REVIEW: Curse Words #4 – False Beards and French Cops

REVIEW: Curse Words #4 – False Beards and French Cops

Curse Words #4 continues to prove that writer Charles Soule and artist Ryan Browne have one of the most consistently funny and irreverent titles on the stands right now, but this latest issue doesn’t just rest on its laurels. Soule and Browne use the issue to offer up some pretty fascinating developments in both plot and character, making this one of the most enjoyable and well-constructed issues since the stellar debut. As Wizord finds himself…

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Image Releases New SPAWN Variants for May Covers

Image Releases New SPAWN Variants for May Covers

In honor of the ongoing 25th Anniversary celebration, Image Comics is honoring its past on its books of the future with a series of Spawn variants. Every Image title released next month will have an alternative cover featuring the character upon which Image built its early “extreme” reputation and has arguably become its most iconic brand. Long before The Walking Dead, Saga, and Sex Criminals, Spawn dominated sales charts in a way which had executives at…

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Image Announces New Bitch Planet Series Coming This June

Image Announces New Bitch Planet Series Coming This June

Image Comics announced today that this summer will see the launch of Bitch Planet: Triple Feature, an anthology series set within the world of acclaimed series Bitch Planet. A team of young up and coming creators will tackle subjects and characters ripped from the world of the hit main title created by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro. In the press release, DeConnick stated that the tonal focus of the series will be, like the…

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REVIEW: Rose #1 – Dive Into a Dark, Captivating New World

REVIEW: Rose #1 – Dive Into a Dark, Captivating New World

In the genre of fantasy, world-building is everything. First off, without a compelling and fully realized setting, fantasy can come off as silly to those who aren’t die-hard fans. Second, so much has been built off a common collection of tropes and traits that those die-hard fans will tune out pretty quickly if things aren’t in some way unique and individual. Luckily, Rose #1, from writer Meredith Finch and artist Ig Guara, benefits from establishing…

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First Two Issues of GOD COUNTRY Head Back to Printer

First Two Issues of GOD COUNTRY Head Back to Printer

Image Comics has shown nothing but tremendous market savvy when it comes to initial print runs, and appears to have hit the sweet spot yet again with God Country. The publisher announced today that both of the first two issues of the new creator-owned series are headed back to press for new editions. This will make three printings for the first issue and the second printing for the second installment in the Donny Cates new…

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Image Expands Planned Parenthood Cover Initiative

Image Expands Planned Parenthood Cover Initiative

Last week Image Comics announced that several of its creator-owned titles will release variant covers in support of the besieged Planned Parenthood organization. Yesterday, the publisher expanded that initiative to include four more titles: Low, Moonshine, Magdalena, and She-Wolf. The move comes in the wake of a concerted effort by state and national GOP legislators moving to strip federal funding from the organization. On Thursday, the US House of Representatives voted 230-188 to rescind a…

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Remender and Opena’s SEVEN TO ETERNITY Continues Run of Sell-Outs

Remender and Opena’s SEVEN TO ETERNITY Continues Run of Sell-Outs

It’s official. Seven to Eternity is a hit. Image Comics announced today that the second and third issue of the new series from writer Rick Remender and artist Jerome Opena is going back to press for their third and second printings, respectively. The first issue of Seven to Eternity had an exceptionally strong debut, selling over 30,000 copies. Many series debut strong and then lost a huge number of speculative readers. The second issue lost barely…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Curse Words #1 – Black Magic Comedy

ADVANCE REVIEW: Curse Words #1 – Black Magic Comedy

Charles Soule is a machine. Not figuratively.  I mean I think he is a literal machine. The guy is constantly writing comics, such as this one; Curse Words #1. Meanwhile, he is still, I believe, working as an attorney. I’m reasonably certain he has found some way to give up sleeping entirely, which leads me to suspect he might have entered into some kind of bargain with the wizardly protagonist at the center of this brilliant…

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Image Sets Release Date for THROWAWAYS Trade

Image Sets Release Date for THROWAWAYS Trade

Throwaways, the new series from writer Caitlin Kittredge and artist Steven Sanders, is headed to stores in trade. When the series debuted this summer, it received critical acclaim for its skillful blend of classic spy story themes with a heavy dose of conspiracy theory. The book never truly took off in the monthly sales market, despite a strong debut which saw it sell just north of 12,000 copies for the first issue. Subsequent issues failed…

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REVIEW: The Black Monday Murders Moves Slowly, But Steadily Ahead

REVIEW: The Black Monday Murders Moves Slowly, But Steadily Ahead

The first issue of The Black Monday Murders was the opening shot of writer Jonathan Hickman‘s latest crusade against “the powers that be”, specifically the world of high finance. While the high-concept nature of the book may make it seem impenetrable at first, Hickman’s ability to couch biting commentary in a solidly interesting detective-noir narrative makes it a darkly compelling read. The first issue of the series was classic noir. It ably bounced back and forth…

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