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Image Comics Announces New Titles, Collections

Image Comics has announced several new titles and collected editions.

SEXCASTLE CREATOR RETURNS WITH ALL-NEW HOBO HOOTENANNY SERIES ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN

Eisner-nominated cartoonist Kyle Starks (SEXCASTLE, Rick and Morty) will launch an all-new hobo-tastic action-comedy series, ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN, this April.

ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN is full of high action, epic stakes, magic, friendships, trains, punching, kicking, joking, a ton of hobo nonsense, and the Literal Devil. Yeah. The Literal Devil.

“I really wanted to tell an epic journey with major stakes mixed with sort of a mystery and tons of fighting,” said Starks in an interview with Image+. “I also wanted to do some magical realism. And it’s hobos. Hobos fighting. I mean, what’s more magical than riding around the country, living off the grid?”

The world’s toughest hobo is searching through post-World War II America for the mythological Rock Candy Mountain, and he’s going to have to fight his way to get there. Lots of hobo fights. So many hobo fights.

ROCK CANDY MOUNTAIN #1 (Diamond code: FEB170575) hits comic book stores Wednesday, April 5th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, March 13th.

 

SNYDER AND LEMIRE’S POIGNANT AD: AFTER DEATH HARDCOVER EDITION WILL HIT STORES THIS MAY

Image Comics is pleased to announce the hardcover edition of A.D.: AFTER DEATH by New York Times bestselling and award-winning creators Scott Snyder (WYTCHES, Batman) and Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER, PLUTONA, ROYAL CITY) will hit stores this May. It will collect the complete trilogy.

A.D.: AFTER DEATH asks, What if we found a cure for death? Snyder and Lemire unite to create an epic like no other, set in a future where a genetic cure for death has been found. Years after the discovery, one man starts to question everything, leading him on a mind-bending journey that will bring him face-to-face with his past and his own mortality.

A unique combination of comics, prose, and illustration, A.D.: AFTER DEATH is an oversized hardcover graphic novel with 8.375″ x 10.1875″ trim size.

The A.D.: AFTER DEATH hardcover edition (ISBN: 978-1-63215-868-0, Diamond Code FEB170689) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, May 3rd and bookstores on Tuesday, May 9th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 20th.

 

THE SOUTHERN VAMPIRES IN SKYBOUND’S REDNECK WILL PUT TRUE BLOOD TO SHAME

Donny Cates (GOD COUNTRY) teams up with artist Lisandro Estherren and colorist Dee Cunniffe for an all-new Southern vampire series—REDNECK—set to launch this April from Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment.

The Bowmans are vampires who have quietly run the local barbecue joint in their small town for years, living off cow’s blood. Their peaceful coexistence ends as generations of hate, fear, and bad blood bubble to the surface—making it impossible to separate man from monster!

“Redneck is truly a dream come true for me as a storyteller, and to be able to tell this story on a stage as nice as Skybound and Image have given us? I don’t think it gets better than that,” said Cates. “Redneck is deeply personal for me, and I think will be for a lot of people out there as well. It’s a story about a family’s quest to turn themselves into more than the monsters they’ve always been. To find a little peace in a world that hates them. It ain’t gonna be easy, and it’s sure as hell gonna be bloody. But it might just be the best time you’ve ever had reading a book about vampires!”

REDNECK serves up the tale—of a different kind—of family just trying to get by, deep in the heart of Texas.

REDNECK #1 (Diamond Code FEB170570) hits stores on Wednesday, April 19th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 27th.

 

CELEBRATED HORROR WRITER BUNN & ARTIST LUCKERT LAUNCH NIGHTMARISH NEW SERIES REGRESSION

“Bunn, Luckert and Enger have created a real page-turner, frightening, engrossing and clever. A must-read for horror fans.” —Steve Niles, 30 Days of Night

Bram Stoker and Eisner Award-nominated writer Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, The Sixth Gun, The Empty Man) returns with debut artist Danny Luckert (Haunted) and colorist/letterer Marie Enger (Pistolwhip, 2 Sisters) for a chilling new series in REGRESSION. The new series is set to launch this May.

REGRESSION follows Adrian, a man tormented by ghastly waking nightmares. Pushed to a point of desperation, Adrian reluctantly turns to past life regression hypnotherapy as a means of understanding and treating the unwanted visions. When his consciousness is cast back through time, Adrian witnesses a scene of horrific debauchery and diabolism before waking up. But Adrian’s more unsettled than before and something dark and unnatural has followed him back… Now Adrian finds himself descending into a world of occult conspiracy, mystery, reincarnation, and insanity—from which there is no escape.

