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Review: Infinity Countdown #1

The Saga of the Infinity Stones begins!

As the Infinity Stones reappear around the cosmos, the ultimate race for power is on!! Battles will be fought, blood will be spilled, lives will be lost… all as the greatest cosmic heroes and villains vie for possession of the Power Stone, towering over a remote asteroid, somehow grown to the size of a building. Watch as the path to Infinity opens before your eyes and the END lies near…

The sage of the Infinity Stones is one that has been used in Marvel events quite a few times in the past and each has been epic in their own way. A cosmic battle of epic proportions. So, Infinity Countdown #1 has some pretty big shows to fill and unfortunately the first issue fails in so many ways.

Written by Gerry Duggan, this first issue feels like any issue of Guardians of the Galaxy. I know there were some weirdness with that series ending for this event and one wonders the impact of that on this first issue. While there’s a lot about the Guardians defending an Infinity Stone, a lot is focused on their battling the Gardner. What that has to do with the bigger picture, I have no idea as we’re dumped into the first issue with “the battle is already in progress.” While there’s been some run up issues to this event, this official first issue falls short to feel anything special beyond being the average Guardians issue. The run ups felt more having to do with the topic and as first issues than this one. Weirdly, this feels like a spin-off comic from the main series, and those are usually lower quality.

And that’s emphasized but the latter half of the comic. The art shifts and we’re introduced to a character some thought long dead (really people, you got worked up over something that clearly wasn’t the case!?). This is more of what I expected with the returned Wolverine decided to entrust his Stone with someone else. The art is solid in this part and the storytelling mysterious.

The art by Aaron Kuder, Mike Deodato, Jr. and Frank Martin, with color by Jordie Bellaire, and lettering by Cory Petit is just ok. The Guardians’ section is a style I haven’t enjoyed during the series’ run though the latter segment revolving around Wolverine being much more interesting visually. The two styles are so different it’s a clash that’s distracting in some ways.

What’s frustrating is, we’ve seen what a good event from Marvel can be. Currently the Avengers comics with “No Surrender” are knocking it out of the park with both raising the level of action but changing up the storytelling. This first issue feels like any other for Guardians of the Galaxy. One product is so good the other that falls short seems to have fallen even further short of the goal.

Will I check out more? Of course, because I have such nostalgia for the previous storylines and Marvel’s cosmic side of things. Will I expect a lot of it? Nope, this first issue takes the wind out of the sails of a series which had a lot of build up and hype surrounding it.

Story: Gerry Duggan Art: Aaron Kuder, Mike Deodato, Jr., Frank Martin
Cover: Nick Bradshaw, Morry Hollowell

Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Editor: Jordan D. White Asistant Editor: Annalise Bissa
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Infinity Countdown #1

Infinity Countdown #1

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Aaron Kuder (CA) Nick Bradshaw
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 07, 2018
SRP: $4.99

The Saga of the Infinity Stones begins!
As the Infinity Stones reappear around the cosmos, the ultimate race for power is on!! Battles will be fought, blood will be spilled, lives will be lost… all as the greatest cosmic heroes and villains vie for possession of the Power Stone, towering over a remote asteroid, somehow grown to the size of a building. Watch as the path to Infinity opens before your eyes and the END lies near…

Get a Behind the Scenes Look at Infinity Countdown #1

With a CRASH and a BANG, the cosmic strike of the Countdown begins as the greatest epic in the history of the Infinity Stones explodes onto the pages of Infinity Countdown! This March, the hunt for the stones begins…but a new weapon of unimaginable power is being forged, and it’s a weapon like nothing the universe has ever seen!

The race for power has begun, and the creative team of Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder are gearing up to bring you the biggest Infinity story yet!

