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The 24 Panels Anthology Features, Alan Moore, Kieron Gillen, and More to Benefit the Grenfell Fire Survivors

Image Comics has announced the forthcoming 24 Panels Anthology, curated by New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen with co-editor Steve Thompson, and featuring work from some of the most celebrated storytellers and artists in the industry. The charity anthology will benefit the survivors of the Grenfell fire.

In June 2017, the Grenfell fire killed 72 people in a 24-story tower block in West London. 24 Panels is an anthology comic to support the PTSD needs of the survivors. The 24 Panels Anthology will be comprised of 24 stories, each no longer than 24 panels. Half drawn from professional creators who volunteered their time and half drawn from open submissions, 24 PANELS is about community, hope, and (most of all) raising as much money as possible.

Al Ewing, Alan Moore, Alex de Campi, Antony Johnston, Caspar Wijngaard, Dan Watters, Dilraj Mann, Doug Braithwaite, Gavin Mitchell, Laurie Penny, Leigh Alexander, Lizz Lunney, Melinda Gebbie, Paul Cornell, Rachael Smith, Ram V, Robin Hoelzemann, Rosy Higgins, Sara Kenney, Sarah Gordon, Ted Brandt, Tom Humberstone, Tula Lotay, and more will contribute to 24 Panels.

24 Panels (Diamond Code SEP180079, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1126-8) will be available in comic book stores on Wednesday, November 21st. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, October 8th.

It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, November 27th and can be pre-ordered at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Indiebound, and Indigo.

Listen to Karen Berger Talk Her Return to Comics and Surgeon X on Demand

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September saw the release of the first issue of Surgeon X, a new series written by Sara Kenney with art by John Watkiss. The comic series also sees the return of legendary editor Karen Berger.

The series dives into real world medicine and issues, along with a companion app, we talk to Berger about her return to comics, the challenges of this particular comic and its app, and her insights into the comic industry.

Karen is the award-winning and founding editor of the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics. As an industry leader of creative risk-taking and innovative comics storytelling in a wide range of genre fiction, Karen led Vertigo for 20 years, transforming the comics medium by publishing many of the most acclaimed and best-selling comics and graphic novels in the past two decades: Sandman, V for Vendetta, Swamp Thing, Preacher, Fables, Hellblazer, Y–the Last Man, 100 Bullets, The Invisibles, and Transmetropolitan.

Twitter: @karenpberger

Surgeon X is a Cut Above the Rest and Sells Out

Image Comics has announced that the highly anticipated new series by Sara Kenney, John Watkiss, and edited by industry legend Karen Berger, Surgeon X, launched to overwhelming critical acclaim and is being sent back to print in order to keep up with increasing customer demand.

Surgeon X explores a bleak future where a far-right British government, an antibiotic apocalypse, and a gruesome murder result in the birth of Surgeon X and her renegade practice. Extreme times call for extreme medicine.

Kenney, acclaimed documentary, factual drama, and animation filmmaker, master artist Watkiss and Berger, award-winning and Vertigo-founding editor, have stitched together a unique, darkly comic medical thriller, which will horrify and delight in equal measure.

Surgeon X #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code AUG168926) and Surgeon X #2 (Diamond Code AUG160672) will be available on Wednesday, October 26th.


Surgeon X Gets an Enhanced App

Wellcome, a global charitable foundation that exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive, has funded an enhanced comics app for the highly anticipated new comic book series Surgeon X.  The app will launch on September 28, 2016, with Image Comics’ publication of the first issue by debut comic book writer and acclaimed documentary filmmaker Sara Kenney, master artist John Watkiss, colorist James Devlin, letterer Jared K. Fletcher, and editor Karen Berger, the founder of Vertigo Comics.

First time comic writer Sara Kenney secured funding for both the app and the comic itself with a Society Award from Wellcome, which supported extensive dialogue with scientists, medics, biomedical ethicists and sociologists. Surgeon X is a medical thriller set in London in the year 2036, which asks: What if we lived in a world of antibiotic resistance and rationing, where the superbugs have won? In the series, Rosa Scott, a brilliant and obsessive surgeon takes things into her own hands and becomes Surgeon X, a vigilante doctor who uses experimental surgery and black market drugs to treat patients.

