In the wake of the Image Expo, Image Comics’ creator owned convention, there have been many exciting new series announced. Many top creators were present to announce series that they will be releasing at Image throughout 2014 from the likes of Grant Morrision, nick Spencer, Matt Fraction and Robert Kirkman. Science Fiction and Fantasy were highly present and there will be plethora of interesting ideas spilling onto the page.
With so many titles announced there is should be something for everybody. We have rounded-up all the announcements into one place for your convenience.
8House will be a new series written by Brandan Graham and Emma Rios that is set in a world of fantasy and magic. The series will have a large cast of rotating artists. If it is anything like Prophet then expect some big and crazy ideas.
Airboy is a semi-autobiographic tale of a writer who attempts to revive the golden-age superhero and is sucked into the character’s fictional world. James Robinson compared Airboy to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Adaptation.
Bitch Planet is a mixture of science fiction and women in prison and sexplotation movies that were regular throughout the 70s and 80s. The series will follow a prison break from a women’s penal colony on another planet.
The series is expected sometime in the second half of 2014.
Casanova IV: Acedia
Matt Fraction returns for the fourth instalment of Casanova, his series about high concept espionage. Not plot details have been announced yet, but Fabio Moon will return to do art and Michael Chabon writing and Gabriel Ba drawing back-ups.
Cerulean is a science fiction story about the last surviving members of Earth. This group lands on a new planet three million years later, although not everything goes to plan. Frazer Irving will be on art duties, this is what Nick Spencer had to say about the collaboration, “When you want to make a book with a world no one has ever seen before, you call Frazer Irving.”
Written by Kyle Higgins. Art by Rod Rees.
C.O.W.L., Kyle Higgins’ first work at Image Comics, is a story about the super powered labour union in the city of Chicago. The problem is that once all the super villains are gone everything becomes less black and white.
The series is expected to launch in May.
Nick Dragotta’s Howtoons is being revived with a new creative team. Howtoons is an educational comic series that teaches children about renewable energy. Set in a world where all energy has run out, Howtoons will teach children how to do projects including solar, wind and hydro energy.
While this is issue #111, the series will go in a drastically new direction. Robert Kirkman has joked that this issue is three issue ones in one. As this is such a drastic change to the series I would say that it is a good jumping on point. it is also noted that Invincible #111 will be artist Ryan Ottley’s 100th issue on the title.
This status quo change is expect to come out in April.
Low is a science fiction series in which the Earth has been battered by solar radiation so the population now lives under the sea. A probe has been sent out in attempt to find a suitable planet to relocate to and has now returned. The problem is it didn’t land in the ocean but on land. It is now a free-for-all as various different parties attempt to retrieve the probe.
Bleeding Cool as more information on this series.
“What would you do if someone you loved was a serial killer?” That is the tagline for the new series by Joshua Williamson. The comic is set in a small town in Oregon, where there is a serial killer who eats their victim’s nails. The reader will follow two protagonists in an FBI and NSA agent as they try to solve the case.
Nailbiter is expected in May.
The Batman Incorporated team are back with a new six-issue limited series called Nameless. Morrison has described the series:
“We’re taking all the dark stuff that Western culture’s kind of obsessed with — the zombies and everything — beyond the limit and doing hopefully for now what H.P. Lovecraft did for the wartime generation,”
They have also said that for this horror book that they do not want the reader to feel comfortable while reading it. Which, when it comes to horror, is exactly what you want the reader to feel.
Not much has been revealed in regards to plot just yet but based upon the creator’s reputation it should be good.
USA Today has more details on the series here.
Originally announced at last year’s Image Expo, ODY-C is “a retelling of the Odyssey in Space, where all the men are women and all the women are men.” Expect this series to be quite odd, colourful and psychedelic.
The series will be coming out sometime in the second half of the year.
The second of the three series announced today at the Image Expo, Paradigms is a series about clans of magic users in the real world. The series will have a political structure similar to Game of Thrones as each clan tries to please their own gods.
The world used to be abundant with magic until the Lords started taking it away. This is why we have no magic in the world. Meanwhile, a secret facility exists that holds all kinds of magic, creatures and demons. Then the world goes pear-shaped once all of the thing hidden in the facility is set free on the world.
Kate Kristopher is part of a long line of adventurers and explorers. While in her younger days she followed in her family’s footsteps she has now stepped away from that life. The quest for a normal life doesn’t last forever as she is thrown into a situation beyond her control involving all kind of fantastical things. She now has to deal with demons, monsters and ghostly ninjas.
This series will be out in April. Comic Book Resources had an extensive interview with Joe Keatinge, which you can see here.
Tech Jacket Digital
Tech Jacket was a series that spun out of Robert Kirkman’s Invincible more than ten years ago. It now returns as a miniseries with the creative team of Joe Keatinge and Khary Randolph. The interesting thing out the series is that it is digital first, with a print release soon after. The series is available from today. You can pick it up here.
The Fade Out
The Fade Out is the upcoming series by comics super-duo Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Not much is known about the series so far but they have said that ”It’s the closest thing we’ve done to criminal. It’s a story I’ve wanted to tell for half of my life. It’s loosely based on things that happened in Hollywood in the 70′s.”
The series will begin as soon as their current series, Fatale, concludes with it’s 24th issue.
The Great Beyond
Nick Spencer has had a busy Image Expo with The Great Beyond being the third series of his announced today. The series is best explained as a story, “Where the size of your back account determines your after life.” The series will explore commercialism and the emptiness of people’s lives.
The Superannuated Man
By Ted McKeever.
No details were released about this series apart from it will be released on the Shadowline imprint and will be available in June.
The Wicked & The Divine
The Phonogram and Young Avengers team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie return to Image with a series about Gods who walk the earth in the form of young people. The problem is that these gods only live for two years. The series will follow a girl named Laura, who is a devotee to these Gods. Although she wants to be more than a devotee, she wants to be one of them.
The series will launch sometime in the middle of the year. Kieron Gillen had a chat to Comics Alliance about the series here.
Scott Snyder has a knack of reinventing mythology and Wytches continues to do that. The series will be about the primal cannibalistic creatures that the witches of pagan times used to worship and copy. This book looks really scary and Synder has said that he attempts to make this the scariest series he has written yet. If the promo above doesn’t give you the creeps then you are a brave person.