COMPASS sets new comics adventure, history, and more for this summer

Image comics recently announced an all-new, five issue miniseries by acclaimed writer/creator Greg Rucka (The Old Guard), writers Robert Mackenzie and Dave Walker (Lazarus Sourcebook) with artist Justin Greenwood (Stumptown, The Fuse, The Last Siege) “to take readers on a breathless journey” in the forthcoming Compass, starting in June.

In Compass, readers meet Shahidah El-Amin, a main character who is many things: scholar, cartographer, astronomer, mathematician, scientist, explorer, adventurer, and—when need be—two-fisted fighter. Setting out from Baghdad’s legendary House of Wisdom during the Islamic Golden Age, Shahi’s quest brings her to 13th-century Britain…where the Welsh are whispered to possess the secret of eternal life. But Shahi’s not the only one after it…

“Compass was born out of our desire to tell a story of discovery without colonialism, of adventure without exploitation—something with the verve and energy of the pulps, but with a perspective that hadn’t been seen much in that genre,” said Mackenzie in a recent press release. “Getting there was its own process of discovery, and it’s been a joy to work with co-creators who have the talent to truly unearth Shahidah‘s quest. I’m so pleased to be able to share Compass with the world.”

“This story has been with Robert and I since our earliest days writing together. We wanted to step into a world that felt definably real—but still with the thrills of haunted ruins, ancient wonders, deadly rivals,” said Walker. “Justin found that world immediately and brought it to life, and Daniela, Simon and Greg have all added their inimitable touches to truly make it something special.”

Greenwood added: “Compass has just the kind of energy and fun that I’d been looking for in a new project. The sense of adventure is palpable in every issue and Shahi is one of the most engaging characters I’ve ever gotten to draw. Compass being a teen book is also a big bonus for me creatively, as my kids are finally getting old enough to read comics too. I’ve always enjoyed this type of pulpy action comic but being able to share it with my family is a new and gratifying experience. Very excited to share what this talented creative team has been cooking up.”

“I fell in love with Dave and Robert’s idea the moment they shared it with me. I love stories rooted in historical truth, in facts that have somehow been overlooked or—more frequently, I think—ignored in favor of another, more ‘traditional’ narrative,” said Rucka. “As much as Compass is an action-adventure with all of those wonderful pulp elements I adore, its engine is personal and intimate, ultimately about the friendship between two very impressive, very capable women from two very different backgrounds. As soon as I realized that, I knew Justin was the only artist who could deliver what Dave and Robert were after. I’m very proud to claim a very small part in making this book come to life.”

Compass #1)will be available at comic book shops and digitally across many digital platforms, on Wednesday, June 16th.

Here’s a four page preview in the meantime:

Thanks to Image Comics for the preview, visit imagecomics.com for more!.

Jim Morrison Lives?! An upcoming graphic novel story reveals a new mystery…

Image Comics released announced a new graphic novel following its the release of Paul Is Dead, the critically acclaimed work of writer Paolo Baron and artist Ernesto Carbonetti. This time its Jim Lives: the Mystery of the Lead Singer of The Doors and the 27 Club, an all new original graphic novel that builds upon a theory that famed musician Jim Morrison never died. This is the second standalone graphic novel in a trilogy set ahead from Image Comics, this June 2021.

Perfect for fans of conspiracy theory and speculative thrillers, Jim Lives follows the story of a man searching for his son—a correspondent for a popular American newspaper—who vanished into thin air after sending one last, enigmatic message: Jim Morrison isn’t dead, he’s hiding out here in Italy, I saw him with my own eyes.

“I wrote Jim Lives by continuously listening to The Doors vinyl records while I was in the small village where I set the story,” said Baron in a recent press release from Image Comics. “At one point I really saw him. I mean Jim.”

Join the creators of Paul Is Dead as they reveal the second chapter in their “conspiracy trilogy”: a new, fascinating vision of the most mysterious legend in the history of rock that envisions what happened “When the Music’s Over.”

Carbonetti added: “I love to draw the small towns of the Italian province made of stone walls and roads that line the sea. While I was working on Jim Lives I felt there.”

Jim Lives original graphic novel will be available on Wednesday, June 16 and in bookstores on Tuesday, June 22. Also on many popular digital book platforms.

Paul Is Dead original graphic novel is still available at your local comic book shops and large retail shops and online stores everywhere!

Skyward’s Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett return in 2021 for Shadecraft horror series

Image Comics recently announced a new upcoming teen horror series, Shadecraft, with writer and Lucifer showrunner Joe Henderson teaming up with Captain Marvel artist Lee Garbett to bring some scary freshness for 2021. The creative duo was recently known for the Eisner nominated and awesome series (and personal favorite) Skyward, which ended in 2019. Now, on to something new…

In Shadecraft, readers meet Zadie Lu. She’s afraid of her own shadow. She’s also a teenager, so she really should have grown out of it by now… But something weird is happening in her small town—it’s as if the shadows are actually coming to life. Watching her. Maybe even trying to kill her. But how do you fight something you can’t even touch? And why is she the target they’re after?