A new enhanced comic app will be available each month to accompany the content of each issue and timed to the same release, and will include:

  • Animated scientific shorts narrated by Alice Roberts, Professor of Public Engagement in Science at University of Birmingham;
  • Historical footage detailing the medical science of antibiotics;
  • Futuristic animations of political campaigns, commercials & news reports from London 2036;
  • Documentary interviews with the creative team and the scientists, surgeons, historians, ethicists and philosophers who helped inform the series;
  • Original music and sound design;
  • The entire comic, both in color and in stylish black and white

The Surgeon X Enhanced Comic App was created by Sara Kenney Writer/ Producer/ Director; Michael Mensah-Bonsu, Designer and Developer of Vuniiun Ltd., Simon Armstrong, Animation Director of Ticktockrobot; Oliver Kenney, Composer/Music Consultant; Marnie Chesterton freelancer for BBC, Producer of audio documentaries as well as Karen Berger and producer Duncan Copp.

The app is available September 28 in the App Store and Google Play Store for $3.99 U.S./£2.99 U.K..

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Sara Kenney Looks to the Medical Future with Surgeon X

SX01 cover lgSet against the backdrop of a medical apocalypse in near-future London, Surgeon X weaves a story of ordinary people from all walks of life striving to survive in a society constantly threatened by ever-looming disease and a government headed by the Lionheart Party.

It’s the year 2036 and there are great futuristic advancements available in medicine and surgery, yet a simple infection can kill. Rosa Scott, a brilliant and obsessive surgeon becomes Surgeon X, a vigilante doctor who uses experimental surgery and black market drugs to treat patients. AsSurgeon X, Rosa develops a godlike-complex, deciding who will live and who will die. Risking everything to save lives, she believes that to survive in this compromised world her own moral code is the one she must follow, ultimately warping her Hippocratic Oath to suit her own decisions—even if it endangers those closest to her.

Written by Sara Kenney, with art by John Watkiss, and edited by Karen Berger, Surgeon X is a future that asks what if we do nothing about some of the issues facing today’s healthcare system and medical field.

I got a chance to ask Sara some questions about the series before its debut in late September.

Graphic Policy: Where did the concept of Surgeon X come from?

Sara Kenney: I’ve worked on quite a few medical documentaries and the longest running medical drama series in the world – BBC’s Casualty. During my time, I’ve been fascinated by the medical dilemma’s that the doctors and surgeons face. They have to treat all sorts of people and in a wild range of situations. While working on Casualty a few of my stories were commissioned and I was hooked on medical drama from that point. So many people cut their teeth on Casualty by the way Orlando Bloom, Kate Winslet, David Walliams, Minnie Driver, Kathy Burke, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone and Pete Postlethwaite!

Since then I’ve been playing with the idea of a female surgeon character for quite a few years. But the first time I wrote something down was over 10-years ago. I was digging through some old documents a few weeks back and I found the genesis document, which I’d totally forgotten about! I’ve wanted to write for comics for a while and I’d written a story for 2000AD’s Future Shock. The legendary British publication, home of Judge Dredd, invites new writers to submit a 4-page story with a twist. My story was called ‘The Medic’ – about a female surgeon who has incredible surgical abilities and uses future tech to save someone from a plane wreckage. It’s actually a love story with a messed-up twist. I never sent the idea to 2000AD, I must have chickened out… That was 10-years ago. I’ve been tweaking and playing with the idea ever since.

I think 2014 was a pivotal year for me, when I really started writing down the ideas for Surgeon X. My life was changing in so many ways, I had one-year-old twin girls and I was thinking about the future a lot. Thinking about the world and society my daughters would grow up in. I don’t think having children suppresses creativity as a lot of people suggest – for me it ignited a fire. Looking back that year I worked for the BBC Current Affairs Department, for Imperial College Tech Foresight and I guess all those experiences feed into Surgeon X.

It was time to tell my story and it was very much inspired by all the female scientists and experts I met. The feisty ones who were interested in politics and the world around them. Rosa Scott is a woman who has taken the law into her own hands and who does want to save people but on her terms. Her sister is a scientist who does want to save the world, but doesn’t quite know how. Rosa must help her. Lewis Scott wants to fight for the cause and will support his family in achieving their goals. The antagonists are many and varied and they serve to mess things up considerably.

GP: You tackle a lot of real world issues in the first two issues, the British health system, sexism aimed at female doctors, antibiotics losing their effectiveness. That’s a lot to pack in.

SK: Yes it is but I think it works because all these things aren’t bolt-ons to the story they are the story. The set up is that Rosa Scott is a surgeon in London, 20-years in the future, trying to save lives when most of the antibiotics are no longer working. Everything else plays out of that set-up and so inevitably the obstacles she faces are related to this world.

GP: You also have a character who’s schizophrenic. There’s a lot of groups who think mental health isn’t depicted well in entertainment. Did you talk to people to get that character right and depict him accurately?

