Alphabetical Index of Image Comics

The Fuse: Gridlock

The Fuse: Gridlock is more obviously science fiction than the first volume, The Russia Shift. This time around, detectives Klem and Ralph are investigating a body found during a gridlocking race. That’s when spacesuited daredevils illegally compete on maglev bikes across the solar arrays that run the space station. Very high-tech, although the motivations are universal, regardless of the future setting. I don’t hear many people talking about this tightly plotted SF mystery series by Antony Johnston and Justin Greenwood, […]

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No Mercy #1

Two of my favorite women making comics, Alex de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, Bad Houses), have teamed up for a new Image series, No Mercy. Now, this series could be described as horror — it’s about a well-meaning but clueless group of privileged students traveling to Central America, where everything goes wrong and various of them end up maimed or dead — which I normally stay well away from, but in this case, I’m glad I gave it […]

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They’re Not Like Us #1-3

I don’t like They’re Not Like Us. It’s aggressive and sometimes violent and mean and selfish. But I’m amazed by how writer Eric Stephenson and artist Simon Gane have found a truly new thing to do with superpowered young people. The first issue opens with Syd thinking about committing suicide by jumping from a building. She’s tired of the voices in her head and doesn’t know any other way to quiet them. You’re a superhero comic reader, you’ve seen this […]

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The Wicked + the Divine Volume 1: The Faust Act

The first collection of new series The Wicked + the Divine is bargain-priced and mind-blowing, which makes it a wonderful deal. Kieron Gillen writes and Jamie McKelvie draws the story of reincarnated gods as pop stars. It’s a dynamite high concept, but one that becomes something a lot deeper. Laura meets Luci, short for Lucifer, at a concert, and her desire is so great it gets her backstage. The portrait of a dedicated fan, finding meaning in life through adoration […]

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The Wicked + the Divine #5

written by Kieron Gillen; art by Jamie McKelvie The first storyline of The Wicked + The Divine concludes in this issue. And it’s terrific. Midway through, I found myself a little lost, but everything clears up nicely here. The various characters have sorted themselves out for me, or maybe I found them clearer when seeing how each acts when events all come to a head. I don’t want to say too much about the plot, since this is the ending, […]

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Copperhead #1

As writer Jay Faerber starts off his editorial note, “I’m not the first person to think of this.” Many people have done space westerns, from Star Trek to Firefly and beyond. But what attracted me to this series was its sense of character and its unusual choice for the protagonist. Most Western leads are vigilantes, not the official voice of the law. Clara Bronson has come to the mining town of Copperhead as its new sheriff with her son Zeke. […]

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The Fade Out #1

by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips The best-known comic noir team returns with a new project, a series set in post-war Hollywood, full of the usual expectations: a beautiful dead blonde, cover-ups and secrets, and powerful bullies. Events are narrated by a writer who had too much to drink the night before, so he’s as confused as the reader to start. He doesn’t remember what happened, but as he gradually recalls — and reveals events to us — things turn […]

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Wayward #1

written by Jim Zub; art by Steve Cummings I’ve been turned off, a bit, from this series launch because of how hard they’re pushing it as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a new generation”. I feared that we’d be getting a watered-down version of someone else’s property — and there are better ways to say “monster-fighting girls”. Or just tell the story without having to catchphrase it. I was relieved to see that this wasn’t as much of a copy […]

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