Image Expo 2016 Releases

This comes a bit late but I was reading about some of the new comics presented at the 2016 Image Expo, an all–day event for fans, retailers, and the press to experience a showcase of exciting Image Comics announcements. And I have to say, I’m looking forward to the later part of the year. Image Comics revealed several titles set to be released in the coming year. Here, I’ve decided to list the titles I’m looking forward to the most.

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Isola

Creators: Brenden Fletcher & Karl Kerschl

Set in a mystical land, the queen’s brother enacts a treacherous plot to transform her into a tiger. The captain of the guard, a woman of great skill, brings swift and lethal vengeance, unaware the wicked prince alone has the power to reverse the spell. The two women -one on two legs, one on four- undertake a perilous journey halfway across the globe to the fabled island of ISOLA, gateway to the underworld, where they hope to find the spirit of the queen’s late brother and return her to human form. 

Expected Release: Spring 2017  -cries-

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Motor Crush

Creators: Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, & Babs Tarr

By day, a Domino Swift competes for fame and fortune in a worldwide motorcycle racing league. By night, she cracks helmets of rival gangs in brutal, illegal bike wars on the city streets to gain possession of a rare and valuable contraband: an engine-boosting “machine narcotic” known as MOTOR CRUSH. But the origins—and ultimate purpose—of this mysterious substance are unknown, and could put her on a collision course with danger.

Expected Release: December 2016

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Afar

Creators: Leila del Duca & Kit Seaton

In AFAR, Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astrally project to other worlds, unintentionally possessing the bodies of people light years away. Inotu, her inquisitive brother with a pension for trouble, finds himself on the run after he’s caught eavesdropping on an illegal business deal between small town business tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. When Boetema accidentally gets someone hurt while in another girl’s body, the siblings are forced to work together to solve the problems they’ve created on their planet and others.

Expected Release: Fall 2016

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Rockstars

Creators: Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison

A pair of young, rock ‘n roll investigators as they uncover a mystery involving a legendary band, dead groupies, human sacrifice and a supernatural undercurrent connecting so many famous—and even more undiscovered—secrets, myths and conspiracies peppering rock music throughout the ages. 

Expected Release: Fall 2016

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Prince of Cats

Creators: Ron Wimberly

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set in an alt-universe, mid-eighties New York where dueling with live blades evolved as a cultural phenomenon alongside New York’s other street cultures; it eschews the story of the titular star-crossed lovers to follow the tragic story of Tybalt, the Prince of Cats.

Expected Release: Fall 2016

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Romulus

Creators: Bryan Hill & Nelson Blake II

Set in the near future, ROMULUS follows the last in a line of near-mystical martial artists wages a revolutionary war against The Order of Romulus, the ancient secret society that trained her—a global organization, hidden in plain sight, that’s controlled the world since the days of Ancient Rome.

Their plan? Cull the population with genocide and rule a New World Order.

Her plan? Kill them all or die angry.

Expected Release: Fall 2016

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Winnebago Graveyard

Creators: Steve Niles & Alison Sampson

It’s about Satanism. Seriously.

Expected Release: Fall 2017

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The Hunt

Creators: Colin Lorimer, Jim Campbell, and Joana Lafuente

At her father’s deathbed, Orlaigh Roche came face to face with the age-old myth of The Slaugh; a group of soul-stealing spirits so evil that not even hell would take them. Years later, and with the belief that her father’s soul is still trapped in some form of the netherworld, she goes looking for answers—beginning a journey that leads her down a path to discover what really happens to us after we die. 

Expected Release: Summer 2016

These are just some of the many titles, in no particular order, that I am personally interested in. The rest of the lineup can be found Image Comics website here. Great stories from great writers. Fall is still a ways off for many of these titles -even more so for a few others- but think of it as motivation to make room on your shelf for future goodies! And hey, you never know what you might find this summer while you’re waiting.

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