All The Image Comics Announcements From Emerald City Comic Con [ECCC ’17]
When Image Comics has new titles to announce, it doesn't play by halves; the publisher has been known to throw down a massive number of awesome sounding titles led by amazing creators, before dropping the mic as if to say, "Top that".
Last night at Emerald City Comic Con, the publisher did exactly that as it announced fifteen new comics and original graphic novels, including new work from Jeff Lemire, Declan Shalvey and Matt Wagner.
Perhaps the biggest news of Image's panel --- and possibly the whole convention --- is that Matt Wagner is returning to wrap up his iconic Mage trilogy with the final series, titled Mage: The Hero Denied. The series will run for fifteen issues, plus a #0 issue launched at San Diego Comic Con, and the finale will be a double-sized issue to see the series out.
Yesterday, ComicsAlliance had the exclusive reveal of Sarah Vaughn and Leila Del Duca's Sleepless, about an enchanted knight who falls in love with the princess he's charged with protecting. In our interview with Vaughn and Del Duca, the creative team discussed the series' roots in Moroccan imagery, and confirmed the series is planned to run twelve issues.
Ales Kot announced two new books at the panel; Generation Gone, with Andre Lima Araujo, Chris O’Halloran, Clayton Cowles and Tom Muller, is about a bickering bank-robbing couple who gets superpowers, while The New World, with Tradd Moore, Jordie Bellaire, Cowles and Muller, is set in New Los Angeles following a second Civil War.
Justin Jordan also had two titles to announce at the panel, the first of which was The Death Of Love, with Donal DeLay, Felipe Sobreiro and Rachel Deering, about someone who discovers the existence of Cupids and begins hunting down and murdering them. The Family Trade sees Jordan teaming up with co-writer Nikki Ryan and artist Morgan Beem for an "ocean-punk" story about the self-appointed protectors of a floating city in a flooded world.
Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire are both penning new titles for Image in the coming months. Shalvey will tackle Savage Town, with Phillip Barrett, Bellaire on colors, and Clayton Cowles on letters. It's described as an "Irish crime comic." Jordie Bellaire will write and color Redlands, with Vanessa del Rey and Fonografiks, a horror comic about corrupt police who are also witches.
Joseph Keatinge has a new fantasy culinary comic in August named Flavor, with Wook Jin Clark, Owen Gieni and Ariana Maher, which will also feature Ali Bouzari. Jeff Lemire will team with Phil Hester for The Family Tree, about a dysfunctional family scouring America for the cure for their youngest daughter, who is slowly transforming into a tree.
Pablo Raimondi and Klaus Janson are teaming up for a supernatural thriller called Sacred City, in which the pair will split art duties. Each issue of the six-issue mini also features a cover by both artists, plus one by Frank Miller. Image Comics mainstay Joe Casey will launch a new series with Ulises Farinas called The New Lieutenants Of Metal, inspired by the "gloriously incomprehensible" early days of the publisher.
Doug Wagner and Nick Rummel's The Hard Place sees Detroit's most notorious wheelman forced to team-up with two inept thieves for the score of a lifetime. Moonstruck by Grace Ellis and Shae Beagle is described as a "very gay" romance story about a werewolf; and finally the awesomely titled Shirtless Bear Fighter by Jody Lehup, Sebastian Girner, Neil Vendrell, Mike Spicer, and Dave Lanphear, is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.
Image Comics also announced that Image Expo will return next year on February 1, 2018, which will be the second official Image Comics Day, on the anniversary of the company's founding.