Image Comics held its now traditional pre-San Diego one-day show on Thursday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and unveiled an impressive roster of new titles for the coming year that includes new work by familiar names such as Warren Ellis, Jason Aaron and Gail Simone; plus an encouraging number of relative newcomers and unknowns. Check out our rundown of all the news and announcements.
This week, Boom Studios --- which, in the interest of full disclosure, is a company I've done some writing for --- announced that they'd acquired the rights to Power Rangers with plans to launch a new series sometime this year. It's pretty exciting news, but at the same time, the news about a bunch of teenagers with (shockingly positive) attitudes coming to comics always gets me a little bit down, because it reminds me of one of the biggest missed opportunities in the history of the franchise.
See, this isn't the first time that the Power Rangers have made an attempt at conquering the world of superhero comics, and there was a time when they only made it through one issue with a story that was more notable for the books that it advertised and never came out than what happens in the issue itself. The year was 1996, the comic was Power Rangers Zeo, and the man who had the license... was Rob Liefeld.
The Walking Dead Season 6 gave a us a taste of fresh hell by its Comic-Con poster and first new character image, but in the aftermath of Season 5 finale “Conquer,” did you ever ask yourself, “Do Daryl, Glenn and Maggie still look like regular, sweaty humans?” Thankfully, new images from Season 6 put to rest such nightmare-inducing queries.
It's been a tough eight months or so for Image Comics' Rat Queens, art-wise. Artist John Upchurch was removed from the book last November after he was arrested on domestic abuse charges, and his replacement, Stjepan Sejic, has been fighting illness and was only able to draw two issues in the interim.
A Wednesday announcement from Image indicates that clearer skies are ahead, however, as artist Tess Fowler and colorist Tamra Bonvillain have taken the art reins of the series about a band of plundering adventurers full-time, starting with issue #11 in August. Sejic will remain as cover artist through issue #15. Series co-creator Kurtis J. Wiebe remains in place as writer.
The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.
The second volume of The Wicked + The Divine, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s cult hit comic about a pantheon of pop stars, will hit shelves on July 1st compliments of publisher Image Comics, and ComicsAlliance is pleased to have an exclusive first look at the trailer that ushers its way into the mortal world. The title of the volume, which collects issues #6-11 of the series, shows off writer Gillen’s well-known penchant for puns: Fandemonium. (Volume 1, which centered on Lucifer, was The Faust Act.)
AMC will make its largest showing yet of Fear The Walking Dead at Comic-Con 2015, in the meantime releasing even more photos and clips, along with a moody new poster. There’s finally a zombie to be found, but do the latest looks at The Walking Dead companion series inspire any actual fear?
Our first looks at The Walking Dead companion spinoff Fear The Walking Dead have been admittedly light on the dead, understandable for a prequel series, though it seems the walkers may not have very far to … well, walk. Our first dialogue clip for Fear The Walking Dead gives us an update on the outbreak, and - SPOILER ALERT - there’s something to Fear.
The Walking Dead Season 6 peeled back the curtain just a bit with its Comic-Con key art, but with a full trailer hitting at the panel a few weeks from now, AMC has stepped up with a brand-new behind-the-scenes preview. See Morgan’s staffed-up return, and watch Daryl make out with Michonne in a new look at The Walking Dead Season 6!
The Walking Dead left the Ricktatorship in a whole new world by the end of Season 5, literally and figuratively, but the benefit of Alexandria walls doesn’t seem to be keeping out the danger. With Comic-Con 2015 up ahead, AMC has released the first Walking Dead Season 6 key art, and the bromance between Rick and Morgan may be put to the test.