Image continues to celebrate its 30th anniversary, and we’re going to celebrate the only way we know how: by obsessing over their solicitations and trying to get ahead of our new favorite series. There’s also a decade-long conclusion and clever twists to old fantasy stories.
As always, you can find the full solicitations on the Image Comics Site.
10. Not My Beautiful Wife
This series from Matt Rosenberg, Tyler Boss and Sweeny Boo continues the good work celebrated in “4 Kids Walk Into a Bank.” It’s a creative team that can extract a little story for all its emotion, presented in masterfully crafted comics. But really, it was included because any solicitation referring to Stop Making Sense is OK in my book.
WHAT IS THE FARTHEST PLACE FROM HERE? #9
WRITER: Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss
ARTIST / COVER B: Sweeney Boo
COVER A: Tyler Boss
COVER C: Jensine Eckwall
“HOW WE GOT HERE?”
And you might find yourself living in a record store. And you may end up in another part of the world. And you may find yourself behind the walls of an unknown city. And you might find yourself in a beautiful field, with a beautiful dog. And you may wonder, “Well, how did we get here?
9. Fight forever!
The only thing better than Daniel Warren Johnson talking about wrestling is that he writes about wrestling. And the only thing better than Daniel Warren Johnson writing about wrestling is that he draws about wrestling. He’s the comedian brave enough to answer the question: what if he had done everything!?
MAKE A POWERBOMB #2 (OF 7)
WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A: Daniel Warren Johnson
COVER B: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz
JULY 20 / 32 pages / FC/ / $3.99
Lona Steelrose is taken to another dimension and given an opportunity that could change everything. Will she join the DEATHLYFE tournament?!
8. Flooding Above
The Sean Lewis comics definitely have a common aesthetic, and you can already see where artist Hayden Sherman fits in, despite their partnership being fairly new. Their new story is a weird western, which for my money is the most underrated type of western. I had already become addicted to the Weird West game, I had to come looking for comics to satisfy this silly need. Ask and you shall receive. Snakes.
ABOVE SNAKES #1 (OF 5)
WRITER: Sean Lewis
ARTIST / COVER A: Hayden Sherman
JULY 13 / 24 pages / FC/ M / $3.99
The hit team behind THE FEW and THUMBS returns with an all-new WILD AS HELL miniseries! Writer SEAN LEWIS (KING SPAWN), artist HAYDEN SHERMAN (Wasted Space) and rock star HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU present a world where Deadwood-style westerns collide with NEIL GAIMAN’s fantasy in the story of Dirt, a man out for revenge for his murdered wife with nothing but a talking vulture to prod him. ABOVE SNAKES is a fast and furious explosion of Western tropes and American revenge that explores where our rage can take us.
7. Magic Proof
I’ve already talked about the delicious premise of “Eight Billion Genies”. Everyone on Earth has a wish. It’s like the most powerful D&D spell. Chaos will undoubtedly ensue. But will this series just be a mush of entertaining nonsense? Apparently there’s a wishproof tavern! Called the Lampwick! I’m starting to suspect this comic will be as intricate as the Soule/Browne lash collaboration!
EIGHT BILLION GENIUS #3 (OF 8)
AUTHOR: Charles Soulé
ARTIST / COVER A: Ryan Browne
COVER B: James Harren
JULY 13 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99
We explore the first eight days after eight billion genies appeared on earth, each offering a wish to every man, woman and child. The wish-proof Lampwick Tavern has so far provided a safe haven for our eight heroes, but now they must undertake a crucial mission in a world entirely remade by frivolous and bizarre wishes. With a special appearance from the most famous drunks in history!
6. When the walls came down
There’s a whole little subgenre within post-apocalyptic Americana comics. I’m not sure “Undiscover Country” does its thing any better. But he definitely did his thing first and continues to do his weirdest thing. This issue begins a new arc where we move away from Destiny Man and into whatever new American Nightmare our heroes stumble upon. “Undiscovered Country” is at its best when it comes to shocks, and a new arc means a new opportunity.
UNKNOWN COUNTRY #19
Screenwriters: Charles Soule, Scott Snyder
ARTIST: Leonardo Marcello Grassi, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Matt Wilson
COVER A: Giuseppe Camuncoli
COVER B: Dan Panosian
JULY 13 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99
“DISUNITY”, part one
Our brave explorers have come too close to the truth behind America’s transformation into an unknown land. They’ve been scattered to different corners of the Altered Nation, where they’ll have to fight their way to each other…and their ultimate destiny.
5. Cold place in hell
I’m repeating this series because writer Stephanie Phillips is a delight, PhD in history who loves to show off her work through fun comics. She’s the most credited writer for the new issue of this anthology series, leaning into the horror/story genre that she does better than anyone in the business. Phillips is a name that should be in the same sentence as any exciting and brilliant young comic book creator who absolutely crushes it. Here’s your chance to become a fan before all your friends.
