Happy Holidays from everyone at Image Comics!
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HIP FLASK COMES FULL CIRCLE
Price drop on penultimate Starkings-Ladrönn collaboration
Ladrönn has returned to HIP FLASK to illustrate the penultimate issue of Richard Starkings’ acclaimed series. Ladrönn won an Eisner for his artwork in HIP FLASK: MYSTERY CITY, and he and Starkings returns with a lush, beautiful story about redemption and love, OUROBOROUS.
And, as a bonus, the price of HIP FLASK: OUROBOROUS has been decreased — from $5.99 to $4.99! It’s a Christmas miracle, and is it any surprise that it comes from the genial, white-bearded Starkings?
“Call me a numbskull,” said Starkings, “but I figured readers need more bang for their buck, not less.”
HIP FLASK tells the story of the eponymous anthropomorphic hippopotamus, an information agent in a dystopian future where human-animal hybrids, created as implements of war, struggle to be accepted into society. A series of extra-long issues, HIP FLASK is set in the same universe as Starkings’ beloved series ELEPHANTMEN.
HIP FLASK will be in stores on December 26! An interview with creator Richard Starkings, who is also the founder of the graphic design and lettering company Comicraft, about the art and design in OURORBOROUS was published at Multiversity Comics on December 24.
NOWHERE MEN PERFORMS IMPRESSIVE ENCORE
Second issue sells out, gets second printing
Lauded for its mash-up of “science fiction, a little bit of Beatles-esque mystique, a touch of retro, a bit of business” (iFanboy) at the release of its first issue, NOWHERE MEN continues going strong. The second issue of the pop-art sci-fi series by Eric Stephenson and Nate Bellegarde has sold out at the distributor level the same week as its release. The issue will receive a second printing (NOV128153), to be in stores on January 30, the same day as NOWHERE MEN #3.
Image Comics also recently revealed a T-shirt bearing the series’ tagline “Science is the new rock ‘n’ roll,” to be released in March.
FREE FIRST ISSUES OF STORM DOGS AND COMEBACK
Image Comics miniseries debut issues are free digitally
The holidays have come early, thanks to free digital #1s of two critically acclaimed Image Comics miniseries. The debut issues of two Image Comics science fiction miniseries, STORM DOGS and COMEBACK, are now free at comiXology and on the Image Comics digital site and app. The two issues have sold out in print at the distributor level.
“The free digital firsts are a great way for people who may have missed the print issues to get started reading a new series,” said Image Comics PR and Marketing Director, Jennifer de Guzman. “Storm Dogs and Comeback have excellent receptions and reviews, and we don’t want people to have to delay reading them. New fans can either follow up at their local comics shop or continue buying the series digitally — whichever they prefer.”
STORM DOGS by David Hine (THE DARKNESS, THE BULLETPROOF COFFIN) and Doug Braithwaite (Journey into Mystery) has been hailed for its sophisticated depiction of an alien world, futuristic technology, and taut procedural mystery story. In a four-star review, Comic Book Resources called it “a worthwhile addition to Image’s growing line-up of science fiction titles with elaborate worlds and great looking artwork.”
STORM DOGS #2 was in stores on December 5 and continued the roll of positive reviews. Issue #3 will be in stores on January 16, 2013.
COMEBACK is a stylish time-travel thriller by Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh, published under Image Comics’ Shadowline imprint. Multiversity calls it “a high-concept thriller that takes its time, gradually drawing you into the story as it establishes the characters and the overall atmosphere” in an interview that gives it 8.9 out of 10.
COMEBACK has also continued its great reception with the release of its second issue on December 19.