You know, it’s been a while since I’ve actually looked at a list of everything Image Comics publishes at any given moment and I’m kind of blown away. I mean, I read a lot of books from them, but I didn’t realize just how many comics they were putting out these days. This has got to be the largest they’ve ever been, yeah?
Drifter #8 (Cover A Nic Klein), $3.50
Drifter #8 (Cover B Daniel Krall), $3.50
I do not read Drifter, but I enjoy Nic Klein’s art, so maybe I should change that.
Elephantmen 2260 Volume 3 Learning To Be Human TP, $16.99
Elephantman fascinates me. I don’t read this, either, but it seems like such a nutty concept and so many talented people have worked on it.
Empty Volume 1 TP, $9.99
Six issue for 10 bucks! You have to love the Image intro collections. I’ll be giving this one a shot.
A beautiful cover on this one: MARIAN CHURCHLAND (8HOUSE ARCLIGHT, BEAST) co-writes with CLAIRE GIBSON; with art and colours by SLOANE LEONG. In the first issue of this new fantasy series, old feuds and new monsters rise up to haunt the isolated northern fortress of Karsgate.
Mantle #5, $3.99
This sounds serious: The final showdown between The Mantle and The Plague! And someone is going to die!
Material Volume 1 TP, $9.99
Sure, four issues for 10 bucks isn’t the steal that SIX issues for 10 bucks is, but it’s still cheaper than buying the issues individually, so this is another excellent opportunity to try something new.
Morning Glories #48, $3.50
It’s pretty fantastic that this series has made it to #48. It’s also interesting that it’s one of the few titles that starts off with a lower digital price point.
Mark communicates with his father, exploring the darkest parts of his own nature as the Mayor brings a new threat into Eden, a newcomer that has the power to turn the town against itself.
Rasputin #9, $3.50
Riley Rossmo is a fantastic artist. “Koschei the Deathless” keeps his soul in a nail locked inside an iron box. Rasputin returns it to him with a mallet.
Revival #33, $3.99
I love this series and it makes me sad that more people aren’t reading it. But LOOK: NEW STORY ARC. An excellent jumping-on-point issue, focusing on Em Cypress…sister, daughter, mother…reviver.
Savage Dragon #207, $3.99
I’m torn between how great it is that I think one person can just crank out a comic on a regular basis like this and how unbelievably juvenile this title often is. I’ll go with the former for now.
Self-Obsessed TP, $9.99
Cartoonist SINA GRACE returns to his roots with his most personal and intimate work since the 2012 charmer NOT MY BAG. Comes with FREE AUDIOBOOK download!
Here’s another title I really enjoy that needs more readers. And, I mean, come on, look at that cover! That’s awesome.
Sons Of The Devil #5 (Cover A Toni Infante), $2.99
Sons Of The Devil #5 (Cover B Francis Manapul), $2.99
Sons Of The Devil #5 (Cover C Dustin Nguyen), $2.99
The one downside to the low priced volume 1 collections from Image is when a book like “Sons of the Devil” announces that the first arc is ending with the fifth issue, making the first five issues perfect for a collection. So now you’re thinking “well, I should just wait for the collection, since it will also cost less than buying the individual issues.” Thankfully, Image is usually smart enough to release their first volumes right around the same time as the next new issue.
Southern Bastards Volume 1 HC, $29.99
This is tempting. I love Southern Bastards for so many reasons. I’m not from the South, but I know what it’s like to be able to see all the ugliness of your place of birth and be able to talk about it in a way that still underscores why it’s great. Latour’s artwork is great, which is what makes this hardcover collection so tempting.
Spawn #256, $2.99
They still publish Spawn! I would love to read a column by someone who has read Spawn from day one, explaining what’s happened over 256 issues and why they love it. Seriously. I have no grasp on Spawn at all, so it would be fascinating to read.
Spread #10, $3.50
I started reading this series when it was first released, but fell behind. I’m sure a ton of comparisons have been made to Lone Wolf and Cub, but I’ve never read that (I know, I know, comic book commentator license revoked). I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic stories, though, and the art is excellent.
Strange Girl Omnibus TP, $25.99
Speaking of revoking my comic book commentator’s license, I’ve yet to really connect to anything Rick Remender has written. I know a lot of people who love his stuff, so this should be pretty exciting for them.
Stray Bullets is such a phenomenal title. It’s one of the three books that actually brought me back to comics after the Big Two drove me away in the 90s.
They’re Not Like Us #8, $2.99
I love this title. No, I mean that literally, I love the title of this comic. I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet, though. But it sounds awesome.
The Walking Dead Book 12 HC, $34.99
This is a quick turn around for a hardcover collection, but I suppose when you’re The Walking Dead, you can afford to do that (and kind of HAVE to, as I’m sure there are people who read the book exclusively this way). Do people ever talk about how padded this series is? Or how wordy Kirkman is? Or how it often features full and double page spreads where nothing worthy of a single or double page spread actually happens? I mean, I enjoy this series, but these are the kinds of things that probably drive people to wait for the collected editions.
Witchblade Redemption TP Volume 1-4 Set, $19.99
I think the solicit says everything you really need to know: The seminal run by RON MARZ and STJEPAN SEJIC is available in this value-priced set edition! 640 pages for under $20!