Image have yet again taken to the stage at a major convention and revealed a number of high-profile titles, this time offering new books from Kieron Gillen and Ryan Kelly, Andy Diggle and Jock, Jim McCann and Janet K. Lee, as well as a number of other writers and artists. Let’s run through them all, while at the same time thinking about how dreamy Eric Stephenson is. Images will be updated as they hit the net:
Snapshot by convention star Andy Diggle and Jock will be the duo’s first output for Image, and is about a comic book fan who accidentally picks up a hitman’s phone. As if finding a phone filled with incriminating evidence and pictures of torture victims isn’t enough, the poor guy will then be targeted by the hitman himself, who wants his phone back. This was previously published by Judge Dredd Megazine, I believe, but will now be reproduced in full colour.
Three by Kieron Gillen and Ryan Kelly will take the narrative from 300 and reverse it, focusing instead on the slaves who went on the run from the vicious Spartans. Gillen had been teasing a historical work for quite some time – it looks like he’s gone Greek. The creative team probably met due to their shared love of beastiality.
Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky.
Zero by Ales Kot, with rotating artists including Michael Gaydos and Nick Dragotta. The series will be made up of a series of self-contained stories, each drawn by a different artist. The through-line is the eponymous hero of the title, a spy with a high-pressure job, dirty hands, and a drug problem.
Kot will also be writing a four-issue miniseries called ‘The Surface’, with artist Langdon Foss. This will be about three hackers who go searching for a mythical sanctuary where they can escape from their dictatorial Government, and live free of anybody else. However, things go wrong, and prove to be more complicated than thought.
The Life of Times of Bram and Ben, by James Asmus and Jim Festante. Asmus describes this as a war between heaven and hell, and the regular humans trapped in the middle. It’s a comedic take on, y’know, the Apocalypse, with the two main characters struggling to survive when all around them start rapturing, and is described as a cross between Preacher and Chew.
East of West, by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta. A sci-fi western where the four horsemen of the Apocalypse decide to hunt down and kill the President of the United States. Hickman also talked about an original graphic novel he’ll be releasing called Feel Better Now, about four psychiatrists who decide, for fun, to start messing around with their patients.
Lost Vegas by Jim McCann and Janet K. Lee, a sci-fi story about an intergalactic gambler who finally makes enough money to escape his planet.
Midnight of the Soul, by Howard Chaykin. Stephenson also teased material from Paul Pope in January next year, including a republishing of One Trick Rip-Off.