Preview: Despicable Deadpool #295

Despicable Deadpool #295

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Matteo Lolli (CA) Mike Hawthorne
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Wade continues checking off his BUCKET LIST! Deadpool continues to wrap up his remaining business, you know, just in case. This time…Madcap is back to ruin his life! Then – is Deadpool really going to kill Apocalypse? That’s his next target…sort of…

Review: Infinity Countdown: Prime #1


And so it begins, the start of Infinity Countdown

Okay, okay, technically the Adam Warlock issue was the start but I digress.

Yes, it’s pretty clear why this mini-event is going to be a thing (oh gee, what big movie is coming out the first week of May again?) but I’m always a believer of execution that matters and this is no exception. Yes, it’s easy to be cynical about these sort of things but that doesn’t mean they’re automatically bad. Just takes the right person to tackle the material. Given writer Gerry Duggan has been writing Guardians of the Galaxy and seems to be doing well with the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe, he seems to have a good foundation to work off of.

But this book is a flat out setup for things to come in the main series as well as the tie ins to follow. The book even starts with Loki meeting the newly resurrected Logan a.k.a. OG Wolverine who has been quite accustomed to the space stone that allows him to teleport. So you can imagine his response to Loki when he tries to warn him about the Infinity Stones.

Much of the other scenes afterwards showcase more setup for the tie ins to come such as for Daredevil and Captain Marvel and especially which characters have the Infinity Stones. And yes, Daredevil is a very random choice to toss in for this mini event (and given Black Widow is among the tie ins, she is just as random for this). There’s additional stuff with the Guardians of the Galaxy and surprise characters throughout. I can tell you certain characters I didn’t see coming especially given the ending of the issue which no doubt bodes a lot of intrigue as to what could possibly happen.

But all of it is decent set up, it’s just getting all the players in one place before the game can start. Characterization is pretty good all across the board especially given the humorous interaction between Loki and Wolverine with the former frustrated with the latter not listening to him. As well as Rocket dreading the possibility of going back to Earth which definitely gave me a chuckle. Duggan certainly looks like he has a lot to cover but I’m intrigued to see what directions he’ll take the story in.

Mike Deodato Jr.‘s art is very well done. There’s a lot of impressive scenery and well drawn characters. I did feel Wolverine was drawn a bit too buff like his torso and arms were bigger than his head, maybe it was perspective but it came off as that to me. The colors by Frank Martin certainly help the book’s art as well, also giving it a shaded look. Not much action to go around but there are plenty of dynamic moments that are well drawn.

Not much else to say except it’s decent setup. Like the appetizer to the main course. If you’re interested in Infinity Countdown, this is a good pick up before diving into the many books surrounding the mini event.


Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Image Comics’ Image Expo 2018 Announcements

The Image Expo keynote address, given by Publisher Eric Stephenson, reflected upon soaring sales increases over the course of 2017 for Image Comics and revealed the following new creator-owned project announcements for 2018. Check out below for what you can expect to hit your comic store shelves in 2018 and beyond.

by Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel

Sam Humphries (NIghtwing, Green Lantern) and Jen Bartel team up to co-create BLACKBIRD a modern fantasy story best described as Harry Potter meets Riverdale. It follows a young woman named Nina who discovers a neon-lit world of magic masters in Los Angeles. Now they’ve kidnapped her sister, and Nina is the only one who can save her.

“BLACKBIRD is a labor of love, a coming of age story and beautiful people doing insane things with magic,” said Humphries.

The series launches from Image Comics in October 2018.

Rob Liefeld’S BLOODSTRIKE will feature story, art, and cover by Michel Fiffe

Michel Fiffe will write, draw, and color three exciting new issues of BLOODSTRIKE. The Fiffe issues will also feature two back-up stories by Chuck Forsman and Paul Maybury with pin-ups by Ed Piskor, Benjamin Marra, Andrew Maclean, and more!

