Thomm: I already know I’m looking forward to some of this. Let’s see what else Lee has picked.
Lee: Maybe we should let you pick some month. It would be interesting to see how we differ.
story Brian K. Vaughan
art / cover Fiona Staples
48 Pages / FC / M / $2.99
Y: The Last Man writer Brian K. Vaughan returns to comics with red-hot artist Fiona Staples for an all-new Ongoing Series! Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war. The adventure begins in a spectacular Double-Sized First Issue, with forty-four pages of story with no ads for the regular price of just $2.99!
Thomm: And this is one of the ones I had my eye on. Although I really need to go back and re-read it, I greatly enjoyed Y: The Last Man, as well as Vaughan’s Ex Machina and Pride of Baghdad. The art looks great, too.
Lee: If this is as long as it appears it's going to be I am waiting for the trade. Don't get me wrong, I am eagerly waiting... but waiting just the same. And kudos to the cover with a breast feeding woman. Don't see many of those on the stands these days.
art Nick Pitarra / Cris Peter
Lee: The pitch sounds great but I have doubts about Hickman’s ability to sustain another monthly title. Collectively, how many is he writing now? It’s either going to be great or awful.
HOAX HUNTERS #0
story Michael Moreci / Steve Seeley
art JM Ringuet
Cover Steve Seeley
32 Pages / FC / $2.99
"Getting Away With Murder" Cryptids. Aliens. Monsters. All the world’s bizarre secrets--what if they were real? Their existence would be debunked by a reality TV show! Hoax Hunters is that show, publicly disproving all variety of lore. But their real goal is the opposite: as the world’s dark corners surface, the Hoax Hunters cover them up. When a mysterious astronaut made of crows appears in Russia, the Hoax Hunters are on the case.
Thomm: Image really likes this general idea. Perhapanauts, Proof, and now this. The debunking angle is more Scooby Doo than the other two. Wonder if there’ll be a musical interlude?
Lee: Now that you mention it, Image does seem to do alot with this plot. But the real draw here is JM Ringuet. Jim and I have been fans of his for years and I am always excited to see new work by him. You can read Jim's interview from 2008 here.
THE LAST OF THE GREATS, VOL. 1 TP
story Joshua Hale Fialkov
art / cover Brent Peeples
136 Pages / FC / $12.99
Meet The Last - He's mankind's last hope and he f#@ing HATES us. As the Earth stands on the brink of annihilation we must beg the last survivor of a family of superheroes to put aside his hatred and save our asses. From the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated writer of ECHOES, Tumor and I, Vampire comes the complete first volume of the critically-acclaimed vision of Super Heroes for the 21st century. Collects Last Of The Greats #1-5
Thomm: I know nothing of this series, but I have enjoyed Fialkov’s take on I, Vampire. It’s worth a look, at least, just on that, but the concept looks like fun, too.
Lee: I know nothing of the series either but Fialkov seems to be getting some buzz with the success of I, Vampire. This is a good way to see some of his 'early' work.
story / art Robert Kirkman
cover by Charlie Adlard / Cliff Rathburn
112 Pages / FC / Oversized / $19.99
For the first time ever: an unprecedented, behind-the-scenes look at Robert Kirkman’s original, hand-written plot lines for the early issues of the Eisner-award winning series! See what plot lines were left on the cutting room floor and get an in-depth look at how the series came together. This collection includes commentaries on Kirkman’s original plots with never before seen material. This is the Walking Dead collector’s item of the year! Collects Never Before Seen Walking Dead Plots!
Thomm: This is for collectors all right. Just not the kind of collector who wants something for the potential future value. This is for the collector who’s a completest. I love The Walking Dead, but I’m not all that interested in the mind of Robert Kirkman. He puts his mind out there pretty well with his literary works. Best bought if you’re going to teach a course on Kirkman.
Lee: Definitely for the completist but why is it oversized? Is this the large print edition?
Thomm: All in all, a good month for Image. Some very intriguing new books in particular.
Lee: I can't believe we agreed on as much as we did. That's kinda creepy.