SK: Yes I talked to my family, extensively – schizophrenia has been all around me for over 20-years. I have an older and younger brother and they both experienced psychosis at various points in their lives and were diagnosed with schizophrenia. From talking to scientists I guess we just have a heavy genetic loading in our family. It’s not one gene, but a range of genes that lead to the manifestation of the illness along with environmental factors.

My older brother became ill, about 20-years ago and then my younger brother became ill about 7-years ago. They are both doing really well now, but we’ve been through some wild times. My short film Angels and Ghosts, narrated by Samantha Morton (Minority Report, Synecdoche New York) was about this very subject. You can view it on-line here.

I wrote the character Lewis as homage to my brothers if you like. Although the character Lewis Scott has schizophrenia it doesn’t define him. That’s not his purpose in this story; he’s got other stuff going on! He’s probably one of the most grounded characters in the comic. And a lot of fun!

GP: What research did you do in working on the book on antibiotics and medical procedures? I know you were a scientist for the Environment Agency. Where you doing work in this area there?

SK: I don’t have a medical background, but I do have a biological sciences background with a degree in Ecology and an MSc. in Science Communication.  When I worked at the Environment Agency I worked in Water Quality and Flood Warning, so again not related to this story. But working as a documentary filmmaker over the last 16-years I’ve specialised in science journalism.

For Surgeon X I’ve spoken to probably well over 50 experts from microbiologists to ethicists, philsophers to surgeons. Several of them I’ve been in constant contact with during the writing of the comic. All the medical dialogue is informed by conversations with surgeons. Also when working on the surgery scenes with the brilliant John Watkiss, I’d have to get references for John although in many cases he didn’t need them. He’s got an excellent knowledge of anatomy having taught it at the Royal College of Art.

The research was vital for making the stories a success, I think it makes the storyworld feel more authentic and believable. I hope it does!

GP: I was intrigued by the stat about the percent of female surgeons to see if that was right! And it’s pretty close to the US stats. I assume yours is the UK stats? Are you peppering the series with stats like that? It feels like subtle (and really smart) advocacy.

SK: Yes these are based on real stats. So in the UK, currently 50% of all medical students are women but only 10% of surgeons are women. There are some stats suggesting that this will only rise to 15% by 2036. It’s been really interesting talking to surgeons and historians about why that is. Surgery, historically was seen as a very physical and male pursuit. There were a lot of amputations and dissections and this just wasn’t seen as a very ladylike thing to do. Culturally this vision of the older, white male surgeon in a white coat has pervaded, although it is starting to change.

I’m a nerd so I love a fact and a figure and I enjoy sharing them with other people – so yes, you will see a few of them peppered throughout the comic and they will have been researched!

GP: There’s some interesting politics in the comic, with a rise of a rightwing leader and some pretty alarming rhetoric. I know comics take a while to be created, was it coincidence that there was a rightwing lurch in UK (and US) politics?

SK: I started thinking about the storyworld in more detail in 2014. We’ve seen the rise of the far right across Europe and I began thinking about what that would look like if we experienced it in the UK. I think during difficult economic times we often look for people to blame and we want to protect what is ‘ours’. There have definitely been tensions bubbling away beneath the surface in both the UK and US. Over the past year clearly what we’ve seen is those tensions exploding through the surface and up into the stratosphere.

In the UK the vicious and backstabbing machinations of politics on both the left and the right have been laid bare. The thin veneer of ‘gentlemanly’ politics has been broken and we’re all witnessing what politicians are prepared to do and sacrifice (their souls) for a bit of power. It’s ugly and I’m sure a lot of us on the left and the right, are not sure what the future holds right now. So I wasn’t’ expecting it to get so extreme so quickly, but given our social and political landscape I think we could sense the tensions, which is why I wanted to include them in the story.

GP: The outlook on healthcare in this comic is really grim. Are there folks who foresee this as possibly happening?

SK: Most scientists are more hopeful that we’ll be able to solve this problem and if we get politicians working on solutions and give more money to the scientists to work on new antibiotics then perhaps things will not be so bleak. However, there are some scientists who don’t believe we have what it takes as a species to deal with this problem and that things will get very bad. It’s not just a problem of science, it’s politics, sociological, cultural, economics and we need to attack it from all angles.

The outlook in the comic is based on two workshops and regular conversations with scientists particularly microbiologists, surgeons and medical humanities consultants. I’ve extensively researched every aspect of the comic from the policies of the Lionheart Party to the details of the surgical procedures. I’ve spoken to several experts about each element of the story – that’s what you do when you make a documentary and I wanted to bring this same authenticity to the storyworld of this comic.

Rosa Scott has a little of all the female surgeons and scientists I met in her – probably minus the god-like tendencies to make decisions on who will live and who will die!

