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Don’t Call It a Comeback, Maniac of New York Returns!

Maniac of New York: Don’t Call It a Comeback #1

Writer: Elliott Kalan 
Artist & Colorist: Andrea Mutti 
Letterer: Taylor Esposito 
Cover: Andrea Mutti 
Incentive Cover: Jonathan Luna
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 12.07.22

Maniac Harry, the seemingly unstoppable killer, has finally been stopped. The city celebrates, the Mayor takes the credit, and Maniac Task Force Director Gina Greene — last seen slicing the Maniac’s head open — has disappeared to parts unknown. Now NYPD Detective Zelda Pettibone must pick up the pieces of a life that’s suddenly so empty she almost wishes the Maniac was back. And, unfortunately, sometimes wishes are granted.  

THAT’S RIGHT, THERE’S A NEW MANIAC, BUT NOT THE ONE YOU’RE EXPECTING! Stay out of Central Park and stay away from cable news, ‘cause something terrifying is on the loose! 

Writer Elliott Kalan and artist Andrea Mutti return to the acclaimed horror-satire series for a tale of horrifying gore and even more horrifying cultural relevance! 

Jonathan Luna’s The Knight and the Lady of Play is coming in November

Jonathan Luna returns with another highly anticipated story in the upcoming, The Knight and the Lady of Play. This one-shot is set to hit shelves this November from Image Comics.

Set after a war with demons, The Knight and the Lady of Play follows knight Signore Vincenzo as he travels home to his wife in Italy. In a swamp, he comes across a mysteriously hypnotic woman, Motta, who tempts him to stay with her.

The Knight and the Lady of Play one-shot (Diamond Code SEP220059) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 2. 

The Knight and the Lady of Play

Review: The Phalanx

The Phalanx

2022 marks 30 years since Image Comics launched and the publisher is celebrating with a lot of releases that look at the past and celebrates its future. One of those releases is The Phalanx, a comic from Jonathan Luna that’s a bit of an homage to the early years of Image.

I remember when Image launched all those years ago. I was just entering my teenage years and the idea of these rockstars of creators breaking off and doing their own thing, how newsworthy it was. I also remember diving into Youngblood, Spawn, Savage Dragon, WildC.A.T.s, and more and generally being disappointed and at times confused. The art was there. The concepts were there. The stories… were present but often times disjointed and outright incomprehensible. Then there were the delays…

Luna takes us back to that time in tone and look with an interesting story of time travel and a hero team that’d have fit right into that launch era. In The Phalanx, Spur, a mercenary in modern-day Los Angeles, chases a mysterious villain and finds herself going through a portal and running into a famous superhero team. There’s something to the comic and at times it nails the era it’s an homage to, but overall, the comic hits some of the issues that those early Image comics had. And maybe that’s part of the point.

There’s a rough narrative, dialogue, and at times art to Luna’s comic. It absolutely nails down the feel of some of those early releases which is kind of the point of it. When it comes to that aspect, the comic nails it all and deserves a 10. But, the story itself is a bit meh and art at times feels like it skips a panel (which was a thing with early Image releases). The comic at times feels more like Michel Fiffe’s Copra than Image. Copra itself began as an homage to superhero comics like the Suicide Squad and since then has spun out to its own thing.

The Phalanx isn’t bad at all and for those that have fond memories of early Image, you’ll probably enjoy it. It plays its concept as both a goof and serious at the same time, never quite deciding where it wants to land. The result is a comic that lands in this odd spot of nostalgia and commentary. It works though in a lot of ways and what you think after is likely going to really depend on how you go into it.

Story: Jonathan Luna Art: Jonathan Luna Letterer: Jonathan Luna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus Comics

Jonathan Luna’s experimental comic 20XX: Transport comes to shelves in August

20XX: Transport debuted on Jonathan Luna’s social media, where his audience had the ability to vote and change the course of the story. Now this exciting one-shot sci-fi tale is slated to land on shelves from Image Comics this August for all to enjoy.

Out of the futuristic-yet-grounded world of 20XX, springs the story of a teenage boy with illegal telekinetic abilities who tries to save his classmates on a school bus from a group of hijackers. Presented in full color!

