So, without further delay, here is a selection of the Image titles some of us here at Comic Booked are looking forward to:
story RON MARZ
art MARCO TURINI
cover a STJEPAN SEJIC
cover b MARCO TURINI
32 PAGES / FC / T+
“TRUTHS & DESTINIES”
Tom Judge and Tilly Grimes are not the only ones that know the hidden truths of the universe. The Catholic Church knows dark realities kept secret from the world and they have agents to protect us from those secrets, whether we want them to… or not. RON MARZ and new artist MARCO TURINI re-introduce one of Top Cow’s most popular characters into the “Rebirth” universe!
After playing some major catchup in the Top Cow universe recently, I will say that Artifacts is one of the best books of my monthly reads. Ron Marz has truly relaunched a universe and knew where he was going with it (unlike some attempts at doing so within the last couple of years that keep retconning themselves left, right and center). Part of the reason is that they haven’t stretched themselves thin with 80 bazillion titles – they have 3 main titles and this is the one they all revolve around. This also appears to be the launch of a new arc so this is a good jumping on point (hey, you can jump on without a #1?? That never happens!) -Kelly Cassidy
FATALE #14 (MR)
story ED BRUBAKER
art SEAN PHILLIPS & DAVE STEWART
cover SEAN PHILLIPS
32 PGS / FC / M
The final standalone FATALE FLASHBACK issue – World War Two! Nazi cultists and monsters are after Jo, as she searches for answers and comes face to face with Mr Bishop for the first time!
And remember each issue of FATALE contains extra content, articles and artwork that are not available anywhere but the printed single issues.
I picked up this book because of the name Ed Brubaker writing it and I have not been disappointed. I had never seen Sean Phillips’ work before now and I am also not disappointed. It’s rare that you can find a title that gives you a mystery film noir feeling, but also adds in some mystery and demons as well. This is a flashback issue setting the stage for the next arc, so even if you don’t jump on here get ready for the next issue! -Kelly Cassidy
GUARDING THE GLOBE TP VOL 02
story PHIL HESTER
art/ cover TODD NAUCK & JOHN RAUCH
144 PAGES / FC / T+
The Guardians of the Globe are BACK in an all-new, all-exciting series! Your favorite heroes – Brit, Invincible, Best Tiger, Robot, Yeti, Kaboomerang and more – face new challenges of epic proportions. Catch up just in time for the debut of an all new Invincible Universe series!
Collects GUARDING THE GLOBE, VOL. 2 #1-6
GUARDING THE GLOBE, VOL. 1 TP
I have meant to pick up this title in the past but never have. Now, with the trades, I can get those stories. I’ve enjoyed Phil Hester’s writing elsewhere, but I will honestly say that the reason I am picking this up is for the artwork by Todd Nuack. It’s a unique style which I fell in love with during his run on Young Justice and I welcome the chance to support him again on another independent venture. -Kelly Cassidy
IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS #8
story JAMIE S. RICH
art MIKE NORTON
cover AARON CONLEY, MICHAEL & LAURA ALLRED
32 PAGES / FC / E
“THE WORLD IS FLAT,” Conclusion
It Girl is trapped in the alps trying to rescue a kidnapped scientist from a slippery supervillain, a scary gangster lady, and her two giant robot sons. Is the scientist’s coveted device the secret to getting out alive? It Girl’s just going to have to turn it on and find out!
I’ve been covering this title every month since it debuted. I absolutely love it. While the Big Two are busy with New 52 and NOW! this book is more concerned with being a super hero comic book. There are no reboots or drastic changes to the characters and their world here, no, all we get is some good, old school super hero action. The book has a classic 60′s feel to it that helps make it one of my favorite action comics being published today. I’ll gladly support this book. Also: It has some great covers! -Skott Jimenez
IT GIRL & ATOMICS ROUND ONE DARK STREETS SNAP CITY TP
story JAMIE S. RICH
art MIKE NORTON & CHYNNA CLUGSTON-FLORES
cover AARON CONLEY, MICHAEL & LAURA ALLRED
introduction DEAN HASPIEL
Snap City is under new guardianship, but no sooner has It Girl decided that the streets are hers to protect then she and the other Atomics become embroiled in an inter-dimensional revenge plot. All-new adventures of MICHAEL ALLRED ‘s kookiest creations, with art from the Eisner-winning team behind Battlepug.
