Welcome back, once again, to Soliciting Multiversity! This is where we take a look at each comic book publisher’s solicitations and pick a Top Ten each month to talk about because comics are fun and talking about them is cool. Today, we’re talking Image Comics and their solicitations for the far-flung future of September 2016.
So, without further ado, let’s get just get to the comics, shall we?
10. Because I Had A Spot To Fill
I’m sorry, “Dream Police”, it’s not your fault that I only really had nine spots worth of content to talk about and needed a gap filled, but here we are. That J. Michael Straczynski comic that you forgot existed because it’s not “Dream Thief” is ending after twelve issues. I mean, 12 issues can be pretty good going these days and maybe this’ll be worth going back to once it’s collected. I don’t know, I just needed ten comics to talk about.
DREAM POLICE #12
STORY: J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI
ART: SID KOTIAN & HiFi
WRAPAROUND COVER: SID KOTIAN & HiFi
SEPTEMBER 28 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $2.99
For the long history of the Dream Police, no one has known the secret of where they come from, or how they are selected. Now at last that secret has been revealed, with shattering consequences for Officers Joe Thursday, Frank Stafford and Kate Black. Can they recover from this explosive secret? Will the Dreamscape ever be the same again?
9. Journey Into Wickedness
The thing I love about Image Comics is creators have a license to, essentially, experiment with their comic however they want. If this includes having an arc of “The Wicked + The Divine” illustrated by a series of guest artists to focus on the characters of the series, so be it. If it means Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans get to team up again to take a look at the world of the series in the nineteenth century and go all “Journey Into Mystery”, then go nuts.
I find it interesting that the solicit mentions that the one-shot isn’t included in the fourth trade paperback which is also in this group of solicits, but I hope it does show up in volume five. It would be unwise, I think, to limit this story to only this format and not collect it with the rest of the series.
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE 1831 #1 (ONE-SHOT)
STORY: KIERON GILLEN
ART: STEPHANIE HANS
COVER A: JAMIE McKELVIE / MATT WILSON
COVER B: STEPHANIE HANS
SEPTEMBER 21 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
Critically-acclaimed THE WICKED + THE DIVINE goes back to the nineteenth century, to see what became of the Romantic poets one infamous night on Lake Geneva… Showcasing STEPHANIE HANS (Journey Into Mystery, Angela), this special is NOT included in the forthcoming THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, VOL. 4.
8. The Best Title I’ve Ever Read
I have no words. Honestly, I got nothing. What else can I type here to capture how glorious that title is? The book is called “Kill Six Billion Demons” like there’s no subterfuge here, there’s no hiding what the book is really about. It’s about killing six billion demons. And with the promise of in-universe religious as backmatter, I’m ready to rip off my shirt and run through the streets screaming “Rip and tear!”
KILL SIX BILLION DEMONS, BOOK 1 TP
STORY / ART / COVER: TOM PARKINSON-MORGAN
SEPTEMBER 7 / 104 PAGES / FC / M / $14.99
In this collection of the first story arc of the popular webcomic Kill Six Billion Demons, sorority sister Allison Ruth must travel to Throne, the ancient city at the center of the multiverse, in an epic bid to save her boyfriend from the clutches of the seven evil kings that rule creation. Includes excerpts from in-universe religious texts, stories, and more.
7. I Live For This Shit
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is an amazing cause and every so often they put out magazine style books spotlighting great causes in comics. This edition focuses on women in comics through the history of the medium and I cannot wait to get my hands on this. You’re going to want to get a copy of this too because if you don’t, you’re a misogynist.
CBLDF PRESENTS: SHE CHANGED COMICS
STORY / ART / COVER: VARIOUS
OCTOBER 5 / 160 PAGES / FC / T / $14.99
SHE CHANGED COMICS is the definitive history of the women who changed free expression in comics, with profiles of more than 60 groundbreaking female professionals and interviews with the women who are changing today’s medium, including RAINA TELGEMEIER, NOELLE STEVENSON, G. WILLOW WILSON, and more! SHE CHANGED COMICS also examines the plights of women imprisoned and threatened for making comics and explores the work of women whose work is being banned here in the United States. A must for readers of all ages, students, and educators.
6. “The Fade Out” Fades Back In
I mean… is there anything more to say about “The Fade Out”? It’s a deluxe hardcover collection of all 12 issues of the series by noir masters Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Elizabeth Breitweiser. Like, what more do you want from me here? Buy this. Buy this goddamn book.
THE FADE OUT DELUXE EDITION HC
STORY: ED BRUBAKER
ART: SEAN PHILLIPS & ELIZABETH BREITWEISER
COVER: SEAN PHILLIPS
OCT 12 / 400 PAGES / FC / M $49.99
The most ambitious project yet from the award-winning team of ED BRUBAKER and SEAN PHILLIPS, with acclaimed color artist ELIZABETH BREITWEISER—finally available in the gorgeous deluxe edition their fans have come to expect! A picture-perfect recreation of a lost era, THE FADE OUT is an instant classic from one of comics most acclaimed teams.
Collects THE FADE OUT #1-12
5. Because “Sunshine” Was Taken
You know, in terms of elemental enemies, the sun is pretty much the best pick. It’s literally a giant ball of perpetually exploding hydrogen bombs that’s just far away from the Earth to not burn us alive. So… what happens when the sunlight starts burning away the Earth? Well, that one scene from Chronicles Of Riddick happens. In all seriousness, I’m super interested in seeing how this premise can be drawn out for a full series and I’m definitely interested in checking this out.