In Michel Fiffe’s BLOODSTRIKE: BRUTALISTS, the creator of the indie hit COPRA shines a light on Image’s most extreme series and its groundbreaking carnage. Whether it’s the origin of our favorite undead strikeforce or solving the trail of mysteries that plague them, this mini-series picks up where the original title left off while introducing the concept to a new audience. Celebrate Bloodstrike’s take-no-prisoners legacy by looking forward as only the new wave of comic-auteurs can! Don’t “rub the blood”…drown in it.

by Christopher Sebela, Ted Brandt, Ro Stein & Triona Farrell

Sebela took to the stage and announced two new books today, one of which was CROWDED, which he’s co-created with Ted Brandt and Ro Stein—a cynical send-up of the app economy and online grudges.

“Josh and I have been working on this book for a few years now in secret,” said Sebela. “Just waiting for the chance to unleash it on readers and we’re kinda freaking out that this thing we’ve put so much time and sweat into is really real and really good.”

In CROWDED, a platform called Reapr allows anyone to crowdfund assassination attempts. The parody ignites when protagonist Charlie Ellison is forced to fend off a wave of hitmen with the help of a low-rate bodyguard.

The series launches in Summer 2018.

by Annie Wu 

Annie Wu introduced fans to the forthcoming DEAD GUY FAN CLUB. In this new series, the founders of a rock star’s fan club reunite in adulthood to investigate the suspicious death of their hero and the involvement of an unhinged member of their old flock.

“I’m thrilled to be writing and illustrating a new series,” said Wu. “I can’t wait to share this weird little black comedy with everyone.”

The series launches from Image Comics in Fall 2018.

by Gerry Duggan & John McCrea

DEAD RABBIT is a new ongoing series from writer Gerry Duggan (Deadpool) and artist John McCrea (Hitman) team up with colorist Mike Spicer in a rackous series about MARTIN DOBBS, a hot-tempered, foul-mouthed former mercenary and gun-for-hire who’s forced out of retirement with predictably funny and violent results. With shades of UNFORGIVEN, THE EQUALIZER and ROBIN HOOD.

“Gerry Duggan! John McCrea! The peaches and cream of comics—though I’m not sure who’s the peach…,” said McCrea. “Anyway, this comic has Gerry’s and my heart and soul poured into it, pick it up, you will love yourself forever for doing so…”

The series launches from Image Comics in Summer 2018.

by Rick Remender & Bengal

Fan favorite Rick Remender (SEVEN TO ETERNITY, DEADLY CLASS) teams up with brilliant French superstar Bengal to bring fans a high speed convoy crime thriller rocketing across the American West that examines our dwindling freedoms and the price paid by those who fight for an untethered life on the open road.

Meet Glory, raised free in a convoy, off the grid, amid the last men and women truckers fighting automation to continue living the American mythology of the open road.

Now, in order to pay for her beloved, dying Father’s surgery, Glory has three days to pull off a four dangerous cross country heists with mob killers, crooked cops and a psycho ex-husband all out to bring her in or die trying.

“Rick and I have been preparing something for years now, it was a privilege to get to work with him, and an even greater one to take the time to develop something together,” Bengal. “I’m very proud to finally present what we’ve been cooking! I hope readers will enjoy this story as much as we loved doing those pages.”

The series launches from Image Comics in May 2018.

by J.H. Williams & Haden Blackman

J.H. Williams (Sandman: Overture, Batwoman) and Haden Blackman (Elektra, Batwoman) team up with colorist Dave Stewart and letterer Todd Klein for an all-new mythic fiction genre mash-up series in ECHOLANDS, a tale where the last war on Earth starts with Hope’s sticky fingers…

“ECHOLANDS has been in development for years, bubbling in the background as we worked on other projects,” said Blackman. “But it’s a world and a cast of characters that has always drawn us back, and we’re so grateful to be able to finally get the book out into the world.”

On a world that has forgotten its own history, the key to excavating the past is in the hands of a young thief who must escape a vengeful wizard and his unstoppable golem.

The series will be coming soon from Image Comics.

by Rob Guillory

Rob Guillory (CHEW) returns to both write and draw an all-new series in, FARMHAND.

FARMHAND follows Ezekiel Jenkins, a family man and new agrarian who returns to his family fields—but these nightmarish crops give a new meaning to ear of corn and fingerling potatoes.