“I think most readers know how much of a horror fiend I am,” said Bunn. “What many people don’t know is that my father was a professional hypnotist for many years. While it wasn’t part of his on-stage act, he often conducted past life regressions. During these sessions I saw people describing other time periods with pinpoint accuracy and even saw someone speaking a language they did not know. I also witnessed some really extremely creepy regressions that planted the seeds for this story of supernatural horror conspiracy.”

Perfect for fans of Bunn’s critically acclaimed HARROW COUNTY and OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA, REGRESSION is a frightening exploration of the wickedest corners of the untapped psyche.

REGRESSION #1 hits stores on Wednesday, May 10th.

 

MILLAR & CAPULLO’S SMASH-HIT REBORN WILL BE COLLECTED INTO HARDCOVER

Superstar creators Mark Millar (Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Greg Capullo (Batman) join forces to create the sci-fi story of the year—REBORN. A beautiful hardcover edition from Image Comics will collect issues 1-6 and hit stores this May.

REBORN asks, where do you go when you die? Not heaven or hell—somewhere else. Somewhere you have to fight to survive. Somewhere the people from the past are waiting for you—the good and the bad.

REBORN HC (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0158-0, Diamond Code: FEB170703) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, May 17th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic retailers is Monday, April 3rd.

REBORN HC hits bookstores on Tuesday, May 23rd.

 

I KILL GIANTS’ JOE KELLY RETURNS WITH NEW ALL-AGES ADVENTURE IN KID SAVAGE

Man of Action Entertainment’s beloved I KILL GIANTS co-creator and writer Joe Kelly teams up with lauded British cartoonist Ilya for an all-new all-ages series packed with thrills in KID SAVAGE, VOL. 1 set to hit stores from Image Comics this April. An excerpt from the forthcoming KID SAVAGE will be a featured Free Comic Book Day title from Image Comics this year.

When the pioneering “First Family in Space” takes a catastrophic wrong turn on their maiden voyage, they crash on a dangerous alien planet. Their 21st century know-how is useless against the harsh environment, and survival seems unlikely, until they meet a strange ally…a mysterious orphan boy who’s short on temper but big on survival skills.

“When I was a kid, I loved taking toys from different corners of the toybox and putting them in stories together. Astronauts with dinosaurs. Superheroes and talking cars. Didn’t matter so long as the world in my head was vast and the characters were cool,” said Kelly. “Kid Savage continues that theme of play for me. I wanted to write an all-ages book featuring genre-mashing adventure and an honest, modern family dynamic. Thanks to the deft lines of ILYA and clever hues of Gary Caldwell, Kid Savage is a thrill ride of color and shape, and at the same time there’s a humanity to the characters, even the non-human ones, that I hope new readers and seasoned fans can relate to. It ain’t easy being the first family in space, but it’s a ton of fun if you’re willing to go along for the ride.”

KID SAVAGE, VOL. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-938-0, Diamond Code FEB170694) will hit comics retailers on Wednesday, April 12th and bookstores on Tuesday, May 2nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 13th.

 

LUSH FANTASY TALE AFAR POISED TO BE YA CROSSOVER HIT
Original graphic novel coming this March

Writer Leila del Duca (series artist and co-creator of SHUTTER) teams up with artist Kit Seaton (The Black Bull of Norroway) for the coming-of-age fantasy tale AFAR, coming this March from Image Comics.

In a fantastical postindustrial desert, fifteen-year-old Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astrally project to other planets while she sleeps. When she accidentally gets a young man hurt on a planet light-years away, she must figure out a way to project back to save him. On her own world, Boetema’s parents have temporarily left her and her thirteen-year-old brother, Inotu, to make a living as salt shepherds. Left to their own devices, the two siblings must flee across a dangerous desert when Inotu gets into trouble with a threatening cyborg bodyguard. As Boetema visits amazing planets and encounters vibrant cultures, she must confront her mistakes and learn to trust in Inotu as she navigates her newfound abilities.

“Working with Kit on this science-fantasy family adventure has been an incredible experience,” said del Duca. “Kit has taken our characters and added so much depth and beauty to the world we created. Her posing, character designs, environments, and imagination compliment the script delightfully and I’m very happy with AFAR, our first collaboration in a genre we both adore.”

“It has been my great to joy to work with Leila del Duca on this book,” said Seaton. “Leila has woven an epic fantasia about a vibrant young woman with a talent for traversing galaxies when she sleeps, and her clever yet naive younger brother, who has a knack for finding trouble. Leila is a skilled storyteller who will leave you craving the next adventure.”

AFAR OGN (ISBN: 978-1-63215-941-0) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, March 29th and bookstores on Tuesday, April 4th. It may be ordered by retailers with Diamond code JAN170641.

