SDCC 2014: Image Expo Book Announcements

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Today at Image Expo, which took place prior to preview night at San Diego Comic Con, quite a few new books announced today with some very well known creators, including a Skype call from Warren Ellis. Here's the line-ups, descriptions, covers, and some interiors for these upcoming books.


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Rick Remender and Sean Gordon Murphy

TOKYO GHOST welcomes readers to the isles of New Los Angeles, 2189. Humanity has become nothing more than a sea of consumers, ravenous and starving wolves, sick from toxic contamination, who have to borrow, beg, and steal for the funds to buy, buy, buy their next digital fix. Getting a thrill, a distraction from reality, is the only thing left to live for. Entertainment is the biggest industry, the drug everyone needs, and gangsters run it all. And who do these gangsters turn to when they need the "law" enforced? Led Dent and Debbie Decay, constables of the law, which is a nice way to say “brutal killing machines." The duo are about to be presented with an assignment that will force them out of the decay of LA and into the mysterious lost nation of Tokyo.

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Marian Churchland, Claire Gibson, and Sloane Leong

Set in the isolated country of Akhara, rival houses face off in the struggle for political power and military security in FROM UNDER MOUNTAINS. Three unlikely figures—a lord's daughter, a disgraced knight, and a runaway thief—will change the fate of their world, but the only hope of peace may lie with the mystery shrouded goblins and witches, and the ancient powers they command.

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Joe Casey and Paul Maybury

VALHALLA MAD introduces a set of brand new characters: the Glorious Knox, Greghorn the Battlebjorn and Jhago the Irritator. The series depicts this particular trio of fun-loving gods' return to Earth—Manhattan, specifically—to drink and party and revel in their resplendent godhood after many decades of being away. Needless to say, they find a very different world than the one they last visited.


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John Arcudi and James Harren

RUMBLE is a strange book, that’s for sure—like a scarecrow-Conan fighting in a Louis C.K. TV show directed by David Fincher—with a supporting cast of odd characters, many of whom aren’t even human.


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Ray Fawkes

Bodies shift and merge, warring with themselves. Blood rains from the skies. A child’s song is translated into toxic, thought-destroying whispers. Everything is changing. Everything is wrong. This is the world of INTERSECT.

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Tom Neely and Keenan Marshall Keller

Apart, they are nothing… deemed by society as outcasts, misfits, losers, no good punks! But together, they are THE HUMANS! Follow Bobby, Johnny, and all The HUMANS as they fight and fly down the road to oblivion on a ride filled with chains, sex, leather, denim, hair, blood, bananas and chrome.


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Gabriel Hardman

KINSKI, previously a digital-only collection, both written and drawn by Hardman, promises to be a quirky crime thriller about Joe, a down-on-his-luck salesman who finds a cute puppy. The thing is, this puppy already has a home. What starts as a simple rescue mission from neglectful owners quickly escalates into a righteous crusade.

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Hardman and Corinna Bechko

Hardman announced a second project to be executed with frequent collaborator Bechko (HEATHENTOWN, Savage Hulk, Star Wars: Legacy). Described as a gritty sci-fi series, INVISIBLE REPUBLIC explores the secret history of one man's rise to power after an unspeakable act of violence elevates him to folk-hero status on a war-torn planet seeking independence.

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Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger

Now boarding: SOUTHERN CROSS, tanker flight 73 to Titan. Alex Braith is on board retracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though—How did her sister die? Where did her cabin mate disappear to? Who is that creep across the hall? And why does she always feel like she’s being watched?

Check out our exclusive interview with Cloonan and Belanger here.


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Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen

DESCENDER will explore one young robot’s struggle to stay alive in a universe where all androids have been outlawed and bounty hunters lurk on every planet.


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Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein

Mankind’s colonization of the galaxy has left countless planets mined bare and lifeless in DRIFTER. A space transport crashes onto a backwater world whose unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the dark wonder of a strange and alien landscape with the struggles of an abandoned and lawless frontier town.

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Kurt Busiek and Ben Dewey

In TOOTH AND CLAW, a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion back through time to save the world, with disastrous consequences. Swords, sorcery, animal-wizards, gods, empires, golems of radioactive decay, crystalline badlands, con women, ancient armories, young love, mystery, blood and death and treachery and destiny...TOOTH AND CLAW is an epic story you won’t want to miss out on.

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Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey

INJECTION explores how loud and strange the world is becoming, and the sense that it's all bubbling into chaos—a chaos poised to become the Next New Normal—and that we did this to ourselves without thinking for a second about how we were ever going to live inside it.

Make sure to check out these books either this fall or in 2015.

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#1 Posted by manlybanister (30 posts) - - Show Bio

want them all.

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#2 Edited by the_tree (8456 posts) - - Show Bio

Descender, Humans, and Rumble sound interesting; I'll need a little bit more to go off of to see whether or not I'll get hyped for Injection and Southern Cross; and I'm already throwing money at my computer screen for Tokyo Ghost.

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#3 Posted by ZbvmX (269 posts) - - Show Bio

Tokyo Ghost looks dope! Want both of Hardman's books as well :D

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#4 Posted by wessaari (752 posts) - - Show Bio

Descender and Tokyo Ghost look outstanding. I need to have anything that is Dustin Nguyen or Sean Murphy related

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#5 Posted by TheBlueAngel93 (21064 posts) - - Show Bio

That cover for Descender looks awesome. All of these look great.