“This is a story that’s been very near and dear to me for quite some time, and I’m absolutely thrilled to finally announce it,” said Guillory. “I can’t wait to introduce readers to the wonderful and horrific world of FARMHAND.”

FARMHAND launches from Image Comics in July 2018.

by Tee Franklin & Maria Nguyen 

Fresh off the buzz for BINGO LOVE’s release on Valentine’s Day, Franklin took to the stage to announce a new project with Image Comics—JOOK JOINT—with Maria Nguyen.

JOOK JOINT is a 5-issue time-period horror miniseries about a brothel/jazz club exposing the social evils of racism, rape, domestic violence, and inequality.

Because of its subject matter, JOOK JOINT is set to launch in October 2018, in time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Franklin and Nguyen will work with Image Comics on coordinating special charity variants to benefit Joyful Heart, a non-profit founded by Mariska Hargitay which places focus on healing, education and advocacy.

“As a domestic violence survivor, this is a story I’ve been working on for years. It’s been extremely cathartic and therapeutic. It was important for me to have an artist who understood what JOOK JOINT meant to me, before inviting them to embark on this journey with me,” said Franklin. “I appreciate that Image Comics has allowed me to tackle this subject matter, in addition to working with us on charity variants for Mariska Hargitay’s Healing Heart foundation. I now have an opportunity to use my talents to help survivors like myself. People have helped me when I was going through a rough time in my life and now I want to give back.”

by Landry Q. Walker & Justin Greenwood

Bestselling creators Landry Q. Walker (DANGER CLUB, Supergirl Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade) and Justin Greenwood (THE FUSE, Stumptown) team up for an all-new, ongoing medieval war story, inspired by the storytelling structure of classic Spaghetti Westerns.

“For years I have wanted to tell a medieval war story, one that pulls away from the fantasy elements the genre is so often saddled with,” said Walker. “Swords, castles, and rage, all in a world where life is cheap. No other frills or distractions. Seeing this book come to print is a moment I have looked forward to for a long, long time.”

Greenwood added: “Fast, gritty and full of action—I’d been looking for a book to really cut loose on and this project came along at the perfect time. I haven’t drawn this much dirt or blood in a long time and loving every minute of it.”

The series launches from Image Comics in Summer 2018.

by John Layman, Nick Pitarra, & Mike Garland 

Eisner-award winning, New York Times bestselling writer John Layman (CHEW) is back, teaming up with New York Times bestselling artist Nick Pitarra (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS) and colorist extraordinaire Mike Garland in the all new, ongoing series—that’s Godzilla by way of black magic—in LEVIATHAN.

In LEVIATHAN, a group millennials try to do a black magic ritual for laughs and end up summoning a demonic giant monster determined to kill them all.

LEVIATHAN is coming this summer to Image Comics.


odd McFarlane, President of Image Comics and creator of SPAWN, took to the stage today to announce  five new comic projects. The timing of these come on the heels of his upcoming directorial debut for the new SPAWN feature film. The movie will be in production by late spring so these comics will hit shelf just as the SPAWN movie is getting wide publicity across multiple platforms.

To help retailers take advantage of the upcoming SPAWN news buzz he announced the five projects below:

1) MEDIEVAL SPAWN and WITCHBLADE crossover miniseries
This May release is a re-teaming of two of Image’s most popular original characters.
The new mini-series is written by Brian Holguin with art by Brian Haberlin with 32 full pages of story and art will also feature a special augmented reality cover for only $2.99.

Fan favorites Spawn and Witchblade together for the first time in two decades!

2) SPAWN KILLS EVERYONE 2 (mini-series)
Due to the wonderful success of the one-shot, Todd McFarlane is creating along with Will Robson a four part mini-series that has our childish Spawn giving birth to hundreds of smaller Spawn babies who take his “kill list” and try to help out their new father.

