Rogue State #1 becomes all time best seller for Black Mask, selling out on launch day with a second printing announced. Black Mask is rushing Rogue State to second printing with two covers by Jasmin Darnell (Godkiller) that will arrive in both standard and ‘gallery’ (no-text) editions.
While Jasmin Darnell’s cover art presents a powerful image of post-apocalyptic street artist Dust Girl, Ramon Villalobos’ Tour Cover pays homage to the history of socially-engaged public art in San Francisco’s Mission District, where Rogue State is set.
Rogue State #1 reunites C. Granda and Matteo Pizzolo, who first collaborated on the acclaimed CALEXIT: SAN DIEGO project which partnered with Indivisible on a 2018 midterms Voter Registration campaign at San Diego Comic Con as well as a California-wide Get Out The Vote initiative and raised funds for migrant families separated at the US-Mexico border.
Rogue State combines Granda’s experiences coming of age amid political violence in Medellín-Colombia with Pizzolo’s street-politics, crafting the story of a near-future America overrun by political violence set in the embattled blue-enclave of ‘Occupied San Francisco.’
Fan-favorite creator Ed Laroche (The Warning) is back with an all-new, high-stakes, five-issue miniseries in, Almighty. This upcoming launch is set to hit shelves in February 2023 from Image Comics.
Almighty is an original sci-fi/fantasy epic that is perhaps best described as Max Max: Fury Road-style action combined with the mutated horror of Annihilation.
“I can’t wait for people to experience this story; each issue ratchets up the tension culminating in one of the most unexpected climaxes put to paper,” said Laroche.
Fan-favorites Peter J. Tomasi (Batman and Robin, Superman, Black Adam: The Dark Age, Super-Sons, Detective Comics) and Maxim Šimić (Escape from New York, Worlds Apart) team up for Blood Tree, an all-new ongoing series set to launch from Image Comics in February 2023.
In Blood Tree, two obsessed NYPD detectives hunt for a vicious butcher called the Angel Killer, a sociopath who preys on the innocent family members of known murderers in order to “purify” the rest of society.
This new story confronts the battle of nature versus nurture, considers how present and future generations are tainted by past generations, and asks the age-old question: Who must pay for the sins of the fathers—and perhaps even the sins of the mothers?
“I always wanted to take a shot at writing a taut and haunting crime drama in the tradition of Silence of the Lambs meets Seven,” said Tomasi.
Šimić added: “This book will surely grip the reader the same way it gripped me after reading the entire script. It’s dark, action packed, and, best of all, it’s got great characters.”
James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds’ popular Bigfoot two-issue The Department of Truth story will return in an extra-length encore reprint titled, The Department Of Truth: Wild Fictions Special. On sale in December from Image Comics, the issue will include both The Department of Truth #10 and The Department of Truth #11 which, together, tells the standalone cryptid story fans love.
The Department Of Truth: Wild Fictions Special provides the perfect jumping on point for readers new to the series as well. “It’s impossible to pick a favorite story from the first few years of The Department of Truth, but the one that has brought the most people to my table at convention after convention is ‘A Hunter’s Story’, which ran over two issues in our second arc,” said Tynion IV.
“We’ve spent a lot of time talking about what might be the perfect bite-sized morsel of DOT to help comic shops introduce new readers to our series, and we can think of no better option as we start the drumbeat to The Department of Truth #25.”
The bestselling, award winning Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples will kick off a highly anticipated new story arc in January 2023 from Image Comics.
“We’re back! No spoilers, but Fiona and I are extremely excited about some of the familiar faces returning in this shocking new ‘season’ of Saga,” said Vaughan. “Times might be tough for Hazel and her family, but the best is yet to come.”
In the upcoming Saga #61, readers are treated to another epic season of emotional adventures and shocking surprises for Hazel and her star-crossed family. It will pick up where the recent Saga, Vol. 10 trade paperback release (collecting Saga #55-60) left off.
The Saga series has sold seven million copies to date across single issue, trade paperback, compendium, hardcover, and digital editions and has been translated into 20 languages.
The Eisner-nominated creator Matt Lesniewski launches his creator-owned graphic novel on Zoop!
Now live on Zoop is a new campaign to fund the latest outing from rising star and Eisner-nominated Matt Lesniewski, called Faceless And The Family. The story can best be described as a sci-fi / post apocalyptic journey where a strange and lovable group of misfits form a family. Think of it like an even weirder, yet heartfelt spin on The Wizard of Oz, but completely its own.
The book has been in production for a while and had numerous homes before landing at Zoop to be crowdfunded. Lesniewski is a one-man creative team, writing, drawing, and lettering this personal love letter to comics. The campaign runs for 30 days, and backers will receive a 120-page completed story in softcover format. Other rewards include signatures, remarques, sketches, commissions, and even original pages from the book.
Mind MGMT creator and collaborator Matt Kindt shares “Matt L’s work is the most original stuff I’ve seen in comics in years – a singular voice and talent right out of the gate – a once-in-a-generation talent – waiting for the rest of the industry to catch up with him. Unbelievable work.”