SDCC, Day 0 | A roundup of the Image Expo announcements
Preview Night stopped being a leisurely affair several years ago, as Comic-Con International grew so large that four “official” days couldn’t contain all of the news. Heck, five days isn’t even enough, with more and more comics publishers rolling out major announcements before anyone even started packing their bags for San Diego (BOOM! Studios, Dark Horse, DC Comics, Dynamite, IDW and Marvel all did so this year).
Image Comics planted its flag on Wednesday, amid the usual buzz about movies, television and video games, with its Comic-Con-adjacent Image Expo, where it announced a dozen new titles from such creators as Warren Ellis, Kurt Busiek, Rick Remender, Sean Murphy, Becky Cloonan, Jeff Lemire, Joey Casey, Dustin Nguyen, Marian Churchland and Gabriel Hardman. Comic Book Resources has the full report, and the text of Publisher Eric Stephenson’s keynote address, but we’ve gathered descriptions and images for each of the 12 comics below.
The ongoing sci-fi series debuting in 2015, reuniting the team of Marvel’s Moon Knight: “Injection explores how loud and strange the world is becoming, and the sense that it’s all bubbling into chaos — a chaos poised to become the Next New Normal — and that we did this to ourselves without thinking for a second about how we were ever going to live inside it.”
Busiek and Dewey Comic Book Resources the details about the fantasy epic for mature readers, which kicks off in November: “In Tooth and Claw, a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion back through time to save the world, with disastrous consequences. Swords, sorcery, animal-wizards, gods, empires, golems of radioactive decay, crystalline badlands, con women, ancient armories, young love, mystery, blood and death and treachery and destiny … Tooth and Claw is an epic story you won’t want to miss out on.”
Remender chats with Comic Book Resources about the dystopian adventure, which arrives in summer 2015: “Tokyo Ghost welcomes readers to the isles of New Los Angeles, 2189. Humanity has become nothing more than a sea of consumers, ravenous and starving wolves, sick from toxic contamination, who have to borrow, beg, and steal for the funds to buy, buy, buy their next digital fix. Getting a thrill, a distraction from reality, is the only thing left to live for. Entertainment is the biggest industry, the drug everyone needs, and gangsters run it all. And who do these gangsters turn to when they need the ‘law’ enforced? Led Dent and Debbie Decay, constables of the law, which is a nice way to say ‘brutal killing machines.’ The duo are about to be presented with an assignment that will force them out of the decay of LA and into the mysterious lost nation of Tokyo.”
Casey talks with USA Today about the Jack Kirby-inspired epic, which arrives in spring 2015: Valhalla Mad introduces a set of brand new characters: the Glorious Knox, Greghorn the Battlebjorn and Jhago the Irritator. The series depicts this particular trio of fun-loving gods’ return to Earth—Manhattan, specifically—to drink and party and revel in their resplendent godhood after many decades of being away. Needless to say, they find a very different world than the one they last visited.”
Coming off their exclusive contracts with DC Comics, Lemire and Nguyen tease their new ongoing sci-fi series to Comic Book Resources. The space opera begins in March: “Descender will explore one young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet.”
The creators talk with ComicsAlliance about their fantasy adventure, an ongoing series that debuts in 2015: “Set in the isolated country of Akhara, rival houses face off in the struggle for political power and military security in From Under Mountains. Three unlikely figures—a lord’s daughter, a disgraced knight, and a runaway thief—will change the fate of their world, but the only hope of peace may lie with the mystery shrouded goblins and witches, and the ancient powers they command.”
The ongoing sci-fi thriller begins this winter: “Now boarding: Southern Cross, tanker flight 73 to Titan. Alex Braith is on board retracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though—How did her sister die? Where did her cabin mate disappear to? Who is that creep across the hall? And why does she always feel like she’s being watched?”
The Viking collaborators reteam for an ongoing sci-fi series, debuting in November: “Mankind’s colonization of the galaxy has left countless planets mined bare and lifeless in Drifter. A space transport crashes onto a backwater world whose unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the dark wonder of a strange and alien landscape with the struggles of an abandoned and lawless frontier town.”
The B.P.R.D. collaborators reunite in December for an ongoing series described as “both bizarre as hell and familiar as life”: “Rumble is a strange book, that’s for sure—like a scarecrow-Conan fighting in a Louis C.K. TV show directed by David Fincher—with a supporting cast of odd characters, many of whom aren’t even human.”
The ongoing horror series launches in November: “Bodies shift and merge, warring with themselves. Blood rains from the skies. A child’s song is translated into toxic, thought-destroying whispers. Everything is changing. Everything is wrong. This is the world of Intersect.”
Hardman’s quirky crime thriller comes to print in November, while his sci-fi adventure with Planet of the Apes collaborator Bechko arrives in 2015: “Kinski, previously a digital-only collection, both written and drawn by Hardman, promises to be a quirky crime thriller about Joe, a down-on-his-luck salesman who finds a cute puppy. The thing is, this puppy already has a home. What starts as a simple rescue mission from neglectful owners quickly escalates into a righteous crusade. Hardman announced a second project to be executed with frequent collaborator Bechko (Heathentown, Savage Hulk, Star Wars: Legacy). Described as a gritty sci-fi series, Invisible Republic explores the secret history of one man’s rise to power after an unspeakable act of violence elevates him to folk-hero status on a war-torn planet seeking independence.”
The trio chats with The Beat about the November-launching series, described as “a high octane, no holds barred, ape-biker-gang chopper ride into ’70s exploitation genre bliss”: “Apart, they are nothing… deemed by society as outcasts, misfits, losers, no good punks! But together, they are The Humans! Follow Bobby, Johnny, and all The Humans as they fight and fly down the road to oblivion on a ride filled with chains, sex, leather, denim, hair, blood, bananas and chrome.”