3) MISERY (new ongoing monthly series)
In the wake of the #MeToo scandals arises a teenage hero who is tired of being pushed around and abused by the actions of others. This new character, MISERY, will help out those innocent people who have been victimized by the evil that is spread across the entire planet.

Stories will go global as Misery tries to discover exactly how to control her powers and how to make others feel her…misery.

4) SPAWN (on-going monthly title)
Comic Industry’s longest running independent title continues its march towards its 300th issue as well as tying into the upcoming movie that McFarlane is writing and directing with Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions.

The comic Spawn is setting the stage to flush out some of his biggest enemies that he has locked on earth. He will come face to face with the Clown, Overt-Kill and an all-new Violator.

5) SAM and TWITCH True Detectives (8 part mini-series)
Detective “Twitch” Williams will be the main focus in the new full length film about to go into production and he will be introduce to a whole new audience with his appearance in the SPAWN film.

All eight issues have already been completed and will be released close to the film’s announcement and trailers. Much like THE WALKING DEAD, new viewers will be drawn to the stories and characters they will be seeing on the big screen and also a potential new TV series.


Comics titan Mark Millar (KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, KICK-ASS, HIT-GIRL, JUPITER’S LEGACY) announced that Netflix’s forthcoming Millarworld titles will be published by Image Comics, beginning with his first new project, THE MAGIC ORDER. THE MAGIC ORDER will feature art by Olivier Coipel (Amazing Spider-Man, Thor) and is planned as a six-issue miniseries.

We live in a world where we’ve never seen a monster, and The Magic Order is the reason we sleep safely in our beds. Magic meets the Mob in THE MAGIC ORDER as five families of magicians—sworn to protect our world for generations—must battle an enemy who’s picking them off one by one. By day, they live among us as our neighbors, friends and co-workers, but by night they are the sorcerers, magicians and wizards that protect us from the forces of darkness…unless the darkness gets them first.

The series will launch from Image Comics in Summer 2018.

by Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici

Image Comics partner Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) took to the stage to show off the OBLIVION SONG #1 trailer for a sneak peek at what’s in store for fans on Wednesday, March 7th when the new series hits stores.

by Farel Dalrymple 

Farel Dalrymple returns with an all-new, six-issue miniseries full of psychedelic-science-fantasy-action drama in PROXIMA CENTAURI.

PROXIMA CENTAURI follows the teenage adventurer Sherwood Presley Breadcoat, “The Scientist” Duke Herzog, Dr. EXT the Time Traveller, M. Parasol, Shakey the Space Wizard, and Dhog Dahog. Sherwood is looking for escape from the spectral dimensional space zone and a way back to earth and his brother.

The miniseries will launch in June 2018.

by Dean Haspiel 

Emmy and Ringo Award winner Dean Haspiel brings THE RED HOOK to print for the first time.

The Red Hook is a super-thief who is bequeathed the Omni-Fist of altruism and is transformed into a superhero against his will or he will die a year after a sentient Brooklyn’s heart is broken and physically secedes from America to form New Brooklyn.

The graphic novel will hit stores in June 2018.

by Christopher Sebela & Joshua Hixon

Christopher Sebela and Joshua Hixson team up for a turn of the century revenge thriller SHANGHAI READ, a story that stretches from the deck of a boat outside Shanghai to the bleak streets (and the secret tunnels beneath them) of Portland, Oregon. A violent journey of vengeance, identity and family.

“Josh and I have been working on this book for a few years now in secret, just waiting for the chance to unleash it on readers and we’re kinda freaking out that this thing we’ve put so much time and sweat into is really real and really good,” said Sebela.

The series launches from Image Comics in June 2018.

by Anthony Del Col & Jeff McComsey

Acclaimed writer ANTHONY DEL COL (Assassin’s Creed, Kill Shakespeare), New York Times bestselling cartoonist JEFF McCOMSEY (FUBAR), and newcomer GEOFF MOORE come together for an action-packed, original graphic novel, SON OF HITLER.