“To me, shadows are the perfect mixture of horror and fun. One minute, they seem to come to dangerous life out of the corner of my eye. The next, I’m making silly shadow puppets with my son,” Henderson told Comic Book Resources in an exclusive scoop of the announcement. “I love that cocktail of genuine scares and playful adventure, and we’ve infused it into this book. I’ve been wanting to tell a story with shadows coming to life for years, but it took finding the right emotional heart—finding Zadie’s story—for it to finally come together. Welcome to Shadecraft—let’s hope Zadie Lu survives the experience…”

Garbett also told Comic Book Resources: “With Shadecraft we get to play with a darker, more ominous tone than Skyward without losing that vital heart and warmth that’s so important to us. This book presented a whole new set of artistic challenges in bringing the shadows to life. I tried to keep things as organic as possible, letting the ink move and grow on the paper to find its own form. I can’t wait for everyone to check it out.”

Shadecraft #1 will be available at comic book shops, and also across digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, ComiXology, and Google Play, on Wednesday, March 31

Here’s a little preview provided by Image Comics in the meantime…

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.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips bring PULP to graphic novel shelves in 2020

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Cool news from a recent news release from Image Comics for fans of classic pulp comics, and inspiration they bring…

The multiple Eisner Award-winning creative powerhouse behind such hits as My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies and Bad Weekend—Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips—spin an original graphic novel tale of ’30s era crime in the forthcoming Pulp. This title will hit stores from Image Comics in 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? Find out in this must-have thriller from one of comics’ most acclaimed creative teams, perfect for fans of The Fade Out and Criminal.

“When Sean and I decided to do something completely new for our next original graphic novel, he planted the idea of a Western in my head… And I found myself drawn to the era where that genre first hit big—the pulp magazines and the Great Depression,” said Brubaker. “I thought about all these writers telling fictionalized versions of the vanishing days of the Wild West, as their own world was going through one of its darkest hours… And suddenly I realized I had the makings of a really great pulp story, but one set in the real world. A story that I really wanted to tell.”

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.

Phillips added: “I asked Ed to write me a Western and this is as close as he could get. Hopefully I don’t have to draw too many horses. Or hats. Or six-shooters. What was I thinking?’’

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

Comic cyberpunk thriller Thumbs, set for TP release, this winter

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Image Comics recently announced a trade paperback collection of Thumbs, a rapid-paced, science-fiction series by award-winning playwright and comics writer Sean Lewis (Coyotes, The Few) and award-winning artist Hayden Sherman (The Few). This trade paperback collects the complete series, issues #1-5, and set for release in January 2020.

The story sets Adrian Camus, a rockstar tech designer, recruits children who excel at his games into his real-life war against the Power, a group of politicians and advocates aiming to take Camus’ tech away from the people. Following a life-altering injury, eponymous recruit Thumbs finds himself torn between two sides of the muddy, escalating conflict.

Image Comics presents thumbs as heartfelt, action-packed, and forward-thinking, a standalone story for fans of Black Mirror, Blade Runner, and Tokyo Ghost.

The Thumbs trade paperback will be available in comic book stores and digital apps on Wednesday, January 29 and in bookstores on Tuesday, February 4.

Here is a 4-page preview in the meantime (huge thanks to Image Comics):

New creepiness coming from IDW, with its new GHOST TREE comic series

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IDW Publishing recently announced its plan to release Ghost Treea new four-issue comic book miniseries of a journey from the dark forests of Japan to the ethereal realm beyond, to release this coming April.

Ghost Tree is written by Bobby Curnow (Ward’s Valley, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and illustrated by Simon Gane (They’re Not Like Us, Godzilla) and colored by Ian Herring (Ms. Marvel).

In Ghost Tree, a young man named Brandt returns to his ancestral home in Japan, seeking a refuge from his unhappy life. There, he discovers a haunted tree and the departed souls that are drawn to it – including his grandfather. Brandt attempts to heal some of history’s wounds, but will he be able to find any measure of peace for himself when someone special from his past returns?

Writer Bobby Curnow says, “A lot of our headspace is trapped in the past: things from childhood, old relationships, how family upbringing made us into who we are today. This creates an opportunity to reflect and learn, but also a chance to become fixated on that past, unable to move forward. Ghost Tree is an opportunity to explore the conflict between past and present… and see some cool and creepy ghosts!”

“I always hoped to work with Bobby again, but when I first read this script I knew I absolutely had to,” says artist Simon Gane. “Not only was it a beautifully written story that I felt a real connection with, but there were a terrific variety of characters to bring to life – the elderly couple, the lead as both an adult and a child, and (of course) a few ghosts, monsters, and headless samurai thrown in for good measure.”

Colorist Ian Herring says, “Looking to capture the sound of walking in the woods with color, I jumped at the chance to collaborate with Bobby and Simon on this surreal story.”

