Louche rock star and junkie, Jim Morrison, of the immensely over-rated California band, The Doors, died 50 years ago this year. And as well as a new graphic novel from Z2 Comics Morrison Hotel marking this milestone, Image Comics have also got their own Morrison-starring series with Jim Lives: the Mystery of the Lead Singer of The Doors and the 27 Club. And now we get our first preview at this speculative fiction ahead of its summer release.
Paolo Baron and Ernesto Carbonetti re-team for Jim Lives: The Mystery of the Lead Singer of The Doors and the 27 Club, that riffs off the conspiracy theory that Jim Morrison never died. This is the second standalone graphic novel in the trilogy, following last year’s release Paul Is Dead, and will be out from Image Comics in June
As for the exotic Italian setting of this graphic novel? Well, sometimes life can be stranger than fiction, as Baron reveals:
“Would you believe me if I told you that right here, in the small village in southern Italy where I set the story, I met Superman jogging on the beach? (Check out his Instagram: Henry Cavill, July ). So, why couldnt Jim Morrison be here too?”
Drawing stories like Jims—I mean stories with Rock legends—is a much more intimate experience than listening to their records. Now it’s no longer them giving something to you, it’s you giving them something back.
As for the plot?
Amid the intense colors of a foreign land, Jim Lives is the story of a man searching for his son—a correspondent for a popular American newspaper—who vanished into thin air after sending one last, enigmatic message: “Jim Morrison isn’t dead. He’s hiding out in Italy. I saw him with my own eyes.”
A fascinating new vision of the most mysterious legend in the history of rock that envisions what happened When the Music’s Over.'
Jim Lives original graphic novel will be available on Wednesday, June 16th and in bookstores on Tuesday, June 22th.
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The 10 Best Image Comics You Should Be Reading Right Now
In , creator-owned titles are a hugely important part of the comic book industry and the premier place for publishing them is Image Comics. Originally founded in by seven former Marvel artists, Image has enjoyed a hugely successful 25 years in the business.
Image publishes a wide array of diverse stories, in a wide array of genres, from a wide array of diverse creators and therefore has become the place for the biggest names to bring their original ideas to fruition. Here are the 10 best Image Comics you should be reading.
10 SEVEN TO ETERNITY
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Writer Rick Remender has built a creator-owned empire at Image Comics with hit series' like Black Science (with Matteo Scalera), Tokyo Ghost (with Sean Murphy), Low (with Greg Tocchini) and, of course, Deadly Class (with Wes Craig). That series was made into an utterly brilliant television show that is currently airing on SyFy and we reckon Seven To Eternity mightn't be far behind it in being brought to the screen. A bizarre fantasy epic with art by Jerome Opena, who previously collaborated with Remender on Uncanny X-Force, this series is stunning.
Here is the official synopsis: 'The God of Whispers has spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdom of Zhal; his spies hide in every hall spreading mistrust and fear. Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house, must choose between joining a hopeless band of magic users in their desperate bid to free their world of the evil God, or accepting his promise to give Adam everything his heart desires.' This edition collects #
9 JUPITER'S LEGACY
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Jupiter's Legacy is currently in development as a TV series at Netflix, as part of the overall deal writer Mark Millar signed with the streaming giants in August It will be the latest screen adaptation in a string of hits for Millar, who is the writer behind Kick-Ass, Wanted and Kingsman. The comic ran for two volumes and also spawned a spinoff, Jupiter's Circle, which also had two volumes.
Here is the official blurb: 'The children of the world's greatest superheroes may never be able to fill their parents' shoes. When the family becomes embattled by infighting, one branch stages an uprising and another goes into hiding. How long can the world survive when one family's super-powered problems explode onto the global stage?' Volume 1 collects #
8 THE WICKED + THE DIVINE
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The Wicked + The Divine has been a bona fide hit for the creative team of writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie and is one of Image's longest running titles; as of February there have been 42 issues and six specials, which have been collected in eight trade paperback volumes. The comic is a (very) contemporary fantasy story, influenced by pop music and mythological deities. It has also been at the forefront of comics' presenting diverse portrayals of gender, race and sexuality.