The never-before-told story of Adolf Hitler’s secret child and how this son was the key to ending World War II is now revealed in this audacious graphic novel based upon one of history’s most intriguing rumors.

“Like any top secret mission, SON OF HITLER involved meticulous planning, maps, secret meetings and the twisting of arms,” said Del Col. “So now that our mission has finally been revealed we can get around to the execution of it. And by execution, I mean the planned execution of Adolf Hitler.”

In 1943 Nazi-occupied France a rogue British S.O.E. agent recruits a young baker’s assistant for a dangerous mission by sharing with him a revelation no one would ever want to hear: he is the biological son of Adolf Hitler.

The original graphic novel will hit stores in May 2018.

by Mirka Andolfo 

Mirka Andolfo brings hit Italian comic title, Contro Natura, to Image Comics in an English translated fantasy erotica title, UNNATURAL.

Leslie is a simple pig girl, she loves sushi and she is trapped in a job that she hates. She lives with Trish, her best friend. In her world, which is full of anthropomorphic creatures, the government interferes in the personal lives of its citizens, up to the point of allowing only relationships between individuals of the same race. The transgressors are punished. They are accused of being… unnatural! Leslie dreams of something different for herself. But these dreams are becoming dangerous, especially because they feature a mysterious wolf. And, when she wakes up, she thinks that she is being watched…

The series will launch in July 2018.

by Jody LeHeup & Nathan Fox

Writer Jody LeHeup (SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER), Eisner Award-nominated artist Nathan Fox (DMZ, HAUNT, Dark Reign: Zodiac), and Eisner Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart (Hellboy, RUMBLE) merge to form an unstoppable sci-fi tour de force with THE WEATHERMAN!

Local weatherman and fun-loving amnesiac Nathan Bright was just a normal guy living the good life on terraformed Mars. But the past Nathan didn’t know he had comes back to murder him when he’s accused of carrying out the worst terrorist attack in human history—an event that wiped out nearly the entire population of Earth.

Confused, terrified, and ill-prepared for life as the galaxy’s most wanted man, Nathan’s fate lies in the hands of Amanda Cross, the disavowed government agent assigned to his case. Together the unlikely duo will have to rely on each other as they battle their way through the solar system in search of the truth buried in Nathan’s lost memory…and the key to stopping the real enemy from carrying out a second extinction-level attack.

“Series artist Nathan Fox’s work on THE WEATHERMAN will hit you like a bolt of lightning,” said LeHeup. “Vicious and vital, it’s high energy for even higher stakes. There simply aren’t comics more beautiful than this.”

Fox added: “Before I even finished Jody’s first script  I knew I had to tell this story. THE WEATHERMAN is one of the most inspired, relevant, and human stories I’ve ever had the privilege of contributing to and I absolutely cannot wait for people to read it.”

A full-throttle, widescreen, science fiction epic about the damage we do in the name of justice and what it truly means to be redeemed…

The series will launch in June 2018.

by Matthew Rosenberg & Tyler Boss

The critically-acclaimed, breakout creative team behind 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK, Tyler Boss & Matthew Rosenberg come to Image Comics for an new series, WHAT’S THE FURTHEST PLACE FROM HERE?

“I’m really excited to be making my Image Comics debut with a book that is very personal to me,” said Rosenberg. “And I’m thrilled to do it with Tyler, who I can barely tolerate as a person, but is a brilliant artist and collaborator. Together we’re working to make a book that we hope will impact people the same way so many of our favorite comics have impacted us over the years.”

WHAT’S THE FURTHEST PLACE FROM HERE? tells the story of a gang of young punks getting lost in the wasteland of America. After their youngest member disappears their quest to find her may put them in a fight to survive against the most deadly terrain, the most dangerous gangs, and maybe even each other. Or maybe not. Either way they’re going to find out how the world ended.

Boss added: “The story and world Matthew and myself have built is dense and (hopefully) exciting. I’ve never felt more creatively charged and I’ve been putting that energy into every page. I hope that old man Rosenberg can keep up.”

