The horror comics genre has been very good to Robert Kirkman. The Walking Dead, the writer's most endearingly popular work, is now well past 100 issues, and the fourth season of AMC's immensely successful television adaption of the series begins this Sunday. And now the writer is returning to the genre, as today Kirkman announced Outcast, a horror comic about exorcism and demonic possession, to be illustrated by veteran artist Paul Azaceta and published under Skybound, the imprint Kirkman founded in partnership with Image Comics. Further, the writer revealed that Outcast is already in the works to be adapted to television by Fox International, with whom Kirkman has a partnership.
20th Century Fox may have inked a first-look deal with Boom! Studios, but the company is clearly still in the business of adapting comics from other publishers, too.
Case in point: Fox has picked up the Image Comics series Who Is Jake Ellis? and has tapped David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films, to direct.
On sale next week from Image Comics is the one-shot Multiple Warheads: Down Fall, a book long awaited by Brandon Graham fans who got on board the cartoonist's deeply idiosyncratic and occasionally pun-filled vision of comics with his critically acclaimed work on Prophet and King City. The material collected includes the very first appearance of MW star Sexica, the black market organ smuggler, which just happened to be a decidedly adult comic created when Graham was working as an erotica artist. It was from those humble (but uncommonly well drawn) beginnings that Sexica's Soviet-esque sci-fi saga went on to fill a long out-of-print one-shots known as Multiple Warheads: The Fall and Elevator and four issues of the recent miniseries Multiple Warheads: From Alphabet to Infinity, one of ComicsAlliance's picks for the best comics of 2012.
The fourth season of AMC's zombie drama The Walking Dead kicks off on October 13, and to get fans good and hungry (and lurchy), AMC has released a new prequel series online.
"The Oath" consists of three 25-minute episodes starring Ashley Bell and Wyatt Russell, directed by seires director/producer Greg Nicotero. Set in the early days of the TWD world's zombie outbreak, the story eventually ties in to the TWD TV storyline you know and love. You can watch the whole series after the cut.
Here's a fun fact: when you Google Sex Criminals, the first result you get does not, in fact, refer to the new Image Comics series from Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. Instead, in a deft maneuver to remind us of the blackness that surrounds us, the byzantine network of pneumatic tubes that constitutes Google’s search engine front-loads the page with a link to the National Sex Offender Registry. For the record, internet: Sex Criminals is a funny, engaging, and inventive new comic book about sex, love, and fighting the man, with a clever sci-fi twist. Sex offenders are not. For more on the hilarious differences between the two, continue reading.
In stores next month is Velvet #1, the newest spy tale from Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, the team that spent years on arguably the most celebrated Captain America run in the character's history. Much of that run was driven by spy/espionage sensibilities, and the duo is bringing that aspect of their work to Velvet, the story of a veteran agent named Velvet Templeton who returns to the field to clear her name after she's framed for the murder of the world's top secret agent.
The series is a significant moment in the careers of both creators. For Brubaker, this was the first book announced after he left Marvel to focus on his own projects, and for Epting, Velvet is the veteran artist's first creator owned work.
With the first issue due out next month, and final orders due on Monday, ComicsAlliance joined a conference call with Brubaker in which he discussed, among other things, the research he did for the series, how cell phones have ruined suspense stories, the British spy who tried to seduce one of FDR's best friends, and how all of that influenced Velvet. You can check out some of the highlights from the call, plus preview art from the first issue as well as the cover to issue #2, below.
One of the most unique comic book launch parties in the history of the industry occurred last night at Wicked nightclub in Toronto.
The book was Sex Criminals, a genuinely touching, romantic and indeed erotic new mature readers miniseries illustrated by Chip Zdarsky and written by Zdarsky and Matt Fraction and published by Image Comics, about a pair of criminals with the power to stop time with their simultaneous orgasms. The venue was not a typical nightclub; it has beds, and a hot tub, a public shower, and strange holes in the bathroom wall. Wicked is a sex club. For sex.
Announced at last year's San Diego Comic-Con, Pretty Deadly -- the western/horror/fantasy pastiche from creators Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Ríos about a butterfly, a dead bunny and the daughter of Death -- is next in line for Images' newest slate of creator driven original series, and one of the most anticipated new titles of the year. For months, DeConnick and Ríos have discussed the project, often at length, while promoting the book in creative ways that clearly illustrate how important it is to both of them, and how close they feel to it. The Pretty Deadly tumblr features a countdown to the release of issue #1, gives readers a peek behind the curtain at the creative process, shows fan art for the series (and there's plenty of it, despite the book having not yet been published), and more.
With Pretty Deadly due to arrive in stores October 23, and final orders due next week, ComicsAlliance joined a conference call with DeConnick to discuss the series. You can check out a few preview pages below, as well as highlights from the call, where the writer discussed what it's been like to work on her first creator owned book, how the title has changed since it was first announced, advice legendary comics writer Neil Gaiman gave her, and why Ríos gave her the nickname "Sister Kraken."
On sale next week is East Of West #6, the latest issue of Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta's sci-fi western series for Image Comics. Due to a Celestial event near the end of the Civil War, the technology of the American Frontier has been drastically advanced, but now the country finds itself teetering on the edge of disaster. As the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse attempt to kill the President of the United States, the man known as The Ranger has been recruited to hunt down and kill Death.
Image Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a preview of East Of West #6, and you can check it out after the cut.
It's possible that Rian Hughes has become best known to American comics readers for his numerous logo and typeface designs for clients like Valiant, Archaia, DC Comics (Tangent, Batman And Robin), Vertigo (The Invisibles) and Marvel (Captain Britain, Invincible Iron Man), but the Device founder is a celebrated illustrator in his own right. Not too long ago Image Comics compiled and released a collection of his Tales From Beyond Science, a short series of variously insane and beautifully illustrated one-off stories that explored concepts such as the Bermuda Triangle and the 13th month, originally published in 2000 AD in the early '90s. Now Image is preparing to release its next volume of Hughes' exquisitely stylized work in Soho Dives, Soho Divas, an art book collecting Hughes' pinups, sketches and studies of models and other imagery observed in the underground burlesque scene of London, England.