'Every ninety years, twelve gods incarnate as humans. They are loved. They are hated. In two years, they are dead. The team behind critical tongue-attractors like Young Avengers and Phonogram reunite to create a world where gods are the ultimate pop stars and pop stars are the ultimate gods. But remember: just because you're immortal, doesn't mean you're going to live forever.' Book One collects #
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Injection is the second collaboration from writer Warren Ellis, artist Declan Shalvey and colorist Jordie Bellaire (after their brilliant Moon Knight run at Marvel). It is a high-concept science fiction story that fuses magic and mythology in typically obtuse but rewarding Ellis style. Each fiendishly intelligent five-issue story is a skewed take on classic weird British fiction like Quatermass, Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who.
'Five ambitious, brilliant, crazy people poisoned the 21st century. They soon drifted apart, following their own eccentric specialties. And then, one by one, they realised how deep the poison went, and how badly they'd broken the planet. Injection is the story of a team of geniuses who ended the world, and then tried to save it.' This Deluxe Edition collects #
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In , Monstress won five Eisner Awards, including Best Continuing Series, Best Writer (Marjorie Liu) and Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Sana Takeda). The accolades were richly deserved, as the series is a true tour de force of epic fantasy comic book storytelling. Takeda's eye-popping Manga-inspired artwork is thrilling to behold and Liu imbues her mostly female cast with brilliantly nuanced characterizations.
Here is the official word: 'Set in an alternate matriarchal 's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, Monstress tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both.' Collects #
5 PAPER GIRLS
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Paper Girls is a superb comic book that should appeal to fans of Stranger Things and Steven Spielberg's '80s output. Written by the legendary Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and drawn by Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), this mystery sci-fi adventure is pure fun distilled into comic book form. Reading about a group of kids who get caught up in a conflict between two warring factions of time travelers is every bit as entertaining as it sounds!
'In the early hours after Halloween of , four year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this critically acclaimed story about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.' Book One collects #
4 GIDEON FALLS
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Horror series Gideon Falls was recently picked up for TV after a multi-studio bidding war and, with the quality of the comic, it's easy to see why. Written by Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and drawn by his Green Arrow and Old Man Logan collaborator Andrea Sorrentino, the series is genuinely unnerving right from the start. It's a character-driven meditation on obsession, mental illness, and faith and is almost guaranteed to get under the reader's skin.
'The legend of the Black Barn—an otherworldly building supposedly to have appeared and reappeared throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake—ensnares and entwines the lives of two very different men.' Collects #
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Saga is a genuine comics phenomenon and has been ever since it began publication in The collected editions even rival (and sometimes better) The Walking Dead in terms of sales, which is unheard of in the modern creator owned comics era. There have been 54 issues so far and the creative team of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is one of the most celebrated in the medium. In some ways, it's like Star Wars for adults, due to its nature as a space opera that deals with issues of war, gender identity, race and sexuality.
'Saga is the story of Hazel, a child born to star-crossed parents from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war. Now, Hazel's fugitive family must risk everything to find a peaceful future in a harsh universe that values destruction over creation.' Book One collects #
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Before Gideon Falls came along, writer/artist Jeff Lemire had already published a number of series' through Image. Descender is arguably his best one. It's a rip-roaring and heartfelt cosmic odyssey pitting humanity against machine and world against world. With stunning artwork by Dustin Nguyen, the series ran for 32 issues and then spawned a sequel series, Ascender, which launches in April
'Young Robot boy Tim and his companions struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet.' Collects #
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Infidel was one of the surprise packages of Written by former Vertigo editor Pornsak Pichetshote and drawn by Aaron Campbell (The Shadow), it was a contemporary horror story that managed to genuinely scare readers, while simultaneously making them think about the racial injustices of the modern world. This one hit on a lot of uncomfortable truths and was all the more compelling for it. Campbell also pushed his art style in new directions and the results were horrifying and beautiful at the same time.
'A haunted house story for the 21st century, Infidel follows an American Muslim woman and her multi-racial neighbors who move into a building haunted by entities that feed off xenophobia.' Collects #
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Here is a list of the best Image comics you should add to your library. In the early s, Image Comics changed the landscape of comic books and graphic novels forever. It quickly grew to become the third-largest publisher of comic books in the United States, and one reason why the publisher is so beloved by fans is due to the emphasis it places on creator-driven stories. The company allowed creators to publish their own material without having to surrender the copyrights to that intellectual property. Notable creators associated with Image include Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, and Robert Kirkman. Well-known publications have come from Image Comics over the years, and now, it is up to comic book lovers around the world to vote for the best Image comic books.
