Nailbiter Returns to comic shelves this summer, from Image

The fan-favorite serial killer joyfest comic series by Joshua Williamson (The Flash, Birthright) and Mike Henderson (Dead Man Logan, Daredevil) is back this June from Image Comics in the highly anticipated new chapter, Nailbiter: Returns #1.

Sixteen of the world’s worst serial killers were all born in the same small town…but Agent Finch and Sheriff Crane solved and buried that mystery. Didn’t they? In Nailbiter: Returns, violent copycat murders imitating the infamous Buckaroo Butchers have begun in Portland, Oregon, and if Finch wants the killings to stop, he’ll have to team up with the daughter of the Nailbiter himself.

“Over the last few years I have missed the world of Nailbiter and was dying to get back to it. Being back in the town of Buckaroo, the home of serial killers, feels right and satisfies the return to my horror roots that I craved,” Williamson said in an exclusive interview with Comic Book Resources. “The new series builds off the mythology of the original series, has much of the same cast, expands on the mystery, BUT is its own new story.”

Nailbiter: Returns #1 arrives in comic shops on, and available digitally through popular direct comics apps on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Dead Body Road returns with Bad Blood in May

Justin Jordan’s Dead Body Road returns to comic book shops, this May from Image Comics (via Skybound Entertainment).

Dead Body Road continues from its original fan-favorite miniseries (released in late 2013) with Justin Jordan continuing to write. Now featuring new series artist Benjamin Tiesma, colorist Mat Lopes, and letterer Pat Brosseau, this action-packed, six-issue series—Bad Blood—will hit comic shops this May and feature covers by Matteo Scalera and Moreno Dinisio.

In Dead Body Road: Bad Blood, Bree Hale has left a lot behind in her life. Crime. The military. But she can’t leave behind her own family, and when the local crime boss puts a hit out on her brother, there’s nothing she won’t do to save him. Absolutely nothing.

“Well, it’s been a couple years, but I am back to crime….writing,” said Jordan. “Crime writing. This is another story about revenge, but this time from the point of view of the person trying to stop someone else from getting it. But should she? Dead Body Road is back.”

Dead Body Road: Bad Blood #1 will be available at comic book shops and popular digital platforms on Wednesday, May 20.

Here’s a little 3-page preview in the meantime (thanks to Image Comics)..

Graphic Novel Preview: Pulp, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

A small preview here for Pulp, an upcoming graphic novel tale from the multiple Eisner Award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips (Criminal, My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies), published by Image Comics and set for this May.

Max Winters, a pulp writer in 1930s New York, finds himself drawn into a story not unlike the tales he churns out at five cents a word—tales of a Wild West outlaw dispensing justice with a six-gun. But will Max be able to do the same, when pursued by bank robbers, Nazi spies, and enemies from his past?

A darkly mysterious meditation on a life of violence, Pulp is unlike anything the award-winning team of Brubaker and Phillips have ever done. A celebration of pulp fiction, set in a world on the brink.

The Pulp hardcover edition will be available on Wednesday, May 20 and in better bookstores on Tuesday, May 26.

Matt Fraction, Elsa Charretier team-up for November, a new graphic novella crime drama series

November

Image Comics recently announced November, the first in a sequence of three graphic novellas by Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals, Hawkeye) and Elsa Charretier (Star Wars, Infinite Loop), with colors by Matt Hollingsworth, exquisitely crafted lettering by cartoonist Kurt Ankeny, and book design by Rian Hughes.

In November, the lives of three women intersect in a dark criminal underground. As fire and violence tear through their city over the course of a single day and night, they find that their lives are bound together by one man—who seems to be the cause of it all.

“November is a crime thriller about three women connected by unforeseen and terrible circumstances—the kind of random encounter with chaos and darkness that upends lives without warning, walking the line between accident and catastrophe,” said Fraction in a recent press release. “As a serialized series of novels, the format of November gives us the space and time to explore who these women were before and after everything changed for them, in a sprawling story of chaos and coincidence where everything happens according to a pattern, but no plan ever goes off without a hitch. It’s the kind of story only comics can tell in the way only a comic can tell them, and I couldn’t ask for better collaborators than Elsa, Matt, and Kurt.”

Charretier added: “Characters so alive they draw themselves, scripts that feed my imagination for days on end, November is the most challenging project I’ve worked on, and collaborating with such a talented team has been everything I dreamed it’d be.”

The November, Volume I hardcover will arrive in comic shops on Wednesday, November 6 and bookstores on Tuesday, November 12.

