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SDCC Image Expo 2014: Image Announces 12 New Series

Image_Comics_logo_largeImage Comics to kick off San Diego Comic-Con held a special Image Expo where they announced a dozen new series!

Check out below for a complete listing and some art from the series.

Rick Remender and Sean Gordon Murphy’s TOKYO GHOST:

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.

Marian Churchland, Claire Gibson, and Sloane Leong’s FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS:

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.

Joe Casey and Paul Maybury’s VALHALLA MAD:

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.

John Arcudi and James Harren’s RUMBLE:

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.

Ray Fawkes’ INTERSECT:

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.

Tom Neely and Keenan Marshall Keller’s THE HUMANS:

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.

Gabriel Hardman’s KINSKI and Hardman and Corinna Bechko’s INVISIBLE REPUBLIC:

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.

Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger’s SOUTHERN CROSS:

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?

Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s DESCENDER:

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.

Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein’s DRIFTER:

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.

Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey’s TOOTH AND CLAW:

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.

Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s INJECTION:

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.

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Preview: Trees #3

Trees #3

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140739
Published: July 23, 2014

Eligia, girlfriend and decoration to the local fascist gang leader, hunts the streets of Cefalu for the old man who pulled the knife on her. What she finds will either kill her dead or cure her heart…or both.

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Preview: Supreme: Blue Rose #1

Supreme: Blue Rose #1

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Tula Lotay
Cover By: Tula Lotay
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140571
Published: July 23, 2014

You are not dreaming. We are trying to communicate with you. Local reality has been reinstalled. Things have gone wrong. The revision has corrupted. Finding Ethan Crane is your supreme priority. We are speaking to you from the ultimate bunker within the structure of multiversal time. Do not trust Darius Dax. We are all going to die. SUPREME: BLUE ROSE. Re-introducing the central Image Comics character, with WARREN ELLIS and TULA LOTAY.

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Preview: A fresh spin on the alien invasion story in Trees

Bestselling writer Warren Ellis and Jason Howard continue the unnerving alien-invasion hit series in the third issue of Trees. Fraught with suspense and foreboding, Trees explores a future after tree-like aliens have planted themselves without regard for humanity leaving the government scrambling to navigate the implications of an impending takeover.

In Trees #3, Eligia, girlfriend and decoration to the local fascist gang leader, hunts the streets of Cefalu for the old man who pulled the knife on her. What she finds will either kill her dead or cure her heart… or both.

Trees #3 arrives in stores on 7/23, and will be available for $2.99. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140739. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is 6/30.

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Preview: Trees #2

Trees #2

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR140611
Published: June 25, 2014

An Arctic research station. An Italian coastal town with an occult legacy. A new city in China. The future is being written in these places, in the shadow of a strange alien invasion that has become a historical mystery.

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Get Trees #1 for FREE!

In anticipation of the frenzied mob of fans likely to storm comic book stores everywhere for issue #2 of the hit new series, Image Comics has announced that the digital edition of Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s TREES #1 will be available for free, across all platforms, starting Friday, June 20 through Tuesday, June 24.

Readers who haven’t yet had a chance to jump on with the new science fiction suspense series everyone has been raving about, this is your chance to get the comic for free that everyone else paid for about a month ago.

You can get your copy on the Image website or through comiXology.

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Review: Moon Knight #4

20140607-084313-31393102.jpgFour issues in and Moon Knight has consistently been one of Marvel‘s best monthly reads. Unfortunately, writer Warren Ellis and artist Declan Shalvey are leaving after August’s sixth issue, to be replaced by the equally capable Brian Wood and Greg Smallwood. The new team stated they will maintain the minimalism and ensure a smooth transition. After reading this latest issue, it’s going to be a tall order.

Egyptian god reincarnate Marc Spector is approached by a sleep research doctor whose patients are not only all having the same dream—but going insane in the process. That’s the first half of the book. The second half is a psychedelic dream sequence Spector experiences while executing his detective powers.

