Image Comics – NEWS WEEK (January 14th, 2019)

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In our latest recap of the week that was from Image Comics, comes news of the return of Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett’s SECTION ZERO, the next volume of Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski superhero series SEX, Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ CRIMINAL #1 getting a 2nd print, and more.

Writer/inker Karl Kesel and artist Tom Grummett are teaming up again for a new series of their creator owned title Section Zero.

Look for the first issue this April when it hits comic book shops with three different covers, one from Kesel & Grummett, one from Walter Simonsonand a third from by Jerry Ordway.

Also this week came the announcement of Joe Casey and Piotr Kowalski superhero series SEX will return with a new trade paperback in April.

SEX, VOL. 6: WORLD HUNGER continues the story of Simon Cooke, a retired superhero, as he tries to discover secrets of the Illuminati.

It will be released on April 24 at comic book shops with book stores getting it on April 30th.

Cover of Image Comics' SEX, VOL 6. WORLD HUNGER

As the week came to end, Image announced that due to overwhelming sales CRIMINAL #1 from the team of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, and Kieron Gillen and Stephanie HansDIE #2 will both get 2nd printings.

Look for Criminal #1, 2nd printing alongside Criminal #2 on Wednesday, Feb 13, and Die #2, 2nd printing as well as Die #3 on Wednesday, Feb 6.

Lastly in the weekly news recap was the announcement that Skottie Young and Jorge Corona’s MIDDLEWEST #2 will get a 2nd print.

The new print will feature a new cover from Young, and is set for release on February 13th.

Cover of Image Comics MIDDLEWEST #2 2nd print with art by Skottie Young

Full press releases are below. All artwork courtesy of Image.

LEGENDARY CREATORS KARL KESEL AND TOM GRUMMETT RETURN THIS APRIL TO THEIR CREATOR-OWNED ADVENTURE SERIES SECTION ZERO

PORTLAND, OR 01/14/2019 — The award winning team of writer Karl Kesel (Superboy, Harley Quinn) and artist Tom Grummett (X-Men Forever, The Death of Superman, Superboy) return to their fan-favorite, critically acclaimed series, Section Zero. The science-fiction adventure is set to launch from Image/Shadowline Comics this April. 

Section Zero kicks off with Part One: “Ground Zero,” where readers meet a team of fearless adventurers. Together the crew uncovers the secrets behind UFOs, monsters, and lost civilizations in a story that can best be described as, “Jack Kirby does The X-Files.” 

Section Zero will feature alternate covers by super-star artists including Walter Simonson, George Perez, Adam Hughes, Dave Gibbons, Mike Wieringo, and many more! 

Writer/inker Karl Kesel noted: “Ever since 2000, Tom and I have constantly tried to bring Section Zero back. Almost two decades later, we finally found a way to finish what we’d begun. The cherry on top is seeing the book return to where it all started—Image Comics.”

Grummett added: “Section Zero has excited me since day one. It’s exciting to see it return home to Image Comics, where it all began. Hang on to something! It’s going to be a wild ride!”

Section Zero #1 by Cover A by Kesel & Grummett (Diamond Code FEB190024), Cover B by Walter Simonson (Diamond Code FEB190025), and Cover C by Jerry Ordway (Diamond Code FEB190026). 

Section Zero will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

MIND-BLOWING SEX RETURNS THIS APRIL—AND A GRAPHIC NOVEL TOO

PORTLAND, OR 01/16/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that the popular, provocative superhero series Sex by Joe Casey (JesusfreakMCMLXXV) and Piotr Kowalski has returned as an ongoing, original graphic novel series with Sex, Vol. 6: World Hunger hitting stores in trade paperback this April. 

“It’s been a long time coming, but Kowalski and I are primed and pumped to return to the sordid world of Sex,” said Casey. “This volume definitely takes things to another level of salaciousness. And we’re just getting started taking this new format out for a spin.”