20XX: Transport (Diamond Code JUN220092) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 3. 

20XX: Transport

Jonathan Luna Celebrates 30 Years of Image with The Phalanx

Bestselling writer and artist Jonathan Luna pays homage to the hit series launched during the early years of Image Comics with the upcoming The Phalanx. This exciting one-shot will land on shelves this June during Image’s 30 year anniversary celebrations.

The Phalanx follows Spur, a mercenary in modern-day Los Angeles, who chases a mysterious villain and finds herself going through a portal and running into a famous superhero team. They realize they have a common goal.

The Phalanx one-shot will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 1:

  • Cover A – Diamond Code APR220096
  • Cover B 1:10 copy incentive – Diamond Code APR220097
The Phalanx

Jonathan Luna’s 20XX: Transport Comes to Panel Syndicate!

Panel Syndicate is kicking off 2022 with 20XX! 20XX was created by Jonathan Luna and Lauren Keely and originally published by Image Comics. 20XX: Transport is a special one-shot was a social-media experiment where the audience voted to change the course of the story.

A teenage boy with illegal telekinetic abilities in Anchorage, Alaska tries to save his classmates on a school bus from a group of hijackers.

You can get 20XX: Transport now on Panel Syndicate for whatever price you want to pay!

Panel Syndicate also gave updates that more Friday, Blackhand Ironhead, and Bad Karma, along with more surprises, are coming!

Maniac of New York: The Bronx is Burning Gets Horror Fanatic Variant Covers

MANIAC OF NEW YORK: THE BRONX IS BURNING #1

Writer: Elliott Kalan 
Artist: Andrea Mutti 
Letterer: Taylor Esposito 
Cover: Andrea Mutti 
Maniac Harry Mask Variant: Andrea Mutti 
Incentive Cover: Jonathan Luna
$4.99 / 32 Pages / Color / On Sale 12.01.21 

The bloody saga of Maniac Harry continues!  

After the tragedy of The Death Train, Detective Zelda Pettibone and mayoral aide Gina Greene have lost the trail of the Maniac — and the support of the city. Copycats are springing up, tensions are high and traffic is a nightmare. So, what happens when your favorite unstoppable, mindless killer resurfaces in a Bronx high school? Can Zelda and Gina get there before Maniac Harry adds to his body count? Will the students tear their attention away from their phones long enough to notice there’s a monster in the halls?   

Writer Elliott Kalan and artist Andrea Mutti return for the next chapter of the hit horror-satire that’s somehow even scarier than the world we actually live in! 

MANIAC OF NEW YORK BRONX BURNING #1 CVR B MUTTI MASK

MANIAC OF NEW YORK: THE BRONX IS BURNING #2

Writer: Elliott Kalan 
Artist: Andrea Mutti 
Letterer: Taylor Esposito 
Cover: Andrea Mutti 
Horror Fanatic Cover: David Lopez
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 01.12.22

Maniac Harry is loose in a Bronx high school, and it’s not so he can finish his GED!  

With video of Harry’s bloody rampage going viral, seemingly everyone is converging on Bright Future Academy: protestors, police, media and our heroes, Mayoral Aide Gina Greene and NYPD Detective Zelda Pettibone. Can the so-called grown-ups get out of each other’s way in time? And what happens when an ordinary student risks his life to save his classmates, only to be chased by the worst bully of them all: The Maniac? 

Each issue of MANIAC OF NEW YORK: THE BRONX IS BURNING features 24 pages of story and art with a cardstock cover!

MANIAC OF NEW YORK: THE BRONX IS BURNING #2

MANIAC OF NEW YORK: THE BRONX IS BURNING #3

Writer: Elliott Kalan 
Artist: Andrea Mutti 
Letterer: Taylor Esposito 
Cover: Andrea Mutti 
Horror Fanatic Variant Cover: Robert Hack
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 02.16.22

Gina Greene and Zelda Pettibone are face-to-face with Maniac Harry once more, and they’re armed with enough Molotov cocktails to burn down the borough! But the Mayor of New York seems determined to get in their way. Can Gina and Zelda stop Harry before his body count rises?  

