Eisner Award winning writer Kelly Thompson and superstar artist Mattia De Iulis team up for their first creator-owned work together in the upcoming horror/coming-of-age story The Cull. This five issue miniseries is set to launch in August from Image Comics.
This exciting launch will also feature variant covers by such top talents as Lorenzo Ceccotti, Michael Walsh, Andrew J. Seles, Chris Shehan, Meredith Mcclaren, Dike Ruan, and Tula Lotay.
Something is Killing the Children horror vibes mix with The Goonies-style adventure as five friends set off to shoot a short film on a forbidden rock near their home the summer before they all go their separate ways. But that’s not really why they’re there. One of them has lied… and it’s a lie that will change their lives forever.
The Cull #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 16:
- Cover A by Mattia De Iulis – Diamond Code JUN230033
- Cover B by Lorenzo Ceccotti – Diamond Code JUN230034
- Cover C by Michael Walsh – Diamond Code JUN230035
- Cover D by Andrew J. Seles – Diamond Code JUN230036
- Cover E by Chris Shehan – Diamond Code JUN230037
- Cover F (1:10) by Meredith Mcclaren – Diamond Code JUN230038
- Cover G (1:25) by Dike Ruan – Diamond Code JUN230039
- Cover H (1:50) by Tula Lotay – Diamond Code JUN230040
Image Comics has announced an exciting creator-owned panel this year at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle on Saturday, March 4 at Washington State Convention Center. Get the details below!
Image Comics Presents: The Cutting Edge of Comics Storytelling
Saturday, March 4, 2023 from 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM in Room: 342
Bestselling comics creators Shof Coker (NEW MASTERS), Meredith McClaren (BLACK CLOAK), Jeremy Haun (HAUNTHOLOGY), Shobo Coker (NEW MASTERS), David F. Walker (BITTER ROOT), Dustin Nguyen (LITTLE MONSTERS), and Kyle Higgins (RADIANT BLACK) come together to discuss the new frontiers of storytelling and the secrets behind creating characters that leap from the page. Moderator: Graeme McMillan of Popverse.
Eisner Award winning writer Kelly Thompson and artist extraordinaire Meredith McClaren have hit big with their new fantasy/mystery series Black Cloak. Image Comics will fast-track the premier issue of the series back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming demand.
Catering directly to fans of Saga and Blade Runner, Black Cloak offers readers a dramatic and delectable fantasy/sci-fi blend. The adventure begins when two Black Cloaks try to solve the murder of a beloved prince in Kiros—the last city in the known world—before his murder tips the city into war.
Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 22:
- Black Cloak #1 second printing – Diamond Code DEC228406
- Black Cloak #2 Cover A by McClaren – Diamond Code – DEC220229
- Black Cloak #2 Cover B by Veronica Fish Diamond Code DEC220230
- Black Cloak #2 CoverC by Grace Winstead – Diamond Code DEC220231
- Black Cloak #2 Cover D by McClaren – Diamond Code DEC220232
It’s the end of the world as we know it… and it’s in the hands of an elderly woman. Yes, it’s now who you’d expect at all. Ash & Thorn #1 takes the well-worn story of a champion standing up for the planet and delivers something new. We’ve seen the heroic individual in the past. We’ve seen the utter screw up as well. This? Well, this gives us a hero who’d fit more in a Golden Girls reboot.
Written by Mariah McCourt the story revolves around Lottie Thorn, reluctant savior of the world and her also-elderly trainer Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss. It’s an entertaining start taking a story that’s been done so many times and twisting it a bit. It not only takes on so many tropes and familiar stories but it adds some comedic timing to it all to keep readers on their toes. It’s a send-up and love letter to this type of story.
What’s truly great about the comic is that it can be read completely with a straight face. McCourt has fun with it all and if you just want a kick-ass world-saving story, it’s all here. But, McCourt fills the comics with moments that it’s hard to not laugh and take it for the comedic tone it’s going for. There’s a bit of Grosse Point Blank in the comic where the weapon of choice is a frying pan, not a broad sword. And that keeps the readers on their toes. You never know what’s going to happen as we’re taught to expect the unexpected.
Soo Lee provides the art and is able to balance the serious and humor. There’s a solid sense of flow to the action. But, that flow also comes with a bit that feels like it fits Thorn’s age. Maybe it’s my 41 years but I could at times feel the ache from the swinging of a weapon. The color by Pippa Bowland is really nice with great use of it in the background to really set the time and thus a mood for each segment. There’s a cool glow about the colors that make the images pop. The lettering by Rob Steen stands out too as he switches gears in settings. There’s a lot of dialogue packed in and Steen gets it all in there and readable.
Ash & Thorn #1 is a fun comic. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and delivers a wink and nod with the material. But, it’s also an Ahoy Comics release which means some extras as well. Beyond “Editor’s Notes” there are two recipes. I can’t cook worth anything, so it’s all a foreign language. I have no idea how yummy these are but… the images make me want to try to cook them, even though they’re drawings. There’s also a story, “No Smoke Without” by writer Dan Micklethwaite and artist Meredith McClaren. It’s an interesting story mixing technology and horror that doesn’t quite fit the comedic tone of Ash & Thorn‘s main story but is itself quite good.
Ash & Thorn #1 is a fun debut featuring some interesting protagonists you don’t see every day. It has a light tone and is just going with the flow of fun. Sit back and enjoy something new and different and a new series featuring a type of main character we don’t see too often.
Story: Mariah McCourt, Dan Micklethwaite Ar: Soo Lee, Meredith McClaren
Color: Pippa Bowland Letterer: Rob Steen
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read
Purchase: comiXology – TFAW
Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures: The Nicodemus Job
Brian Clevinger (w) • Meredith McClaren (a
Constantinople is the setting for the crime of
the century. The 11th century, that is! On the eve of the First Crusade, the
fate of the world rests in the hands of a disgraced soldier, an assassin, an
orphan, a scribe, and a thief who have no idea they’re pawns in a clash of
civilizations. Heretical texts, ancient star maps, sacred geometries, and one
TPB • FC • $17.99 • 128 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-451-0
Adventure Time: Sugary Shorts Vol. 5 SC
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jeremy Sorese, Meredith McClaren, Hanna K
Artist: Jeremy Sorese, Meredith McClaren, Hanna K
Cover Artist: Jamie Coe
A Variety Pack of Sugary Goodness Awaits! With brand-new, never-before-collected stories by fan-favorite Adventure Time comic book creators, Sugary Shorts packs a sweet punch of stories for everyone!
Including stories from Meredith McClaren (Jem and the Holograms), Jeremy Sorese (Steven Universe), and Adventure Time™ storyboard artist Hanna K! This volume of Sugary Shorts defies dentistry and proves you can’t have too much of a sweet thing!
Real Science Adventures: The Nicodemus Job #5
Brian Clevinger (w) • Meredith McClaren (a & c)
It would be a dang shame if all that planning and heisting was for nothing and our heroes ended up captured. Or worse! Gosh, I hope that doesn’t happen. But, hey, this is the final issue and this isn’t an ongoing series and these guys don’t have a movie deal or an ’80s cartoon franchise to back them up, so anything goes!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99