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#6 Edited by judasnixon (12663 posts) - - Show Bio

Rick Remender and Sean Murphy on an Image book.......I might have peed myself.

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#7 Posted by Samuel_Simmons (214 posts) - - Show Bio

Majority of these look pretty great

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#8 Posted by longbowhunter (9425 posts) - - Show Bio

Descender is an absolute must read for me. Tokyo Ghost, Intersect, Southern Cross and Injection all warrant my attention as well.

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#9 Posted by Mucklefluga (2653 posts) - - Show Bio

Murphy and Hollingsworth art is always fantastic. Injection should be amazing. Descender looks really great. As well as Invisible Republic and Rumble. I've never seen Fawkes' art before but man is that art.

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#10 Posted by scouts1998 (646 posts) - - Show Bio

Descender, Tokyo Ghost and Injection the later 2 both a team i am familiar with and first one, i like murphy and Remender is good from i have heard

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#11 Edited by Jonny_Anonymous (45774 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll buy all the sci fi/fantasy books on this list

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#12 Edited by Fallschirmjager (23432 posts) - - Show Bio

God damnit Image. Why you so awesome?

Tokyo Ghost, Rumble, Descender, Drifter and Injection all want.

Its pretty timely too, since I'm planning to drop some more Marvel/DC titles lol.

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#14 Posted by comicvine_is_jericho529 (284 posts) - - Show Bio

I can already tell from the cover, the creative team, and the summary of the book that Descender will be the most successful from these titles, and that's saying alot because all these titles look awesome!

Descenders looks to be what Spielberg/Kubrick's Artificial Intelligence film should have been like!

That is a definite pick up and since Image is the most popular publisher at my LCS i'll have to wait in line before the store opens but i will do it for that title because it looks absolutely promising!

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#15 Posted by Billy Batson (60951 posts) - - Show Bio

Tokyo Ghost (for Murphy), From Under Mountains Valhalla Mad, Rumble, Southern Cross, Descender, Tooth and Claw andInjection interest me the most.


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#16 Edited by Omega Ray Jay (8418 posts) - - Show Bio

Everything looks great, I'm really interested in Drifter and Invisible Republic

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#17 Posted by RaggedScarecrow (1142 posts) - - Show Bio

Tokyo Ghost, Southern Cross, and Drifter sound amazing. Rumble and Injection sound interesting as well, but I'm gonna want some more info on them before I commit.

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#18 Posted by renchamp (7939 posts) - - Show Bio

Tokyo Ghost. And there is the fact that Ellis and Shalvey will be back on a book together...

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#19 Posted by MadeinBangladesh (12493 posts) - - Show Bio

Too many sci-fi and space books. Meh Not my type.

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#20 Posted by 2chimcha3 (2303 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope some space opens up on my pull list by the time these books come out. Im especially interested in Invisible Republic and Rumble

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#21 Edited by Supi (185 posts) - - Show Bio

And to think that it's the same company that started with titles such Spawn(still out there...)and Savage Dragon....Maybe I'll buy some trades(Tokyo Ghost,Rumble)if they are indeed something good,but I grow up with Marvel&DC superheroes,they are part of my life and suddenly I can't be an indie geek,even if some of them will be good comic to read....They had quality that now missing from the 2 big Companies??Maybe yes...(or not) but it's like all your life watch blockbuster movies and suddenly you want to watch only movies from Tarkovsky and Greenaway....

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#22 Posted by MannEffest (1378 posts) - - Show Bio

They all look amazing O_O

Although I'm going to have to be selective, Tokyo Ghost can replace my Wake fix and Southern Cross sounds like it has a Dead Space vibe to it, I'm down for those along with Invisible Republic!

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#23 Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude (3366 posts) - - Show Bio

Tooth and Claw looks SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!! O_O

I NEED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#24 Edited by tuckboarder (59 posts) - - Show Bio

@wessaari: Amen to that man, they're both better than anyone else on the market right now

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#25 Edited by derf_jenkins (757 posts) - - Show Bio

Image continues to pump out amazing books!

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#26 Posted by akbogert (3323 posts) - - Show Bio

Tooth & Claw, Southern Cross, & Injection look like they'll be going on my pull for the long haul.

...though waiting nearly a year for some of these sucks :)

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#27 Posted by CaptainHoopla (1974 posts) - - Show Bio

It will be a miracle if I'm still reading any Marvel or DC a year from now. So many excellent and exciting comics up there and already on my Image pull list.

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#28 Edited by CitizenJP (782 posts) - - Show Bio

Man, I love Image Comics so much. <3

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#29 Posted by Mrfuzzynutz (1626 posts) - - Show Bio

sadly, none of these interest me, But it is damn good to see how far Image comics has come over the years!

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#30 Posted by Unkillable_Deadpool1 (30 posts) - - Show Bio

Aaaaaah so thats were ellis,shalvey and belliare went.. Injection and tokyo ghost for me ..

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#31 Edited by Battle_Forum_Junkie (10331 posts) - - Show Bio

Sady, most of this just isn't my cup of tea. I'll defenitly try out Decender, Rumble and Invisible Republic, though. Hopefully all of these will start to interest me more as their release dates get closer.

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#32 Posted by lorex (1000 posts) - - Show Bio

The Humans, Invisible Republic, Tokyo Ghost and Drifter have definitely peaked my interest but I will probably check out some of the others as well. I love the new title announcements from Image Expo. The last few years this is where the really new and creative stuff is happening.

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