As the timeless adage goes, it’s quality over quantity, and Ellis’ minimalist script in the second half delivers on all accounts. He understands how to tell stories with images, not just words (isn’t that the definition of a comic book?). Some might be taken aback by his abrupt endings, I think they are a welcomed change to the Scooby Doo if-it-weren’t-for-you-meddling-kids endings that readers have become accustomed to.

If the series’ resounding theme is minimalist dialogue, then Shalvey clearly has his work cut out for him…which he handles with aplomb. It started a little rocky with some shading issues on the sleep doctor’s face and an out-of-place nefarious smile in one of the panels which, minor SPOILER ALERT, makes sense at the end but still looked awkward. These details were quickly forgotten with the gorgeous, trippy latter half of the book. The imaginings of a dream state are visually limitless, especially with a fungal theme (you’ll see what I mean).

Six issues is too brief, but I have confidence in the reinforcement team. If you can’t wait for what will be an amazing trade, I’d pick this and past issues up and see just how far down the rabbit hole they take our lunar detective.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Declan Shalvey
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Trees #1

Trees01_CoverTen years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive.

I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of Warren Ellis. I find the previous comics I’ve read of his are either very hit or miss, with little in between. This debut of his new science fiction series is an absolute hit. To say it’s good, is an understatement, it’s fantastic actually.

The first issue is very much set up, introducing us to this science fiction world where giant pillars have landed, changing the areas surrounding where they’ve touched down. Other than some liquid released, nothing has happened. Intelligence life exists outside of Earth, but does it see man as intelligent? That’s the premise, and it’s fascinating. Ellis shows us the world through various short stories exploring various aspects of this phenomenon and how it’s being dealt with.

Ellis concept is enhanced through the art of Jason Howard who shows the varied locations and characters with unique looks that makes where things are taking place easily identifiable. People in different parts of the world look like they may be a part of that world, and differ from each other. It’s solid work that handles the varying cadence of Ellis’ tale. It’s a good combination of writer and artist.

Overall, this debut is solid, and might be the first Warren Ellis comic I’m excited to read. In one issue he’s set up a mystery that’s creepy and wondrous, the best of science fiction.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Howard
Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Trees #1

Trees #1

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Jason Howard
Cover By: Jason Howard
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR140475
Published: May 28, 2014

Ten years after they landed. All over the world. And they did nothing, standing on the surface of the Earth like trees, exerting their silent pressure on the world, as if there were no-one here and nothing under foot. Ten years since we learned that there is intelligent life in the universe, but that they did not recognize us as intelligent or alive. Beginning a new science fiction graphic novel by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard.

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Warren Ellis’ Gun Machine Going to Xbox Originals

gun machineMicrosoft announced with their Xbox One that they’d be moving into original programming for the video game console turned entertainment center. On top of IDW’s announcement that Winterworld will be coming to the platform. Prolific writer Warren Ellis has announced that his novel Gun Machine will also be coming to the platform after false starts with Chermin and Fox.

The series will be written by Brett Conrad whose credits include Sons of Anarchy, The Killing, and Netflix’ upcoming Marco Polo project.

According to Ellis, in an email, the approach being taken is “let’s just adapt the book.” There’ll still be some alterations, but Ellis has approved them. This is a pretty straight up treatment of the novel.

After a shootout claims the life of his partner in a condemned tenement building on Pearl Street, Detective John Tallow unwittingly stumbles across an apartment stacked high with guns. When examined, each weapon leads to a different, previously unsolved murder. Someone has been killing people for twenty years or more and storing the weapons together for some inexplicable purpose.

Confronted with the sudden emergence of hundreds of unsolved homicides, Tallow soon discovers that he’s walked into a veritable deal with the devil. An unholy bargain that has made possible the rise of some of Manhattan’s most prominent captains of industry. A hunter who performs his deadly acts as a sacrifice to the old gods of Manhattan, who may, quite simply, be the most prolific murderer in New York City’s history.

Should be interesting to see how this turns out and what else Xbox has in store for us!

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