Image Comics is upping its game in 2015 with tons of new titles from a slew of superstar creators.
While Marvel and DC Comics try to outdo one another with their big Multiversal crossover events this year, Image Comics has been quietly but surely tightening its grip on the creator-owned comics market, and if its recent announcements are any indication, 2015 is shaping up to be yet another great year from the publisher.
The recent Image Expo in San Francisco unveiled an exciting slate of new creator-owned series coming from some of the biggest names in comics today, including Warren Ellis, Brian K. Vaughan, Scott Snyder, Brian Wood and Jeff Lemire.
The big news, however, was that Image co-founder Todd McFarlane (creator of Spawn) has a new series coming in April – Savior. The tagline supposedly reads: “What if the most dangerous man on Earth was also the one trying to do the most good?”, and McFarlane will be teaming up with long-time collaborators Brian Holguin and Clayton Crain for this.
McFarlane also announced that Paul Jenkins (Hellblazer, The Spectacular Spider-Man) will be the writer replacing Brian Wood on the anticipated new Spawn series – Spawn Resurrection – coming next month.
Thanks to the massive success of his Saga series, Brian K. Vaughan is Image Comics’ current golden boy. The writer has two new projects lined up this year: We Stand On Guard with Steve Skroce, and Paper Girls with Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman).
The former takes place in the future and, according to Vaughan, is a band of Canadian civilians turned freedom fighters, who have to fight off an invasion from the United States of America and their “giant ****ing robots”.
Paper Girls, on the other hand, is about four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls, and will probably be significantly lower on the giant robot scale.
Despite leaving Spawn Resurrection, Brian Wood (DMZ, X-Men, The Massive) will still have two titles coming out under Image – Starve, together with Danijel Zezelj and Dave Stewart, which is set in a future where celebrity chefs are royalty; and Black Road, with Garry Brown.
Another star writer with two titles due out this year is Jeff Lemire, who will be collaborating with illustrator Emi Lenox on Plutona, a five-issue mini-series about kids who discover the body of a famous superhero.
It’s his second collaboration that has us drooling in anticipation, though – a series called A.D.: After Death written by Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, The Wake) and illustrated by Lemire, which is about a man who can live multiple lives.
Kieron Gillen, whose The Wicked + The Divine (together with Jamie McKelvie) was one of Image’s big hits of 2014, will be producing The Ludocrats, which revolves around Baron Otto Von Subertan and Professor Hades Zero-K, who are the “last defenders of a ludicrous aristocracy against the insipid forces of normalisation”.
Other notable titles coming from Image include Skottie Young’s I Hate Fairyland (about a character stuck in Fairyland for 30 years, but who still looks eight years old); Chip Zdarsky’s (Sex Criminals) sci-fi comedy series Kaptara; Darwyn Cooke’s Image Comics debut Revengeance; Brandon Graham’s anthology series Island; and Injection by Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire.