Well hello again my friends, I hope you don’t mind another comic book post so early in the month but since there are a handful of awesome items coming out from Image Comics I couldn’t let them pass you by without a mention. As with our other posts, the general information and images from their press side of the fence and then I’ll close out with some editorial mumblings. Here we go.
CROSSWIND #1: Fan-favorite creators GAIL SIMONE and CAT STAGGS make their stunning Image debut with this mind-bending new ongoing series! A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched to potentially deadly effect. It’s Freaky Friday meets Goodfellas!
STORY: GAIL SIMONE; ART / COVER: CAT STAGGS
THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1: An America sundered. An America enraged. An America terrified. An America shattered by greed and racism, violence and fear, nihilism and tragedy……and that’s when everything really goes to hell.
STORY / ART / COVER:HOWARD CHAYKIN
SAVAGE DRAGON #225: – 25th ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! “THE MERGING OF MULTIPLE EARTHS,” Conclusion. Giant-sized 25th anniversary special! Savage Dragon is restored to his former glory as he bulks up to take on Darklord in a final battle! Mr. Glum’s devious plot to merge the multi-verse comes to its cataclysmic conclusion! Savage Dragon and Malcolm Dragon join forces to save Angel Murphy and the very earth itself!
STORY / ART / COVERS A & C: ERIK LARSEN
IMAGE FIRSTS: SAVAGE DRAGON #1:
KILL THE MINOTAUR #1: Athens lost the war to Crete. Now, they pay tribute to King Minos by sacrificing their best citizens to his unearthly labyrinth. Conspirators believe Theseus can be the hero they need to end the mad king’s bloody reign…but no one on this world has ever encountered anything like the savage minotaur.
CHRIS PASETTO, CHRISTIAN CANTAMESSA (Red Dead Redemption) and LUKAS KETNER (WITCH DOCTOR) reinvent the most fearsome beast of all with this horrific tale of heroism. Each issue features 30 pages of story!
STORY:CHRIS PASETTO & CHRISTIAN CANTAMESSA; ART / COVER:LUKAS KETNER & JEAN-FRANCOIS BEAULIEU
SEPTEMBER MOURNING, VOL. 1: September Mourning has no past that she can remember, only a strange and shadowy present filled with the voices of the dead. Turned into a unique hybrid by the former Reaper of the lonely, injured, and abused, September Mourning is the only human/reaper to exist. Tasked with reaping the souls of the “worthless” by her mysterious tattoo, September hides and protects them until she can help them realize the last thing they had left undone in life. Whether it’s aiding souls to expose abusers, find lost loves, or settle old debts, in each case September is guided by voice of the Skullfly, which only she can hear.
STORY: MARIAH McCOURT, EMILY LAZAR; ART: SUMEYYE KESGIN; COVER: MARC SILVESTRI
SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER! #1 (OF 5): After being betrayed by the bears that raised him, the legendary Shirtless Bear-Fighter wanders the forest he’s sworn to protect, fistfighting bears, eating flapjacks, and being the angriest man the world has ever known! When wild-eyed, super-strong bears attack the citizens of Major City, Shirtless ventures into the human world to do what he does best…PUNCH THOSE BEARS IN THE FACE! But all is not as it seems. Someone is manipulating Shirtless…and only by confronting the demons of his past can Shirtless hope to save his future! A heart-filled, hilarious, tall tale for the ages… you don’t want to miss SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER!
STORY: JODY LEHEUP & SEBASTIAN GIRNER; ART: NIL VENDRELL & MIKE SPICER; COVER A: ANDREW ROBINSON
WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD #1 (OF 4): American family traveling on vacation finds themselves stranded in a small town with a sinister secret.
STORY: STEVE NILES; ART /COVER A: ALISON SAMPSON, Stéphane PAITREAU, JORDIE BELLAIRE, ADITYA BIDIKAR
BITCH PLANET: TRIPLE FEATURE #1: DECONNICK & DE LANDRO PRESENT: THETRIPLE FEATURE! Ripped directly from the world of BITCH PLANET, a crack team of creators spin three teeth-clenching tales of rage, revolution, and ridicule. PLUS: Essays, letter column, and more! 100% Grade A satire. Accept no substitutes.
STORY: CHERYL LYNN EATON, ANDREW AYDIN & CONLEY LYONS; ART: MARIA FRÖHLICH, JOANNA ESTEP; COVER: VALENTINE DE LANDRO
BULLETPROOF COFFIN: THE THOUSAND YARD STARE (ONE-SHOT): The long-awaited sequel to THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN! When indie publisher Image Nation hires Shaky Kane to write and draw his own comic book, the artist finally finds himself free from the tedium of visualizing the geriatric ramblings of washed-up hack, David Hine. See the awful consequences as jealous rivalry leads to a bloody showdown on the convention floor.
STORY: MISTER DAVID HINE; ART / COVER: SHAKY KANE
IMAGE FIRSTS: SHUTTER #1:
SPAWN #275: SAM AND TWITCH ARE BACK!!!
STORY: TODD McFARLANE; ART: SZYMON KUDRANSKI; COVER A: HICHAM HIBACHI
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Good stuff right? I was also happy to see a couple of the “Image Firsts” titles being re-released. I don’t have those two myself and am a tad bummed that I didn’t see them at this past weekend’s Book Con and the Book Expo event that preceded it. Mind you they did have a boatload of titles that were free for the taking at the event and I made sure to get myself a nice stack. You can examine that photo by clicking onto our Official Instagram HERE – So what do you readers think of these offerings? Will you be picking any of them up over the course of the month? Don’t forget that there will be “Pride Month” themed variant covers during June as Image Comics continues to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. See you next time.
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