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Image Comics – News week (January 28th, 2019)

In our latest installment of our weekly recap of news from Image Comics, comes previews of some variant covers for Image/Skybound Entertainment‘s MURDER FALCON, and a preview of Devin Grayson and Brian Stelfreeze‘s MATADOR, VOL. 1. 

Murder Falcon #6 will have a variant cover by Vanesa Del Rey which pays homage to Megadeth’s Rust in Peace album, while issue #7 of
Daniel Warren Johnson‘s series will have a variant cover by Erica Henderson which pays tribute to Dio’s Holy Diver release.

Look for the 6th issue on March 13th with issue #7 on April 10th. Main cover art for both issues will be from Johnson.

On Friday, a preview of the cover and some of the interior art for the upcoming Matador Vol. 1 was released.

The trade paperback from Devin Grayson and Brian Stelfreeze will collect the first six issues of their murder mystery title.

Look for it in comic book stores on May 22 and bookstores on May 28.

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


PORTLAND, OR, 02/01/2019 — Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment are pleased to reveal two more “Heavy Metal” variant covers for Daniel Warren Johnson’s Murder Falcon.

Each issue of the head-banging action series features a variant cover that pays tribute to a different classic heavy metal album cover. Murder Falcon #6’s “Heavy Metal” variant cover, with art provided by acclaimed Redlands artist Vanesa Del Rey, homages Megadeth’s Rust in Peace. Eisner Award-winning artist Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) provides the art for Murder Falcon #7’s “Heavy Metal” variant cover, which salutes Dio’s iconic debut album Holy Diver

Murder Falcon #6 will hit stores on Wednesday, March 13th, and the final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 18th. 

Murder Falcon #7 will be available on Wednesday, April 10th, and the final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 18th.

  • Murder Falcon #6 Cover A by Johnson (Diamond code: JAN190339)
  • Murder Falcon #6 Cover B “Heavy Metal” variant by Del Rey (Diamond code: JAN190340)
  • Murder Falcon #7 Cover A by Johnson (Diamond code: FEB190168)
  • Murder Falcon #7 Cover B “Heavy Metal” variant by Henderson (Diamond code: FEB190169)

Select praise for Murder Falcon:

“Everything in this book is cranked to 11 and that’s what makes it so damn good.”

“Guaranteed to make your ears bleed with the awesome notes of its heavy metal roots.” —SYFY Wire

Murder Falcon could easily have been nonstop action and it would rock, but Johnson puts in the work to create rich, multidimensional character dynamics that give the book extra weight.” —The Onion’s AV Club

“A wildly entertaining, action-packed jam with unexpected emotional depth.”
—Multiversity Comics

Sneak peek of interior pages revealed

PORTLAND, OR 02/01/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal an excerpt from the forthcoming Matador, Vol. 1 by Devin Grayson (Batman: Gotham Knight, User) and Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther, Batman), which will find a new home at Image Comics this May and collect issues #1-6 of the original series. 

Matador is an explosive story pitting Lt. Isabel Cardona against a deadly serial killer in an edge-of-your-seat thriller that fans of Killing Eve and True Detective won’t want to miss. Dismissed as a quota minority hire by her work peers, Cuban-born and Florida-bred Detective Isabel Cardona makes no friends on the Miami force by insisting that a series of seemingly unrelated murder cases lead to an urban-legend contract killer known only as “The Matador.” Proving his existence soon becomes equal parts self-preservation and obsession—but how close to the dangerous Matador will Cardona have to get to make that happen?   

Matador, Vol. 1 (Diamond Code JAN190134, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1068-1) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 22. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, Feb 4. It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, May 28 and can be pre-ordered at AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-a-MillionIndiebound, and Indigo.

Matador, Vol. 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.

Dan Berry
Dan Berry
Dan Berry is a man of mystery, an enigma that flits from convention to convention like a spectre, like a spirit. His interests range far and wide: he cannot be determined, he cannot be defined, he cannot be contained. He's like the wind. He also is a Sagittarius and enjoys a nice Italian.

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