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Image Celebrates 30 years with an Image! Anthology

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

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

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

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

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

Image! #1

Ice Cream Man #24 is Gobbled Up and Heads Back to Print

Ice Cream Man #24 by W. Maxwell Prince and Martín Morazzo wraps up the sixth story arc in the bestselling horror series and is sold out completely at the distributor level. Image Comics has fast-tracked the cavity-inducing comic for a reprint in order to keep up with customer demand.

Ice Cream Man #24, second printing (Diamond Code APR218629) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 16. 

Ice Cream Man #24, second printing

Haha is a Popular Joke as the Second Issue Goes Back to Print

Breakout success Haha by W. Maxwell Prince has sold out at the distributor level and is being rushed back to print this week in order to keep up with growing demand. Haha #2, second printing will feature new cover art by Zoe Thorogood and Good Old Neon.

Featuring his signature Ice Cream Man style of one-shot storytelling, Haha welcomes readers into the world of clowns—and he’s invited some of the comic industry’s top talent to join him for the ride.

Haha is a genre-jumping, throat-lumping look at the sad, scary, hilarious life of those who get paid to play the fool—but these ain’t your typical jokers. 

With issues drawn by Vanesa Del Rey, Gabriel Walta, Roger Langridge, and more, Haha peeks under the big top, over the rainbow, and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about “funny” men and women, proving that some things are so sad you just have to laugh.

Haha #2, second printing (Diamond Code JAN218667) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 24. 

Haha #2, second printing

Review: Haha #2

Haha #2

In the second issue of W. Maxwell Prince‘s clown-themed anthology Haha, he teams up with artist Zoe Thorogood and colorist Chris O’Halloran to tell yet another story of a sad clown. This time, a clown-themed burlesque dancer named Rudy thinks back to the tragic life of her mother, who suffered from psychosis and was a sex worker that dressed up as a clown. One day, she had a breakdown and took Rudy with her on a fruitless quest to Funville aka the amusement park that closed in Haha #1. There are some sweet moments like the mom putting a red nose on Rudy or shooting off fireworks together, but for the most part, Haha #2 is a bleak, hopeless character study about how switching up the scenery won’t change your path in life as Rudy ends up being a clown like her mother. She is a little bit more self aware one as demonstrated through Prince’s narration and framing device

Like the previous issue in the series, Haha #2 plays with both the humor and creepiness of clowns in pop culture to tell a story about the dark, twisted side of the human psyche. However, in his portrayal of (mainly) the mom and Rudy, W. Maxwell Prince leans on harmful stereotypes that sex workers or folks that work in sex work adjacent professions are mentally ill or have bad childhoods. Child abuse and sex work are difficult topics to write about, and it seems like Prince blows by them to tell a story filled with unease and tension. However, his portrayal of Rudy is much better than her mother’s thanks to the narrative caption that give her thoughts and perception of her childhood.

Zoe Thorogood’s art complements these captions as the clown imagery represents hope or a mask to make money or wall one’s self off from the world depending on the context. For example, she draws the mom and Rudy with smiling expressions as they run away from home with the red nose as a symbol of their bond. In a different context, this would be a sweet moment, but Chris O’Halloran’s dark color palette creates a sense of impending doom. And little by little, Rudy’s childhood is chipped away as her mom comes back with bruises from one of her clients, props up books so 12 year old Rudy can drive on the highway, and finally, makes her hide in a closet while she has sex with one of her johns. The scene where Rudy comes at the man with her mom’s razor shows her trauma bond to her mom, and then O’Halloran explodes in intense colors as the tragedy unfolds.

Even if W. Maxwell Prince might lean into one too many stereotypes in his portrayal of the mom in Haha #2 (I mean she doesn’t even get a name), Thorogood does an excellent job conveying her various moods through facial expressions, body language, and even the way her hair moves or she is positioned on a panel. When the vaunted destination of Funville turns out to be a bust complete with an “F” that is drooping down on the sign, Thorogood doesn’t show the mom or Rudy’s faces: only their backs. This allows the readers to drink in the destitute nature of Funville and realize that all the running away, abuse, manipulation, and even murder is all for nothing. Two pages later, Thorogood draws the mom holding her face in her hands to show both the shattered dream and her negative feelings about how this effected her daughter. It’s a moment of lucidity, and the future burlesque dancer, Rudy, slips into her first “role” that of mother and comforter.