One of the most popular titles to come from the publisher is The Walking Dead. The comics from Robert Kirkman took the community by storm, and it spawned one of the most popular television series in recent memory. However, this is only the beginning, and some of the other works Image has brought into the world include Savage Dragon, Saga, Spawn, and East of West.
The Image comics library is massive, so the focus on this list is on current comic titles. Which ones do you find yourself reading on a regular basis? Vote for the titles you love most, and if you're looking for any good comic recommendations, then this list is a good place to start. Don't see your favorite Image comic? Feel free to add it to the list.
Best Image Comics of (So Far)
By Zack Quaintance — When I started doing this set of way too early Best Comics of recommendations three weeks ago, it was a way to kill time while cooped up in the house. Things, of course, have steadily worsened in the world, with the coronavirus death toll and related unemployment claims soaring. As such, the new flow of comics has shut down, and this list is turning into more of a guide to read books that may have fallen through the cracks for some folks.
That’s definitely the approach I’ve taken here today withe list of Best Image Comics of (So Far). It’s also true that over the last year to 18 months, some of the titles associated with Image’s s creator-owned renaissance have gone on hiatus or ended all together, thinking specifically here of Saga(hiatus), The Walking Dead(surprisingly ended), and The Wicked + The Divine(ended as planned). That’s all why this list is more of a guide to the books you should be reading (and probably aren’t) versus an exercise in rankings.
Here’s hoping you and yours are safe in these trying times, and that this list helps you find something new and distracting to read!
Best Image Comics of (So Far)
Writer: Greg Rucka
Artist: Michael Lark
Colorist: Santi Arcas
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Why This Is So Good: Lazarus is probably my favorite comic that I feel like enough people don’t talk about. There is definitely a really passionate and dedicated group of fans for this book and the world within it — so much so that there is a Lazarus table-top RPG as well as a Discord channel dedicated to discussing it (one writer Greg Rucka is quite active on, from what I understand), but to my mind, Lazarus is every bit as good (if not better) than the more heralded Image comics of the last decade, like Saga or The Walking Dead. The reason this book is so good is that it accomplishes an always-difficult double task within comics: it’s world feels percent realistic in pretty much every way, even though it involves action sequences and elements of near-future science fiction. Lazarus has accomplished this by being eerily prescient, envisioning tragic turns for the world that have slowly started to come to pass since the book’s first issue debuted back in Everything from nepotistic ruling autocratic oligarchs seizing power across the globe to our current pandemic makes an appearance in Lazarus in some way, shape, or form. It’s really stunning stuff, immersive and rendered to perfection, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Easiest Way to Read It: There are three Books of Lazarus currently available in hardcover format, that will take you all the way through Lazarus #26 and the Lazarus X+66 miniseries that is required reading. A Lazarus Vol. 6 Trade collection is also available now, collecting the book over the past year. Finally, Lazarus: Risen #4 is the most recent issue (not yet collected), and you should be able to get it from your local shop.
2. Ice Cream Man
Writer: W. Maxwell Prince
Artist: Martin Morazzo
Colorist: Chris O’Halloran
Letterer: Good Old Neon
Why This Is So Good: Ice Cream Man was our Best Comic of , and it has remained unbelievably strong in the New Year. Here’s what I wrote last year that still holds true: The range of what the creators are doing with this book is just absurd. It’s an anthology series, so every issue is wholly singular, but since this book first launched back in , the creative team has pushed it past that even, often jumping through time, consistently toying with the medium’s structure, and always telling stories that blend painful life contemplations with a narrative fearlessness. In , we got an issue that tied together a background through-line from the past eight installments, we got an issue that felt like Cormac McCarthy by way of Stephen King with a strong majority of dialogue in Spanish, and we got an issue that functioned as a palindrome in that it could be read backwards or forwards. No other book is using the comics medium as well as this one. Every new issue of Ice Cream Man feels like an event. These books are conversation pieces for aspiring creators, horror fans, young parents, aging suburbanites…you name it. The best art to me feels like a gift that the creator had to put into the world because to hold it back would be too painful, and that’s exactly what Ice Cream Man feels like.
