If you haven’t started reading Image Comics yet, you’re truly missing out on something incredible. Image has been consistently putting out some of the best work that the industry has to offer, and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
The indie publisher recently came out with Image+, a magazine highlighting some of its latest and greatest creator owned books. We went ahead and compiled six of the most exciting upcoming titles below, but pick up either of the magazine’s first two issues for full previews!
Creative team: Scott Snyder (W) & Jeff Lemire (A)
Scheduled release date: November 2016
A.D.: After Death is a highly anticipated book from the mind of Scott Snyder about a world that has cured death.
It’s a beautiful combination of the traditional comics format and prose. The technique generates a mesmerizing atmosphere, and further proves that comics and literature are not mutually exclusive.
Snyder describes the story as being “about bravery – emotional and artistic bravery.” Originally scheduled for a Fall 2015 release, A.D.: After Death is finally hitting stores in November.
Read more from Snyder and Lemire here.
The Black Monday Murders
Creative team: Jonathan Hickman (W) & Tomm Coker (A)
Scheduled release date: August 10
The Black Monday Murders refers to the stock market crash of 1987, but the story is much larger than just that one event. This neo-noir seeks out to show that the worlds of money and the occult are not that far apart.
In an interview with Image+, Hickman stated that TBMM is “basically a story about two people: The detective trying to solve [a] murder, and that case’s only surviving family member, who is neck-deep in the intersecting worlds of finance and magic.”
Kill Or Be Killed
Creative team: Ed Brubaker (W), Sean Phillips (A), & Elizbeth Breitweiser (C)
Scheduled release date: August 3
Little is known about the latest project from Brubaker and Phillips, but the hype is real. Kill or be Killed is about a guy that needs to kill one person a month to survive. He uses the “opportunity” to rid the world of bad people, becoming both their judge and their executioner.
On the surface, the story is about how the protagonist deals with his situation, but it explores much more interesting concepts (“If you had to kill a bad person, who would you pick?”). How does one decide who deserves to live or die? Kill or be Killed seeks to answer that question and more.
Lake of Fire
Creative team: Nathan Fairbairn (W) & Matt Smith (A)
Scheduled release date: August 24
Lake of Fire takes place in 1220 AD during the Albigensian Crusade. A band of crusaders and a heretic bear witness to the crash landing of an alien ship, and all hell breaks loose. The best and simplest description comes from Fairbairn himself:
“This is a story about faith. It’s about how faith can elevate the human spirit and also lead it down some of the darkest paths imaginable. It’s about how faith provides easy and false answers to complex questions, and how those answers can nevertheless give us the courage to live without fear and, hopefully, to be our best selves.”
Creative team: Bryan Lee O’Malley (W), Leslie Hung (A), & Mickey Quinn (C)
Scheduled release date: July 20, 2016
Have you ever acted differently than normal to make sure people like you?
Snotgirl stars Lottie Person, a fashion blogger and social media star with a seemingly perfect life. But Lottie has a secret: she has terrible allergies, and it’s not pretty.
That may sound kind of silly, but it’s actually shaping up to be a deeper story about the duality in the lives we all lead. And if the concept seems too gross for your liking, get over it. Because as Bryan Lee O’Malley says, “we are [all] snotgirls.”
Creative team: Caitlin Kittredge (W) & Steven Sanders (A)
Scheduled release date: July 6, 2016
Throwaways is a sci-fi thriller based in real world history. During the Cold War, the CIA attempted to use mind control for a more effective interrogation. This story by Caitlin Kittredge takes that concept, applies it to the Millennial generation, and throws in superpowers for good measure.
It’s a tale about conspiracies, spies, and identity. Kittredge describes it as “the bastard child of Scanners and The Bourne Identity,” so be sure to add it to your local pull list for an exciting read.
Which title are you most excited for? Is there another upcoming book that didn’t make our list? Let us know in the comments below!