Today is the official first day of the Comic Con International Convention or the San Diego Comic Con to most and while we are not going to be over on that coast covering the event, I did want to get in one more comic book solicitations narrative to help celebrate the occasion. As readers are already aware, I have been featuring DC Comics, Valiant Comics and Marvels solicits for over a year now and its high time to expand upon the premise. This narrative is our first ever dedicated focus to the new first issues coming out care of Image Comics. If you are a noob, this is the company that gave us “Spawn”, “Supreme”, “Youngblood” and many, many more. As with these other providers, the press copy is directly from their source and the artwork. I will speak about this to the best of my ability at the close. Let’s go.
WE STAND ON GUARD #1: SAGA writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN teams with artistic legend and MATRIX storyboard artist STEVE SKROCE for an action-packed military thriller that will have everyone talking. 100 years from now, a heroic band of Canadian civilians must defend their homeland from invasion…by the United States of America! The hyper-detailed combat between badass freedom fighters and giant f***ing robots begins with a spectacular 40-PAGE FIRST ISSUE for the regular price of just $2.99!
STORY: BRIAN K. VAUGHAN; ART / COVER: STEVE SKROCE
ISLAND #1: PRETTY DEADLY artist EMMA RIOS and KING CITY, PROPHET & MULTIPLE WARHEADS writer/artist BRANDON GRAHAM bring you a new ONGOING & OVERSIZED COMICS MAGAZINE. Each issue holds three 20- to 30-page, ad-free, issue-length chapters of new work from around the globe. #1 features a text piece by KELLY SUE DeCONNICK, writer of BITCH PLANET and PRETTY DEADLY.
STORY / ART: BRANDON GRAHAM, EMMA RIOS, & LUDROE; COVER: BRANDON GRAHAM
WOLF #1: Bestselling new star writer ALES KOT teams up with white-hot artist MATT TAYLOR and DEADLY CLASS colorist extraordinaire LEE LOUGHRIDGE for an all-new ONGOING SERIES! The crime noir thrills and characters reminiscent of True Detective meet with mythical stakes worthy of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman in this original fantasy/horror/crime saga for mature readers. Antoine Wolfe, a hard-boiled paranormal detective with a death wish, has to cope with sudden responsibility for an orphaned teenage girl who might be the key to the impending apocalypse, California-style. The road to hell and back begins in a MAX-SIZED FIRST ISSUE, with fifty-eight pages of story and no ads!
STORY: ALES KOT; ART / COVER: MATT TAYLOR; COLORS: LEE LOUGHRIDGE
’68: LAST RITES #1 (OF 4): Image Comics and Meatgrinder Studios proudly present the climactic mini-series that brings all current ’68 storylines full-circle with an explosive, revealing finish!
STORY: MARK KIDWELL; ART: JEFF ZORNOW & JAY FOTOS; COVER A: NAT JONES & JAY FOTOS; COVER B: NATE VAN DYKE & JAY FOTOS
ATHENA IX ONE-SHOT: FROM THE PAGES OF IXth GENERATION COMES A ONE-SHOT SPECIAL EVENT! Ever the didact, Athena IX specializes in cruel, calculating instruction, manipulating her siblings and supplicants with the intellectual upper hand. But this is the Chairwoman’s future, not hers, and some lessons must be taught more harshly than others.
STORY: RYAN CADY; ART / COVER A: PHILLIP SEVY; COVER B: STJEPAN SEJIC
BLOODSTRIKE #1: X-Force, Cable, and Deadpool creator ROB LIEFELD returns to comics with a new ONGOING series, a lively romp that reveals a more mature side to LIEFELD than fans have previously experienced. A new recruit to the Bloodstrike program (his identity as a mystery man from the historical Extreme Universe soon to be revealed!) struggles on a covert mission and loses his life as well as his junk to the mysterious TRAGEDY ANN!
STORY / ART / COVERS A & D: ROB LIEFELD; COVER B: DAN FRAGA; COVER C: KARL ALTSTAETTER
J. SCOTT CAMPBELL: TIME CAPSULE HC: In 2004, RICHARD STARKINGS spent Election Day with fan favorite artist J. SCOTT CAMPBELL talking about SCOTT’s first ten years in comics. Richly illustrated with black and white art from CAMPBELL’s files, the conversation covers Gen13, Danger Girl, Wildsiderz, and triggered his association with Spider-Man. Also featured is a 16-page color section.
TEXT: RICHARD STARKINGS; ART / COVER: J. SCOTT CAMPBELL
BITCH PLANET, VOL 1: EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE TP: Eisner Award-nominated writer KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) and VALENTINE DE LANDRO (X-Factor) present the premiere volume of BITCH PLANET, their critically acclaimed and deliciously vicious sci-fi satire. Think Margaret Atwood meets Inglourious Basterds. Discussion guide included. Collects BITCH PLANET #1-5.
STORY: KELLY SUE DeCONNICK; ART: VALENTINE DE LANDRO, ROBERT WILSON IV; COVER: VALENTINE DE LANDRO
PiercingMetal Thoughts: Sounds like some interesting stuff coming up from Image Comics and I must admit that I am not too up on most of these offerings but will surely be perusing them when I see them on the shelves at the local comic book shop. What do you readers think about these titles? Is anything of interest to you here? Let me know in the comments section which has been left open for you to do so. If you should be attending San Diego Comic Con over these next few days, I hope you have a fantastic time. Feel free to snag any extra coolness and send it over to the Metal Command HQ 🙂
Official Website: http://www.imagecomics.com