Welcome to Image Rundown!
Here’s a quick look at everything Image Comics is releasing this week, with highlights and quick reviews for new series and collected editions as well as good jumping-on points for new readers. Let’s get started!
New Series and Highlights
The Last Siege #1 – A mysterious stranger appears in a town mid-crisis; the royal family has lost its patriarch and everyone is wondering who is next for the throne. A bit of Shakespearean political backroom dealing, a little reminiscent of Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, and a twist that will certainly have me picking up the next issue. I’m unfamiliar with Landry Q. Walker’s work, though his time with the A Clash of Kings comic adaptation seems like a good prelude to this original story. And I’m a big Justin Greenwood fan, I’ve been missing The Fuse real bad so it’s great to see his work on the shelf again.
The Realm #6 – The second arc begins! I have only read the first issue, but I liked the monsters and mythical aspect of it. The survivalism reminded me a little of The Walking Dead, but I personally found this more enjoyable. I’ll be reading the rest of the trade soon, if you haven’t read it yet I’d recommend you do the same.
Lazarus #28 – The new arc is off to an interesting start, no big action yet but a few tense moments. It’s great to have this back on the shelves, and it will be interesting to see how the events of the last arc unfold for everyone.
Royal City #11 – The second arc was a heartwarming look at Tommy’s life, as well as the rest of the family back then. This issue hops back and forth between the past and present day, and drama in the family intensifies.
Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas – Almost nine months ago, Las Vegas was attacked in the largest mass shooting in the United States history. Now, some of the comic industry’s greatest talents come together to pay tribute to the lives lost. Neil Gaiman, Mike Mignola, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kieron Gillen, Jamie Mckelvie, Gail Simone, Jeff Lemire, Amy Chu, and Sean Phillips are just a few of the creators contributing to this anthology, all profits of which are being donated to Route 91 Strong.
- Barrier #5 – The big finale for the first arc of Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s Panel Syndicate hit series! I’m hoping the second arc will hit the site soon.
- Cyber Force #3
- Descender #30 – The war is underway, and the UGC may have come closer to leveling the playing field but they need Tim-21’s help. In fact, they’re demanding it.
- Hack/Slash: Resurrection #7
- Kill or Be Killed #19 – The penultimate issue!
- Saga #52 – What a great cover, another classic for Fiona IMO. Though the cover for #54 has me a little scared.
- Savage Dragon #234
- Stray Bullets: Sunshine and Roses #35
- VS #4
- Warframe #5
Motor Crush Vol. 02 – Collecting issues #6-11, readers are treated to some backstory of Dom, her dad, and how crush came to be. And Dom adjusts to her new situation as she realizes everyone has had to move on without her. This second arc gave us just as much action as the first and continued to build on an already interesting world. I’m only familiar with a couple of Babs Tarr’s series, but I can easily say Motor Crush is my favorite work of hers yet.
Swing Vol. 01 – Serving as a companion piece to Stjepan Sejic’s Sunstone series, Linda Sejic, Matt Hawkins, and Jenni Cheung bring us a story about a young couple who have lost intimacy after pursuing their careers and starting a family. Cathy Chang and Dan Lincoln decide to try a swinging lifestyle, and it leads to some interesting discoveries.
Void Trip – Ana and Gabe, the last two humans in the galaxy, make the legendary trip to a fabled land of Euphoria, low on fuel but plenty stocked on drugs.
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Happy reading, everyone, and see you next week!
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