There is no question about my love of the comic book medium here on the PiercingMetal.com site and for the last couple of years I’ve been doing my best to keep the stuff in play in the minds of our readers that also enjoy the hobby. The downside is that comics are really pricey nowadays with some titles commanding about $3 an issue and with most fans reading between 3-6 titles a month this can get super expensive. Fortunately Image Comics has a great solution that will bring a bevy of issues into your hands for the mere price of one dollar each. They call this initiative “Image Firsts” and it brings you the first issue of a title and the only difference is that it’s a buck. Check out the official press copy from their website along with the rundown of titles being offered and then I will chime back in.
“Image Comics is pleased to announce the release of ten new Image Firsts editions, printings the first issues of popular series that only cost $1. Perfect for readers interested in trying out a variety of new series without feeling the effects on their wallet, these new releases will be available in stores on May 1, just in time to coincide with Free Comic Book Day.”
ALEX + ADA #1: A sci-fi drama set in the near future and perfect for fans of the TV show Fringe and the Spike Jonze film Her. The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But when Ada is dropped into his life, will Alex keep her? (by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn).
BLACK SCIENCE #1: Grant McKay, former member of The Anarchistic Order of Scientists, has finally done the impossible: he has deciphered Black Science and punched through the barriers of reality. But what lies beyond the veil is not epiphany, but chaos. Now Grant and his team are lost, living ghosts shipwrecked on an infinite ocean of alien worlds, barreling through the long-forgotten, ancient, and unimaginable dark realms. The only way is forward. The only question is how far are they willing to go, and how much can they endure, to get home again? (by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera).
DEADLY CLASS #1: Welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical, nor is your fellow classmates’ poison. (by Rick Remender and Wesley Craig).
EAST OF WEST #1: He has been called Abaddon. The Reaper. Fool’s Bane. The Grey Walker. You speak his name in hushed tones, if at all. You fear him and all he represents. He is the ultimate state of all things. He is Death. But, in the past, Death found peace. For his betrayal, the rest of the Four Horsemen snatched happiness away from him forever. Now, Death rides with Crow and Wolf in search of those who wronged him. We would tell you to pray, but it wouldn’t do any good. You have earned what is coming to you. (by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta).
LAZARUS #1: In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families rule, jealously guarding what they have and exploiting the Waste who struggle to survive in their domains. Forever Carlyle defends her family’s holdings through deception and force as their protector, their Lazarus. Shot dead defending the family home, Forever’s day goes downhill from there…(by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark).
MANIFEST DESTINY #1: In 1804, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark set out on an expedition to explore the uncharted American frontier. This is the story of what they discovered lurking in the wilds… (Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts).
PRETTY DEADLY #1: Sandman meets Preacher in PRETTY DEADLY, where Death’s daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father. Her tale of retribution is as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage. (by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos)
SEX CRIMINALS #1: Suzie’s a normal girl with an extraordinary ability: when she has sex, she stops time. One night she meets Jon… who has the same gift. And so they do what any other sex-having, time-stopping, couple would do: they rob banks. (by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky)
VELVET #1: When the world’s best secret agent is killed, Velvet Templeton, the Personal Assistant to the Director of the Agency, is drawn off her desk and back into the field for the first time in nearly 20 years… and is immediately caught in a web of mystery, murder and high-octane action. Sexy and provocative, VELVET is a dark twist on the spy genre. (by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting).
ZERO #1: Edward Zero is the perfect execution machine—a spy who breaks the rules to get things done. When a stolen device appears in the center of a long-running conflict, Zero comes to retrieve it. The problem is, the device is inside a living, breathing, bio-modified terrorist and there’s an entire army after it. (by Ales Kot and Michael Walsh).
“And, back by popular demand, Image Firsts editions of two classic Image Comics series will be made available once again by way of SAGA #1 and THE WALKING DEAD #1.”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’ll be on the brief side here and say that I really love this idea of selling classic issues as high quality reprints for a mere buck. With comic books being upwards of $3 and $5 apiece nowadays the fans are sometimes straying away from the things that they don’t fully know about and instead might stick closely by the more tenured costumed adventurers and their like fashioned counterparts as opposed to braving new territory. This is perfectly timed with the upcoming “Free Comic Book Day” in May and I’ve always said that if your local retailer is putting things into your hands for free the very least you could do if to purchase a few regularly priced comics as a thank you. Having twelve issues for a dollar apiece is unheard of in today’s market and fans of the Image Comics output should give each and every one of these a chance. The worst thing that can happen if that you dislike something and you can always trade that or give it to another friend who reads comics. I know that I am planning on adding each of these to my collection and you should touch base with your retailer in advance because on Free Comic Book Day there is not going to be time to do anything else but deal with the masses. Until next time, thank you Image Comics and dear Marvel and DC Comics…..please consider some kind of one-dollar offering as well. You certainly have enough titles to choose from to make this special on your end. I hope Image Comics plans on doing this again and perhaps brings a bevy of their super hero titles to the foreground again. There were dozens of them after all and I’ve got long boxes to prove it 🙂
Official Website: http://www.imagecomics.com