Ghost Tree will arrive in comic stores and popular digital apps, this April 2019. In the meantime, here is a page of art by Simon Gane…

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Image Comics, The Hero Initiative team up to support creators in need, with special variant art

Image Comics recently unveiled the first thirteen variants in a line of sixteen covers to support the Hero Initiative non-profit, which helps fund comic book creators in medical and financial need. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised by these Hero Initiative variant covers will go toward supporting the non-profit.

Series featuring Hero Initiative variant covers will highlight the artistic contributions of: Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas, Ryan Browne, Andy Suriano, Howard Chaykin, Ray Fawkes, Manda Schank, Jacopo Camagni, Danny Luckert, Marcelo Costa, Benjamin Roman, Raffaele Ienco, Dennis Culver, Lee Garbett, Brandon Graham, John McCrea, and Jeff Lemire.

Available in stores on Wednesday, December 5th:
THE LAST SIEGE #7 by Landry Q. Walker & Justin Greenwood, Cover B by Andy Suriano
THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #40 by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, Cover C by Ray Fawkes
BLACKBIRD #3 by Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel, Cover C by Manda Schank
UNNATURAL #5 by Mirka Andolfo, Cover C by Jacopo Camagn
SELF/MADE #1 by Mat Groom & Eduardo Ferigato, Cover B by Marcelo Costa
THE FREEZE #1 by Dan Wickline & Phillip Sevy, Cover B by Raffaele Ienco
DEAD RABBIT #3 by Gerry Duggan & John McCrea, Cover C by McCrea

Available in stores on Wednesday, December 12th:
BIRTHRIGHT #34 by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan & Adriano Lucas, Cover B by Bressan & Lucas
HEY KIDS! COMICS! #5 by Howard Chaykin, Cover B by Chaykin
AUNTIE AGATHA’S HOME FOR WAYWARD RABBITS by Keith Giffen & Benjamin Roman, Cover B by Roman
SKYWARD #9 by Joe Henderson & Lee Garbett, Cover B by Garbett

Available in stores on Wednesday, December 19th”
CURSE WORDS #19 by Charles Soule & Ryan Browne, Cover C by Browne
REGRESSION #14 by Cullen Bunn & Danny Luckert, Cover B by Luckert
BURNOUTS #4 by by Dennis Culver & Geoffo, Cover C by Culver
GIDEON FALLS #9 by Jeff Lemire & Andrea Sorrentino, Cover C by Lemire
RUMBLE #10 by John Arcudi & David Rubín, Cover C by Brandon Graham

Here are the featured variants.

LITTLE GIRLS, a new graphic novel set in a small Ethiopia town, brings monsters and adventure…

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From a recent Image Comics press release…

Image Comics recently announced an eerie, hauntingly original graphic novel, Little Girls, by debut creators Nicholas Aflleje and Sarah DeLaine, set to hit shelves in March 2019.

In Little Girls, readers meet Sam, who has been an outsider all her life. That might have been the case even if her father hadn’t dragged her all around the globe, but it sure didn’t help. Every year, another school and another word for foreigner. Why would things be any different in Harar, Ethiopia? Well, for one thing, there’s Lielet—an outspoken and rebellious local girl who has all the makings of a lifelong friend. Then there is the city itself—a crossroad of cultures and traditions woven together through time that make it feel like anything’s possible. Also, there’s something hunting people on the outskirts of town…

“At their age, Sam and Lielet are confronted with so many scary, new things that they don’t have to stop and think about being brave, because they’re brave all the time, even when facing down literal monsters together,” said Aflleje.

“I think most people can relate to just not fitting in at some point in their lives, like you’ll never meet someone you truly get along with,” DeLaine added. “But if you somehow inexplicably do, you might suddenly realize you really want to make sure that person isn’t eaten.”

As the disappearances start piling up, Sam and Lielet decide they might be the only ones willing to do anything about it. But as these two young friends bravely strike out into the dark on an exciting new adventure, they soon find that the night has teeth.

Little Girls arrives in comics shops on Wednesday, March 26th and bookstores on Tuesday, April 2nd.

Lightstep, a new sci-fi comic series journey from Miloš Slavkovic, coming up

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(Recent Dark Horse Comics press release…)

You Can’t Outrun Relativity—Or Your Destiny!

Dark Horse Comics invites you to explore writer-artist Miloš Slavkovic’s science fiction romp Lightstep. Alien worlds, a star-spanning empire, and technology about which we can only dream, combine to tell a story of secrets hidden in the transmissions of a radio drama from Earth thousands of years ago, and a woman whose date with destiny is about to send a ripple through the cosmos.

The galaxy is controlled by a race of elevated beings who live out their lives on accelerated “Lightstepped” planets—where a single day spans a lifetime on other worlds. Lightstep follows January Lee, a woman of royal descent, whose “divine illness” reveals to her the lies of her ancestors who founded the empire. Banished from her home into the void, an unexpected rescue sets January on a course to redeem her heritage and change the galaxy forever.

Lightstep #1 (of five) goes on sale November 21, 2018, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.