 

HARD-HITTING HORROR SERIES GLITTERBOMB ARRIVES IN PAPERBACK THIS MARCH
Collecting the first four issues, plus inside-Hollywood essays from Holly Raychelle Hughes

Fan-favorite writer Jim Zub (WAYWARD, SKULLKICKERS) and red-hot new artist Djibril Morissette-Phan (The Ultimates, All-New Wolverine) will release the first trade paperback collection of their explosive horror series GLITTERBOMB this March from Image Comics.

Farrah Durante is a middle-aged actress hunting for her next gig in an industry where youth trumps experience. Her frustrations become an emotional lure for something horrifying out beyond the water: something ready to exact revenge on the shallow, celebrity-obsessed culture that’s led her astray.

GLITTERBOMB is a very special project for Djibril and I,” said Zub. “Delving into the dark heart of celebrity with wonderful collaborators like K. Michael Russell, Marshall Dillon, and Holly Raychelle Hughes has been a thrill. We’re excited for readers to read this opening salvo as we reload and take aim at new targets in the next story arc.”

The entertainment industry feeds on our insecurities, desires, and fears. You can’t toy with those kinds of primal emotions without them biting back…

GLITTERBOMB, VOLUME 1: RED CARPET (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0051-4) hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 1st and bookstores Tuesday, March 7th. It can be ordered by retailers with Diamond code JAN170804

HIT AZZARELLO AND RISSO SERIES—MOONSHINE—COLLECTED INTO TRADE PAPERBACK THIS MAY

From writer Brian Azzarello and artist Eduardo Risso—the Eisner Award-winning creative team behind the crime classic, 100 Bullets—comes volumer one of a brutal new series that puts a horror twist on a classic gangster tale, MOONSHINE. The trade paperback of MOONSHINE, VOL. 1 will collect issues 1-6 of the series and is set to hit stores this May.

Set deep in Appalachia during Prohibition, MOONSHINE tells the story of Lou Pirlo, a city-slick “torpedo” sent from New York City to negotiate a deal with the best moonshiner in West Virginia, Hiram Holt. Lou figures it a milk run, but what he doesn’t figure is that Holt’s just as cunning and ruthless as any NYC crime boss. Not only will Holt do anything for his illicit booze operation, he’ll stop at nothing to protect a much darker, bloodier family secret.

MOONSHINE, VOL. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0064-4, Diamond Code FEB170696) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, May 10th and in bookstores on Tuesday, May 16th.

The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, March 27th.

 

EAST OF WEST, THE APOCALYPSE: YEAR TWO DELUXE HARDCOVER EDITION HITS STORES THIS MARCH

Critically-acclaimed writer Jonathan Hickman (THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS) and artist Nick Dragotta’s EAST OF WEST, THE APOCALYPSE: YEAR TWO deluxe oversized, prestige format hardcover edition will collect the Second Year of the Apocalypse storyline—issues 16-29 of the ongoing series—and will hit stores this March.

EAST OF WEST took the comics industry by storm and defined the sci-fi/western genre crossover long before HBO’s Westworld and other similar stories tooks off in popularity. EAST OF WEST remains a fixture on the New York Times bestseller list and one of the most successful creator-owned series on the market.

EAST OF WEST, THE APOCALYPSE: YEAR TWO HC (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0059-0, Diamond Code: JAN170824) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, March 22nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comic retailers is Monday, February 27th.

EAST OF WEST, THE APOCALYPSE: YEAR TWO HC hits bookstores on Tuesday, March 28th.

 

DOUG WAGNER, DANIEL HILLYARD & LAURA MARTIN TEAM UP FOR THE CREEPY, UNSETTLING PLASTIC

“This is the weirdest shit I’ve ever read. I love it!” —Robert Kirkman

Writer Doug Wagner teams up with artists Daniel Hillyard and Laura Martin for a chilling new crime series—PLASTIC.

Retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he “met online.” Her affection quiets his vile urges. Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD, eating doughnuts and enjoying their healthy appetites for each other. Life is good… until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom. The twist? Virginia is a sex doll.

“This book is wrong… in every way,” said Wagner in an interview with Image+ Magazine. “It’s bloody, sexual, disgusting, and troubling. Some people are going to HATE it. But, for those who embrace the strange as beautiful, you’re in for one hell of a disturbingly glorious ride.”

PLASTIC is an unsettling serial killer story that readers won’t be able to look away from.

PLASTIC #1 Cover A by Andrew Robinson (Diamond Code FEB170551) and Cover B by Hillyard (Diamond Code FEB170552) hits stores on April 19th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, March 27th.

 

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