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Image Celebrates 30 years with an Image! Anthology

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Image Comics with the upcoming anthology series Image! kicking off in April. This 12-issue series will treat readers to all-new stories from some of the biggest and best names in comics.

Edited by Image Comics’ Publisher Eric Stephenson and featuring a combination of ongoing serials and standalone short stories, Image! will be the cannot-miss event of the year.

This first issue will showcase a combination of ongoing serials and standalone short stories, including the first chapters of two 12-part stories, “The Blizzard” by Geoff Johns and Andrea Mutti, as well as the opening installments of a trio of three-parters: “Gospel for a New Century” by Wyatt Kennedy and Luana Vecchio, “Hopeless” by Mirka Andolfo, and “Shift” by Kyle Higgins and Daniele Di Nicuolo. Readers will also be treated to an exclusive first look at Declan Shalvey’s upcoming Old Dog series, an original ongoing comic strip by Skottie Young, and more.

The series will also boast the talents of such comics powerhouses as, Brenden FletcherW. Maxwell PrinceMartín MorazzoRobert KirkmanCory Walker, Ed BrubakerSean PhillipsTim Seeley, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Leslie HungJoe CaseyNathan FoxZoe ThorogoodMaria Lovett, Jay FaerberMatt FractionFábio MoonGabriel BáKelly Sue DeConnickEmma RíosJames Tynion IVKieron Gillen, and many more.

Image! #1 (Diamond Code FEB220047) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 13.

Image! #1

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips Get Reckless Again in April with The Ghost In You

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips‘ bestselling Reckless books just won’t quit, as the award winning crime noir masters bring us yet another original graphic novel starring troublemaker-for-hire Ethan Reckless in The Ghost in You. It will land on shelves this April from Image Comics and join RecklessFriend of the Devil, and Destroy All Monsters in this original graphic novel series.

In The Ghost in You, it’s the winter of 1989 and Ethan is out of town—so this time, Anna has to tackle the job on her own. When a movie scream queen asks her to prove the mansion she’s renovating isn’t haunted, Anna will stumble into the decades-long mystery of one of Hollywood’s most infamous murder houses…a place with many dark secrets—some of which might just kill her.

The Ghost in You: A Reckless Book original graphic novel hardcover (ISBN: 978-1534322080) will be available on Wednesday, April 13 and in bookstores on Tuesday, April 19. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo. 

The Ghost in You: A Reckless Book

Underrated: Incognito

Time got away from me this week, so we’re rerunning an older column from yesteryear.

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Incognito


My local comic shop recently got the hardcover edition of Incognito in, and it last all of ten minutes on the table where it was in line for pricing as I picked it up and read what amounted to half the first issue before scooping it up before it ever actually made it to the shelf.

Written by Ed Brubaker, with art by Sean Phillips and colours by Val Staples, the hardcover collects both Incognito and the sequel Incognito: Bad Influences within its 360-odd pages as well an essay, a series cover gallery and some interesting process pieces. If you’ve read any of Brubaker and Phillips other work together, such as Criminal, Fatale or Kill Or Be Killed, then you probably have an idea what you’re in for. If you don’t… well, let’s just say you’re in for a very compelling story that you’ll probably want to read multiple times.

If you want to read the series’ synopsis, it’s below. If you don’t… well, skip the next paragraph, I guess. Either way, you’ll find the core premise of the comic below.

What if you were an ex-super villain hiding out in Witness Protection… but all you could think about were the days when the rules didn’t apply to you? Could you be a humdrum office clerk after being the best at years of leaving destruction in your wake? And what if you couldn’t stand it? What would you do then? 

This story is steeped in the pulp fiction of the 30’s and 40’s, stories that undeniably inspired the superhero fiction of today. Brubaker takes those early influences and fills out a world that has descended from them; there’s a very clear path in Incognito back to characters like the Shadow and the Spider (or rather Brubaker’s version thereof), and it gives the reader the sense that we’re barely scratching the surface with the characters and history revealed through the course of the hardcover’s 360-odd pages.

I was immediately taken in by the story as we learned more about Zack Overkill and how he went from a heavy hitting super villain to a lowly file clerk barely noticed by his coworkers. We see flashes of his mandated psychiatric appointments, the oh-so-real struggles he’s facing in a life that he’s not accustomed too. If you remove the super powered aspect from the opening part of the story, you can see a man struggling with his mental health amidst an unfulfilling life of boredom and depression. Is it any wonder that he eventually turns to drugs in order to find an escape?

Zach Overkill is an oddly likable guy despite never hiding (at least from us) what kind of man he used to be; whether this story is about his trying to find redemption, or a larger tale about whether a leopard can truly change its spots is one of the best parts about this book. Brubaker asks you not whether you can change for the better after making a horrible series of life choices, but whether others can accept your change. Whether they truly believe it, or if once they’ve labelled you a villain then that’s how they will always see you.

I should have expected good stuff from this book, but I wasn’t quite prepared with just how good it would be.

