Image Comics First Issues Coming In May 2017

Since it’s an absolutely miserable rainy day here in NYC, there is nothing better than throwing together another comic book solicitations post for you so you are in the aware about the awesome that is heading your way from Image Comics. Here we go.

“Regression” #1

Regression #1: Adrian is plagued by ghastly waking nightmares. To understand and possibly treat these awful visions, Adrian reluctantly agrees to past life regression hypnotherapy. As his consciousness is cast back through time, Adrian witnesses a scene of horrific debauchery and diabolism. Waking, he is more unsettled than before, and with good reason—something has followed him back. Adrian descends into a world of occult conspiracy, mystery, reincarnation, and insanity from which there is no escape.

Story: Cullen Bunn; Art / Cover: Danny Luckert, Marie Enger

“Youngblood” #1

Youngblood #1: “YOUNGBLOOD REBORN,” Part One DEBUT ANNIVERSARY ISSUE! 25 years ago, YOUNGBLOOD launched the Image Revolution and turned the comics world on its head! Now the original blockbuster hit series returns with an all-new cast and a brand-new mission! When a young hero goes missing, his friend’s search for answers leads to some unexpected allies. Together, they’ll do whatever it takes to find him…even if it means resurrecting the world’s most infamous super-team. Gear up, strap in, and get ready to rediscover comics’ most extreme universe with creators CHAD BOWERS (X-Men ‘92, Deadpool: Bad Blood) and newcomer JIM TOWE!

Story: Chad Bowers; Art / Cover: Jim Towe

“Spawn” 25th Anniversary #1

Spawn #1 25th Anniversary Director’s Cut: 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of SPAWN, created by TODD McFARLANE. Spawn debuted to the public, selling 1.7 million copies in 1992 and is on track to be the longest running independent comic ever.

Story/Art: Todd McFarlane; Cover: Ashley Wood

Spawn Vault Edition HC: In celebration of the 25th anniversary of SPAWN, Todd McFarlane has opened his personal vault and is collecting the first seven issues of SPAWN in their original artboard form. Included in this SPAWN VAULT EDITION Artboard Book: •Never-before-published original art boards •New oversized (12.25”x 17.25”) hardcover book •Included in this special edition, are a few extra surprises from TODD. •Randomly selected books will be inserted with a one-of-a-kind sketch by TODD McFARLANE.

Story / Art / Cover: Todd McFarlane

“Eternal Empire” #1

Eternal Empire #1: JONATHAN LUNA (ALEX + ADA, THE SWORD, Spider-Woman: Origin) and SARAH VAUGHN (ALEX + ADA, Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, Ruined) return with ETERNAL EMPIRE, a fantasy epic! The Eternal Empress has waged war against the countries of Saia for over one hundred years and now her sights are set on the last country standing. Within the brutal Empire’s workforce, a young woman receives strange visions that give her the courage to escape her fate…or run straight toward it.

Story: Jonathan Luna, Sarah Vaughn; Art / Cover: Jonathan Luna

“Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks” #1

Grrl Scouts: Magic Socks #1: JIM MAHFOOD (Tank Girl, Clerks) debuts his first new creator-owned work in years with the glorious return of GRRL SCOUTS! Join Gwen, Daphne, and Rita as they reunite for a pulse-pounding psychedelic adventure through the streets of Freak City. This first issue is stuffed to the gills with an action-packed story, bonus art, soundtrack, sketchbook, and a behind-the-scenes comic thingy. Plus, a variant cover by the one and only SKOTTIE YOUNG! Pure fun! Pure flavor!

Story / Art / Cover: Jim Mahfood

“Paklis” #1

Paklis #1: Do you accept the life you’ve been handed, or do you step into the unknown, even as it leads you into the shadows? In this new anthology series from writer/artist DUSTIN WEAVER, the characters in three mind-bending stories find themselves faced with this question. In “MUSHROOM BODIES,” Greg struggles with knowing what’s real and fears becoming complacent in a world of human insects. In the first installment of “SAGITTARIUS A*,” war hero Linus Rad is on a mission to the center of the galaxy to learn the dark secrets of his dead father’s scientific experiments. In the first chapter of “AMNIA CYCLE,” Tara, a young Jet-Wing pilot, goes AWOL in the war against the Nuriel in order to help Amnia, a mysterious alien with no memory of where she came from and a desperate need to stop a terrible disaster! When Amnia disappears, it sends Tara on an adventure into the Shadow Zone. Step into the unknown. Journey into the shadows. There you’ll find PAKLIS.

Story / Art / Cover: Dustin Weaver

“Samaritan” #1

Samaritan #1: A woman with a vendetta decides she’s going to take down the largest military contractor in the world and has the means and a plan that just might work. How do you bankrupt one of the richest, most technologically advanced and successful companies in the world? You steal all their research and give it away to everyone. Can she survive long enough to pull it off with the entire U.S. government trying to kill her?

Story: Matt Hawkins; Art / Lettering / Cover: Atilio Rojo

Renato Jones: Season Two #1 (Of 5): “THE FREELANCER,” Part One Mysterious vigilante Renato Jones showed the One% that, for all their money, for all their power, they are not untouchable. But now they’re pushing back, and the resulting class warfare may be more than even Renato can handle. When full-time villains control the whole world, the only hero who can take on the job is self-employed…a Freelancer. KAARE KYLE ANDREWS proudly presents Season Two of the most dangerous comic on the planet!

Story / Art / Cover: Kaare Kyle Andrews

“The Wicked and The Divine 455 AD” #1

The Wicked + The Divine: 455 Ad #1 (One-Shot): “CITY OF GOD” Nothing lives forever, be it man, god, or empire, but that doesn’t mean you have to go quietly. Join us as Lucifer refuses to fiddle while the Roman Empire burns. The critically acclaimed THE WICKED + THE DIVINE inevitably vandalizes history as it turns to the Sack of Rome. Showcasing the epic art of ANDRÉ LIMA ARAÚJO (Avengers AI, Man Plus), the special is NOT included in the forthcoming fifth volume of THE WICKED + THE DIVINE.

Story: Kieron Gillen; Art / Variant Cover: André Lima Araújo; Cover: Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson

PiercingMetal Thoughts: I think from this batch that I might only get myself a copy of the “Spawn” 25th Anniversary edition and the “Youngblood” title since I am a little in the unaware about the other characters. If I see them on the shelves of my local shop I will peruse first and see if I like them enough to purchase. My store lets the customers browse the titles but it’s not a reading room like we see at some of the book stores out there. What do you readers think about these offerings? I would love to hear from you and I also hope that we see some additional 25th Anniversary editions of the company’s original greats.

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