Home News From The 'Verse Comics Image Comics news week of August 13th 2018 – 3 new titles...

This past week Image Comics made quite a few announcements in terms of new titles, cover art, and more.

The announcements include new titles from John Layman and Afu ChanEdward Larocheas well as a one-shot from Arabson that James Robinson translated. Image also released a preview of a limited cover for THE WEATHERMAN #4 from Bengal as well as a preview of an “impact variant” of CEMETERY BEACH #1 by Jason Howard.

First up in this weekly recap is the cover art for their upcoming fourth issue of their THE WEATHERMAN series with art by Bengal. The issue is set to be released on September 12th with a total of three covers. The cover by Bengal will be a limited cover and it can be seen below courtesy of Image’s press release.

The next piece of news is the one that I’m most excited about. Image and Skybound Entertainment announced a new sci-fi/horror series from writer John Layman and artist Afu Chan.  

From their press release “In OUTER DARKNESS, humankind has successfully colonized the galaxy. But during our interstellar travels, we discovered a terrifying secret out in the vast reaches of space… Enter Captain Joshua Rigg and the crew of the starship Charon, who will encounter demonic possessions, hauntings, and cosmic horror as they embark on a desperate rescue mission into the Outer Darkness of space—where everything wants to kill them.

The first issue of Outer Darkness will be released on November 7th.

 

The next new title announced this week is the upcoming new military sci-fi title from Edward Laroche. The first issue of THE WARNING is set to be released on November 28th. From their press release “An enormous machine is slowly materializing in a major metropolitan city on the West Coast. No one knows who sent it, or why—except, perhaps, for the malevolent beings gliding silently through the inky vastness of space toward Earth. In response, a joint multinational combat brigade called Gladiator Two-Six is deployed. Outfitted with next-generation military science and weapons, they’re tasked with stopping any extraterrestrial threat that emerges.

The last new title announced this week is set for release on November 14th. The one-shot from Arabson was translated from Portuguese by Eisner Award winner James Robinson is titled ELISABETH DUMN AGAINST THE DEVILS IN SUITS. The synopsis from their press release is as follows “Elisabeth Dumn is a strong, rebellious girl who’s determined to make her own way. And it’s a good thing, too, because her father promised her to the Devil long ago, and he’s coming to claim what’s his.

Also announced this week will be the first “impact variant” cover for the new title from Warren Ellis and artist Jason Howard. The first issue of CEMETERY BEACH will kick off their “impact variant” covers from Jason Howard, each one giving tribute to artists who had an impact on his career. The impact cover for #1 is a homage to a Spider-Man cover from Todd McFarlane and will be released along with two other cover versions on September 12th.

All artwork is courtesy of Image Comics. Full press releases for all the news this week is below.
DAZZLING BENGAL COVER FOR THE WEATHERMAN REVEALED PORTLAND, OR, 08/16/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to unveil a stunning, limited THE WEATHERMAN #4 cover featuring eye-catching artwork by Bengal (DEATH OR GLORY). In THE WEATHERMAN #4, every human left alive wants a piece of Nathan Bright—but there’s only so much of him to go around. Enter the Pearl, a crime lord in the business of making revenge as sweet as possible… and death last forever. THE WEATHERMAN #4 hits stores on Wednesday, September 12th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, August 20th. WEATHERMAN #4 Cover A by Fox – JUL180393 WEATHERMAN #4 Cover B by Martin – JUL180394 WEATHERMAN #4 Cover C by Bengal (Limited) – JUL188356

 

SPACE IS PROFOUNDLY TERRIFYING IN JOHN LAYMAN AND AFU CHAN’S OUTER DARKNESS PORTLAND, OR, 08/16/2018 — Eisner Award-winning writer John Layman (CHEW, LEVIATHAN) and artist Afu Chan (Immortal Iron FistsSpera) team up for OUTER DARKNESS, an all-new sci-fi/horror series coming this November from Image/Skybound Entertainment.

