Top 5 Image Expo 2015 Reveals
In traditional Image fashion, the publisher blows us away with what’s to come
Last week’s Image Expo featured a number of updates that should get most comic book fans excited for the upcoming year including new books, release dates, and more. Here are a just a handful of things to get particularly anxious for in the next twelve months.
Spawn, art by Greg Capullo
Longtime creator/writer Todd McFarlane moves aside as legendary writer Paul Jenkins steps in to guide Spawn into the future. With the return of original hero Al Simmons, the series looks towards the next 250 issues.
Before all this takes place, we’ll be getting a one-shot Resurrection issue bridging the gap between the landmark 250th issue of the series and the new direction of the book beginning in #251. With covers by some of Image’s best artists, including Jock (Detective Comics, Wytches), Greg Capullo, (Spawn, Haunt, Batman) and Skottie Young (Oz, Rocket Raccoon, every babies cover ever), both Spawn: Resurrection and Spawn #250 look to bring in fans new and old for to celebrate the longest running indie comic.
New reader looking to get into the world of Spawn? The entire series is going digital this year as well.
[UPDATE: Grab the series now via ComiXology]
Spawn #250 arrives in January 2015 with Spawn: Resurrection hitting shelves later in 2015.
Having recently completed his Dark Horse series The Massive, Brian Wood is once again teaming up with artist Garry Brown, who also worked on several arcs of the series, for a brand new viking story akin to his earlier work on Northlanders.
Black Road follows Magnus The Black, a fixer traveling north to complete a contract, who discovers a plot that could not only disrupt the church Magnus works for but the entire political landscape of Europe. While Wood’s critically acclaimed work on the viking tale Northlanders should be all the motivation you need to grab this book, you should check out the previously mentioned The Massive as well if need more convincing.
Black Road debuts in September 2015.
Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl, art by Jamie McKelvie
Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl
The third entry into the Phonogram series arrives later this year from writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie. Immaterial Girl follows Emily Aster, a woman who has made a deal with the devil to gain popularity. Now with a truly split personality, we find out what her other side has been up to.
Gillen and McKelvie have worked together on not only the previous two volumes of the Phonogram series but also the recent The Wicked + The Devine (also from Image) as well as Marvel Young Avengers.
No date on Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl but keep an eye out for the first issue sometime in 2015.
AD: After Death
Writer Scott Snyder (Batman, Wytches, The Wake) teams with artist Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Essex County, Sweet Tooth) to tell a new story set in a world where death no longer exists. When death is no longer mankind’s greatest fear, what takes its place?
According to Snyder, this is a book that he’s been wanting to do for a long time and couldn’t imagine doing it with anyone but Lemire. While we haven’t seen any of the interior art or really much of a story to go on, it’s exciting to see two creators of this caliber coming together on a book as ambitious as this.
AD: After Death debuts in November 2015.
Paper Girls, art by Cliff Chiang
Writer Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) teams with artist Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman, Detective Comics, Green Arrow/Black Canary) for an ongoing story involving a group of 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls who witness some strange things beginning in the days following Halloween of 1988.
If the strange and original story doesn’t sell you, the creative team should. Issue #1 of Paper Girls arrives in stores later this year.
Obviously this is just a small sample of the stuff announced at the show, for the full list of releases and reveals, check out Image Comics.