At Image Expo in San Francisco, Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson revealed the much-anticipated new projects from the independent comics publisher, as well as the identity of Image Expo’s “surprise guests.”
A crowd of more than 500 Image Expo attendees in the Lam Research Theater at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts were the first to see art from new titles and learn the identity of the latest creators who are coming to Image.
Two of the new projects announced are by creators who have current titles with Image Comics. VELVET is a dark and evocative twist on the spy genre featuring a female protagonist by Image Expo guest Ed Brubaker (FATALE) and his Captain America: The Winter Soldier collaborator Steve Epting. J. Michael Straczynski (TEN GRAND) continues to expand his Joe’s Comics mini-imprint with two former Marvel ICON titles, rescued from oblivion with new issues from Image Comics: DREAM POLICE and THE BOOK OF LOST SOULS, drawn by Colleen Doran. With these additions all of Straczynski’s creator-owned titles are now published by Image Comics under the Joe’s Comics line.
The surprise guests announced by Stephenson included another current Image creator, Matt Fraction, creator SATELLITE SAM with Howard Chaykin (BLACK KISS II) and SEX CRIMINALS with Chip Zdarsky, who is announcing ODY-C, a psychedelic science fiction comic created with artist Christian Ward (INFINITE VACATION). The first issue of SEX CRIMINALS is scheduled to go on sale in September.
Stephenson also revealed the return to Image Comics of Rick Remender after three years of writing exclusively as one of Marvel’s “Architects.” Remender is bringing two new projects to the publisher: BLACK SCIENCE, a classic science fiction story scientists adrift between alien worlds, created with artist Matteo Scalera, and DEADLY CLASS, a 1980s flashback set in a school for budding assassins, created with artist Wesley Craig.
Another former exclusive Marvel writer and Architect coming to Image is surprise guest Jason Aaron, who is collaborating with fellow surprise guest artist Jason Latour (B.P.R.D.) on the series SOUTHERN BASTARDS. Comic Book Resources has more on this landmark new title.
Stephenson capped off the announcements of new projects with the reveal that Image Comics will be publishing the official comic book adaptation of Darren Aronofksy’s upcoming film Noah, which recounts the story of the Biblical patriarch.