It launches in November 2018.

Preview: Infinity Countdown: Prime #1

Infinity Countdown: Prime #1

(W) Gerry Duggan (A/CA) Mike Deodato
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Contains 30 pages of all-new story from Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato Jr, with additional bonus content! This brand-new story is the beginning of the saga fans won’t want to miss.

The Infinity Stones. Individually, they grant their wielder great power. Together, they grant the power of a god. Newly reformed and scattered throughout the universe, these artifacts allow the ones who claim them their heart’s desire. Now, as their locations are discovered, forces converge for a battle that will begin the universe down a dark path to the END. Jump onto this exciting ride that will lead to the biggest Infinity yet! Plus: The saga of the Infinity Stones-what they are and how they came to be! From creation to destruction to re-creation, this prose primer will tell you everything you need to know about the legendary cosmic gems!

Todd McFarlane, Gerry Duggan, John McCrea, Chris Sebela, Jody LeHeup, Brian Haberlin, Farel Dalrymple & Rob Guillory to appear at Image Expo

Todd McFarlaneGerry DugganJohn McCreaChris Sebela, Jody LeHeupBrian Haberlin, Farel Dalrymple, and Rob Guillory will be making appearances at Image Expo in Portland, Oregon on Wednesday, February 21st. Expo ticket holders will be the first to learn of their exciting new projects, plus even more special surprise guests yet to be announced. Image Expo 2018 Premium ticket sales will close Wednesday, February 14th.

McFarlane is the creator of Spawn, co-founder, partner, and President of Image Comics as well as the founder of McFarlane Toys. Film director, artist, writer, and producer McFarlane is widely recognized as one of the most influential comic book creators of the last two decades. Spawn’s hugely popular May 1992 debut sold 1.7 million copies—a still unsurpassed feat for an “independent” comic book series. A whirlwind of growth and expansion followed: more comics, action figures, film, and award-winning animation.

Duggan is a writer and producer whose recent comics include Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy, Uncanny Avengers, and Chewbacca. After writing for G4’s gaming and pop culture show Attack of the Show, Duggan and comedian Brian Posehn wrote the black comedy THE LAST CHRISTMAS, illustrated by Rick Remender and published by Image Comics. His following Image project, INFINITE HORIZON with artist Phil Noto, was nominated for an Eisner in 2008. ANALOG #1 co-created with David O’Sullivan from Image Comics hits stores on Wednesday, April 4th.

McCrea is an Irish comics creator whose previous work with Image Comics included his supernatural science series Mythic, co-created with Phil Hester.

Sebela is a two-time Eisner-nominated writer living and working in Portland, Oregon. He’s the co-creator of books such as HeartthrobHigh Crimes, We(l)come BackDead Letters, and Short Order Crooks, as well as having written books including Blue BeetleKiss/VampirellaDetective ComicsEscape From New YorkCaptain Marvel, Injustice: Ground Zero, and DEMONIC.

LeHeup is the co-writer and co-creator of Shirtless Bear-Fighter! with Sebastian Girner and Nil Vendrell Pallach. A former editor, Jody worked on series including Uncanny X-Force, Deadpool, and Strange Tales for Marvel Comics as well as Quantum and Woody for Valiant Comics.

Haberlin is a comic book creator, artist, writer, editor, and educator. He is the creator or co-creator of titles including WitchbladeAria, Stone, Area 52, Hellcop, Anomaly, Shifter, and many more. He teaches art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and through his Digital Art Tutorials, which are available through Image Comics.

Dalrymple is the creator of Pop Gun War: Chain Letter (2017, Image Comics) and POP GUN WAR: GIFT (2016, Image), The Wrenchies (First Second Books, 2014), It Will All Hurt (Study Group Comic Books, 2015), and Delusional (AdHouse Books, 2013). Dalrymple was a co-founder and contributor to the comic anthology, Meathaus, and the artist on Palefire (Secret Acres, 2015) written by Mk Reed, PROPHET (Image Comics, 2012) by Brandon Graham, and Omega the Unknown(Marvel Comics, 2010) by Jonathan Lethem.