STORY: ZACHARY KAPLAN
ART & COVER: GIOVANNI TIMPANO
SEPTEMBER 7 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99
Imagine if sunlight burned you alive. In the near future, a mysterious solar event has transformed the sun’s light into deadly immolating rays. The world’s few survivors now live in nocturnal cities. But a killer emerges who uses sunlight to burn his victims, and when he targets the daughter of a solar power mogul, it falls to a disillusioned solar engineer to protect her.
4. The Romans Built It Because Scotland Was Too Raw
I’ll admit that I’m a little disappointed in this solicit because it makes it sound like every other science fiction comic on the shelf these days. It’s a science fiction hard boiled murder mystery with a dark and mysterious male protagonist who pops pills to numb the pain of his ex-wife and is forced to confront her again while investigating a murder on a space station. I’m disappointed because Higgins and Siegel are great writers and working with Reis on “C.O.W.L.” made for a great comic and I hope that this premise is actually hiding another really great comic. It would suck to see the follow up to “C.O.W.L.” end up feeling like every other comic.
HADRIAN’S WALL #1 (OF 8)
STORY: KYLE HIGGINS & ALEC SIEGEL
ART / COVER: ROD REIS
SEPTEMBER 14 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
When an astronaut on HADRIAN’S WALL is murdered, pill-popping detective Simon Moore is dispatched to investigate the ship’s crew… including his own ex-wife. But if Simon’s not careful, what he finds could make the interstellar Cold War go red hot. From the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed series C.O.W.L. comes a gripping, locked room murder mystery where the secrets of everyone involved are as dark as the space that surrounds them.
3. Neon Demon: The Comic
Los Angeles is kind of a garbage hellhole, right? This isn’t exactly a new concept, “Glitterbomb” seems to be taking that concept and (hopefully) juxtaposing it with a horror of some Eldritch nature. Now, there’s something weird to me about the rabid hatred for anyone daring to live a shallow existence in a world that’s so horrific that the easiest way to exist is to bury your head in the sand, but here’s not the place to get into that. Instead, I’m excited to see Jim Zub write a horror comic and I’m hoping for a cameo from Cthulhu.
STORY: JIM ZUB
ART: DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN & K. MICHAEL RUSSELL
COVER A: DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN
COVER B: STEVEN CUMMINGS & DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN
SEPTEMBER 7 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
Farrah Durante is a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. Her frustrations become an emotional lure for something horrifying out beyond the water… something ready to exact revenge on the shallow celebrity-obsessed culture that’s led her astray.
Fan-favorite JIM ZUB (WAYWARD, Thunderbolts) and newcomer DJIBRIL MORISSETTE-PHAN tear into the heart of Hollywood in GLITTERBOMB, a dramatic horror story about fame and failure.
“A gut-punch of glitz and blood and starf**ked culture. You want to read this.” —Chuck Wendig (Blackbirds)
2. Eight To Infinity
I’ve made it no secret that I’m not the world’s biggest fan of Rick Remender, but I will always cede that I prefer his creator owned work to his Marvel work. Add to that the fact that he’s doing a fantasy comic (something we 100% need more of) with god-tier artist Jerome Opena and god-tier colourist Matt Hollingsworth and I might have to eat my words and check this comic out.
I just really, really hope we get an influx of fantasy comics soon.
SEVEN TO ETERNITY #1 – GEM OF THE MONTH
STORY: RICK REMENDER
ART / COVER A: JEROME OPEÑA & MATT HOLLINGSWORTH
COVER B: TONY MOORE
COVER C: ANDREW ROBINSON
SEPTEMBER 21 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
The God of Whispers has spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdom of Zhal; his spies hide in every hall spreading mistrust and fear. Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house, must choose between joining a hopeless band of magic users in their desperate bid to free their world of the evil God, or accepting his promise to give Adam everything his heart desires.
Writer RICK REMENDER reteams with collaborators JEROME OPEÑA (Uncanny X-Force, Fear Agent) and MATT HOLLINGSWORTH (TOKYO GHOST, WYTCHES) to take you on a hard road through the strange fantasy world of Zhal. All men have surrendered their freedom for fear. Now, one last free man must choose.
1. The Pitch The Brought Karen Berger Back To Comics
It’s not every day you see a comic hyped up by the fact that a certain person is editing it, but when that person is Karen “Vertigo” Berger then there’s a pretty good case for that hype. Especially given the fact that the first sentence referencing a far-right British government means that this kind of dark, dystopic tale will cut a little close to the bone and makes it a comic to definite keep an eye on.
You should definitely be looking to check this comic out.
SURGEON X #1 – GEM OF THE MONTH
STORY: SARA KENNEY
ART / COVER: JOHN WATKISS
EDITOR: KAREN BERGER
SEPTEMBER 28 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99
NEW SERIES — OVERSIZED FIRST ISSUE!
“CUTTING LOOSE,” Part One
What do you get if you cross a far-right British government with an antibiotic apocalypse and a gruesome murder? The birth of Surgeon X and her renegade practice. Extreme times call for extreme medicine.
SARA KENNEY, acclaimed documentary, factual drama and animation filmmaker (Angels and Ghosts) and master artist JOHN WATKISS (Sandman, Conan, Deadman) join forces with KAREN BERGER, award-winning and Vertigo-founding editor to produce this unique, darkly comic medical thriller, which will horrify and delight in equal measure.
As always, you can find the full list of solicitations from Image Comics for September 2016 over at Comic Book Resources.