Last July, the folks at Image Comics hit their long-time readers of “The Walking Dead” with a baseball bat as they revealed on the day of release that issue #193 would be the final issue of the long-running series. We discussed that shocking news HERE for those who might just be joining us here on the website, and this leads us to some awesome news about a special edition one-shot coming this July.
The Press Release:
The New York Times bestselling, award winning creative team behind The Walking Dead phenomenon—Robert Kirkman (Fire Power, Oblivion Song) and Charlie Adlard (Vampire State Building)—returns to the beloved series for a surprise one-shot story, “Negan Lives” #1, which will arrive in stores this July.
This shipment arriving in July will be without financial burden to receiving retailers—with no freight cost for them to worry about. “I’ve been inspired by Steve Geppi and Diamond’s efforts to shine a light on how essential the Direct Market is to our beloved industry with their #backthecomeback campaign,” said Kirkman. “While Charlie Adlard and I had laid the series to rest, this felt like something special we could do for the store owners who made our series a success to begin with. To that end, I’m happy to report that 100% of the revenue generated from this book will go to the stores selling it. The retailer community does backbreaking work to get comics into the hands of our loving fans, we should all be doing more in these trying times to show them how appreciated they are.”
“Negan Lives” #1 will not be available digitally and will be available exclusively at comic book shops. Fans interested in ordering a copy can find the comics store closest to them on Local Comic Shop locator. Many comic book shops are fulfilling orders online and via curbside pickup.
Spurned by a slowly rebuilding society, Negan lives a life of desperate isolation… or does he? In the tradition of Here’s Negan, this all-new story in “Negan Lives” #1 gives readers a glimpse into what has happened to one The Walking Dead’s most popular characters in the time since his last appearance in The Walking Dead #174.
As long-time readers of the post-apocalyptic survival series will recall, “The Walking Dead” #174 proved to be a pivotal point for Negan, as he was tracked down and confronted by a vengeful Maggie, still heartbroken and furious over the murder of her husband, Glenn, in “The Walking Dead” #100.
“Negan Lives” #1 (Diamond Code MAR208199) is a 36-page, black and white comic book, available exclusively at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 1. There are extremely rare Gold (Diamond Code MAR208201) and Silver (Diamond Code MAR208200) foil variants of “Negan Lives” #1 in limited quantities, inquire with your local comic shop for availability and further details.
“Negan Lives” #1 hits comic book shops on the same day as the Fire Power, Vol. 1: Prelude original graphic novel and the FCBD Fire Power #1 free promotional comic, both by Kirkman and co-creator/artist Chris Samnee.
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS:
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit the link at the close.
ABOUT SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT:
Founded in 2010, Skybound Entertainment is a multiplatform entertainment company specializing in television, comics, film, digital content, interactive, gaming, and merchandise. The company is led by The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and his longtime producing and business partner David Alpert.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This is going to be exciting for sure and I guess I have to place a call to my local comic book shop and see if they are opening for curbside pickup and will even have this issue in the first place. Truth be told I really haven’t been too far from my apartment thanks to this virus and its not so much I am worrying about my own practices, its more the lack of taking this serious being displayed by so many others. I’ve lost count on how many masks and gloves I see laying in the street so come on folks, use your heads. Sorry, I didn’t mean to get on a soapbox there but its stuff like this that prevents me from going too far. I really enjoyed the final issue of “The Walking Dead” but I wasn’t a regular reader of the series since it was too far along when I realized that I enjoyed it. It’s a small fortune to have first editions of the earliest issues and I am a bit of a completist in my comic book collecting so I just have what I have. What about you readers? Will you be braving the outside to purchase this special edition of “Negan Lives” #1 from your shop? As you see this will also hit the stands with one of the Image Comics FCBD releases and since that is a topic worth mentioning, don’t forget to look into these two free Marvel Comics that will be issued as well (click HERE). Chime in down below with your thoughts and I will see you next time around.
Official Website: http://www.imagecomics.com
Official Comic Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Walking_Dead_(comic_book)