Pulling the curtain back on their teased new imprint, H1, it seems that Humanoids Publishing is joining in on the shared superhero universe game. Revealed during the Humanoids 20th Anniversary in America panel at the Javits Center, H1 will feature an impressive mix of diverse talents.
“H1 represents a number of important milestones for Humanoids,” Humanoids CEO and publisher, Fabrice Giger, said in a statement. “This is our first foray into a shared universe, one with stories by talented creators whose undeniable creative chemistry is forging a new and fantastic world.”
It truly is a who’s who of talent. After previously announcing Mark Waid and John Cassaday in new editorial roles, it seems that they will also act as architects for this new universe. Joining them in this formative role are Kwanza Osajyefo, Carla Speed McNeil and Yanick Paquette. In addition to these architects, the other names mentioned as participating are Phil Briones, Afua Richardson, Vanessa Del Rey, Dennis Calero, Shawn Martinbrough, Jock, Mike McKone, Jonathan Lang, Cheryl Lynn Eaton, Helen Mullane, Andrea Mutti, Quinton Peeples, Dom Reardon, Darick Roberston and Alberto Albuquerque.
According to the publisher, H1 will launch in mid-2019 with three ongoing monthly comic books as well as a number of mini-series that will be cycled through publication to support and enrich the imprint and fictional universe. Three mini-series have been announced, complete with creative teams, while no creative teams have been announced for the ongoings. According to Humanoids, further details about format and creative teams will be announced in the coming months.
Read on for the full descriptions:
“Ignited:” Something strange is happening to the planet… Nature itself is reshaping and redefining the balance of power. Natural disasters are breaking out everywhere, and yet, the population continues to grow rapidly. In fact, the world is becoming so dense, that certain individuals are erupting with super abilities. They are called the Ignited. Coming in July 2019.
“Omni:” A gifted doctor with a vibrant, compassionate personality, Cecelia Cobbina received boundless praise from her peers and her patients. But that was before the incident in Africa. Before she gained the ability to think faster than the speed of light. Overwhelmed with the power to answer every question, she must now overcome her own fears and tackle the one code she can’t seem to break: the truth behind the Ignited. Coming in July 2019.
“Strangelands:” Opposites attract? Elakshi and Adam Land aren’t married. In fact, a month ago, they were perfect strangers, dwelling in lands foreign to one another. But now, they’re forced to remain by one another’s side, for their separation could mean the planet’s demise. Now, their greatest challenge is to stay together — even if they have to tear the world apart. Coming in August 2019.
“The Big Country” by Quinton Peeples, Dennis Calero, and Darick Robertson: The Old West finally died in the early 1980s. We’re in Texas. And this is the story of Grissom Callahan, the last in a long line of sheriffs. Callahan has learned everything he knows from his father and his grandfather. But the old ways don’t seem to prove efficient when it comes to stopping a violent serial killer. And in a simple moment of shaking down an informant, Grissom will start a chain of events that will reshape his life and the world of law enforcement in Texas. 5 issues starting in July 2019.
“Meyer” by Jonathan “Swifty” Lang, Andrea Mutti, and Shawn Martinbrough: A comedic, coming-of-age quest where the Golden Fleece is a man’s legacy, Meyer is an immigrant’s story rooted in an old mobster’s tale and a deeply moral fable. A Breaking Bad-style imaginary biography of Jewish legendary mobster Meyer Lansky as he’s trying to organize his very last con job. 5 issues starting in August 2019.
“Nicnevin and the Bloody Queen” by Helen Mullane, Dom Reardon, Lee Loughridge, and Jock: Something strange has been unleashed in the North of England. A modern-day druid commits a series of ghastly murders in an attempt to unleash the awesome power of the ancient gods of Great Britain. But all hell really breaks loose when his latest would-be victim, Nicnevin “Nissy” Oswald, turns out to be more than she seems. A British tale mixing black magic and horror godfathered by Jock, one of the new masters of comic book suspense! 4 issues starting in September 2019.