SANDBOX: IMAGE COMICS – NEWS WEEK (November 5, 2018)

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In our latest weekly recap of the Image Comics news, we bring you news of a new title from Mark Millar’s Millarworld Netflix imprint, as well as two titles seeing issues getting second prints, and the news on the next story arc from UNNATURAL.

A triptych cover for the upcoming PRODIGY title from Mark Millar was revealed this week. The new title from Millar and artist Rafael Albuquerque will be released on December 5th, and unlike some other titles from Image will not be reprinted. 

There will be a total of 8 cover versions, 6 of which are from series artist 
Rafael Albuquerque, 1 from Frank Quitely, with a a blank cover version rounding out the list.   

Next up we have the news that the first issue of the John Layman and Afu Chan sci-fi / horror series OUTER DARKNESS from Image and Skybound Entertainment will get a second printing. 

Due to overwhelming demand for the first printing, the new printing will be released on December 12th alongside the second issue. 

Outer Darkness wasn’t the only title with an issue being rushed back to print. MAN-EATERS from the creative team of Chelsea Cain, Kate Niemczyk,  Rachelle Rosenberg, Joe Caramagna, Lia Miternique, and Stella Greenvoss will see issue #2 getting a second print. 

The second printing of #2 will hit shelves on December 5th. 

Lastly in our weekly recap of the week that was for Image Comics, comes news that the next story arc in Mirka Andolfo’s UNNATURAL will kick off in December’s issue. The fifth issue of her romantic thriller series will hit shelves on December 5th with three different cover versions. The standard version from Andolfo, one with art from Tanino Liberatore, and a Hero’s Initiative variant from Jacopo Camagni

The second part of the story arc (issue #6) will hit shelves on January 2nd with two cover versions, one from Andolfo, and one from Babs Tarr

All press releases from the news this week are below. All artwork courtesy of Image Comics. 

TRIPTYCH COVER WELCOMES NETFLIX’S
NEW HIGH-OCTANE ADVENTURE SERIES, PRODIGY, TO MILLARWORLD

PORTLAND, OR, 11/06/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to exclusively reveal a triptych cover for the forthcoming PRODIGY comic book by Mark Millar (KINGSMAN, THE MAGIC ORDERCivil War) and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque (Batman, American Vampire). The series will launch this December from Image Comics and is the latest addition to the Netflix Millarworld franchises shepherded by Mark and his wife Lucy. 

In PRODIGY, Edison Crane’s not content being the world’s smartest man and most successful businessman—his brilliant mind needs to be constantly challenged. He’s a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, genius composer, Olympic athlete, an expert in the occult, and international governments call on him to fix problems they just can’t handle. Interior preview pages were exclusively revealed at Deadline yesterday. 

PRODIGY #1 will be available on Wednesday, December 5th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 12th. There will be no second printings, and the item will be fully returnable to comic shop retailers. 

  • PRODIGY #1 Cover A Albuquerque – OCT180018
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover B Albuquerque – OCT180019
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover C Albuquerque – OCT180020
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover D Albuquerque – OCT180021
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover E Albuquerque – OCT180022
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover F Quitely – OCT180023
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover G Blank cover – OCT180024
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover H Albuquerque ‘We Believe in Comics’ – SEP188266

PRODIGY #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.

OUTER DARKNESS SUMMONS SUCCESS ON ITS MAIDEN VOYAGE

Debut issue rushed back to prin

PORTLAND, OR, 11/08/2018 — Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment are thrilled to announce that the debut issue of John Layman and Afu Chan’s sci-fi horror series is being fast-tracked for a second printing in order to keep up with customer demand.

In OUTER DARKNESS, humanity successfully colonized the galaxy. But the vast reaches of space are anything but safe. So when Captain Joshua Rigg and the crew of the starship Charon set out on a desperate rescue mission into the Outer Darkness of space, they’ll encounter demonic possessions, hauntings, and other flavors of cosmic horror. Because, quite simply: out in the abyss, everything wants to kill them.

“As I said when I introduced OUTER DARKNESS, I wrote it because it was exactly the sort of comic I would want to read,” said Layman. “But nothing is a sure thing, especially in comics, so it’s especially gratifying to see that this is the sort of comic other people want to read as well. I’m grateful for everybody who’s picked up the book. And if you liked the first issue I’ve got good news: Issue Two is even better.”

OUTER DARKNESS #1 will remain available for purchase across all digital platforms, including the Image Comics website (imagecomics.com), the official Image Comics iOS app, Comixology’s website (comixology.com), iOS, Android, and Google Play. 

OUTER DARKNESS #1 2nd printing (Diamond code: SEP188838) and OUTER DARKNESS #2 (Diamond code: OCT180234) will be available on Wednesday, December 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 19th.

Select praise for OUTER DARKNESS:

“You never know where OUTER DARKNESS is going to go… Afu Chan’s storytelling is smooth and tight, which helps balance the more insane moments and turn OUTER DARKNESS into something truly special.” —Nerdist

“OUTER DARKNESS #1 is a cinematically widescreen comic with the promise of spacefaring horrors to come. Whether this horror comes from outer space or from within the ship itself is a saga I’m looking forward to reading.” Comicon.com 

“Both of these powerhouse creators are on hand to offer the world a genre-bending trip through space. Wholly unique, and an interesting addition to the sci-fi landscape in the medium.” —The Beat

“For fans of interstellar horror—and everyone who appreciates good art—OUTER DARKNESS is a must.” —Paste Magazine

“Aesthetically on point and literarily inspired, diverse, and much needed.”
—Doom Rocket

“Layman and Chan are both on top of their game in unique, fun ways here.” —AiPT!

