First Impressions: Image Comics' What Next Preview

These are my first impressions of upcoming Image Comics titles. Some, if not all, of these were shown at Image Expo 2013 — read that link to get Roshawn’s impressions of the event. “What’s Next” is a sampler published on Comixology on 18 September showcasing Velvet, Black Science, Deadly Class, Rat Queens, Rocket Girl, Pretty Deadly, and Sex Criminals.

Read the Image Comics sampler at Comixology!

Velvet by Ed Brubaker & Steve Epting

October 2013

“His Girl Friday is the most dangerous woman alive.”

Velvet looks like a straightforward secret agent story, but with a female lead character. I’m getting bored with all the spy/crime stuff already. Steve Epting’s doing cool artwork, but it’s going to take something really inventive to get me to read this.


Black Science by Rick Remender, Matteo Scalera, and Dean White

This surreal sneak peek is the opposite of the yawn-worthy look at Velvet beating up bad guys. Black Science aspires to be a grand epic with a plot dealing with loss of loved ones. The visuals take one odd turn to the next: people in gaudy space suits run through a trippy forest while meeting up with otherworldly creatures.

The only demerit is that the text is small and a bit hard to read in digital format. I hope Black Science wins me over this November like Mind the Gap #1 & Hell Yeah #1 did last year.


Deadly Class by Rick Remender, Wesley Craig and Lee Loughridge

Most of the sample is about a small conflict between a newcomer and a punk dude. It looks like there’s a ragtag group of students together for… what’s we have doesn’t say. I’m intrigued in reading the debut issue, but I wonder whether Deadly Class will beat Morning Glories in the “Befuddling Comic in a School Setting” contest.

Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch

Rat Queens looks to be a deliberately cheesy, humorous take on the fantasy genre. Hannah, the elven woman, is crawling around taking the tiem to do cheesecake poses. The final page reveals the nature of Hannah’s blunder. Rat Queens could be really silly or really stupid.

Rocket Girl by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare

I’m glad to check out this sample of a female comics creator’s work. Amy Reeder and her tag team partner, Brandon Montclare, devised this: a 15-year-old police officer goes back in time to 1986 New York to avert a catastrophe. The pages flow really well, and I got the sense of determination and wonder out the main character.

Pretty Deadly by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios, & Jordie Bellaire

While I didn’t fully grasp the situation, Pretty Deadly looks like something that deserves notice. Pretty Deadly’s set in the Wild West and is abundant in animal symbolism. The first issue will hopefully be much clearer. I’m open to reading this than another quasi-movie storyboard #3289746.

Sex Criminals: Suzie Down in the Quiet by Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky

Here it is! Image Comics’ newest sex comedy that’s “a little raunchy, but not explicit.” According to Image, the story of a couple that can stop time after having orgasms is “uplifting.” Is that a pun? What would a movie adaptation look like? (Don’t answer that.)

Anyway, Image Comics hard-sells Sex Criminals more than I ever could!

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Author: Clarence

Webmaster, editor, writer of Red-Headed Mule. RHM was founded in 2011. Currently is liking British TV better than U.S. TV, mayhaps.