Image Comics has released a new magazine for $1.99 that will feature actual previews of their upcoming comics, as well as “interviews, spotlight features, bonus never-before-seen preview pages, editorials from industry voices, and more in-depth, insightful and provocative comics***“. Plus, it will include a four page story based off of Negan’s origins from The Walking Dead.
Image is one of the best publisher of comics out there, and to everyone’s delight, it is creator owned, so the artists and writers retain the rights to their characters and plot (cough cough not Dc and Marvel), therefore, when I saw this magazine, which unlike other “preview books” actually shows panels from the comics to come, I had to pick it up. Easy to say that now I have a bunch of other comics to add to my “To Be Read” pile. I am never going to catch up with all the other ones if I keep adding new ones.
Here are the comics featured here I am most excited to sink my teeth into:
–SNOTGIRL by Brian Lee O’Malley, Leslie Hung, Mickey Quinn, and Mare Odomo.
Release Date: July 20
The story of a beauty guru with a not so beauty filled life, her world is not as perfect as her social media portrays. From what I read, there might be some hero powers involved, I am looking forward to that.
–THROWAWAYS by Caitlin Kittredge, Steven Sanders, Maiko Kuzunishi, and Rachel Deering.
Release Date: July 6
Two people suffering from PTSD discover they are human experiments, and there is a conspiracy they might need to stop. Yes, there are superpowers here, and I cannot wait to read more, since the preview left me on a cliffhanger.
–A.D. AFTER DEATH by Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire.
Release Date: November 2016
I have no idea what this is about, but that it includes Lemire’s art and the develped plots of Snyder and Lemire. There might be some science/magic involved.
–KILL OR BE KILLED by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Elizabeth Breitweiser.
Release Date: August 3
A young man who must kill bad people, and the effects this has on his friends, family and himself.
Awesome features that I liked a lot:
–The comic at the beginning of the magazine by Brandon Abraham titled “Comic Lovers.” Hilarious short snippets of the life of comics.
– Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung Interview: “she has the perfect apartment in downtown Los Angeles. By all appearances her life is flawless, but she’s an introverted weirdo…she’s scrambling to keep from falling apart…” This was what made me interested to read their comic, because I am hoping they will get it just right.
–Caitlin Kitteredge Interview. It drove me to see what it was that she was working on due to her background with loads of topics I am interested in.
– Jordie Bellaire Interview. She is an amazing colourist, and she needs to do more awesome work.
–Jonathan Hickman Interview: A new book coming out about how money is basically a god now when it comes to dealing with the Black Monday Murders.
–THE FACE OF THINGS TO COME BY ESTHER KIM: Comics that are more representative of “minorities” are coming. For an inspirational piece on who we are as readers and creators, this is it.
– The Negan story is interesting so far, even if we only have 8 pages released.
Conclusion: as far as “preview” magazines or comic magazines in general, this is one where the money is quite well spent.