In this all-new Sex experience, readers will return to Saturn City and the continuing exploits of retired superhero and awkward civilian, Simon Cooke, as he attempts to uncover the illicit secrets of the so-called Illuminati that desperately wants to recruit him. Typically, this leaves his beloved city vulnerable to all manner of desperate depravity. Fans won’t realize how much they’ve missed Sex until they indulge in this latest adventure. 

Sex, Vol. 6: World Hunger (Diamond Code FEB190105, ISBN: 978-1534308770) will be available on Wednesday, April 24. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 11. It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, April 30 and can be pre-ordered now on AmazonB&NIndieBound, and Indigo. Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct.

Sex will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Also available in the Sex series:

ABOUT JOE CASEY
Casey is known for his Eisner Award-nominated cosmic superhero epic, Gødland. His critically acclaimed run on the series Wildcats and Automatic Kafka landed on numerous “best of the decade” lists. His genre-busting cult-favorites Officer Downe and Butcher Baker The Righteous Maker helped propel him onto MTV.com’s list of the 10 best writers of 2011. In 2013, Casey launched new titles through Man of Action and published by Image Comics: Sex, a current critically-acclaimed series, originally previewed in Playboy, and his series The BounceValhalla Maddebuted in May, 2015 when Comics Alliance dubbed him “the most dangerous man in comics.” In 2013, Casey created a one-shot comic, Modern Romance, for the prestigious 60th Anniversary issue of Playboy. His new original graphic novel, Jesusfreak, will be published by Image Comics and hits stores in March 2019.
ABOUT PIOTR KOWALSKI
Piotr Kowalski is a comic book writer and artist from Poland. Some of his work includes RobocopGailMarvel Knights: HulkDark Tower and Whatif? Age of Ultron. He currently is the artist and co-creator of the critically acclaimed series Sex with Joe Casey. 
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
ABOUT MAN OF ACTION ENTERTAINMENT
Man of Action Entertainment is the writers’ collective—Joe CaseyJoe KellyDuncan Rouleau, and Steven T. Seagle—behind comics’ largest franchise characters as well as original characters published at Image Comics. Their creations include Ben 10, the $4.5 billion action franchise for which they’re executive producing the new iteration, now in its third season, and Generator Rex, both for Cartoon Network. Dentsu handpicked them to create, write and executive produce the all-new Mega Man series coming to Cartoon Network this year and they also created the Zak Storm series for Zag that airs on Netflix. Man of Action previously launched Disney XD’s Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Avengers Assemble as EXP/writers. Man of Action created the characters and team featured in Big Hero 6, Disney/Marvel’s Academy Award®-winning feature. In addition to creating successful video games, toy lines, and comic books, Man of Action is the creator/producer/writers of current and upcoming feature films and live-action TV series based on their original comic books and graphic novels including the critically-acclaimed I Kill Giants feature film, Officer DowneKafkaThe Crusades, and The Great Unknown.

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MONTHLY RETURN OF MULTIPLE EISNER AWARD-WINNING SERIES CRIMINAL HITS BIG, RUSHED BACK TO PRINT

PORTLAND, OR 01/17/2019 — Crime comic masters Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ have hit the ground running with the return of the monthly, iconic Criminal series. In order to keep up with the overwhelming demand, Criminal #1 will be rushed back to print.

In this double-sized Criminal #1 issue, Teeg Lawless is back in town—but he finds himself in more trouble than ever. Thanks to his delinquent teenage son, this time fists and bullets may not be enough to solve Teeg’s problems.

Criminal #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code NOV188407) Criminal #2 (Diamond Code DEC180234) will both be available on Wednesday, Feb 13. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, Jan 21. Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct.

Criminal #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies original graphic novel hardcover (ISBN: 978-1534308466, Diamond Code: JUL180133) is available now and can be found at a local comic shop, AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-a-MillionIndieBound, and Indigo.

