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‘Image Firsts’ Provide Affordable Introductions To Flagship Series

Following in the footsteps of last year’s “After Watchmen, What’s Next?” and “Marvel’s Greatest Comics” initiatives from the Big Two, Image Comics looks to be spicing up Free Comic Book Day season with its own line of introductory priced titles featuring some of its hottest properties.

Beginning in March and running through the last week in April, the debut issues of ten different series including “Youngblood,” “Spawn,” “The Walking Dead,” “Chew” and “Invincible will ship according to a weekly schedule.

“As discussions for Free Comic Book Day began, many of our retail partners brought up how helpful it would be to have additional, inexpensive supplements to our featured title, Silverline’s ‘Fractured Fables,’ as a way of bringing in an even wider range of fans,” explained Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson in an official press release. “We developed the ‘Image Firsts’ program to showcase the great variety of titles we have to offer. Between the superheroics of ‘Spawn,’ ‘Invincible,’ ‘Witchblade,’ ‘Savage Dragon’ and ‘Youngblood’ to the science fiction of ‘Girls’ and ‘Proof’ to Eric Shanower’s historical epic, ‘Age of Bronze,’ and the horror of ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Chew,’ there’s something for every reader, old and new.”

Even though I own most of these titles either in TPBs or single issues, I must admit that overpowering early ’90s nostalgia will likely result in “Youngblood” and “Savage Dragon” purchases on my part.

Take a look at the full release schedule after the jump to see catches your eye.IMAGE FIRSTS SCHEDULE IMAGE FIRSTS: YOUNGBLOOD #1
story ROB LIEFELD & JOE CASEY art & cover ROB LIEFELD
MARCH 31 32 PAGES / FC $1.00
The original celebrity superheroes make their debut in this remastered tale by Rob Liefeld and Joe Casey.

IMAGE FIRSTS: THE WALKING DEAD #1
story ROBERT KIRKMAN art & cover TONY MOORE
MARCH 31 32 PAGES / BW $1.00
A continuing tale of survival horror in a post-apocalyptic world.

IMAGE FIRSTS: SPAWN #1
story TODD McFARLANE art & cover TODD McFARLANE
APRIL 7 32 PAGES / FC $1.00
Todd McFarlane’s arcane superhero discovers the truth behind his unholy resurrection.

IMAGE FIRSTS: CHEW #1
story JOHN LAYMAN art & cover ROB GUILLORY
APRIL 7 32 PAGES / FC $1.00
Bizarre culinary crimes investigated by the FDA’s premier psychic detective.

IMAGE FIRSTS: SAVAGE DRAGON #1
story ERIK LARSEN art & cover ERIK LARSEN
APRIL 14 32 PAGES / FC $1.00
A lone supercop fights against a city of organized supercrime.

IMAGE FIRSTS: AGE OF BRONZE #1
story ERIC SHANOWER art & cover ERIC SHANOWER
APRIL 14 32 PAGES / BW $1.00
Eric Shanower’s epic retelling of the Trojan War.

IMAGE FIRSTS: WITCHBLADE #1
story DAVID WOHL & CHRISTINA Z art & cover MICHAEL TURNER
APRIL 21 32 PAGES / FC $1.00
The only weapon powerful enough to keep the forces of Darkness and Light at bay is in the hands of a New York cop.

IMAGE FIRSTS: GIRLS #1
story JOSHUA LUNA art & cover JONATHAN LUNA
APRIL 21 32 PAGES / FC $1.00
A small town trapped in an invisible dome becomes the epicenter of an alien invasion unlike any other.

IMAGE FIRSTS: INVINCIBLE
#1 story ROBERT KIRKMAN art & cover CORY WALKER
APRIL 28 32 PAGES / FC $1.00
When a teenager inherits his father’s superpowers, he learns there’s much more to being a superhero than he ever anticipated.

IMAGE FIRSTS: PROOF #1
story ALEX GRECIAN art & cover RILEY ROSSMO
APRIL 28 32 PAGES / FC $1.00
Crypto-zoological horror as investigated by Agent Ginger Brown and her partner, Bigfoot

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