Image Comics released a giant sneak peek of the titles that are scheduled to land at your local comic shop this week. Take the jump for an early look at The Bounce #6, Bushido #4, Clone #11, Great Pacific #11, Pretty Deadly #1, Rat Queens #2, Satellite Sam #4, Sex Criminals #2, and Velvet #1.
New York City is overrun with super-humans. As the police attempt to contain these costumed “freaks,” one is trying to make a difference by fighting crime. Jasper Jenkins was an ordinary drug addict living with his conservative roommate, Terry. In need of money, he volunteers for an experimental drug trial with his friend, Zander, but all the participants die except Jasper, who develops superpowers and decides to use his abilities for good.
No idea what this is about, but I’m sure the solicitations will fill us in very soon.
IDW Publishing will publish STAR TREK: COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS, the official prequel series to Paramount Pictures’ upcoming movie, Star Trek Into Darkness. Like the best-selling Countdown series before it, COUNTDOWN INTO DARKNESS will be the only place for fans to experience the events that set the stage for J.J. Abrams’ sequel to the 2009 blockbuster film Star Trek.
Today at San Diego Comic Con, IDW Publishing announced that Eisner award-winning creator Bill Willingham will be joining the company on two separate projects. Willingham will bring his lauded storytelling ability to IDWâ€™s ongoing Angel series, with his first six-issue story, â€œThe Crown Prince Syndrome,â€ launching in December. Then, in 2010, IDW will publish a new fantasy book by Willingham and artist Gene Ha: Back Roads, the first collaboration of these two highly regarded creators.
â€œBill is someone Iâ€™ve long wanted to work with,â€ said IDW Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Chris Ryall. â€œHis storytelling ability and strong sense of character perfectly suit a book like Angel, and his first collaboration with Gene is a pairing of two true comic book superstars. Iâ€™m ecstatic about both.â€
Coming this August, IDW offers Angel fans yet another hair-raising adventure. Spinning out of IDWâ€™s main Angel storyline, Angel: Only Human follows Illyria and Gunn on a bizarre road trip as they try to reconcile their â€œinnerâ€ demons with their newfound humanity. Written by Scott Lobdell with art by David Messina, Angel: Only Human is a funny and frightening five-part story with two of the Angelverseâ€™s most complex and beloved characters.
Following the smash hit, Star Trek: Countdown, currently third on The New York Times Best Seller List, IDW is proud to announce its latest must-read Trek series, Spock: Reflections. The series sheds light on Spockâ€™s life leading up to the new feature film, and offers key insights on this iconic character, as well as a startling revelation.
â€œThe new movie offers so much new material for Star Trek fans that we knew we had to do more than just Countdown to help create as complete an experience as possible,â€ said Scott Dunbier, IDWâ€™s Star Trek editor. â€œThis series offers a candid and occasionally poignant look at Spock.â€
In Spock: Reflections, writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton delve into the choices that led Spock to live on Romulus, where Countdown begins. Artist David Messina beautifully illustrates the flashbacks that shed light on Spockâ€™s path. The four-issue miniseries will be available monthly, beginning in July.
â€œWith a character as complex and well-known as Mr. Spock, there are the famous dramatic moments everyone remembers, and thereâ€™s still so much that lies undiscovered,â€ said Scott Tipton, the seriesâ€™ co-writer. â€œIn Reflections, weâ€™re getting the opportunity here to take a look at some of the key moments between the famous moments, and really see what makes Spockâ€™s character so â€“ dare I say it â€“ fascinating.â€
Spock: Reflections is a licensed product of CBS Consumer Products.
Star Trek: Spock: Reflections #1 will be available in stores in July 2009.
Star Trek: Countdown, the official prequel to the new Star Trek movie being released by Paramount Pictures on May 8, 2009, is going to mobile devices!Â The four-issue mini-series is now available on Appleâ€™s iPhone and iPod touch, and Googleâ€™s Android Mobile Devices through iVerse Mediaâ€™s digital distribution technology.Â Visit IDWPublishing.com for more information about Star Trek: Countdown.
From director/producer J.J. Abrams (Mission: Impossible III, Lost and Alias), producer Damon LindelofÂ (Lost) and screenwriters and executive producers Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman (Transformers, MI: III) comes a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, Star Trek, featuring a young, new crew boldly going where no one has gone before.Â The film stars Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, ZoÃ« Saldana, John Cho, and Eric Bana.
With the new Star Trek movie receiving a load of hype leading to the May 8, 2009 release, IDW is joining with Paramount Pictures to release a four issue limited series tied into the movie. The first issue, Star Trek: Countdown #1, will be written by Mike Johnson and David Messina, based on a story presented by JJ Abrams.
â€œThere was a lot of back and forth about doing this project, how to do it, what it would be about, but what all parties agreed on was that we needed the right story and that it needed to matter. It had to count both on its own merits and when read in conjunction with the new movie,â€ said series editor Andy Schmidt. â€œI couldnâ€™t be happier with the project and what it means to the overall Star Trek franchise!â€
As you might have guessed, the mini-series sets up events happening in movie. The $3.99 issue will arrive to the direct market in January 2009.
“The fact that Angel: After the Fall has moved so steadily with each issue has been incredibly gratifying,” said IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. “Most amazing is the fact that we’ve printed more of each subsequent issue than the previous one, and have overprinted to a greater degree than usual, and still the issues keep selling out. The sell-outs are quite a testament to the support from retailers and the loyal fan base alike.”
In addition to reprints, IDW will feature spin-off stories featuring Angel’s large cast of characters, including another favorite vampire getting his own follow-up series too.