Haha #2 continues this series’ throughline of portraying fucked up family dynamics although it seems like writer W. Maxwell Prince bit off a little more than he could chew in tackling child abuse and sex workers as Rudy is a three-dimensional character, and her mother isn’t. Still, this comic is still worth checking out for Zoe Thorogood’s art alone as she continues to exhibit her mastery of creating empathy for characters through eyes, hair, and facial expressions. Thorogood is also one of my current favorite storytellers, and Haha #2 is great to flip through and look at the moments between moments as she crafts the character of Rudy with the help of Prince’s at-times, poignant captions.

Story: W. Maxwell Prince Art: Zoe Thorogood
Colors: Chris O’Halloran Letters: Good Old Neon
Story: 7.5 Art: 9.2 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Haha #1 Gets a Laugh with a Sell-Out and New Printing

Mastermind W. Maxwell Prince has done it again with another hit anthology comic series in the recent launch of his new series Haha. The first issue is sold out at the distributor level and being fast-tracked for a second printing showcasing new artwork.

Featuring his signature Ice Cream Man style of one-shot storytelling, Haha welcomes readers into the world of clowns—and he’s invited some of the comic industry’s top talent to join him for the ride. 

Haha is a genre-jumping, throat-lumping look at the sad, scary, hilarious life of those who get paid to play the fool—but these ain’t your typical jokers. 

With issues drawn by Vanesa Del Rey, Gabriel Walta, Roger Langridge, and more, Haha peeks under the big top, over the rainbow, and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about “funny” men and women, proving that some things are so sad you just have to laugh.

Haha #1, second printing (Diamond Code DEC208147) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 10. 

Haha #2 Cover A Thorogood (DEC200201) and Haha #2 Cover B Simmonds (DEC200202) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 17. 

Haha #1, second printing

Image Reveals Local Comic Shop Day 202 Exclusive Variants for Ice Cream Man, Invincible, Monstress, and Spawn

Image Comics will participate in ComicsPro’s Local Comic Shop Day 2020 this year on Wednesday, November 25 with four exclusive variants in celebration of the Direct Market retailers.

The variants will include a special Green Eggs & Ham homage variant of Ice Cream Man #20 by W. Maxwell Prince and Martín Morazzo, a flashy gold foil edition of the Invincible #1 by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker for fans getting excited about the upcoming Amazon Prime Original TV adaptation, a gorgeous gold foil edition of the Monstress: Talk Stories #1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda that even professor Tam Tam will approve of, and a comic shop name-dropping variant of Spawn #312 by Todd McFarlane himself to feed fans’ feverish Spawnmania.

About ICE CREAM MAN #20 (Diamond Code SEP209164)—
One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. Three fish, four fish, have some more fish. Five fish, six fish—are you sickish? Seven fish, eight fish…it’s getting late fish. Nine fish, ten fish, everyone you love will die and life is pointless so why even get out of bed you little worm you sick little insect with your sad flailing arms and creepy-crawly legs my god I’ve never seen such a pathetic specimen how sad how truly tragic…red fish, blue fish. 

Green Eggs & Ham homage LCSD 2021 edition of the standalone issue from ICE CREAM MAN that sold out multiple times and caused a stir for it’s creepy satirization of classic children’s stories.

ICE CREAM MAN #20

About INVINCIBLE #1 (Diamond Code SEP209165)—
Strange things begin to happen to Mark Grayson as he develops superpowers. Luckily, his dad is around to show him the ropes, at least he WOULD be if he weren’t so busy saving the world all the time. Mark is forced to go out on his own, and try and figure out how all this superheroing business works. The results are a monumental disaster. Meanwhile, there’s trouble at school when Mark is dragged into a fight of epic proportions.

This LCSD 2020 edition of the debut issue of the long running INVINCIBLE series by Robert Kirkman and Cory Walker will introduce the action packed adventure to a whole new audience of readers since its original launch in 2003. Now fans can revisit the iconic superhero story of Mark Grayson in anticipation of the upcoming Amazon Prime Original TV show adaptation coming soon and featuring the voices of fan-favorite Steven Yeun (THE WALKING DEAD), Academy and Golden Globe award winning J.K. Simmons, and two time Golden Globe winning Sandra Oh of the popular TV series Killing Eve!

