Seeking to thwart The Outhouse's signature style of misinterpreting press releases in a humorous manner, Image Comics today revealed two new series just one day after The Outhouse ran an article about some teasers the publisher sent out. The move puts the satirical comic book website at a disadvantage, since they only have about five or six good jokes that they recycle in all their articles. "We just used all our good ones abut new Image books yesterday," lamented Ace Reporter Jude Terror. "We need more time to recharge!"
Reluctantly, Terror was forced to simply post the press releases without claiming that the books are an insult to superhero comic readers or that the concepts were created while Image employees were high on weed. "Don't think I'm going to forget about this, Image," Terror warned, though he quickly became distracted by how cool the new books looked.
First up is Wayward, a supernatural coming-of-age story from Jim Zub, Steve Cummings, and John Rauch being billed as similar to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Terror probably could have done something cat-related to make fun of the cover if given more time:
THE PERFECT NEW SERIES FOR WAYWARD BUFFY FANS
Can Rori unlock the secret to her powers in time to fight mythological monsters?
Writer Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS, Samurai Jack) teams up with penciler Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot) and color artist John Rauch (INVINCIBLE) to create a Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation in WAYWARD, coming from Image Comics in August.
Rori Lane is an outsider by nature, but moving to Tokyo to live with her single Mom has only exacerbated her weirdness. She's feeling out of sorts, worried about fitting in and, as if that wasn’t enough, strange things are beginning to happen. Glowing symbols and patterns are starting to appear before her eyes… and she's the only one who seems to notice.
"Wayward is a coming-of-age story filled with mystery and emotion. It's also an ass-kicking joy ride with teenagers beating the hell out of Japanese mythological monsters,” said Zub. “Steve and I built this series from the ground up to play to both our strengths. I can't wait for people to see what we have planned.”
In WAYWARD a group of teens living in Tokyo find a common bond in manifesting strange, supernatural abilities. As they begin to unravel the mystery behind their powers and their common source they're drawn into a war with the vestiges of Japan’s monstrous mythic past.
WAYWARD #1 arrives in stores on 8/27, and will be available for $3.50 with special variant covers by Alina Urusov (Birds of Prey), Jeff "Chamba" Cruz (Street Fighter), and Adam Warren (Empowered).
Next up is Genius, a five issue mini from Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, and Afua Richardson which features a nude woman wrapped in police tape on the cover, which should have at least resulted in some barbs about readers' virginity, you know, had the press release come out next week instead of today. We'll just have to take solace in the fact that our automatic image cropper is bound to create an uncomfortable crop of it at the top of this article.
NEW SERIES A STROKE OF PURE GENIUS
What if the next great military mind was a teenaged girl from South Central?
From writers Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman (Alphas, X-Men Origins: Nightcrawler, The Authority, The Highwaymen), rising-star artist Afua Richardson, and Top Cow’s Minotaur Press comes GENIUS. A harrowing, action-packed tale of a city that declares war on a brilliant young woman pushed to the edge. Complete in five parts, every issue of GENIUS will ship weekly in August.
What if the greatest military mind of our generation was born to a people who are already supremely conditioned to wage war, who know nothing but violence since birth, and must continually adapt to new predators in order to survive? What if the second coming of Alexander the Great, of Genghis Khan, of Napoleon, of Patton...what if it was a teenaged girl from South Central, L.A. named Destiny? And what if she decides to secede three blocks of the ‘hood from the Union? Who is going to take it back from her and her army of gangbangers? Who CAN?
"We're thrilled to be part of Image's roster of the new and different,” said Bernardin. “This story—about an urban revolutionary's war on systemic injustice—is one Adam and I have been wanting to tell for a very long time."
All five issues of GENIUS will be available weekly, throughout August. GENIUS #1 arrives in stores on 8/6 for $3.99. It is available to pre-order with Diamond Code JUN140478. Issue #2 will be available on 8/13 with Diamond Code JUN140479, #3 will be available on 8/20 with Diamond Code JUN140480, #4 will be available on 8/27 with Diamond Code JUN140481, and #5 will be available on 8/27 with Diamond Code JUN140482.
Genius was not one of the books teased yesterday, unless the teaser ended up in our spam folder. So hope does remain that the teaser image titled San Francisco, 1939 will not see a reveal for at least a few days, giving The Outhouse time to recycle some jokes from an earlier article without anyone noticing. Maybe Image can make it up to us by giving us an EXCLUSIVE reveal on that one, which we definitely wouldn't disrespect by making a big joke out of it.
Keep your fingers crossed, and keep an eye out for these books in August at your local comics shop and the Image digital store.