Easiest Way to Read It: There are four collected volumes of Ice Cream Man currently available online or through your LCS, with a fifth due this summer provided that regular publishing and distribution eventually resumes.
Writer: Marjorie Liu
Artist: Sana Takeda
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Why This Is So Good: Monstress is a true fantasy epic, with a compelling band of characters, complex motivations, unparalleled artistic designs that make it perfectly-suited to comics, and a scope that isn’t matched by any other book in the genre. This book has been a simmering must-read comic since it’s launch in , and since then, writer Marjorie Liu and artist Sana Takeda have evolved both the story and the aesthetic that made it so compelling at its start. I’ve said this before, but this comic feels like the greatest Final Fantasy game that was never made, mixed with something wholly new in terms of what sort of characters are given the most power and agency. There are questions about power structures, nation-states, races turning against each other, exploitation, and so much more. I can hardly think of a better world to get totally swallowed by in these harrowing times.
Easiest Way to Read It: There are currently four collecting trade paperback editions (available online or at your local shop) that will take you all the way up through Monstress #24. Since then, three individual issues have also been released.
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Ro Stein & Ted Brandt
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: Cardinal Rae
Why This Is So Good: A lot of comics have tackled near-future dystopian ideas by extrapolating extreme capitalism. Some other comics have done so by pushing the gig economy to scary extremes. Crowded, however, has done all of that at once together, better than any other book coming out today. It’s also done it with an airtight and exciting plot around a hectic chase (the main character has a massive crowdsourced bounty on her head that basically everyone in the world is chasing), as well as a love story between its two leads. I absolutely love Crowded, which has just wrapped up its second arc, and I think it’s also part of a tradition of recent Image Comics in that it has a story that will appeal to people who maybe aren’t as immersed in the industry as people like myself and the regular readers of this website. In other words, it’s got a universality to it that really works in its favor.
Easiest Way to Read It: The Crowded Vol. 1 trade paperback is out now with Crowded Vol. 2 due out in May.
Writer/Artist: Michel Fiffe
Why This Is So Good: I was late to the party on Copra, although I’d been told I should read it for years. And you know what? Now that I’ve finally arrived at this party, I sure am glad I’m here. Copra is a rare thing for this era of comics — it’s a superhero story that presents a singular vision of one creator, featuring a cast of original characters rendered by writer/artist Michel Fiffe’s ample talent and love of the medium. On its surface, Copra reads like an abstract homage to Suicide Squad books of old, but by the third volume, it blossoms into entirely its own thing, driven in equal parts by complex characters and almost avant-garde comic book imagery that takes inspiration from far more than just old superhero stories. It’s a great work, and it’s a blessing for the entire industry that it landed at Image late last year and has continued into this one, with a new miniseries being recently announced before the world went crazy.
Easiest Way to Read It: The first five volumes of Copra are available now either online or at your local comic shop, with a sixth volume scheduled to land in early May, provided shipping schedules have normalized by then.
6. Gideon Falls
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Steve Wands
Why This Is So Good: Competition is fierce, but Gideon Falls might just have the best horror imagery in all of comics, with writer Jeff Lemire creating a Twin Peaks-influenced story (although that’s a bit reductive) that allows visionary artist Andrea Sorrentino to really stretch his visual acumen, delivering a reading experience that oscillates from chilling to existential and psychedelic. This is a slow-burner of a comic that keeps readers scared with a series of unexplained mysteries and twists that slowly contact in on each other, making it feel as if the characters as well as the reader are part of some terrifying web.
Easiest Way to Read It: Gideon Falls is available in four trade paperback collections that contain every issue released to date.
7. Undiscovered Country
Writers: Charles Soule & Scott Snyder
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli & Daniele Orlandini
Finishes: Daniele Orlandidni & Leonardo Marcello Grassi
Colorist: Matt Wilson
Why This Is So Good: Undiscovered Country is yet another book that seems to have accurately predicted a lot of the horror of our current times, doing so with a plotline that involves both a resurgence in American isolationism as an overreaction to globalization as well as a global pandemic. I just let out a big sigh. So, this one is maybe not the best choice for escape, but if you’re looking to meet the fears of the dead head on, there is no better way to do it than through a book like this, which combines those ideas mentioned above with stunning character designs and world building.