INVINCIBLE #1

About MONSTRESS: TALK STORIES #1 (Diamond Code SEP209163)—
Bridging the gap between the fifth and sixth arc (which resumes in January 2021), MONSTRESS returns with TALK-STORIES, a two-part limited series that invites you to eat dumplings beside the fire and listen as Kippa recounts a defining moment from her childhood.

Whether caught up on the latest issue of MONSTRESS or not, fans will enjoy this delightful spinoff and will want to get their hands on this highly collectable Gold Foil LCSD edition. 

MONSTRESS: TALK STORIES #1

About SPAWN #312 (Diamond Code SEP209162)—
This LCSD 2020 SPAWN #312 cover will be a variant of Todd McFarlane’s cover for the issue—only instead of listing out the names of those who’ve contributed to SPAWN over the years, this LCSD 2020 cover will wraparound and feature the names of retailers who are registered for the 2020 Local Comic Shop Day festivities! (For retailers who haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Pop over to comicspro.com/lcsd2020 and register before 5pm PDT on Sunday, November 1 and you’ll be added to the cover!)

SPAWN #312 Local Comic Shop Day

W. Maxwell Prince Teams with the Best Artists for a new Anthology, Haha

Image Comics has announced that bestselling creator/writer W. Maxwell Prince will team with some of the industry’s best artists—starting with Vanesa R. Del Rey—for a new anthology comic series called Haha this January. 

The new series is about professional clowns—it will share a common clown theme from issue to issue, but will showcase Prince’s characteristic one-shot storytelling. Haha promises a departure in tone and will break out beyond Horror to present a variety of stories across various different genres. 

The distinctive new series Haha will also feature the work of various different interior artists, with issues drawn by Gabriel Walta, Roger Langridge, and more, in addition to Del Rey. 

Haha peeks under the big top, over the rainbow, and even inside a balloon to tell a wide-ranging slew of stories about “funny” men and women, proving that some things are so sad you just have to laugh.

Haha #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 13.

Haha #1

Ice Cream Man #20 Heads Back for a Third Printing

Ice Cream Man #20 by W. Maxwell Prince and Martín Morazzo is being rushed back to print again in order to keep up with the steadily growing reader demand. Only the Lorax would stand in the way of more copies being printed—and the third printing cover art will pit this tree-loving Seuss character against the reprint-loving Ice Cream Man.

Ice Cream Man is a genre-defying comic book series featuring disparate ‘one-shot’ tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all of them, like the twinkly music of his colorful truck, is the Ice Cream Man-a weaver of stories, a purveyor of sweet treats. Friend. Foe. God. Demon. The man who, with a snap of his fingers—lickety split!—can change the course of your life forever.

Ice Cream Man #20, third printing (Diamond Code JUL209197) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 30. 

Ice Cream Man #20 third printing

Ice Cream Man #20 Does Whatever a Sold Out Comic Can (Get a Second Printing)

Ice Cream Man #20 by W. Maxwell Prince and Martín Morazzo is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with the overwhelming demand of critics, retailers, fans, and all the whos in Whoville for this deliciously dark standalone story. This second printing will feature a cheeky homage to the iconic Dr. Seuss book Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Ice Cream Man is a genre-defying comic book series featuring disparate ‘one-shot’ tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all of them, like the twinkly music of his colorful truck, is the Ice Cream Man—a weaver of stories, a purveyor of sweet treats. Friend. Foe. God. Demon. The man who, with a snap of his fingers—lickety split!—can change the course of your life forever.

Ice Cream Man #20, second printing (Diamond Code JUN209227) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 2.

Ice Cream Man #20, second printing

Preview: King of Nowhere #4 (of 5)

King of Nowhere #4 (of 5)

(W) W. Maxwell Prince (A/CA) Tyler Jenkins
In Shops: Aug 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

As Denis digs deeper into the secrets of Nowhere, he only finds more questions – about the strange town, and about his own history. When he meets a man in full hazmat gear, Denis finally learns the truth about what brought him to Nowhere.

King of Nowhere #4 (of 5)
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