The one we are perhaps looking forward to the most is Kelly Sue DeConnick‘s Pretty Deadly, which she described to us in detail a few months again. It sounds like the most interesting new release of the year, and it has already been a massive year for Image. Velvet was announced last week, as part of the ImageExpo solicits. Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder’s Rocket Girl sounds like a fascinating trip in time travel, while the spectre of Frank Miller is sure to loom large in discussions around Kieron Gillen, Ryan Kelly and Jordie Bellaire’s Three. Finally, Bushido not only launches in October, but Rob Levin and Studio Hive will bring all five issues throughout October.
Also of note for the month is that Frank J. Barbiere’s Five Ghosts is now an ongoing series from issue #6! We voted this as one of our Best Comics of 2013…so far. Fans of The Walking Dead can look forward to a 10th annniversary edition of issue #1, the Tyrese Special and ihardcover.
PRETTY DEADLY #1 – GEM OF THE MONTH
story KELLY SUE DECONNICK
art EMMA RÍOS & JORDIE BELLAIRE
cover EMMA RÍOS
32 PAGES / FC / M
KELLY SUE DECONNICK (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) & EMMA RÍOS (Dr. Strange, Osborn) reunite to bring you an all-new ongoing series that marries the magical realism of Sandman with the western brutality of Preacher. Death’s daughter rides the wind on a horse made of smoke and her face bears the skull marks of her father. Her tale of retribution is as beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage.
VELVET #1 – GEM OF THE MONTH
story ED BRUBAKER
art STEVE EPTING & BETTIE BREITWEISER
cover STEVE EPTING
32 PAGES / FC / M
ED BRUBAKER and STEVE EPTING redefined Captain America with the “Winter Soldier” saga… and everything they’ve done so far has been leading to VELVET!
When the world’s best secret agent is killed, Velvet Templeton, the Personal Assistant to the Director of the Agency, is drawn off her desk and back into the field for the first time in nearly 20 years… and is immediately caught in a web of mystery, murder and high-octane action.
Sexy and provocative, with a dark twist on the spy genre, this EXTRA-LENGTH first issue by two of the industry’s best-selling creators will knock you out!
ROCKET GIRL #1
story BRANDON MONTCLARE
art / cover AMY REEDER
32 PAGES / FC / T
A teenage cop from a high-tech future is sent back in time to 1986 New York City. Dayoung Johansson is investigating the Quintum Mechanics megacorporation for crimes against time. As she pieces together the clues, she discovers the “future” she calls home – an alternate reality version of 2013 – shouldn’t exist at all!
Blast off with the new ongoing series by BRANDON MONTCLARE (Halloween Eve) and Eisner Award nominee AMY REEDER (Batwoman, Madame Xanadu).
story KIERON GILLEN
art / cover RYAN KELLY & JORDIE BELLAIRE
historical consultant PROF. STEPHEN HODKINSON
32 PAGES / FC / M
When a member of the Spartan ruling class visits an isolated homestead of Helot workers, a brutal massacre is only the beginning. KIERON GILLEN (PHONOGRAM, Über, Iron Man), RYAN KELLY (Saucer County, Local) and JORDIE BELLAIRE (THE MANHATTAN PROJECTS, NOWHERE MEN) unite to tell the heroic story of three slaves and their desperate attempt to escape 300 of the finest warriors who’ve ever lived.
BUSHIDO #1 (of 5)
story ROB LEVIN
art / cover STUDIO HIVE
32 PAGES / FC / T+
VAMPIRES IN FEUDAL JAPAN!
Kichiro is an outsider in feudal Japan. Lacking the Japanese blood that would allow him to become a samurai, Kichiro must fulfill his dreams of serving the shogun in a less traditional manner… by eliminating every foreign supernatural threat that rears its fangs!
This Halloween month, treat yourself to an issue of BUSHIDO each Wednesday! All FIVE issues of Top Cow’s and Heroes and Villains Entertainment’s latest series will be released in October. Order now… if you dare!
BUSHIDO #2 (OF 5)
BUSHIDO #3 (OF 5)
BUSHIDO #4 (OF 5)
BUSHIDO #5 (OF 5)