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Comic Countdown #76: Image Expo In Review

Posted on July 7, 2013 AT 10:07pm

Hello and welcome to the seventy-fifth Comic Countdown! This week, in preparation for lots more convention news on nearly all fronts, the Countdown will take a look at one of the bigger conventions that just passed: Image Comics’ big Image Expo, which was held recently in San Francisco. With lots of great news coming from the creator-owned publisher, this seems like a good time to check out some of the bigger news released from the event. With that, it’s time for the Countdown!

#10: Kurtis J. Wiebe’s Rat Queens

The Peter Panzerfaust writer was at the Expo to talk about his brand new series, Rat Queens. This action/fantasy series has a comedic twist, and is based on Wiebe’s years of playing Dungeons & Dragons. Following four adventurers, this series will take this female fronted cast and take down all sorts of creatures, using their reward money to party.

#9: Jason Aaron and Jason Latour Announce Southern Bastards

The brand new creator-owned series by the Thor: God Of Thunder writer will feature a very Southern vibe, with Image Comics mentioning that “the elevator pitch is Dukes of Hazzard x Coen Brothers or The Untouchables vs Boss Hogg”. This series is likely going to be both awesome and a bit controversial, but Aaron and Latour are both good at that sort of thing.

#8: Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Velvet

The Captain America creative team announced their own creator-owned title at the Expo, taking their Cap sensibilities and creating a series based on espionage and featuring a character named Velvet Templeton, a desk worker looking to return to her position as a field agent.

#7: Ody-C by Matt Fraction and Christian Ward

The Marvel Comics superstar is going all out on creator-owned titles with his books Satellite Sam and Sex Criminals already on shelves. Fraction and Ward announced the upcoming series Ody-C, an odd “super-cosmic gender swapped take on the Greek Myth”, according to Fraction. It will feature many characters that may be recognizable as the opposite genders, making it a curious take on something very well known.

#6: J. Michael Straczynski’s Announces Two New Titles

In the brand new forms of two former Marvel Icon imprint, writer J. Michael Straczynski announced two new books: Dream Police and The Book Of Lost Souls. These two books will be a welcoming sight for fans of the Icon imprint who originally read the series, and Image is happy to have them back in the fold as two brand new titles.

#5: Rick Remender Adds Two More Books

Current Captain America writer Rick Remender announced two creator-owned titles at the Image Expo: Black Science with Matteo Scalera, and Deadly Class with Wesley Craig. Black Science will focus on a member of the “Anarchist League Of Science”. The second, Deadly Class, was inspired by Remender’s experience growing up in the “80′s hardcore scene” and will focus on four high school assassins.

#4: Darren Aronofsky Announces 2014 Graphic Novel

The highly-criticized filmmaker  has announced an upcoming graphic novel entitled Noah. While there is little knowledge on the book, this is a big move for the creator, who is always being given a lot of flak for his contribution to the film world. The only major knowledge known is that the series will be illustrated by Niko Henrichon.

#3: Mark Millar and Duncan Fegredo Reveal MPH

This is a very ambitious project spearheaded by Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar. His work at Marvel and his knowledge of superheroes is a big part of this project, as this super secret ordeal, named MPH, is set-up to be “an attempt to create a superhero universe in the Marvel sense.”, according to Image Comics.

#2: Robert Kirkman Starts A War In The Walking Dead

Starting with The Walking Dead #115, creator Robert Kirkman is sending the series into a major new arc, entitled “All Out War”. Shipping at a major pace during the arc, the story will show the characters in the book rebuilding their civilization, which always creates more issues than are to be expected. This is one of the most popular series in comics, and this looks like a major change in an already messed-up world.

#1: Image Comics Announces DRM-free Comics!

Image Comics took a major leap forward in the realm of digital comics, announcing that their website will no longer have Digital Rights Management aspects to their digital library. Image is the first publisher to even attempt this, making it a pretty big deal. This means that any comic in any format is yours to take and keep, use on any program or device. This is revolutionary in the world of comics, so congrats to them for making such a big leap.

That’s it for this week! Be sure to check back next week for more from the Comic Countdown!

Russ Pirozek, known as "Noobcrawler" to some, is a gamer and comic book fan who sometimes gets around to writing for He's also awesome. If someone looked up "awesome" in the dictionary, his picture wouldn't be there, but that's because he's too busy being awesome to pose for a photo.

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