Easiest Way to Read It: The first five issues are out now online and at your local retailer, with the sixth previously due in late April and a first collected trade paperback to follow in June.
Writer: Johnnie Christmas
Artist: Jack T. Cole
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Why This Is So Good: Speaking of stunning character designs and world building, the last comic on our list of Best Image Comics of (So Far!) is Tartarus, which is so well-executed that it feels a bit like a masterclass in comics craftmanship. There have only been two issues of this excellent book, both of which were nigh-perfect, featuring imaginative sci-fi designs, a compelling protagonist with a well-realized generational backstory, and all kinds of tense and fast-paced action. If you’re looking for something new and unlike anything you’ve ever read before, this is your book.
Easiest Way to Read It: The first two issues are available now, either through your local comic shop (if that’s still an option) or online.
Honorable Mentions: Ascender, Bitter Root, Die! Die! Die!, Family Tree, Isola, Middlewest, Old Guard, Sex Criminals, SFSX (Safe Sex), and Stealth.
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Image Comics Joins Growing Roster of Comic and Graphic Novel Publishers at Independent Publishers Group
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 12,
Contact: Annette Hobbs Magier | VP, Marketing & Publicity
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CHICAGO, IL— Independent Publishers Group (IPG) is pleased to add Image Comics, the third largest comics publisher in the United States, to their growing list of digitally distributed comics and graphic novel publishing partners beginning on July 1. This will expand Image’s digital books’ availability to major vendors globally, including the backing of IPG’s digital marketing programs. Image Comics will continue to partner with Diamond Book Distributors for print distribution into the comic shop, book trade, mass market, and library space.
Image Comics is the publisher of such bestselling, award-winning series as Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda, Spawn by Todd McFarlane, The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, The Old Guard by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandex, Jupiter’s Legacy by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Deadly Class by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, Reckless by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, Bitter Root by Chuck Brown, David F. Walker, and Sanford Greene, Gideon Falls by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino, Invincible by Robert Kirkman, Cory Walker, and Ryan Ottley, and many more. The publisher has 29 Eisner Award nominations this year alone for its titles.
“For nearly 30 years, Image Comics has been publishing creator-owned comics and graphic novels in practically every genre. That variety and assortment also extends into publishing formats, and we are dedicated to furthering the reach of the creators to the digital consumers as much as we are to those who buy Image Comics from their local comic ships,” said Jeff Boison, Director of Sales and Publishing Planning at Image Comics. “It was clear to us that working with IPG would expand our reach and increase the visibility of the creators and their works and we are very excited to see where this new partnership goes from here.”
Image joins fellow comics and graphic novel publishers BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Archie Comics, and Vault comics in IPG’s growing digital distribution program. Vault Comics began digital distribution with IPG in May and publishes original, creator-owned science fiction, fantasy, and horror comics and graphic novels. Archie Comic Publications is one of the most successful, longest running brands in the history of the comic industry and their comics are published in a dozen different languages all over the world. Archie Comics began digital distribution with IPG in April
Along with the above partners in digital distribution, IPG is proud to also distribute both print and digital formats for other publishers of graphic novel and comics like TokyoPop, NBM Graphic Novels, Chicago Review Press – Fulcrum, and Omnibus, making IPG a premier partner for graphic novel and comics publishers. Some of the distributed titles include notable titles like The Resident Evil manga and graphic novels line (TOKYOPOP, ), The Rolling Stones in Comics! (NBM, ), The Tales of the Talented Tenth series by Joel Christian Gill (Chicago Review Press – Fulcrum), and the bestselling Girls Love series (TOKYOPOP – LOVE x LOVE imprint).
“IPG is thrilled to have the opportunity to represent such creative pioneers in the comic and graphic novel space as Image Comics,” said Alex Kampmann, VP and General Manager of IPG Midpoint, Small Press, and Art. “Through this exciting new partnership, IPG expects to significantly increase Image’s reach in the global ebook marketplace, and that more Image graphic novels will find their way into the hands of more readers.”
IPG has been selling ebooks since , and in they acquired INsScribe Digital, expanding both IPG’s and INScribe's client bases with a state-of-the-art digital distribution platform while providing access to over ebook retailer partners. They’ve since become a leader in the digital distribution marketplace.
