stressful life of a dimension-hopping, identity-shifting, sexually voracious killing machine and we last saw him wandering out of the wreckage of a UFO that landed in the Hollywood Hills.
It’s our Los Angeles. It’s our Earth. And he remembers absolutely nothing of his past.
“There has literally never been a better jumping-on point for new readers,” said Fraction. “Our main character has no idea what’s happened in the other Casanova books either... If that weren’t enough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon joins series co-creator Gabriel Bá to create a dazzling array of backup stories that explore the worlds—and the people—Casanova left behind.”
The CASANOVA series has roots with Image and the Publisher himself has been a long-time fan. “Casanova is one of my all-time favorite comics, and I think I’ve been pretty open about how gutted I was when Matt and the twins chose to take it elsewhere a few years back, so it should really go without saying that I am incredibly thrilled to have this book back at Image,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “Anyone who is as big a fan of Casanova as I am is going to be amazed by everything the guys have planned this time around.”
CASANOVA VOL. 4: ACEDIA picks up where CASANOVA V3: AVARITIA left readers hanging and will continue the science fiction series with Image Comics in 2014.
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