Preview: Hawkeye #19 Art and Script – A Silent Issue

Hawkeye – yeah, remember that one? – returns at the end of this month, with an issue from the team of Matt Fraction, David Aja, Matt Hollingsworth and… Joe Caramagna? Well on that last front, yes, but in a very different role to any he’s had before. This is an issue which’ll see Clint Barton once more succumb to hearing loss, y’see a constant condition which has affected him across the years.

As a result, the word balloons are all being blanked out, and the team are looking to focus on visual clues and sign language to convey the story across for readers. As an example of how all that’ll work, a page has been released today, along with Fraction’s script for it – you can see how all four members of the creative team are all having to react in different ways to the shift.

 

 

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Preview found via The New York Times.

Image Expo: Warren Ellis, Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire on ‘Injection’

Oh alright, one more announcement before I go to bed. The team working on Moon Knight over at Marvel are jumping ship across to Image for a new creator-owned project in the form of April 2015′s ‘Injection’.

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Shalvey and Ellis both appeared at the Expo via Skype to talk about the project, although as I THOUGHTLESSLY WASN’T INVITED INTO THAT SKYPE CHAT here’s a synopsis from the press release instead:

INJECTION explores how loud and strange the world is becoming, and the sense that it’s all bubbling into chaos—a chaos poised to become the Next New Normal — and that we did this to ourselves without thinking for a second about how we were ever going to live inside it.

A sci-fi series, Injection won’t see print till 2015 – presumably because Shalvey has already expressed plans to work on a few other projects, including some writing of his own. Multiversity – who have been five steps ahead on Image Expo all night – have an interview with him about the project, which sheds a little more light on the whole thing.

I’m going to bed.

Image Expo: Invisible Republic by Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko (and Kinski comes to Image!)

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Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko will be teaming up for ‘Invisible Republic’. This’ll be an ongoing series at Image, promised as a gritty sci-fi story. It looks at the reigning power hierarchy in a distant society, and how one man cheated and corrupted (not technically a verb but appropriate) his way to the top. Also: spaceships!

“INVISIBLE REPUBLIC, is first and foremost a sci-fi, action-adventure story. My background as an illustrator and storyboard artist for films like Inception and the X-Men movies means that designing exciting action sequences is what I do,” said Hardman. “That said, the kind of stories Corinna and I tell are always human-scale. They’re point of view driven, not spectacle driven.

Serialized comics, especially creator-owned comics, are the perfect medium for telling stories with real stakes where anything can happen. Any character can die. The audience can’t trust that everything will be happy in the end. Comics are perfect for telling stories that take narrative risks and reward close attention, in short, everything that works so well on cable television dramas now.”

The second piece of news is about Hardman’s Monkeybrain series ‘Kinski’ – about a man who adopts a dog in somewhat dubious circumstances, but then has a real bonding experience with the canine. It’s not his dog – but man and pet forge a proper connection, which drags them into trouble when the owners seek to get him back.

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The series has been at Monkeybrain for quite a while – and Image will be the ones bringing it to print.

Image Expo: Tooth & Claw from Kurt Busiek, Ben Dewey, Jordie Bellaire and Comicraft

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Kurt Busiek heads to Image with Ben Dewey, Jordie Bellaire, and Comicraft – and as expected, the team are immediately packing in a whole load of delightful details to their book. For a start, letterers Comicraft are fully credited right on the front, which is ace. For another, the book will follow the lead of Saga and offer a double-sized first issue priced at $2.99

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One of the main characters is an owl, so that’s an immediate sign of something going very very right. Once more unto the press release, dear friends:

In TOOTH AND CLAW, a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion forward through time from the forgotten past to save the world, with disastrous consequences. Swords, sorcery, beast-wizards, gods, sprawling animal empires, golems of radioactive decay, crystalline badlands, con women, ancient armories, young love, mystery, blood and death and treachery and destiny…TOOTH AND CLAW is an epic story you won’t want to miss out on.

The 44-page first issue will be out in November.

Image Expo: Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen Launch ‘Descender’

Right, so another piece of news – these aren’t going in order at all, but sod it – is that Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen will be teaming up for their first Image comic series in 2015, in the form of sci-fi series ‘Descender’.

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Now this one comes with a detailed plot description in the press release – so this should give you a real idea of the sort of story that the team will be telling:

Ten years ago massive, planet-sized robots called “The Harvesters” materialized without warning and invaded the orbits of all the United Galactic Council’s worlds, wiping out entire planets and civilizations before disappearing again. In a fear-fueled response to this machine holocaust, the galaxy blamed millions of robotic companions, whom they suspected of somehow spawning The Harvesters. All robots and androids were immediately outlawed and ruthless bounty hunters called Scrappers were charged with scouring the universe for any surviving robots.

An incredibly life-like artificial boy, TIM-21 may hold the secrets to the origin of The Harvesters deep in his machine DNA—and as a result is the most-wanted robot in the universe. With only his small pet-bot Bandit and the lumbering mining droid Driller at his side, TIM-21 goes on the run. Before long the entire galaxy is looking for this rag-tag group of unlikely companions, as they make their way from one exotic planet to the next with new foes advancing on them at every turn.

The book will be starting in March 2015.

Image Expo: Becky Cloonan, Andy Belanger and Shari Chankhamma’s ‘Southern Cross’

Tremblingly exciting news now, as Becky Cloonan and Andy Belanger have announced a new comic together with colourist Shari Chankhamma called ‘Southern Cross’.

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Described as being a gothic – well yeah, look at the creative team – series, Southern Cross will be written by the pair and illustrated by Belanger, with Cloonan on covers. A couple in real life, I think this may actually mark their first big project together on an ongoing series.

Now boarding: Southern Cross, tanker flight 73 to Titan. Alex Braith is on board retracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though—How did her sister die? Where did her cabin mate disappear to? Who is that creep across the hall? And why does she always feel like she’s being watched?

Southern Cross is scheduled to arrive in Winter of this year.

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