GP: How did the legendary Karen Berger come on to the comic?

SK: Back in 2014, I was applying to Wellcome Trust for funding to create this comic and as a first time comic writer I knew I had to have a really experienced editor to get the funding. Having worked in TV for over 16-years I’ve learnt that it never hurts to ask – people can always say no or ignore you as a freelancer you learn to be thick-skinned. So I contacted Karen via LinkedIn, with a brief summary of the idea. Of course I expected her to say ‘thanks but, no thanks’, but the idea piqued her interest.

We arranged to talk and next she asked to see some of my writing samples and Karen was really positive about the idea. This was an absolute dream come true. Karen said that even if I didn’t get the funding she wanted to work with me. That gave me real courage and belief in the idea. It’s also clear that Karen enjoys working with new talent, with helping them to develop and evolve. I may not be a Jedi in the world of comics, but I feel like I’m strengthening my grip on the light-sabre and could floor a few storm troopers now. That’s thanks to Karen for sure!

GP: The comic was funded by a Society Award from Wellcome Trust. How’d that come about and your working with the charitable foundation? Do you see them using the comic in their work?

SK: Back in 2010 I was working in TV and I was a bit disillusioned to be honest. I love filmmaking and storytelling, but I also love looking at a story from a variety of angles mixing science with philosophy, art, politics, sociology etc. A lot of science TV is quite whiggish – celebrating science, which is fine, but there are so many more stories to tell, so many more viewpoints to take. So I was looking around for other jobs and I was scanning the Guardian jobs board and there was an advert for ‘Broadcast Manager’ at the Wellcome Trust, covering the current postholder’s maternity leave.

I’d heard about the Wellcome Trust but didn’t know a lot about the organisation. The role was to work with the broadcast sector in documentary, drama and gaming in order to tell stories about biomedical science. I looked up some of the stuff they funded and it’s just so diverse. From Zombie Science: Brain of the Dead spoof lectures looking at the science of the undead and in doing so helping people to engage with brain science; to a game called Hellblade, which follows the personal journey of a Celtic warrior who experiences psychosis; Quacks a historical comedy series about pioneering Victorian doctors for the BBC; Cosmoscope a group of artists and scientists working together to create beautiful pieces of art, which are projected onto landmark buildings. The list goes on and on – they fund millions of pounds of public engagement projects every year.

So I got the job and spent a year at the Trust – the work they do blew my mind. Most of what they fund is scientific research, but they do so much more. I went back to work in TV, but I started applying for grants from the Trust. I received money to develop some ideas for TV and to make a short film Angels and Ghosts, but I’d always wanted to write a comic. So I talked to Wellcome Trust about the idea and it went from there. As a first time comic writer I had to get a good team around me both scientists and people from the comics world.

The application process is long and extensive and you really have to prove yourself. Then there’s that interview in a wooden paneled room, with about 15-people quizzing you – scientists, artists, experts from all areas! I was really scared – fear can be good if you channel it! Luckily there’s a lot of left-field thinkers in the Wellcome Trust who are happy to take risks as long as they are calculated risks.

I’m not sure that the Wellcome Trust will directly use my work – they kinda expect stuff they fund to find its audience through the producers of the work. However, I think the power of comics for storytelling is a natural fit for the Wellcome Trust, it combines science and art – so I’d love to continue working with them on projects.

GP: How did John Watkiss come on board the comic for the art?

SK: Karen worked with John on Sandman and I was keen to work with someone in the UK so I could meet them and talk to him or her about ideas. Karen was over from New York so we met John and talked through the idea. It was nerve wracking because I’d seen John’s art and I knew he had knowledge of anatomy, so I thought he would be a great fit. He was totally into the idea and so easy to talk to, so we took it from there.

We went through quite an extensive development phase; we needed to because I had a lot of experts I had to talk to before I started writing. In this time John created some of the most incredible development art. I can’t wait to start sharing that with you all! His work is stunning and I’m so lucky to be collaborating with him.

GP: There’s a lot of technology and specific bugs thrown around in the comic. How are you coming up with the tech and deciding what superbugs to mention?

SK: In terms of medical stuff I sit down with my comic consultant Dr Gavin Jell who’s a tissue engineer working in nanotechnology and regenerative medicine and also a comics fan. I also work with surgeon Nick Newton, who’s currently doing surgery research at UCL, but is also a Royal Navy surgeon operating on the front line. We’ll sit there with a pen and paper and design Rosa Scott’s surgical table or diagnostics device. We’ll talk about how it works and what might be possible in 20-years-time. It’s worth noting I’m in geek heaven at this point. If you check out our Instagram (Surgeonxcomic), I’ll start posting more of these sketches.