THE SILVER COIN #12
Screenwriter: Stephanie Phillips
ARTIST / COVER A: Michael Walsh
COVER B: Cully Hamner
JULY 20 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99
It’s early 1945 and the end of World War II is still months away. A small unit of American soldiers faces a contingent of German troops in the Italian Alps. When a violent snowstorm traps the Americans, THE SILVER COIN asks the soldiers to pay a heavy price if they want to survive the night. A new chapter in the acclaimed horror anthology by STEPHANIE PHILLIPS, JAMES TYNION IV, JOHNNIE CHRISTMAS, PORNSAK PICHETSHOTE and MICHAEL WALSH is out this month.
4. What’s cooking?
New graphic novel! Exciting! I don’t know Jackie Morrow’s work yet, but a quick look shows me she has that fuzzy indie style that’s so hot right now. But this comic really looks like an opportunity to draw lots of delicious food. When a fun performer calls his shot like that, you gotta show up to see if he can make you hungry.
OGN TP CLUB DINNER
WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A: Jackie Morrow
JULY 27 / 232 pages / FC/ T+ / $14.99
Nora, Lili and Iris are seniors at Seaside High. Their differing schedules and growing extracurricular activities inspire the girls to form a secret club where they can hang out without sacrificing their future aspirations. Enter Supper Club, the delicious solution to their problems. When life begins to crumble like a cookie under the girls’ feet, they rely on comfort food to hold it together. Can Supper Club handle life’s toughest recipes without burning to a crisp?
3. Spelljamming before it was cool
My Multiversity compatriot, Elias, introduced me to space fantasy, a genre you rarely see outside of comics like “Darkhawk” or books like Gideon the Ninth. “Starhenge” seeks to claim territory on this border. There are Merlin AND robots!? In this economy!? I could use a little more sword and sorcery between the stars, especially with a new 5th edition Spelljammer series coming to Dungeons & Dragons. It’s a good time to get inspired.
STARHENGE, BOOK ONE: THE DRAGON AND THE BOAR #1 (OF 6)
WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A / COVER B: Liam Sharp
COVER C: Chris Weston
COVER D: Ben Templesmith
JULY 06 / 40 pages / FC/ M / $3.99
Revered creator LIAM SHARP goes wild in his visually stunning six-issue masterpiece, STARHENGE, BOOK ONE! A future Merlin travels to 5th-century Britain to stop monstrous time-traveling killer robots from stealing the universe of magic, and Amber Weaver’s animated present-day tale reveals how she’s drawn into a war through the weather !
Terminator meets The Green Knight in 30 gripping pages of history, setting the scene for this original epic inspired by the Arthurian sagas!
2. She is risen!
There was a time when I called “Lazarus” the sci-fi comic most likely to happen to us in our world, and I stand by that statement. This story of near-future science and corporate feudalism is more prescient than it was when it debuted in 2013. This arc, “Risen,” has been flowing since 2019. Well now you can let slip this breath, it looks like “Lazarus” is wrapping things up for the foreseeable future. Never a better time to step into the most terrifyingly achievable dystopia ever!
LAZARE: RESURRECTED #7
WRITER: Greg Rucka
ARTIST / COVER A: Michael Lark
JULY 27 / 72 pages / FC/ M / $7.99
« DIVIDE II », conclusion
Forever, Carlyle was the Lazarus of his family…until now.
1. Cosplay Gone Wrong
Look, I’m basic. I like a good serial killer story, problematic super-cops and all. And I like indulgent fandom stuff; it reminds me of my comic scam days. So when Image throws its weight behind a new creator crushing these genres, you have my attention. I know writer Hannah Rose May best as… an unnamed character who appeared in two episodes of the proper Netflix show Altered Carbon. I don’t know his work at all. But it’s a fun pitch, with exciting artists, and someone at Image seems to think it’s the next big thing. I hope they are right!
ROGUE GALLERY #1
Screenwriter: Hannah Rose May
ARTIST: Justin Mason, Triona Farrell
COVER A: Declan Shalvey
COVER B: Tula Lotay
COVER C: Justin Mason
JULY 20 / 32 pages / FC/ M / $3.99
Writer HANNAH ROSE MAY makes her comic book debut with rising star artist JUSTIN MASON for an all-new series starring DECLAN SHALVEY.
The Purge meets Scream in a home invasion thriller that follows disenfranchised television superhero actress Maisie Wade as she is terrorized by a group of unhinged intruders cosplaying the archvillains of her daily job. If Maisie wants to survive the night, she’ll have to be the hero she despises.