Select praise for Criminal:

“Phillips’s art is phenomenal, with some of the best faces and storytelling in the business, while Brubaker provides the same sharp, heartbreaking dialogue you have come to expect.” —ComicBook.com

“If, like me, youre an old hand, its more of what weve come to love Criminal for. If youre new, the team made this for you. Give it a try.” —Bleeding Cool

“For a complete Criminal newb, I found the story easy to follow and in no way daunting to delve into. Im totally jumping on board with this series and keen to see what the next issue will bring. Now time for me to go back and begin reading the previous books.” —Impulse Gamer

PRAISE FOR ROLE-PLAYING GAME-THEMED FANTASY DIE WINS ISSUE NUMBER TWO A SECOND PRINTING

PORTLAND, OR 01/17/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that Die #2 will be fast-tracked to a second printing in order to keep up with consumer enthusiasm for the new series by New York Times bestselling creator Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine) and artist Stephanie Hans.

Die is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. The series is perhaps best described as “Goth Jumanji”—but that only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in this series where fantasy gets all too real.

Die #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code DEC188162), Die #3 Cover A by Hans (Diamond Code DEC180240), and Die #3 Cover B by Bartel (Diamond Code DEC180241) will all be available on Wednesday, Feb 6. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, Jan 14. Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct.

Die is also available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Select praise for Die:

Die is thrillingly bleak.” —Kotaku 

“Really couldn’t have enjoyed Die #1 more than I did. Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans are a powerful merging of talents. Feels like a well-oiled team that’s been working together for years. Image Comics continues to innovate.” —Rick RemenderDeadly Class, Low, Black Science, Seven to Eternity

“Emotionally complicated and… utterly beautiful.” —The Hollywood Reporter

“So I read Die today and it’s something special: clever, chilling, beautiful, and surprising. IT’S REAL GOOD AND I THINK YOU SHOULD GET IT.” —Ryan NorthThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Dinosaur Comics, How To Invent Everything: A Survival Guide For The Stranded Time Traveler

“Emotional evisceration awaits. I cannot recommend this highly enough” —Marguerite BennettAnimosity, Bombshells

“Seriously, pre-order your copy; it’s so good!” —Women Write About Comics

“I’ve had the pleasure of reading Die from Gillen, Hans & Cowles and it’s everything I love about comics. It’s such a great concept for a series.” —Gerry Duggan,Deadpool, Analog

“Do you wish that IT had fewer clowns luring in sewers with balloons and more RPG sessions that cause kids to disappear for several years? Then Die by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans is the comic for you! Also, I got to test-play the RPG the book is built around and it’s SO FUN.” —Jody HouserStranger Things, Faith, Doctor Who

Die is a compelling drama, filled with secrets and lies. It has the reliable wit and grace one expects from Gillen along with rich and stunning artwork by Hans, who is without a doubt delivering her best work to date. Gorgeously rendered, perfectly constructed, Die is a fantastic new series that pulls the reader into a new world, in more ways than one.” —Declan ShalveyMoon Knight, Injection, Return Of Wolverine

“Soooooo Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die is something ABSURDLY special. Really an incredible book.” —Mags VisaggioEternity Girl, Kim & Kim, Sex Death Revolution

FANS FALL IN LOVE WITH MIDDLEWEST, SERIES RUSHED BACK TO PRINT

PORTLAND, Ore. 01/18/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to announce that Middlewest #2 by Eisner Award-winning and New York Times bestselling creator Skottie Young (I Hate FairylandBully Wars, Deadpool) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Jorge Corona is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand for the new series. The Middlewest #2, second-printing cover features gorgeous new art by Young.

The lands between the coasts are vast, slow to change, and full of hidden magics. Mistakes have been made, and in Middlewest, an unwitting adventurer searches for answers to quell a coming storm that knows his name. A blend of dark fantasy best described as classic Don Bluth animation meets Return to OzMiddlewest is the tale of Abel, a young boy who must navigate an old land in order to reconcile his family’s history.

Middlewest #2, second-printing (Diamond Code DEC188163) will be available on Wednesday, Feb 13. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, Jan 21.

Middlewest #2 is also available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play. Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct.

Middlewest #3 (Diamond Code NOV180164) is available in comic shops now. Middlewest #4 (Diamond Code DEC180262) will be available on Wednesday, Feb 20. The final order cutoff deadline is Monday, Jan 28.

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