If the monthly comic book market is competitive, the trade market may be even more so, but Image is hoping for a strong performance from one of their top guns when Eric Stephenson’s They’re Not Like Us hits book shelves this summer.
The first volume of the original series, a collaboration between artist Simon Gane and Stephenson, also one of Image’s top execs is set to reach comic book shops the second week of July on the 8th, with a wider release in book stores set for two weeks later on the 21st. Stephenson’s last outing, Nowhere Men, was a huge success and continues to draw heavy interest despite its terminally long hiatus. If They’re Not Like Us succeeds on a level comparable to it’s creative predecessor, the Burbank-based publisher should be feeling pretty good.
At a $9.99 price point for the first volume, the six-issue collection costs less than a complete run of the issues in monthly format, a strategy which Image has employed with great success in the past.
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[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
THEY’RE NOT LIKE US, VOL. 1: BLACK HOLES FOR THE YOUNG
SUCKS READERS IN THIS JULY
The first six issues will be collected into trade paperback
Eric Stephenson (NOWHERE MEN, LONG HOT SUMMER), Eisner Award-nominated writer and Publisher at Image Comics, and artist Simon Gane (The Vinyl Underground, Paris), come together for a suspenseful modern horror story in THEY’RE NOT LIKE US, VOL. 1: BLACK HOLES FOR THE YOUNG. Paired with colors by the Eisner Award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire and lettering and design by Fonografiks, THEY’RE NOT LIKE US is a creeping suspense story about a young woman named Syd with telepathic abilities and the unlikely new allies—and enemies—she makes as she learns how to cope with her powers. The first six issues will be collected into a trade paperback and made available this July.
THEY’RE NOT LIKE US, VOL. 1 follows Syd after she’s saved by a group of adolescents with similarly special abilities, a group that is led by The Voice, a man with questionable motives, mysterious origins, and even more suspect morals. The more answers Syd seeks to glean from her new peers, the more secrets she uncovers—each one more unsettling than the last.
THEY’RE NOT LIKE US, VOL. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-314-2) hits comic book stores on July 8 and bookstores on July 21, and will be available for $9.99. It can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond Code MAY150507.
More praise for THEY’RE NOT LIKE US:
“Strong, energetic and provocative work that deserves to be read, offering a timely and slightly uncomfortable look at what might happen if an age of entitlement was fuelled by superpowers.” —Broken Frontier
“Eric Stephenson and artist Simon Gane have found a truly new thing to do with superpowered young people.” —Comics Worth Reading
“The art by Simon Gane is very strong and is the perfect fit for the story, enhancing many parts of the narrative with some clever techniques which I wont spoil, but which were very dramatic and impactful. Even without the story, the art would look absolutely gorgeous, the environments in particular look varied and grand and are a treat to pour over and soak in the atmosphere. The colours from Jordie Bellaire really help sell the atmosphere of these locals and keep the book looking varied and fresh. To top it off, the books design from Fonografiks is an excellent example of his less is more approach to design, ensuring that this book looks top notch in every regard.” —We the Nerdy
“A beautifully constructed introduction to a complex examination of youth in revolt.” —ComicBook.com
“Outside of Syd, Stephenson’s characters are well-versed in their abilities and confidently live their lives above the law, without seeming like outright criminals. The subtlety of their natures gives them a sinister edge… Definitely not like any other teenage mutant comic.” —Comic Book Resources
“An extremely impressive debut from a visual stance… Stephenson manages to ask all the right questions to elevate this comic into one people should read and certainly be excited for more.” —Newsarama
“I’m definitely intrigued with this series.” —Comic Vine
“I can’t recommend this book enough.” —Coming Up Comics