Guillory is known for his distinct, animated art style that has graced the pages of Image Comics, Marvel Comics, IDW, Dark Horse, and Valiant Comics. He’s won multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards and is co-creator with John Layman on the New York Times bestseller CHEW from Image Comics.

Previously announced creators confirmed to take the stage at Image Expo 2018 include Robert KirkmanRick RemenderTee Franklin, and Nick Pitarra.

Image Expo is an exclusive opportunity for fans to get early exposure to the Image Comics’ most jaw-dropping announcements, a first look at creative process, and learn insider details about this top talent. Image Expo 2018 is a unique all-day experience for fans to have unprecedented access to the writers and artists behind their favorite comic books at exclusive autograph sessions and comic-focused programming. The event is open to all fans, comics retailers, librarians, and media.

Tickets to the event are now available for sale. Image Comics is offering General Admission tickets available for $25, Premium Admission tickets available for $100.

A General Admission Ticket will grant one (1) person entry to Image Expo and includes a program guide book and access to EXPO programming.

A Premium Admission Ticket will grant one (1) entry to Image Expo and includes admission to Expo programming, program guide book, an Image Comics branded canvas tote bag, boxed lunch (valued at approximately $17), three (3) exclusive Image Expo variants, an Image Comics branded 25th anniversary commemorative pint glass, an Image Comics branded 25th anniversary commemorative enamel lapel pin, and access to priority seating.

The official Image Expo After Party which will be held from 7-10 p.m, location and further details to be announced. No ticket necessary, swing by and mingle with other members of the comics community, fans, industry professionals, and creators at this fun get-together.

Seating at Image Expo is limited. Admission for retailers and members of the media is complimentary (passes are limited).

Preview: Despicable Deadpool #294

Despicable Deadpool #294

(W) Gerry Duggan (A) Scott Koblish (CA) Mike Hawthorne
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Feb 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Wade continues checking off his BUCKET LIST! Deadpool continues to wrap up his remaining business, you know, just in case. This time…Madcap is back to ruin his life! Then – is Deadpool really going to kill Apocalypse? That’s his next target…sort of…

Captain Marvel, Daredevil and Darkhawk Control The Stones?!

The race to wield infinite power kicks into high gear across the Marvel Universe with Infinity Countdown (Prime and Adam Warlock) from mastermind writer Gerry Duggan! And starting in May, you cannot miss the newly announced Infinity Countdown Tie-In titles: brand new, can’t-miss one-shots and limited series from all-star creative teams that will reveal the fate of the stones —  and who possesses them!

First up, Gerry Duggan and Black Panther artist Chris Sprouse bring their streetwise expertise to Hell’s Kitchen in Daredevil #1, as Matt Murdock encounters the Mind Stone in the New York underworld. Of course, the stone is bound to fall into mysterious yet unlikely hands…but can Daredevil keep an Infinity Stone’s power from wreaking havoc on the city?

In Captain Marvel #1, don’t miss the story from Jim McCann and Diego Olortegui as they help Carol Danvers cross the borders of reality for a mind-bending, cross-time adventure into Infinity Stone lore! Continuing the journey that’s taken her to another dimension into the clutches of Thanos and Nebula, Captain Marvel – in the possession of the Reality Stone – returns to Earth, having contacted the Marvels of many worlds along the way…

And finally, following the event of Darkhawk #51, we see the return of Darkhawk in a four-issue series from Chris Sims, Chad Bowers and Gang Hyuk Lim! Spinning out of the war with the Fraternity of Raptors for the Power Stone, “The Hawk” is back to fight for justice for both New York and the world!

Don’t miss the first wave of INFINITY COUNTDOWN TIE-INS coming to comic shops in May!


Written by JIM MCCANN

Cover by SKAN

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