In a story that can be so much to so many, we’re left asking ourselves who we really are; are you really the person you think you are, or are you just a product of what this world has made you?


Join us next week where there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Review: Destroy All Monsters: A Reckless Book

Ethan Reckless is back in this all-new pulp adventure. While the case might be the draw, it’s his relationship with Anna that stands out.

Story: Ed Brubaker
Art: Sean Phillips
Color: Jacob Phillips

Get your copy in comic shops! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle
Bookshop


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The Walking Dead Deluxe #27, Friday #1, and GRRL Scouts: Stone Ghost #1 Join the Local Comic Shop Day 2021 Lineup

Image Comics has announced three exciting Local Comic Shop Day editions to join the lineup of releases for next month’s celebration of the Direct Market comic shops: The Walking Dead Deluxe #27, Friday #1, and Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1. These three special LCSD editions will not be reprinted—so don’t miss out and be sure to support your local comic shop on Wednesday, November 24 (and every day!)—and visit the Local Comic Shop Day website for more information about the event.

Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Dave McCaig’s The Walking Dead Deluxe #27 Local Comic Shop Day edition (Diamond Code AUG219266) will feature a foil treatment on the cover logo. This is a key issue in the series that readers won’t want to miss out on—Welcome to Woodbury, home to the series’ most heinous villain… The Governor.

Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martín’s Friday #1 Local Comics Shop Day edition (Diamond Code AUG219265) presents the first issue of the genre-defying, post-YA masterpiece by award winning creators. Friday Fitzhugh spent her childhood solving crimes and digging up occult secrets with her best friend Lancelot Jones, the smartest boy in the world. But that was the past. Now she’s in college, starting a new life on her own—or so she thought. When Friday comes home for the holidays, she’s immediately pulled back into Lance’s orbit and finds that something very strange and dangerous is happening in their little New England town… This is literally the Christmas vacation from Hell, and they may not survive to see the New Year.

Jim Mahfood’s Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1 Local Comic Shop Day edition (Diamond Code AUG219267) will feature a new cover by Mahfood. This new miniseries sees Mahfood’s return to his creator-owned GRRL SCOUTS universe. Join Dio, Turtleneck Jones, and Gordi as they face off against the sinister and unpredictable evil of The Teeth! Hilarious, over-the-top, psychedelic adventure will ensue, you guys! Packed from cover to cover (no ads!) with completely unique and eye-poppin’ Mahfood art, including bonus comics and behind-the-scenes fun!

Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martín’s Friday Coming to Print through Image

Image Comics will publish the Eisner Award nominated Panel Syndicate comic—Friday—by the award-winning creative team, Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martín in print for the first time. Friday, Book One: The First Day of Christmas will collect the first arc of the series and hit shelves this November. 

Friday follows a young adult sidekick trying to find her own place in a world that’s one part Encyclopedia Brown and one part HP Lovecraft. 

Friday Fitzhugh spent her childhood solving crimes and digging up occult secrets with her best friend Lancelot Jones, the smartest boy in the world. But that was the past. Now she’s in college, starting a new life on her own—or so she thought. When Friday comes home for the holidays, she’s immediately pulled back into Lance’s orbit and finds that something very strange and dangerous is happening in their little New England town… Everything quickly snowballs into the Christmas vacation from Hell—and they may not survive to see the New Year.

Friday, Book One: The First Day of Christmas trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1534320581, Diamond Code: AUG210009) will be available on Wednesday, November 3, and in bookstores on Tuesday, November 9.

Friday, Book One: The First Day of Christmas

Review: Friend of the Devil: A Reckless Book

Ethan Reckless is back. This time it’s a missing actress which leads him into a depraved world full of violence at every turn. Another fantastic pop noir graphic novel!

Story: Ed Brubaker
Art: Sean Phillips
Color: Jacob Phillips

Get your copy in comic shops! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle
comiXology
Zeus Comics
Bookshop


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Around the Tubes

Batman: The Detective #1

It was new comic book day yesterday! What did you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – Ed Brubaker gets more residuals from his WINTER SOLDIER cameo than from creating the character – That’s not acceptable.

Japan Today – There has been a shift in sales from comic magazines to comic books, but there is a further shift toward digital comics at an increasing pace. – Interesting…

Reviews

CBR – Batman: The Detective #1
ICv2 – Beast Complex Vol. 1
ICv2 – Call of the Night Vol. 1
Collected Editions – Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey: The Hunt for Harley
The Beat – Home #1
Talking Comics – Magic #1

Friday #3 is available now on Panel Syndicate

The fabulous team of Ed Brubaker, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente are back with Friday #3, the final chapter of the first arc.

Friday tries to make it across town during one of the worst snow storms in Kings Hill’s history as strange things happen and the mystery deepens… In ways we think it’s safe to call life-changing!

So if you haven’t checked out Friday yet, now is the perfect time to give it a try. All three chapters are available in English and Spanish, and in widescreen and single page formats at Panel Syndicate for whatever price you want to pay, including zero!

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