SPOILER ALERT: They can’t! There’s only one issue left after this one, and it just might be the biggest bloodbath yet! 

Each issue of MANIAC OF NEW YORK: THE BRONX IS BURNING features 24 pages of story and art with a cardstock cover! 

MANIAC OF NEW YORK: THE BRONX IS BURNING #3

MANIAC OF NEW YORK: THE BRONX IS BURNING #4

Writer: Elliott Kalan 
Artist: Andrea Mutti 
Letterer: Taylor Esposito 
Cover: Andrea Mutti 
Horror Fanatic Variant Cover: Francesco Francavilla
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 03.23.22

Maniac Harry plus Opening Day at Yankee Stadium. YOU DO THE MATH! Civil servant-turned-angel-of-vengeance Gina Greene is determined to make this her final showdown with the Maniac. Can she finally destroy the monster that’s haunted her all these years? And how much of New York will she have to burn to make it happen? 

Each issue of MANIAC OF NEW YORK: THE BRONX IS BURNING features 24 pages of story and art with a cardstock cover! 

MANIAC OF NEW YORK: THE BRONX IS BURNING #4

Maniac of New York Returns in December with “The Bronx is Burning”

Maniac of New York: The Bronx is Burning #1

Writer: Elliott Kalan
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Andrea Mutti
Maniac Harry Mask Variant: Andrea Mutti
Incentive Cover: Jonathan Luna
$4.99 / 32 Pages / Color / On Sale 12.01.21

The bloody saga of Maniac Harry continues!

After the tragedy of The Death Train, Detective Zelda Pettibone and mayoral aide Gina Greene have lost the trail of the Maniac — and the support of the city. Copycats are springing up, tensions are high and traffic is a nightmare. So, what happens when your favorite unstoppable, mindless killer resurfaces in a Bronx high school? Can Zelda and Gina get there before Maniac Harry adds to his body count? Will the students tear their attention away from their phones long enough to notice there’s a monster in the halls?  

Writer Elliott Kalan and artist Andrea Mutti return for the next chapter of the hit horror-satire that’s somehow even scarier than the world we actually live in!

Maniac of New York: The Bronx is Burning #1

Exclusive Preview: Maniac of New York #1

Maniac of New York #1

Writer: Elliott Kalan 
Artist & Colorist: Andrea Mutti 
Letterer: Taylor Esposito 
Cover: Andrea Mutti 
Incentive Cover: Jonathan Luna
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 02.03.21

Four years ago, a masked slasher began stalking the streets of New York City.  

Maniac Harry is inhuman, unkillable and unstoppable. Which is why the authorities’ solution has been to ignore him, and let New Yorkers adapt to a world where death can strike at any moment. When Maniac Harry starts killing his way through the subway system, trauma-haunted political aide Gina Greene and disgraced NYPD detective Zelda Pettibone become determined to go rogue and destroy him. But how can they fight a monster when they can’t fight City Hall? 

From Emmy Award-winning writer Elliott Kalan (The Daily ShowMST3KSpider-Man & The X-Men) and artist Andrea Mutti (Port of Earth, Hellblazer) comes the horrifying story of what happens when terror becomes the new normal. A frightening, thought-provoking, a sometimes funny, always timely tale of murder, obsession, and urban living. 

Maniac of New York #1

Jonathan Luna Teams with Lauren Kelly for a New Sci-Fi Thriller 20XX

Image Comics has announced a new, ongoing science-fiction/thriller series—20XX—by Jonathan Luna and Lauren Keely set to hit shelves this December. 

20XX imagines a not-so-distant future—a world of norms and syms, divided by fear. Syms, a small percentage of the population with telekinetic abilities, form gangs to survive. But division only breeds more division, and Mer and Nuon experience this firsthand as they become entangled in the often dramatic, sometimes violent, but always complex social landscape of sym gang rivalries in Anchorage, Alaska.

20XX #1 (Diamond Code OCT190019) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 4.

20XX #1
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