In terms of the bacterial infections – I spend a lot of time researching what these are and what they do and I pick ones that will work for the story! I’ve also chosen ones such as Gonorrhea, for which we are close to losing all working antibiotics. This is terrifying, but it’s happening now. I’ve got a team of microbiologists I talk to Dr Adam Roberts (UCL), Prof Laura Bowater (UEA), Dr Matthew Avison (University of Bristol) among others. I also dig deeper and talk to the specific disease experts, so if I’m covering say TB, I’ll talk to 2 or 3 TB experts. Any good journalist knows you need several points of view – I don’t make life easy for myself! I also love talking to scientists.

In terms of the tech, I spend a lot of time on the internet researching what tech we might see 20-years in the future, so cars, phones, holograms, VR tech etc. etc. In 2014, I spent a bit of time working for Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine (which is where I studied my masters degree for 2-years). I worked for their Tech Foresight division, which explores the future of science and technology and my job was to help their experts tell stories about their work.

In particular I was inspired by Prof Eric Yeatman and his research on future cities, Prof David Klug and his work on future medical devices, Prof Chris Hankin and digital identity (this inspired some of my digital characters), Prof Esther Rodriguez Villegas and personal diagnostics, Prof Gregg Offer and autonomous cars, Prof Julie McCann and her ideas about ‘smart dust’. I coined the phrase ‘dust drive’, which is in the comic and is directly inspired by McCann’s work. I wanted it to be the next version of ‘The Cloud’. So you can see I’ve been embedded with scientists and living this world for a while! All of this feeds into the Surgeon X world and characters.

Check them out here.

Our character Lewis Scott is the tech geek in the story and he uses a lot of references, which I’ve researched over the past couple of years.

GP: Can you give us any glimmer of hope in the medical world?

SK: The story of Surgeon X is a ‘what if we do nothing’ story. It’s a thought experiment if you like on what we could face if we aren’t able to organise ourselves. It’s also a world where a far-right government is in power.

I’m hoping our world won’t descend into this sort of chaos! Most, but not all, of the scientists I’ve spoken to don’t believe it will get this bad. They believe that we will come up with solutions. We do have the technological knowhow; we just need the political will and funding.

I hope this story will entertain, but also get people talking and thinking about these solutions. I’m building on the Surgeon X storyworld and there’s more to come. There will be real opportunities for the audience to explore and engage with the Surgeon X world and all our wonderful and eclectic characters. I hope you pick up a copy of Surgeon X and join us on our journey into a world we hope will never come to pass…

GP: Thanks for the time and can’t wait to read more of the series!

Image Comics Announces 20 Comics and More at Image Expo

Today at the Showbox Market Theater in Seattle, Washington, Image Comics kicked-off Emerald City Comicon with Image Expo and a slew of exciting creator-owned announcements.

They also announced a new initiative Creators for Creators as well.

Image Comics revealed the following creator-owned projects set to launch in the coming year and beyond.

AFAR by Leila del Duca & Kit Seaton

Critically-acclaimed, Russ Manning nominated SHUTTER artist Leila Del Duca teams up as co-creator and writer alongside artist, colorist, and letterer Kit Seaton (THE BLACK BULL OF NORROWAY, EVE OF ALL SAINTS) for an original graphic novel, AFAR.

In AFAR, Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astrally project to other worlds, unintentionally possessing the bodies of people light years away. Inotu, her inquisitive brother with a pension for trouble, finds himself on the run after he’s caught eavesdropping on an illegal business deal between small town business tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. When Boetema accidentally gets someone hurt while in another girl’s body, the siblings are forced to work together to solve the problems they’ve created on their planet and others.

AFAR hits shelves this Fall 2016.


BLACK CLOUD by Jason Latour, Ivan Brandon, Greg Hinkle, Matt Wilson, Aditya Bidikar, Tom Muller, edited by Maria Ludwig
Co-creators Jason Latour (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Spider-Gwen), Ivan Brandon (DRIFTER, VIKING) and Greg Hinkle (AIRBOY, THE RATTLER), team up with colorist Matt Wilson (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE), letterer Aditya Bidikar, designer Tom Muller, and editor Maria Ludwig for an all-new series called, BLACK CLOUD.

Once upon a time…They built a world where dreams come true… And those dreams went to war. In BLACK CLOUD, we meet Zelda: exiled to Earth, her dreams of revolution are gone, but she still holds the key to the world she left behind. And it’s for sale.

BLACK CLOUD is set to launch in Fall 2016.

