I've been a fan of Jonathan Hickman's work at Image ever since he hit the ground running with The Nightly News, and the thing I tend to love most about those projects is how unrelentingly high-concept they are. There's always a new hook that I've never seen before, whether it's a satire about super-powered mutant apes or an ongoing series featuring real-life historical figures involved in truly ridiculous acts of mad science. As a result, if you tell me that Hickman and artist Ryan Bodenheim, who worked together on Red Mass For Mars, are doing a new series together called The Dying and the Dead, then my first question is "what's the high concept?"

And that's when I found out that they're referring to it as "Indiana Jones for old people," and I'm pretty much sold.

According to the announcement, The Dying And The Dead #1 kicks off with a murder at a wedding and then launches right into "unraveling secrets hundreds of years old," which sounds like a pretty tall order. It's fortunate, then, that the first issue is an oversized affair, clocking in at 60 story pages for $4.50.

Here's the official word from Image:

THE DYING AND THE DEAD #1
story: JONATHAN HICKMAN
art / cover: RYAN BODENHEIM

JANUARY 28 / 64 PAGES / FC / T+ / $4.50

“TODAY, TOMORROW, THE GRAVE”
A murder at a wedding reveals a fifty year-old secret. At great cost, a man with a dying wife is given the opportunity to save her. A lost tribe is reborn in another time. Seemingly disparate events that force relics from the Greatest Generation to come together for one last hurrah.

Brought to you by award-winning writer JONATHAN HICKMAN and fan-favorite artist RYAN BODENHEIM, THE DYING AND THE DEAD is high adventure meets end-of-life care.

It’s Indiana Jones for Old People. There are no fedoras, only bedpans.

Pretty sure we should go ahead and adopt "There are no fedoras, only bedpans" as a motto for life, not just comics.