We're holding out high hopes for Z2 Comics, the new small-scale publisher launching this fall with a pleasingly eclectic line-up of books, including Ian McGinty's potentially charming Welcome to Showside (soon to be an animated series), Chris Hunt's noir crime adventure story Carver, and the risque fantasy comedy Allen: Son of Hellcock, co-written by one of the Last Week Tonight writers.

Z2 Comics has given us an exclusive first look at some of the upcoming covers for all three titles, including Missy Pena's gorgeous Showside cover, above. Check out the rest of the covers, along with book descriptions courtesy of Z2, below:


Welcome to Showside #4 main cover by Ian McGinty


Welcome to Showside takes readers on the adventures of Kit, a lovable kid with a monstrous secret: his dad is the Great Shadow King and he wants Kit to take over the family business of destroying the world. With best friends Moon, a sorceress-in-training, and Belle, the latest in a long line of Southern demon-hunters, Kit fights a plethora of Nexus demons --- and finally stands up to his Dad.


Allen #2 cover by Miguel Porto


Allen: Son of Hellcock, the comic book debut of writers Will Tracy (Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) and Gabe Koplowitz, with artist Miguel Porto, will be released this December from Z2 Comics. Title character Allen is cowardly, directionless, and less physically menacing than a daffodil. He’s also the only son of the mightiest hero ever to plunge his sword hilt-deep into the dark heart of evil… the mighty Hellcock! Enjoy the ride as Allen is thrust sword-first into a not-so-classic fantasy quest that, frankly, he would rather just sit out.


Carver #3 cover by Chris Hunt


Carver, from Paul Pope protege Chris Hunt, tracks notorious gentleman of fortune Francis Carver as he trots the globe on a noir-esque adventure to help the only woman he has ever loved. The second series in the new line of creator-owned periodicals from Z2 Comics, Carveris Hunt’s homage to Corto Maltse.