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THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS by Jonathan Hickman & Tomm Coker 
All hail god money! From Jonathan Hickman (EAST OF WEST, Secret Wars, Avengers) and Tomm Coker (Undying Love) comes a mythical reinterpretation of modern global economics.

THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS is classic occult indoctrination where the secret schools of magic are actually clandestine banking cartels who control all of society—a hidden world where vampire Russian oligarchs, Black Popes, enchanted American aristocrats, and hitmen from the International Monetary Fund work together to keep ALL OF US in our rightful place.

Each issue contains world-expanding bonus content like maps, corporate organization charts, decoded apocrypha, and stock tips to die for.

THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS is a brand new, crypto-noir series about dirty, filthy, money… and what kind of people you can buy with it. Set to launch in Fall 2016.

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Howard Chaykin (SATELLITE SAM, BLACK KISS, AMERICAN FLAGG!) with the able assistance of Jesus Aburto on coloring, and Ken Bruzenak on lettering, unleashes THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA.

THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA is set in the aftermath of a dirty bomb that wipes New York City off the map, as what will come to be known as the Second American Civil War shatters the domestic landscape in isolated pustules of violence…and a team of five private contractors is charged with stemming this tide of rage and bringing the bombers to justice.

THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA launches in Winter 2016.

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GLITTERBOMB by Jim Zub & Djibril Morissette-Phan & K. Michael Russell & Marshall Dillon
Fan-favorite writer Jim Zub and newcomer Djibril Morissette-Phan come together with colorist K. Michael Russell and letterer Marshall Dillon for GLITTERBOMB.

“Probably the only thing I love more than comics is cinema,” said Morissette-Phan. “Which makes Glitterbomb a dream project since it’s a perfect blend of both.”

Set in Hollywood, GLITTERBOMB is a horror story about failed fame and blood-soaked revenge.

GLITTERBOMB is set to launch in late Summer 2016.


HORIZON, by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon & Frank Martin (Skybound)
Writer Brandon Thomas, artist Juan Gedeon, and colorist Frank Martin team up for an all-new series from Image/Skybound titled, HORIZON.

In HORIZON, Zhia Malen thought she’d fought her very last war, until she learned her planet was targeted for occupation…by a desperate world called Earth. The people of Earth will be told that her arrival on our planet means invasion. These are lies. This is retaliation, and Horizon explores what happens when our planet finally runs out of second chances. And when we meet an alien race just as committed to survival as we are…

HORIZON is set to launch from Image/Skybound in July 13, 2016.


THE HUNT by Colin Lorimer, Jim Campbell, and Joana Lafuente (Shadowline Comics)
Critically acclaimed writer/artist Colin Lorimer (Harvest) teams up with letterer Jim Campbell and colorist Joana Lafuente for THE HUNT.

At her father’s deathbed, Orlaigh Roche came face to face with the age-old myth of The Slaugh; a group of soul-stealing spirits so evil that not even hell would take them. Years later, and with the belief that her father’s soul is still trapped in some form of the netherworld, she goes looking for answers—beginning a journey that leads her down a path to discover what really happens to us after we die.

THE HUNT begins in 2016 from Image/Shadowline Comics.

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ISOLA by Brenden Fletcher & Karl Kerschl 
Bestselling creators Brenden Fletcher (Batgirl of Burnside, Gotham Academy) and Karl Kerschl (Gotham Academy, The Abominable Charles Christopher) re-team for ISOLA—an epic fantasy adventure series with the scope of Game of Thrones and the spirit of Princess Mononoke.

ISOLA is set in a mystical land where the queen’s brother enacts a treacherous plot to transform her into a tiger. The captain of the guard, a woman of great skill, brings swift and lethal vengeance, unaware the wicked prince alone has the power to reverse the spell. The two women—one on two legs, one on four—must undertake a perilous journey halfway across the globe to the fabled island of ISOLA, gateway to the underworld, where they hope to find the spirit of the queen’s late brother and return her to human form.

ISOLA is set to launch in Spring 2017.


KILL OR BE KILLED by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser
Bestselling writer Ed Brubaker (THE FADE OUT, FATALE), artist Sean Phillips (THE FADE OUT, FATALE), and colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser (THE FADE OUT, FATALE, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) reunite for KILL OR BE KILLED, the ultimate pulp crime comic.

KILL OR BE KILLED is the story of a troubled young man who is compelled to kill bad people, and how he struggles to keep his secret, as it slowly begins to ruin his life and the lives of his friends and loved ones.

Both a thriller and a deconstruction of vigilantism, KILL OR BE KILLED is unlike anything Brubaker and Phillips have done together in their long partnership.

KILL OR BE KILLED is set to launch in Summer 2016.

