Earlier this year, Radiant Black, a new ongoing series from Kyle Higgins, Marcelo Costa, Becca Carey, and Michael Busuttil, debuted from Image Comics. Described as “Power Rangers meets Invincible” the series follows a young millennial who is granted cosmic powers. on Friday, courtesy of an io9 exclusive, it was announced that the world of Radiant Black will be expanding as a Supermassive crossover one-shot this February will also launch a new Rogue Sun ongoing series.
For the Supermassive one-shot Higgins will be joined by writers Ryan Parrott and Mat Groom as well as artist Francesco Manna and colorist Igor Monti.
“The best part of making comic books is the collaboration. My favorite part is when that collaboration is with your friends. From Power Rangers to Ultraman, Mat, Ryan and I have done quite a bit of world building together. All of which feels a bit like a warmup act for what we’re building now. To echo Mat’s sentiment—there’s a reason we’re calling this Supermassive. Thirty years ago, Image changed the superhero game. This February, we’re excited to help kick off the next stage of where creator owned superheroes can go.”
“There’s a tremendous freedom that comes with doing creator-owned comics. But that freedom comes with a responsibility—to experiment, to swing for the fences… and maybe even to encourage people to rethink where the fence should be. I think anybody who has been reading Radiant Black can attest to the fact that Kyle and Marcelo have been living up to this responsibility —and I see Supermassive as not only continuing this, but escalating it dramatically. There’s a reason we gave it that name!”
Artist Manna likewise said:
“One of the things I love most in the world of comics is the feeling between creators working on a project. It’s a synergy that drives every story and every page to its best. That’s what brings Kyle, Mat and I together again for this Supermassive story.”
The Supermassive crossover will lead into a Rogue Sun ongong series from Parrott (Mighty Morphin, Power Rangers, Dead Day) and artists Abel (Harley Quinn, Crimes of Passion) & Chris O’Halloran. Rogue Sun follows rebellious teenager Dylan Siegel who inherits the titular supehero mantle from his estranged father.
Here’s how the publisher described the series:
Tasked with protecting our world from the forces of the supernatural—and solving his father’s murder—Dylan will be forced to come to terms with the man he’s spent the majority of his life hating. This new ongoing series is a supernatural murder mystery that explores the complicated bond between father and son and cements itself squarely in a corner of the Image Comics superhero universe.
The one-shot will also add Inferno Girl Red, a character created by Groom and artist Erica D’Urso whose debut was successfully funded via Kickstarter earlier this year, to the Radiant Black universe.
The Supermassive one-shot will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 2. Check out a breakdown of the available covers below.
- Cover A by Manna & Monti – Diamond Code DEC210098
- Cover B by Marcelo Costa, Abel, Durso – Diamond Code DEC210099
- Cover C 1:25 copy incentive – Diamond Code DEC210100
- Cover D 1:50 copy incentive – Diamond Code DEC210101
Rogue Sun #1 will be available in comic book shops on Wednesday, February 16. Check out the cover gallery and interior art by Abel below.
- Cover A by Declan Shalvey – Diamond Code DEC210054
- Cover B by Goñi Montes – Diamond Code DEC210055
- Cover C 1:10 copy incentive by Abel – Diamond Code DEC210056
- Cover D 1:25 copy incentive by Daniele Di Nicuolo – Diamond Code DEC210057
- Cover E 1:50 copy incentive by Booth – Diamond Code DEC210058