REVIEW: Gasolina #1 – The Darkness Inside Comes Bursting Out

REVIEW: Gasolina #1 – The Darkness Inside Comes Bursting Out

One of the great pleasures of reviewing the first issue of an Image Comic is that feeling that you’re about to see a largely unfiltered vision. I find I’m more willing to take a chance on a #1 from Image than from pretty much any other publisher except for maybe Black Mask. I picked up Gasolina #1 with absolutely no idea what I was in for. And though this debut issue occasionally has a little…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Rose #6 – New Alliances and Fresh Sacrifices

ADVANCE REVIEW: Rose #6 – New Alliances and Fresh Sacrifices

Rose #6 represents a turning point for the series, as new alliances are formed between heroes while the forces of evil find themselves presented with fresh opportunities. Writer Meredith Finch and artist Ig Guara set the stage for the next act of Rose. It’s a bit of a low key end to the series’ first arc, which could have benefitted from a big action set piece, and it also feels a bit familiar in its…

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Image’s “Dark Fang” Looks to Sink Its Teeth Into Ecological Action This Fall

Image’s “Dark Fang” Looks to Sink Its Teeth Into Ecological Action This Fall

Image Comics has announced the launch of their new series Dark Fang, which looks to sink its teeth into climate change starting this November. Written by Miles Gunter (“NYC Mech”) with art by Kelsey Shannon (“Bastard Samurai”, “Batman ’66”), the series seeks to combine a message of ecological action with a classic vampire story. In short, climate change deniers just found themselves on the menu. Dark Fang follows Valla, a vampire who lives peacefully on the…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Angelic #1 – A Wonderfully Weird Sci-Fi Fable

ADVANCE REVIEW: Angelic #1 – A Wonderfully Weird Sci-Fi Fable

Angelic #1 is a kind of wonderful piece of weirdness. The first issue of the new science-fiction series from Image Comics, created by Simon Spurrier (“X-Men: Legacy,” “Cry Havoc,” Titan’s “Doctor Who” comics) and artist Caspar Wijngaard (“LIMBO”) is definitely one of the most unique concepts you’ll see. Its boldness and original vision makes it the most enjoyable post-apocalyptic cybernetic sci-fi fairy tale/animal fable/religious allegory/feminist adventure you or your kids will read this year. Angelic #1…

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B Is For Bong in Image’s “The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet,” Coming This November

B Is For Bong in Image’s “The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet,” Coming This November

Reminiscent of the work of Edward Gorey or Tim Burton, this November sees Image release The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet. Written by Theo Prasidis and illustrated by Maarten Donders, the full-color, pocket-sized book is created in the style of Gorey’s small picture books such as “The Gashlycrumb Tinies,” a type of book known as an Abecedarium. These books were made up entirely of words consisting the letters of the alphabet, in order. The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket…

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First Issue of Image’s REDLANDS Sells Out, Heads Back to Press

First Issue of Image’s REDLANDS Sells Out, Heads Back to Press

In news which has become standard practice on Wednesdays, Image Comics has sold out yet another first issue: Redlands. The first issue from writer Jordie Bellaire (in a debut appearance as a writer) and artist Vanessa R. Del Rey reached stores today. Just hours after comic shop doors opened in the US, Image announced in a press release that the first issue had sold out at the distributor level. First-issue sell-outs have become the standard…

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Mythology, Sci-Fi and Fashion Collide in Image’s New “God Complex” Ongoing

Mythology, Sci-Fi and Fashion Collide in Image’s New “God Complex” Ongoing

Image Comics and Top Cow Productions are teaming up with Jakarta-based arts patron Glitch for God Complex, a bold new series written by Paul Jenkins and Bryan Lie with art by Hendry Prasetya. God Complex is an original look at a future where digital technology is powered by mythological gods from a variety of cultures as diverse as China, Japan, Egypt and Greece, and is based on an existing toy-line introduced by Glitch in 2012. The…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: ROSE #5 – Tightly Plotted, Enjoyable Heroic Fantasy

ADVANCE REVIEW: ROSE #5  – Tightly Plotted, Enjoyable Heroic Fantasy

As a genre, Fantasy goes together with comics extremely well. Comics employ mythic archetypes to great effect, and part of what makes Rose #5 such a successful instalment of its larger ongoing storyline is the way in which writer Meredith Finch and artist Ig Guara continue to employ these archetypes to create an adventure that should thrill any fantasy fan. The story of Rose #5 is split between two plot lines. In the minor storyline,…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Redlands #1 – Hell Comes to a Town That Deserves It

ADVANCE REVIEW: Redlands #1 – Hell Comes to a Town That Deserves It

The entirety of Redlands #1, the first issue of a new horror series from writer/color artist Jordie Bellaire and artist Vanesa R. Del Rey, is structured like the final act of most horror films. A small group of ordinary people are holed up in a confined location, under siege by horrifying supernatural forces, seemingly with no hope of escaping a bloody end. It’s a bold way to begin the story to be sure, but Redlands…

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Image Sets October Release for ATOMAHAWK Collection

Image Sets October Release for ATOMAHAWK Collection

After runaway success on God Country and Redneck, rising comics star Donny Cates adds to his impressive portfolio with ATOMAHAWK from Image and Heavy Metal. Originally published in serial form in Grant Morrison‘s Heavy Metal magazine, the deluxe edition collects the entire run of the series. Cates’ pitch for the series is most certainly in keeping with the hallucinogen-fueled aesthetic of Heavy Metal, reading like the fevered ramblings of a coke fiend at the peak…

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