In an effort to test just how much they will put up with, Image Comics sent The Outhouse (and presumably other “comic book” websites) quite a few press releases today, which we will eventually get to. No, really, we all have “jobs” and / or “responsibilities” to supplement the boatloads of cash we make from writing snarky comic book blogs for you people.
And by “you people” I mean our lovely readers.
Sorry, it’s been a rough day here in The Outhousers Writer’s Room, what with Jude having to work on a Windows PC and RU having to hide because he got moved to a new office where people can see his screen, and none of the other writers showing up for “work.”
But I digress.
So, yea, J. Michael Straczynski is taking his Dream Police comic book to Image Comics where the first issue of this “monthly” “ongoing” has an initial “publication date” of April 30, 2014. Dream Police, first published as a one-shot from Marvel’s highly “successful” Icon imprint was hailed as not only a pretty good comic, but one of the few that was on a “schedule” Straczynski was able to maintain. With volume 2, Straczynski not only hopes to get to a “second issue” in the same calendar year, but also publish enough issues to count as “setting.” From the press release:
DREAM POLICE is more than just a crime series. Each issue does world building and allows readers to get to know more than just the police that inhabit the dream community.
Inside the press release (below) is a touching story about how often Straczynski moved as a child (20 times in 17 years) which might account for the number of stories he has written that involve traveling (by foot.)
We here at The Outhouse, your internet home of sincerity and letting things go, have high hopes that Straczynski can make this work. As far as we know, his other Image books, Ten Grand and Protector’s Inc, have had a “regular” “schedule.” But, then again, so did Superman, Rising Stars, Midnight Nation, and Supreme Power, so there’s that.
And, now that I think about it, considering the product that we got when he actually “finished” a story (see list above, Amazng Spider-Man, and season 5 of Babylon Five) maybe its best that he maintain his “normal” “schedule” and “work ethic.*”
*He types while on the clock at “work.”
DREAM POLICE IS A MYSTERIOUS, FANTASY SERIES SURE TO INTRIGUE READERS
Crime, changelings, nightwalkers, and police detectives that uncover more than they bargained for
Join Dream Police Detectives Joe Thursday and Frank Stanford as they patrol the dreamscape in DREAM POLICE, written by J. Michael Straczynski (TEN GRAND, PROTECTORS, INC.) with art by Sid Kotian.
Joe and Frank have been partners for as long as they can remember, patrolling the alternate universe of dreams, nightmares, and the great void beyond, an alternate but very real dimension of changelings, echoes, wisps, ethers, and nightwalkers, those that died in their sleep and wander the dreamscape forever.
The Dream Police have seen it all. But when Frank steps away and disappears… and the woman who returns says she’s Joe’s partner, that she’s always been Joe’s partner… he begins a journey into the unknown that will shake the dreaming down to its very foundation.
While growing up, Straczynski moved 20 times by the time he was 17. This lack of continuity as a child led him to imagine his own “hometown,” a community that he patched together with different memories from all the different places he’d tried to settle, and visited only in his dreams. “I've been fascinated with the idea that the dreamscape is a real place, stitched together from echoes of the physical world, where we go to find some measure of relief, or adventure, or understanding,” said Straczynski. “If that's the case, then there has to be some means of providing order and protecting dreamers from danger… which led me to the notion of the Dream Police.”
DREAM POLICE is more than just a crime series. Each issue does world building and allows readers to get to know more than just the police that inhabit the dream community. “The book delves into the other characters who live in the dreamscape,” said Straczynski. “The architects (who design environments on the fly as needed by dreamers), changeling and echoes (who play the parts of people we know), nightmares (figures both frightening and deeply tragic) and others who serve a higher power.”
The first issue of DREAM POLICE arrives in stores on 4/30 and will be available for $2.99. Cover A (by Sid Kotian & Bill Farmer) can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code: FEB140494. Cover B (by Renae Deliz & Ray Dillon) can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code: FEB140495.