“Thanks to Afu Chan and Skybound, we’ve succeeded in making OUTER DARKNESS as perfect and beautiful as I’d envisioned it to be since finishing Chew,” said Layman. “I’m so unbelievably excited that OUTER DARKNESS is being announced to the world. I’m absolutely in love with this book.”

In OUTER DARKNESS, humankind has successfully colonized the galaxy. But during our interstellar travels, we discovered a terrifying secret out in the vast reaches of space… 

Enter Captain Joshua Rigg and the crew of the starship Charon, who will encounter demonic possessions, hauntings, and cosmic horror as they embark on a desperate rescue mission into the Outer Darkness of space—where everything wants to kill them. 

“It was scary, in good way, working with John Layman and Skybound, especially on a comic filled with monsters and in space where nobody can hear you,” said Chan. “I am always on the edge of my seat while drawing these pages, and I can’t wait for people to experience the ride when reading OUTER DARKNESS. It is the best work I’ve done yet.”

OUTER DARKNESS #1 will hit stores on Wednesday, November 7th. 
   
THE WARNING INJECTS POIGNANCY INTO HIGH-CONCEPT MILITARY SCI-FI ACTION PORTLAND, OR, 08/16/2018 — Writer/artist Edward Laroche (AlmightyBad Summer) will launch an all-new military science fiction series, THE WARNING, this November from Image Comics. An enormous machine is slowly materializing in a major metropolitan city on the West Coast. No one knows who sent it, or why—except, perhaps, for the malevolent beings gliding silently through the inky vastness of space toward Earth. In response, a joint multinational combat brigade called Gladiator Two-Six is deployed. Outfitted with next-generation military science and weapons, they’re tasked with stopping any extraterrestrial threat that emerges. “I’m psyched to be a part of the most interesting and influential creative space for American independent comics,” said Laroche. “I just want to add a chorus, or maybe an opera, to the art form that has meant everything to me. THE WARNING is the first act of that opera.” THE WARNING #1 will hit stores on Wednesday, November 28th.
THE TERRIBLE ELISABETH DUMN AGAINST THE DEVILS IN SUITS TAKES READERS THROUGH A SURREAL DREAMSCAPE (OF HORRORS) PORTLAND, OR, 08/16/2018 — This November, Image Comics will release THE TERRIBLE ELISABETH DUMN AGAINST THE DEVILS IN SUITS: a gloriously oversized one-shot from new Brazilian sensation Arabson, with translation by Eisner Award winner James Robinson. Elisabeth Dumn is a strong, rebellious girl who’s determined to make her own way. And it’s a good thing, too, because her father promised her to the Devil long ago, and he’s coming to claim what’s his. ELISABETH DUMN AGAINST THE DEVILS IN SUITS hits stores on Wednesday, November 14th.

 

JASON HOWARD HONORS ARTISTIC INFLUENCES IN CEMETERY BEACH IMPACT VARIANTS PORTLAND, OR, 08/15/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal the first cover in a line of “Impact variants” for Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s CEMETERY BEACH. Each cover will be by Howard, but drawn in the style of an artist who made an impact on his work and influenced his creative career. CEMETERY BEACH #1 Cover C will kick off the line by paying tribute to the iconic Todd McFarlane. “As a kid seeing Todd’s art for the first time opened my eyes to the fact that comics were drawn by different people,” said Howard. “I was already artistic, but Todd inspired me to focus my creativity on COMICS. These covers are a way for me to give a public nod to artists who’ve made an impact on me, and have some fun trying to capture elements of their style.” CEMETERY BEACH #1 will hit stores on Wednesday, September 12th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, August 20th. CEMETERY BEACH #1 Cover A by Howard (Diamond Code JUL180123) CEMETERY BEACH #1 Cover B virgin cover (Diamond Code JUN188807) CEMETERY BEACH #1 Cover C “Impact” variant by Howard (Diamond Code JUL188199)
 

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