About Image Comics:
Founded in by a collective of bestselling artists, Image Comics currently consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image Comics offers everything from science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in comics and graphic novels today. Their titles can be found in every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable.
About Independent Publishers Group (IPG):
In June of , Independent Publishers Group (IPG) will celebrate its 50th anniversary. As the original North American distributor, IPG was founded specifically to represent titles from independent publishers to the book trade. Today IPG remains committed to reimagining distribution and has grown to provide its publishers with services ranging from pre-publication consultation, global sales, marketing & publicity, supply chain, print and digital distribution, data and reporting, to print brokerage. With consistent growth year over year, IPG’s success has come from giving publishers broader reach into more markets, including general trade, academic, children's, Spanish and special markets.
Independent Publishers Group (IPG) is pleased to announce their partnership with TOKYOPOP, the publishing arm of POP Media Holdings and the company that established the market for manga in North America, introducing the term to the English language.
Back in the early nineties, a group of comic book illustrators and writers decided they had enough of the work-for-hire practices of Marvel and DC and formed their own company. The new publisher, Image Comics, functioned as a collective of creator-owned properties and independent studios intent on creating the characters and storylines the creators wanted.
Since then, Image has grown from a small outfit to one of the largest comic book publishers in the marketplace and over the years, this has resulted in the publishing of some amazing stories.
With no corporate overlords directing their every move, artists and writers were able to fashion entire universes of characters and stories fans have latched onto. Sure, some failed to meet expectations, but the books that sold well went on to dominate the market.
While you may be aware of some of Image Comics' content, there are a few standout books that deserve everyone's attention. Granted, there are far more than 10 amazing graphic novels and trade paperbacks every fan should read, but these are the best of them all.
I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1: Madly Ever After
What happens when a young girl named Gertrude is transported to the magical world of Fairyland and gets stuck there? She doesn't age, goes on to hate everything about her predicament, and becomes a homicidal misanthrope intent on finding a way back to the real world.
The first compilation in I Hate Fairyland's issue run compiles the first five issues under the storyline, Madly Ever After.
After the year-old Gertrude finds herself in Fairyland, she spends the next 27 years (still in her year-old body) looking for any way out and back to the real world. On the way, she devolves into a violent sociopath intent on terrorizing the land, which incites the rage of Queen Cloudia, the ruler of Fairyland.
This confrontation leads to hilarious hijinks and dastardly repurcussions in a book that's hard to put down and painful to read due to the overwhelming amount of laughter pulled from its beautifully illustrated pages. Once you've read Madly Ever After, there are three more books to pick up and enjoy.
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20 Image Comics You Should Be Reading
Image Comics is an indie powerhouse. Since , the comic book companys eight founders and prominent creators (Todd McFarlane, Jim Lee, Erik Larsen, Jim Valentino, Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, Whilce Portacio, and Chris Claremont) sought to do something different from the big two comic book companies, Marvel and DC. Instead of keeping their creators copyright, they would let them keep it, and give them complete creative control over their projects, a model that has led to great success for the company. From the now-hit-AMC-series The Walking Dead to a Romeo and Juliet-esque series set in space named Saga to the dystopian feminist series Bitch Planet, Image offers readers a lineup of diverse characters, stories, and emotions, and theyre all pretty damn good.
Pretty soon, these stories wont just be limited to paper. Although Marvel and DC have dominated the comic book film and TV shows spaces with the MCU and the DCEU, Image Comics has a bunch of hitters on the way to give them a run for their money. Director Gina Prince-Blythwood (Love & Basketball) will be taking on The Old Guard, Jamie Foxx will star in a reboot of Spawn, and gods will live and die on television in The Wicked + The Divine. While this may seem like a new direction for the company, Image Comics is no novice to adaptations. Spawn was originally adapted for the eponymous film with Michael Jai White; Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy, Morgan Freeman, and Common portrayed assassins in the action-thriller Wanted; and The Walking Dead is still going strong as it approaches its ninth season.
Whether youre a novice to Images work specifically or the comic book world in general, were ranking some of the best series they have to offer. Not a superhero fan? No sweattheres a little something for everybody. Here are the 20 Image Comics you should be reading.