Upcoming Comics Preview: Dead Rabbit #1

Image Comics revealed teaser pages for Dead Rabbitthe upcoming new series from Gerry Duggan (Analog, Deadpool) and John McCrea (Mythic, Hitman).

Also, here is an Image Comics trailer:

The story also revealed:

Back in the ’90s, Dead Rabbit was a prolific Boston stick-up man and hoodlum, until he took down one last big score and disappeared. Nobody ever discovered the truth: he retired to be with the love of his life. Now he’s back in the mask to save her, but no one—not his wife, the mafia, or the cops—is happy that he’s out of retirement.

Fans of Kill or Be Killed and The Departed will love this new action-comedy-drama tale and its main character Martin Dobbs, aka: Dead Rabbit—the man who says he’s descended from one of the original gangs of New York City.

Dead Rabbit #1 will have two covers. It’s main cover A is by John McCrea, with the second more limited cover is by Dave Johnson. Both will arrive in comic stores on Wednesday, October 5th.

In the meantime, here is a three-page preview…

Thanks to Image Comics for the press release and preview pages. For more, visit imagecomics.com.

Sex doll crime drama comic series PLASTIC is set for trade paperback

Image Comics will release its first five issues of Plastic, by writer Doug Wagner (Gun Candy, The Ride) and artists Daniel Hillyard and Laura Martin, in trade paperback available this October.

In Plastic, retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he “met online.” Her affection quiets his vile urges. Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD Crown Vic, eating doughnuts and enjoying their insatiable appetites for each other. Life is good…until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom. And the twist to all of this? Virginia is a sex doll.

SEE 5-PAGE PREVIEW BELOW!

Plastic trade paperback will arrive in stores on Wednesday, October 18th, and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 24th

 

SAVAGE TOWN sets up gritty crime drama “with Irish charm,” coming this September

Image Comics is set to welcome new readers into Savage Town, a new crime series from writer Declan Shalvey (Injection, All-Star Batman) with artist Philip Barrett (Matter, Where’s Larry?) and Eisner Award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (Injection, Pretty Deadly), this September.

SEE 5-page PREVIEW BELOW!

Loosely based on real events at the turn of the millennium, Savage Town follows Jimmy “Hardy” Savage, the head of a small gang in Limerick City, Ireland. His presence has been tolerated, up until now, by the two large gangs that hold Limerick in their grasp. With these rival gangs, the local cops, his best mate, and his mammy all out to stick a knife in him, will he live long enough to get to the top? More importantly, will he pay me back for that fiver I gave him last week?

“Savage Town is a gritty crime story with Irish charm,” said Shalvey. “Inspired by the troubled past of Limerick City, this story tells the tale of Jimmy Savage, a small-time crook who manages to fail his way up the criminal ladder. I’m excited for the world to discover Philip Barrett on this book, an artist who is without a doubt one of the best storytellers in Ireland right now. Pick Savage Town up in September; it’s the best hangover cure Image can offer.”

“Savage Town manages at once to be dark, funny, and an original and honest take on the mangy underbelly of shiny, happy, Celtic Tiger Ireland—and watch out, these fleas are hungry!” said Barrett. “I’m really thrilled and proud to be part of the team.”

Savage Town hits up the comic book stores on Wednesday, September 6th, and bookstores on Tuesday, September 12th.

 

Doug Wagner will bring fresh, hot action in THE HARD PLACE, this August

Image Comics recently announced a new new high-energy action series startiDoug Wagner will bring fresh, hot action in THE HARD PLACE, this Augustng in August; The Hard Place by Doug Wagner, with artists Nic Rummel and Charlie Kirchoff.

In the The Hard Place , readers meet ex-con AJ Gurney, a legendary wheelman in Detroit, who has decided it’s time to go straight. He returns home to work in his father’s garage and disappear into anonymity. But during a visit to the bank, AJ is recognized by two violent bank robbers, and they demand AJ be their getaway driver. To ensure his compliance, they take a young female hostage; unfortunately, she happens to be the daughter of a Russian crime lord. AJ now finds himself pursued by a bitter police department and hunted by every asset of the Russian mob. Without a doubt, he’s in a very hard place.

“This book is crazy,” said Wagner. “If you’re into high-octane car chases, badass Russian mobsters, and nonstop chaos, THE HARD PLACE delivers all that in spades.”

The Hard Place #1 will have three covers, Cover A by Brian Stelfreeze, Cover B by Nic Rummel, and Cover C (a in Black and White) by Stelfreeze> All will launch in comic book stores on Wednesday, August 23rd.