With an overabundance of new comics coming out weekly by a plethora of publishers, it can be difficult to keep track of various titles, or even to keep up with the books and their respective creators. However, there are some comics and graphic novels that stand out among the throngs of competitors, whether for their writing aspects, illustrations or both.
Below you will find 15 indie books that have yet to be released, but are planned for a debut sometime in 2017. These are highly anticipated comics by superb creators, covering a wide range of genres. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee and learn about some exciting upcoming projects you may not be aware of within the world of independent comic book publishing.
Who doesn’t like a good supernatural story with a deep set conspiracy at its roots, especially when created by two incredible talents? Cullen Bunn is a comic book creator best known for his work on various Marvel Comics like “Uncanny X-Men” and “Deadpool;” however, Bunn also has a creator-owned body of work as well, with such books as “The Sixth Gun,” “Harrow County” and “The Damned.” Illustrator Jack Cole is a relative newcomer, whose ornate art can be found in the web series “Deep Engines.”
In “The Unsound,” from Boom Studios, a nurse uncovers a frightening secret in the far-reaching depths of the psychiatric hospital where she works. For The Hollywood Reporter’s official announcement of the series, Bunn stated about the project (which has connections to his previous Boom title, “The Empty Man”) that “This is one of those stories that starts small, then escalates into an epic exercise in world — and mythology — building.” Hitting the stands on June 7th, “The Unsound” is one title that will surely give its readers a lot to ponder.
Meredith Finch is a comic book writer whose work includes “Wonder Woman” (alongside her husband, and artist, David Finch) and “Grimm Tales of Terror;” Ig Guara is an illustrator who has worked on various titles for DC Comics (“Batman: Arkham Knight” and “The Ravagers”) and Marvel Comics (“All-New Wolverine”). Together, they’re bringing the epic fantasy series, “Rose,” to Image Comics; and it sounds fascinating.
A girl destined to save a dying world; a Khat whose connection to the girl could mean hope for everyone; and an evil sorcerous with evil friends who want the girl stopped. This is the story of “Rose,” a classic fantasy comic book that deals with real life issues in a strange world. Finch describes her love for the fantasy genre in the Image Comics press release, saying “Rose, for me, more than anything is a love letter to that genre.” With such a capable creative team, and at a company that thrives on quality, creator-owned stories, “Rose” is sure to be destined for greatness. The first issue of “Rose” will be released on April 12, 2017.