Every year Image seem to up the ante on great titles they’re putting out, so here are our top 5 picks for Image titles in 2017!
Curse Words – Charles Soule, Jordon Boyd & Ryan Browne
It’s the kind of comic book that at first glance looks awesome, and after hearing the description sounds even better…
Charles Soule (She-Hulk, Star Wars, Daredevil) is teaming up with Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts) to tell the tale of a wizard in New York City, on a mission to become rich and famous by casting wonderful spells! The catch is he’s not really a good guy…really more in the evil category…and he’s well aware that evil things are heading his way.
Described as a “gonzo modern fantasy, full of darkness, light and magic” it seems like a sure thing from where I’m standing.
Royal City – Jeff Lemire
As if he doesn’t have enough ongoing projects Jeff Lemire is set to embark on a new series this year that he’ll be both writing and illustrating. Royal City sounds a little bit odd, but that’s not really anything new for Lemire – it’s the story of lives, loves and loss in a troubled gamily, and a vanishing town told across three decades.
Patrick Pike a literary star who’s career is fading, returns to the town where he grew up and is drawn back into the dramas of his siblings, overbearing mother and his brow-beaten father. All of which who are haunted by versions of his youngest brother who drowned decades ago. There’s talk of Royal City returning to the feel of Lemire’s earliest work Essex County and the promise that this is a story very personal to Lemire.
The Old Guard – Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernandez
Continuing the theme of well known writers working on more creator owned series’ we turn to Greg Rucka – who’s current Image series Black Magick made it into our “Best of 2016” list. He’ll be teaming up with Leandro Fernandez (Deadpool, Punisher MAX) for their new series The Old Guard, which is billed as the story of old soldiers who never die, and yet cannot seem to fade away either. Andromache of Scythia – “Andy” – and her comrades find them selves trapped in an immortality with explanation and in the 21st century it’s a hard secret to keep, especially when you’ve lived long enough to know there are many fates worse than death.
Loose Ends – Jason Latour, Chris Brunner & Rico Renzi
Loose Ends is a “slow-cooked, Southern crime romance that follows a winding trail down Tobacco Road, through the war-torn streets of Baghdad, and into the bright lights and bloody gutters of South Florida”. Coming from the co-creator of Sountern Bastards – Jason Latour, Loose Ends follows Sonny Gibson as he goes on the run from the law, criminals and himself.
Teaming up with Chris Brunner who’s previously worked with Latour on Southern Bastards, and Rico Renzi (Squirrel Girl, Spider-Gwen) Loose Ends looks like it has tonnes of potential.
Rat Queens – Kurtis J. Wiebe & Owen Gieni
Rat Queens is already three volumes in and has a pretty dedicated fan-base, but this new run “Cat Kings & Other Garys” is being presented as a jumping in point for new readers.
Betty, Violet, Dee, Braga and Hannah return to the slaughter seen in the previous volumes, getting back to the basics of killing monsters for money and drinking all the profit.
A series that’s aimed perfectly at a fantasy audience and D&D enthusiasts alike Rat Queens is a great series, and this jumping on point isn’t one to be missed – it’s also pretty easy to grab the existing volumes in time to catch up if you want to start at the beginning.
Is there anything you think we’ve missed from this Image 2017 breakdown? Let us know what you’re looking forward to, or just talk to us about how great Image is comment as you see fit!