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LAKE OF FIRE by Nathan Fairbairn & Matt Smith
Co-creators Nathan Fairbairn (Scott Pilgrim, Batman Incorporated) and Matt Smith (Barbarian Lord) come together for an all-new series titled LAKE OF FIRE.

In LAKE OF FIRE it is 1220 AD, and the gears of the Albigensian Crusade grind on. When an alien mining craft infested with legions of bloodthirsty predators crash-lands in the remote wilderness of the French Pyrenees, a small band of crusaders and a Cathar heretic are all that stands between God’s Kingdom and Hell on Earth.

LAKE OF FIRE is set to launch in Summer 2016.

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MOONSHINE by Brian Azzarello & Eduardo Risso, edited by Will Dennis
From Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso—the Eisner award-winning creative team behind the crime classic, 100 Bullets—comes the brutal new series, MOONSHINE.

MOONSHINE is set during the Prohibition Era, deep in the backwoods of Appalachia and tells the story of Lou Pirlo, a city-slick “torpedo” sent from New York City to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia, one Hiram Holt. Lou figures it for milk run—how hard could it be to set-up moonshine shipments from a few ass-backward hillbillies? What Lou doesn’t figure on is that Holt is just as cunning as ruthless as any NYC crime boss and Lou is in way over his pin-striped head. Because not only will Holt do anything to protect his illicit booze operation, he’ll stop at nothing to protect a much darker family secret…a bloody, supernatural secret that must never see the light of day… or better still, the light of the full moon.

MOONSHINE #1 will hit stores in Fall 2016 and marks the first time Azzarello and Risso have worked together with Image Comics and reunites the acclaimed creative team that defined modern crime comics with 100 Bullets… and now puts a horror-twist on a classic gangster tale.


MOTOR CRUSH by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, & Babs Tarr
From the creative team behind the popular, New York Times bestselling Batgirl of Burnside—Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, and Babs Tarr—comes MOTOR CRUSH—is a stylish, neon-soaked, revved up science-fiction action series.

By day, a Domino Swift competes for fame and fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks helmets of rival gangs in brutal, illegal bike wars on the city streets to gain possession of a rare and valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as MOTOR CRUSH. But the origins—and ultimate purpose—of this mysterious substance are unknown, and could put her on a collision course with danger…

MOTOR CRUSH rides into town this December 2016.

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PRIMA by Jen Van Meter, Rick Burchett, Eric Newsom, edited by Jeanine Schaefer
You don’t always see who’s standing in the spotlight.

Creators Jen Van Meter and artist Rick Burchett team up to tell an all-new story about a dance company—comprised entirely of former spies—righting the wrongs of the Cold War in a series called, PRIMA.

PRIMA follows Sophia Forais and Pauline French are the soloist and Managing Director of a dance company that once served as a front for a Resistance cell in France. Engaged for a long run in New York, the dancers have turned their attention and unique skills to aiding a veteran of the Romanian underground now being blackmailed by her American husband. The small operation should prove simple, but Sophia, Paulina and their colleagues will quickly learn that the war has not really ended, and the world is no less ruthless than it was when they were smuggling information and refugees during the Occupation.

An espionage/romance adventure set in the arts world just after WWII, PRIMA is a warm-hearted series of intrigues: To Catch a Thief goes to the ballet.

On stands in FALL 2016.


PRINCE OF CATS by Ron Wimberly 
PRINCE OF CATS written and drawn by Ron Wimberly, lettered by Jarred Fisher, and featuring design by Jorden Haley returns to print from Image Comics.

PRINCE OF CATS was first released from Vertigo to critical acclaim in the summer 2012. It was out of print before the following summer. After three years, it will be returning to print through Image Comics.

PRINCE OF CATS is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead meets The Warriors meets Sword of Doom. PRINCE OF CATS sets Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in an alt-universe, mid-eighties New York where dueling with live blades evolved as a cultural phenomenon alongside New York’s other street cultures; it eschews the story of the titular star-crossed lovers to follow the tragic story of Tybalt, the Prince of Cats.

PRINCE OF CATS, the definitive remastered author’s edition, is set to release in Fall 2016.

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ROCKSTARS by Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison
Fan-favorite Joe Harris (THE X-FILES, SNOWFALL) teams up with artist Megan Hutchison for an all-new, ongoing series a la Almost Famous meets Supernatural called, ROCKSTARS.

ROCKSTARS follows a pair of young, rock ‘n roll investigators as they uncover a mystery involving a legendary band, dead groupies, human sacrifice and a supernatural undercurrent connecting so many famous—and even more undiscovered—secrets, myths and conspiracies peppering rock music throughout the ages.

