The fact that Image Comics is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year has made me feel so old that I'm worried about just deteriorating into a vaguely person-shaped pile of dust any second now, but there's one thing that's really helping to take the sting out of it: An amazing roster of variant covers where current image titles like Sex Criminals, The Wicked + the Divine, The Walking Dead, and Invincible homage the classic first issues from throughout the company's history, like, uh, Sex Criminals, The Wicked + the Divine, The Walking Dead, and Invincible.
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Game of Thrones has returned, and though now in its sixth season, it remains one of the most riveting and talked about shows on television. Even after all this time and all this death, we’re still tuning in, hoping against hope that our faves don’t get brutally murdered, and maybe that someone rides on a dragon.
Fantasy stories have been appearing in comics since near the very beginning of the medium, and there are so many great stories and series to choose from for fans looking for more of a fantasy fix. We’ve picked out five of the best independent and creator-owned comics to keep you going through the week as you wait for more episodes of Game of Thrones.
The United States has split into separate sovereign territories who uneasily co-exist side-by-side as population grows, food supplies decrease and the world slowly creaks towards death. Oh, and three of the four horsemen of the apocalypse have returned to usher in the end a whole lot sooner, and the one person that stands against them is their brother, Death.
That’s the premise of Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta and Frank Martin’s East of West, published by Image, which has been running since 2013. It presents a very American apocalypse, as politicians plot and scheme their way through another day while the literal end of the world is right around the corner.
Our judges have adjudicated; our readers have voted. We’re proud to present to you the best sci-fi comic of 2015 — and four great runners up.
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If you're not familiar with Humble Bundle, here's the deal: Deals.
Specifically, they're deals with proceeds that go to charity. So far, the site has offered comedy albums, downloadable video games, ebooks, and even movies, but it's teaming up with Image Comics for its first-ever digital comics deal over the next two weeks or so, and buyers can choose how much of the money they spend goes to creators and how much goes to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The books in the offer are the first volumes of Saga, Fatale, East of West, Lazarus, Morning Glories, Revival, and Chew, and two volumes of The Walking Dead.
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.
Though sci-fi comics have enjoyed a renaissance of late, the sci-fi western genre, if such a thing exists, is certainly not one dominating the shelves. But East Of West, the Image Comics series from Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta, has been one of the more successful and celebrated new series of 2013. East Of West features an alternate history tale of a technologically advanced American frontier, due to a Celestial event at the end of the Civil War. Now the country is teetering on the edge of disaster, as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse attempt to kill the President of the United States. Hickman writes a tale that gives ample opportunity to Dragotta and colorist Frank Martin to create everything from robotic steeds to the image of the four horsemen clawing their way through dirt, bone and metal.
In issue #5 of the hit series, the contents of the apocrypha are revealed, and it may or may not predict the end of the world. East Of West #5 arrives in stores next week, and Image Comics has provided ComicsAlliance with a preview, which you can check out after the cut.
On sale now from Image are two new comics that see some of our favorite creators apply their very distinct styles to the old west. In the case East of West #1, writer Jonathan Hickman (FF, The Manhattan Projects) reunites with his Fantastic Four collaborator Nick Dragotta (Vengeance) to create an old west that's somehow neither old nor necessarily west, but an alternate history of an electronic American frontier on the brink of a supernatural apocalypse...
Image Comics kicked out the jams last weekend at New York Comic Con, where publisher Eric Stephenson announced loads of new series that once again demonstrated his company's ability to court big name mainstream talents away from Marvel and DC Comics...