When Image Comics has new titles to announce, it doesn't play by halves; the publisher has been known to throw down a massive number of awesome sounding titles led by amazing creators, before dropping the mic as if to say, "Top that".
Last night at Emerald City Comic Con, the publisher did exactly that as it announced fifteen new comics and original graphic novels, including new work from Jeff Lemire, Declan Shalvey and Matt Wagner.
Mother Panic, by Jody Houser and Tommy Lee Edwards, is about a new character who fights criminals as a high-tech masked vigilante in Gotham City. She wears a cape and a helmet with pointed ears, but her outfit is white, and she's clearly unaffiliated with Batman and his allies. In fact, when the premise was initially revealed, nobody was really sure if this was the Gotham of DC's Batman books, or a whole different take on that world.
However, it's been set-up since the first issue that the Bat-Family have become aware of Mother Panic's activities. And in this third issue, she and Batwoman come face to face, leading to a fight and some weird angry flirting.
Sarah Vaughn, Lan Medina and Jose Villarrubia's Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love --- while not officially a DC Rebirth title --- has been one of the most exciting titles released in the Rebirth era, mixing gothic horror, romance, and superheroes in a way the character was always crying out for.
The third and final issue is out next week, and DC has provided us with an exclusive extended preview of what is sure to be a somber and emotional finale.
Blood Blister, the new horror comic from writer Phil Hester and artist Tony Harris debuting this week from AfterShock, tells the story of Brandon Hull, a man whose soul becomes so corrupted by the banal evil of the superficial choices he makes that it begins to manifest on his previously flawless physical form, launching him into a hellish world of monstrous evil. Hester is also currently drawing Shipwreck, an AfterShock comic by writer Warren Ellis about a man who finds himself in a surreal wasteland after (possibly) surviving a crash.
ComicsAlliance sat down with Phil Hester to talk about horror, collaborating on comics as both a writer and an artist, and the nature of evil in the world today.
I've expressed my excitement about Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love plenty of times before. Written by Sarah Vaughn with art by Lan Medina, it's a gothic haunted house story that's simultaneously retro in its tone and progressive in its politics.
DC has provided ComicsAlliance with an exclusive look at Medina's design process for the book, as well as art from both Medina and guest artist Phil Hester.
What's going on in Shipwreck? Jonathan Shipwright doesn't really know, he's just traveling this endless road that's risen up to meet him since the mysterious shipwreck he was involved in. And in this preview, he meets a man who's just finished burying a body in the sky.
Both books that Aftershock Comics announced at New York Comic Con this past weekend are essentially horror, but coming at the concept from two very different directions. Blood Blister looks too be a pretty intense examination of moral corruption through a body horror lens, and Animosity: The Rise offers insight into what happened all over the world as the animals rose up in the Animosity ongoing.
This week, DC Comics is celebrating the 75th anniversary of Green Arrow who debuted alongside Aquaman (whose anniversary was celebrated last week) in More Fun Comics #73. To celebrate seventy five years of the Emerald Archer, Comixology has a week long sale featuring a host of his defining runs, so you can stock up on classic stories while you wait for Arrow to return for its fifth season.
Phil Hester is one of my favorite creators in comics. No matter what he's working on, whether it's writing the working-class magic epic that is Mythic, drawing a classically underrated run on Swamp Thing, or working as a cartoonist on his mind-bending The Wretch, number one with a bullet on the list of comics you probably haven't read that you definitely should, he brings a level of skill to the table that makes it all worth checking out. And when he's going deep into a new high concept, it's the best.
So when AfterShock Comics announces that he's teaming up with Warren Ellis --- who, as you may already know, is no stranger to high concept titles himself --- then it's definitely something to get excited about. It's called Shipwreck, and just going from today's announcement, it's going to be a weird one.
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