It seems like every week I’m discussing a new book from Image that has blown me away. All throughout 2014, the publisher was consistently releasing the best books on the market. It was great to see some of the biggest names in comics transition to creator-owned books in 2014. The deluge of good titles was enough to put a strain on my wallet and fill my long boxes to bursting.
There’s good news: Image isn’t resting on its laurels. Earlier this month, Image announced over a dozen new series coming later in 2015. There are some incredibly talented creators putting out new series and as good as 2014 was for the publisher; 2015 promises to blow past it in terms of quality and sales.
With so many new series, I thought I’d give some attention to the five Image debuts I’m looking forward to the most in 2015. It was a tough list to narrow down and I had to leave off a lot of exciting titles. I encourage you to check out the full list of announcements here.
#5 Revengeance by Darwyn Cooke
Darwyn Cooke is a legend in the comics industry and his first fully creator-owned project is being released by Image this summer. The miniseries is a psychological thriller that promises a hefty dose of dark humor. The story follows Joe Malarky, a man who is faced with a criminal tragedy and seeks to resolve it on his own. The book takes place in Toronto, Cooke’s hometown, in the mid-eighties.
While I’m excited to see the story Cooke has planned, I’m most excited to have more of his art on shelves.
#4 Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Marjorie Liu is back with a new story full of adventure and giant monsters. Set in an alternate Asia in the 1900s, the world of Monstress is shared by humans and giant creatures called Leviathans. When a mysterious young girl forms a psychic bond with the most dangerous of the creatures, she becomes a target of both the human authorities and otherworldly forces that have long sought to exploit the Leviathans’ power.
Liu and Takeda collaborated previously on Marvel’s X-23 title and the two have both been vocal about their excitement to work together again. Takeda’s beautiful painted style is a great fit for the book and I can’t wait to see the story the two are gearing up to tell.
#3 Starve by Brian Wood, Danijel Zezelj, and Dave Stewart
I’m a fan of Wood’s previous works, but it’s the premise of this book that landed it on my list. Set in the near future, Starve takes place in a world where celebrity chefs are idolized and their reality shows have become violent, fantastical challenges involving endangered species. The book follows Chef Gavin Cruikshank after he returns from a self-imposed exile to find his small cooking show transformed into an arena sport frequented by the wealthy. He’ll be working on repairing his reputation as well as his family ties while dismantling the monstrosity his show has become.
The book sounds and looks insane, but in the creators’ capable hands it’s sure to be something special.
#2 AD: After Death by Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire
This announcement is almost too good to be true. Scott Snyder is in the middle of a legendary run on Batman and his new series Wytches launched to both reader and critical acclaim. Jeff Lemire is the man who saved DC’s recent Green Arrow series and is well-respected for his work as both an artist and writer. These two big names are enough to sell a book on their own. I’m not sure the world is ready for this team up.
AD: After Death is set in a future world where death has been eliminated. It’s a personal story about one man coming to terms with what comes next now that death isn’t the end of everyone’s story. While details are currently scarce, these are two masters of their craft and there’s no question this will be one of Image’s biggest releases this year.
#1) Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
If there was one creative team that could possibly top the excitement of Snyder and Lemire, it would have to be Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang reuniting for a new ongoing series. Vaughan is one of the best creators working today and is half of the creative team behind the incomparable Saga. Chiang is fresh off the critically acclaimed Wonder Woman series. This is their first collaboration since a Swamp Thing story nearly 15 years ago.
The story follows four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls who all experience something incredible one day. That’s all the information we have so far, but that’s all I needed to add this title to my pull list. It’s going to be something special and readers will not want to miss this.
These books are my stand outs, but there are quite a few more titles that could easily have made the list. Image has an astounding lineup for 2015 and by the end of it my pull list may be entirely made up of Image titles. I encourage you to check out the list and let me know your most anticipated titles in the comments section or tweet them to me @left4turtle.