Collects IT GIRL & THE ATOMICS 1-6
Yeah, I have these books individually but in the trade format I’ll be able to give it to friends and share the awesomeness of this series. And…is that an all new cover? Well, that’s just another reason I need to have this collection. If you’ve been reading my reviews for this book and have been curious then here is your chance to check out It Girl! and The Atomics. You have no excuses now! How could you not want a story drawn by Chynna Clugston-Flores?! -Skott Jimenez
MANHATTAN PROJECTS TP VOL 02
story JONATHAN HICKMAN
art NICK PITARRA & JORDIE BELLAIRE
152 PAGES / FC / T+
The second amazing volume of the SCIENCE, BAD book of the new millennium. The battle for global supremacy is underway and the bad men of the Manhattan Projects will only accept one outcome: World domination
Collecting the coolest new series of the year into one super science package.
I picked up Volume 1 at the recommendation of my local comic store owner and I was not disappointed. It was not what I was expecting and that pleased me. In the past, I’ve had problems in justifying picking up an unknown quantity from Image, but with the trades I am discovering so many wonderful books, this being one of them. I can honestly say I enjoyed the first volume of this by Jonathan Hickman more than I enjoyed his recent Avengers relaunch. As a result, I am really looking forward to Volume 2. -Kelly Cassidy
THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, VOL. 2 TP
THE RED WING TP
SAVAGE SKULLKICKERS #1
story JIM ZUB
art EDWIN HUANG
cover A EDWIN HUANG & JIM ZUB
cover B CHRIS STEVENS
32 PAGES / FC / T
SAVAGE SKULLKICKERS: a modern reinterpretation that gets back to the roots of these timeless characters. It’s a bold new direction, a continuing story and a newly added adjective! Our twentieth issue is brand a new #1! Welcome to comic math.
P.S. Retailers: Rack this comic beside other new “Savage” comics you may have hanging around the shop. We won’t mind.
SKULLKICKERS, VOL. 1 TP
SKULLKICKERS, VOL. 2 TP
SKULLKICKERS, VOL. 3 TP
Even though I’ve never read a single issue in this series, the fact that writer Jim Zub is relaunching his series at #1 and adding adjectives to relaunch this book several times is reason alone to get it. This is an obvious slam at Marvel and DC for their relaunches that were unnecessary, and the fact that one creator is mocking that format openly and proudly will make me pick up this book. -Kelly Cassidy
THINK TANK #7 (MR)
story MATT HAWKINS
art RAHSAN EKEDAL
cover RAHSAN EKEDAL & BRIAN REBER
32 PAGES / BW / T+
Dr. David Loren’s work on the 36 barrel/600 rounds per minute Metalstorm led to an epiphany that he no longer wanted to create inventions of destruction for the military. But David has lived a sheltered life behind the barricades of a government-contracted think tank and has never directly been forced to come face to face with the deadly consequences of his actions… until now.
OK, I’m not picking this issue up. So why am I putting this here? This is a GREAT book. I read the first trade collection recently and this has become one of the trades I plan on collecting the series for. Where else would you find real science used as the basis for a comic? It really does get written with actual scientific principles – it’s not a load of technobabble like we find on Star Trek. This is a great book to pick up, but if you don’t want to get this issue at least put the trade on your radar! -Kelly Cassidy
The solicits for this series are both entertaining and painfully vague. Who is Ezekiel and how the heck do you keep a pet tiger in a world like this? Is he a friend of Negan? Hope not, that would make things a whole lot worse! This series has yet to lose steam. The week it comes out it’s always near the top of my read pile. -Skott Jimenez
WALKING DEAD THE GOVERNOR SPECIAL (MR)
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art / cover CHARLIE ADLARD & CLIFF RATHBURN
32 PAGES / BW / M
This special Walking Dead issue contains a reprint of THE WALKING DEAD 27, featuring the first appearance of The Governor, as well as the Governor origin story that first appeared in the CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2012. Find out the origins of the villain from THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 3!
I often wonder why we don’t get more specials like this… but then I realize Image doesn’t like to overexpose its properties even when it’s something insanely popular like The Walking Dead. Now, I grabbed the Michonne special and really liked it. I already had part of it in trade but the cover was nice and I never got to read the Playboy story. This one will not be new for me at all. I have #27 in trade and I grabbed the CBLDF book because of the Governor story so why am I getting this? Well, new cover for one. Also, it gives me a chance to mention this to you. If you missed the CBLDF Annual then you really should check this out. The story is rather short but touches on an interesting hobby of The Governor. -Skott Jimenez