Image Expo Recap

This past week Image Comics held their annual expo to showcase all their new and upcoming comics. These days quite a few of my monthly comics are Image titles (Pretty Deadly, Sex Criminals, Rat Queens…) so I was pretty excited to see what they have up their sleeves for 2014.

And they did not disappoint. There are some AMAZING comic stories being published in the coming months and some of my favourite creators are attached to them. Here are some of my highlights.

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C.O.W.L

Creators: Kyle Higgins (Batman, Nightwing), Alec Siegel (Captain America, Avengers), and Rod Reis (Justice League)

Expected Release Date: May 2014

C.O.W.L takes readers back to 1960s Chicago, in a time when the once-celebrated superhero labor union C.O.W.L. struggles to maintain their public image and regain the confidence of the people. A rise in “super powered” individuals dates back to the closing days of World War II after the deployment of the atomic bomb. In response, Geoffrey Warner (then known as The Grey Raven) spearheaded the campaign to bring heroes together in Chicago…and struck a contract with the city for the heroes’ services. But while C.O.W.L. once stood as a beacon of hope against an epidemic of organized crime and a loose “brotherhood” of villains, the organization is now in a position where it must prove its worth to an ever more disillusioned public…while overcoming great threats from both inside and outside its offices.

Why I’m excited: This sounds like Mad Men meets Watchmen. I love the time period, I love the Chicago setting  and I love the idea of a superhero union.

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Bitch Planet

Creators: Kelly Sue DeConnick (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel, Avengers Assemble) and artist Valentine De Landro (X-Factor)

What’s it about?

Sure to be a campy, kick-ass adventure, BITCH PLANET is the story of five leading ladies ready to bust out of their prison cells (but you know in space).

Why I’m excited: Kelly Sue is an auto-buy for me. I currently read Avengers Assemble, Ghost and Pretty Deadly and think she’s beyond talented. Plus not one, not two but five leading ladies. Bring it on!

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The Fade Out

Creators: Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

What’s it about:

It’s about the death of a Hollywood starlet in the 1940s that’s described as being “epic” in scope and dealing with World War II, suggests a return to more straightforward crime fiction from their current horror series Fatale

Why I’m excited:

Ed Brubaker is king of the noir. And he is a comic god. Another auto-buy.

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Casanova

Creators: Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, SATELLITE SAM), Fábio Moon (Daytripper, Serenity), and Gabriel Bá (Daytripper, The Umbrella Academy), Micheal Chabon (The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Klay)

What’s it about?

This is actually the return of an old character – Casanova Quinn. Casanova escaped the complicated and stressful life of a dimension-hopping, identity-shifting, sexually voracious killing machine and we last saw him wandering out of the wreckage of a UFO that landed in the Hollywood Hills.
It’s our Los Angeles. It’s our Earth. And he remembers absolutely nothing of his past. I have to admit I’m not familiar with. But Fraction promised this would be a great jumping on point for new readers, especially since the character himself can’t remember what happened in the earlier books.

Why I’m excited: Did you read that creator list? I love Micheal Chabon’s novels and Daytripper is one of the best graphic novels I’ve ever read. And of course everybody’s favourite Matt Fraction. I’m not 100% sold on the premise but with this team I’m willing to give it a shot.

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Ody-C

Creators: Matt Fraction and Christian Ward

What’s it about:

A reinterpretation of Homer’s The Odyssey that takes place in space, and gender swaps every character in the story.

Why I’m excited: More Matt Fraction! Also gender swapped classics are my jam.

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Creators: Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE) and artist Greg Tocchini (Uncanny X-Force, Last Days of American Crime

What’s it about?

Low is a science fiction adventure set in the distant future after the Earth has been ravaged by solar radiation and humanity has retreated below the sea and surface to survive.

Why I’m excited: That cover was what initially caught my eye. I hope that’s actually what the internal art is like because it is gorgeous. I’m also on a huge science fiction kick right now and I think this could prove to be an incredibly thought provoking story if done right.

Restoration

Creators: Bill Willingham (Fables, Elementals) and Barry Kitson (Batman, Fables)

What’s it about?

On Restoration Day, magic comes back into the world. This is not good news. The magic and gods of legend and lore are not just oral history, but real…and now they’re back.

Millennia ago, a group of some of the more forward-seeing movers and shakers in the world got together and decided to remove magic from the world—our world. They called themselves The Brotherhood of the Cauldron, because, in the first stages of their massive project, they would feed captured magical items and beings into a large magic cauldron, which would render them down into their most basic magic essence, which could then be bottled and stored away, much like we store the unwanted residue of our nuclear programs.

The world settled down into manageable natural laws that were always the same for everyone. Magic was gone. Until one day something terrible went wrong and the gods and monsters broke loose. Suddenly, all at once, magic came rushing back into the world. Now the gods wish to keep their freedom—and magic—while the rest of the world seeks to imprison them. Will there be war? And who will win?

Why I’m excited: Magic, gods, a secret brotherhood, Bill Willingham….need I say more?

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Shutter

Creators: Joe Keatinge teams up with artist Leila del Duca

What’s it about?

Kate Kristopher, once the most famous explorer on Earth—an Earth that’s far more fantastical than the one we know, filled with demons, gorgons, phantom ninjas, and various other monsters of lore—is forced to return to the adventurous life she left behind when a family secret threatens to destroy everything she spent her life protecting.

Why I’m excited: Female led comic, female artist on board and they’ve described it as a contemporary Indiana Jones

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Wytches

Creators: Scott Snyder (Batman, Superman Unchained, SEVERED) and Jock (Batman, Wolverine, SNAPSHOT)

What’s it about?

Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying.

Why I’m excited: I think Scott Snyder is doing a great job on Batman but I think he is at his absolute best when he is writing horror comics like American Vampire and The Wake and now Wytches.

 image expoThe Wicked & The Divine

Creators: Kieron Gillen (THREE, PHONOGRAM, Young Avengers) and Jamie McKelvie (PHONOGRAM, SUBURBAN GLAMOUR, Young Avengers)

What’s it about:

Twelve gods will be briefly reincarnated in order to perform miracles like superheroes and bask in celebrity fame. But for the first time, there may be a thirteenth god reincarnated, and lucky number thirteen is tipping the delicate balance.

Why I’m excited: This is the announcement I am the most excited for. This week I am mourning the end of Young Avengers so it was a huge pick me up to see Gillen and McKelvie will be reuniting for another fantastic, drama packed series.

What announcements from this year’s Image Expo caught your eye?

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