When a pattern of unsolved ‘groupie’ murders dating back to the 1970s resumes in present-day Los Angeles, nobody makes the connection except for Jackie Mayer, a young rock nerd who not only knows everything about music history, trivia and its myriad secrets and factoids, but also harbors a mysterious, almost magical ability to ‘see’ what most people miss, and determine and divine what’s going unreported.

Joined by a music writer and aspiring investigative reporter named Dorothy Buell, and his loyal cat, Skydog, they soon uncover a vast mystery involving a legendary band’s exploits, their mercurial guitarist’s occult associations, demonic possession, and sacrifices to the dark gods of rock.

Each story arc will feature a case sprung from a different rock n’ roll era—British Invasion, Punk, 80s Heavy Metal, etc.—and draw on Jackie’s unique connection, knowledge, and darkly magical associations to crack them.

The series will launch in Fall 2016.


ROMULUS by Bryan Hill & Nelson Blake II (Top Cow Productions)
Fan-favorite writer Bryan Hill (POSTAL) and Nelson Blake II come together for an all-new Image/Top Cow series in ROMULUS.

Set in the near future, ROMULUS follows the last in a line of near-mystical martial artists wages a revolutionary war against The Order of Romulus, the ancient secret society that trained her—a global organization, hidden in plain sight, that’s controlled the world since the days of Ancient Rome.

Their plan? Cull the population with genocide and rule a New World Order. Her plan? Kill them all or die angry.

Romulus launches from Top Cow/Image in Fall 2016.


SEVEN TO ETERNITY by Rick Remender & Jerome Opeña
Writer Rick Remender reteams with collaborators Jerome Opeña (Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent) and Matt Hollingsworth (TOKYO GHOST, WYTCHES) to bring readers a modern fantasy series following Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house, on a mission to rid his world of an insidious God who ensnared him in a Faustian deal.

Gharils Sulm, The God of Whispers is a Machiavellian warlord who holds sway everywhere in the world of Zhal. He’s spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdoms; one of his spies hides in every house, every family, every hall, spreading mistrust and fear.

Adam must choose between joining a hopeless band of magic users in their desperate bid to free their world of the evil God’s burden or give in to the The God of Whispers’ promises of salvation and safety.

The series is set to launch in the Fall of 2016.

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SURGEON X by Sara Kenney & John Watkiss, James Devlin, & Jared K. Fletcher, edited by Karen Berger 
Writer Sara Kenney and artist John Watkiss come together for an all new series, SURGEON X, and join forces with the award-winning Karen Berger, founding editor of DC’s Vertigo imprint.

Set against the backdrop of an antibiotic apocalypse in near future London. Rosa Scott, a brilliant and obsessive surgeon becomes Surgeon X, a vigilante doctor who uses experimental surgery and black market drugs to treat patients. But as Surgeon X, Rosa soon develops a godlike-complex, deciding who will live and who will die. Ultimately, she believes that to survive in this compromised world her own warped moral code is the one she must follow—even if it endangers those closest to her.

The comic is informed by hundreds of conversations with scientists, physicians, historians, economists, ethicists & philosophers to create this deeply disturbing, yet authentic future world.

SURGEON X was funded by a Society Award from Wellcome Trust, an independent global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health. They support bright minds in science, the humanities and the social sciences, as well as education, public engagement and the application of research to medicine.

SURGEON X will launch in Fall 2016.

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VS by Ivan Brandon, Esad Ribić, Ive Svorcina, Aditya Bidikar, Tom Muller, edited by Sebastian Girner 
Writer Ivan Brandon (DRIFTER) and Esad Ribić (Secret Wars) team up with colorist Ive Svorcina, letterer Aditya Bidikar, designer Tom Muller, and editor Sebastian Girner for a futurist drama in, VS.

VS follows the rise and fall of Satta Flynn, a wildly popular soldier in a time when War has been privatized and is a form of entertainment.

Armies financed and equipped by super-corporations. War medics that double as Pit Mechanics. Satta’s every move is LIVE on TV. And for the first time, Satta finds out what it’s like to lose.

VS is set to launch in Fall 2016.


WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD by Steve Niles & Alison Sampson
Writer Steve Niles teams up with artist Alison Sampson, colorist Stéphane Paitreau, and letterer Clem Robins in WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD.

Sampson used 1970s horror films for inspiration on the artwork and described the book’s overall look as: “about 70% Americana, slightly heightened, like True Blood, and about 30% ripping off of heads.”

A horror-adventure story, WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD follows a family with a teenage son and what happens when their road-trip goes wrong and they find themselves stuck in a town full of satanists.

WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD is set to launch in Fall 2017.

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