“Afu Chan and John Layman have delivered an impressive debut issue that manages to be a little bit of a lot of things, brought together in a cohesive and engrossing world populated with captivating characters and compelling drama.”
—Newsarama

MAN-EATERS SERIES SCRATCHES ITCH FOR FANS OF MOCKINGBIRD AND BITCH PLANET—RUSHED BACK TO PRINT

“It’s a horror comedy about a girl who thinks she’s a monster and it’s brilliant.” —Kelly Sue DeConnick

PORTLAND, OR, 11/08/2018 — Eisner-nominated and New York Times bestselling thriller writer Chelsea Cain, artist Kate Niemczyk, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and letterer Joe Caramagna of the controversial and buzzed about comic Mockingbird have captured lighting in a bottle once more with Lia Miternique and Stella Greenvoss on their team in their new series from Image Comics—MAN-EATERS. The series is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with escalating demand.

On the heels of Marvel’s unexpected cancellation of Cain’s The Vision series, Internet commentary and rallying cries in support of MAN-EATERS went viral across the social media sphere while mainstream media covered the Marvel slight in waves and drove fans to check out her new series, MAN-EATERS instead. Readers and critics alike repeatedly compared the hot new title to Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine DeLandro’s BITCH PLANET and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. In response to the overwhelming support and to bolster the growing momentum for the series, MAN-EATERS #2 is being fast-tracked to a second printing in order to keep up with customer interest in the title. 

The MAN-EATERS story introduces a world where a mutation in Toxoplasmosis causes menstruating women to turn into ferocious killer wildcats—easily provoked and extremely dangerous. As panic spreads and paranoia takes root, the fate of the world rides on the shoulders of one twelve-year-old girl. Part Cat People, part The Handmaid’s Tale, MAN-EATERS has an all pro-feline agenda. 

MAN-EATERS #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code SEP188835) will be available on Wednesday, December 5th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 12th.

MAN-EATERS #2 is also available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon KindleApple BookscomiXology, and Google Play. Fans can also subscribe to receive the series delivered by mail within the domestic U.S. on Image Direct

MAN-EATERS #3 Cover A by Miternique (Diamond Code SEP180190) and MAN-EATERS #3 Cover B by Miternique (Diamond Code SEP188190) will be available on Wednesday, November 28th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 5th. 

MAN-EATERS #4 (Diamond Code OCT180221) will be available on Wednesday, December 26th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 3rd. 

MAN-EATERS #5 (Diamond Code NOV180163) will be available on Wednesday, January 30th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, January 7th.

UNNATURAL CONTINUES TO HEAT UP THIS DECEMBER

PORTLAND, OR, 11/09/2018 — Superstar writer/artist Mirka Andolfo (Hex WivesHarley QuinnWonder WomanDC Comics Bombshells) will kick off the next chapter in her wildly popular romantic thriller series UNNATURAL this December from Image Comics. 

In UNNATURAL, an authoritarian government has a cheerful stranglehold on its citizens’ personal lives—in particular, how they love and whom they marry. But it seems there are some who resist…  

UNNATURAL #5 begins a new story arc for the ongoing series, and Leslie’s on the run! Falsely accused of a heinous murder, she has no choice but to trust that mysterious hooded wolf who’s been dogging her steps since the beginning. Who is he? What does he really want from her? And is he somehow related to that seductive lupine creature from those steamy dreams she’s been having? 

UNNATURAL, VOL. 1: AWAKENING trade paperback (Diamond code: SEP180132, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0982-1) is in stores now, so interested readers can get caught up on all that’s happened so far before the next thrilling story arc begins. 

UNNATURAL #5 hits stores on Wednesday, December 5th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 12th. 

UNNATURAL #5 Cover A by Mirka Andolfo, OCT180255
UNNATURAL #5 Cover B by Tanino Liberatore, OCT180256
UNNATURAL #5 Cover C (Hero Initiative Variant) by Jacopo Camagni, AUG188294

UNNATURAL #6 hits stores on Wednesday, January 2nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 3rd.

UNNATURAL #6 Cover A by Mirka Andolfo, NOV180195
UNNATURAL #6 Cover B by Babs Tarr, NOV180196

UNNATURAL #5 and #6 are 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.
Select praise for UNNATURAL:

“UNNATURAL is funny and sexy and smart and so many more things. But, most of all, it is a damning indictment of who we have been and who we continue to be as a society.” —The Oregonian

“Beautifully rendered art, a brilliantly relevant premise and a thoroughly likeable protagonist make UNNATURAL an easy new series to recommend.”
—Big Comic Page

“Beautiful to look at and a little scary to read, UNNATURAL is a great piece of writing that eerily mirrors today’s world.” —AiPT!

“The art is bomb, the story is smart, and the full package is dead sexy.”
—Comicon.com

“UNNATURAL is genuinely unlike anything else being published right now, something that proves to be a pretty surprising positive.” —ComicBook.com

“A wonder to read and sure to become a classic.” —Outright Geekery

“A gorgeous fantasy erotica must-read.” —Geek.com

“I’m totally hooked.” —Comicosity

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