Image Comics have added three more exciting titles to their critically-acclaimed roster, as announced at New York Comic-Con this weekend. The titles are Infidel, Analog, and Bingo Love, all of which are poised for a 2018 release.
Analog is an ongoing series from bestselling writer Gerry Duggan (The Infinite Horizon, The Last Christmas) and artist David O’Sullivan. “O’Sullivan is lushly rendering a world that is chaotic, beautiful and repulsive, sometimes on the same page,” said Duggan. “He and Jordie Bellaire are the perfect collaborators to leap over this post-fascist tale of the great crash of the information age.”
“Gerry creates a world where all hope is lost and yet a glimmer exists in the very person who tipped it into the abyss. He makes you care about humanity when it’s at its lowest.” O’Sullivan added. “There’s also lots of violence, the main character is essentially a walking punch bag!”
Here’s the official description for the series:
ANALOG is the future our society is failing to prepare for. The basic security of the internet crumbles after devastating attacks on the internet result in mass doxxing. People, corporations and governments are all affected and the world is changed overnight. Secrets once entrusted to encrypted emails are now printed on paper, put into briefcases and sent around the world in the hands of discreetly armed couriers. Jack McGinnis is a hard-drinking, hard headed former member of the US intelligence community who now earns a living as a “ledger man”.
The next series announced by Image Comics is Infidel, written by former Vertigo editor Pornsak Pichetshote and artist Aaron Campbell. The horror series is said to be “Rife with political undertones,” and will explore “Islamophobia through a haunting and chilling story about one American Muslim woman and her multi-ethnic neighbors who move into a building haunted by creatures that feed on xenophobia.”
“I’m a huge fan of horror and was really interested in a horror story that more accurately reflected the multi-racial world we live in and the fears that seem to come with it,” said Pichetshote. “Aaron, Jose, Jeff, and I are really trying to take a classic horror staple—the haunted house—and update everything about it—setting it in the heart of the city, giving it a multi-racial cast where those backgrounds actually matter to the turns of our story, and centering our horror around the very distinct fears of today. I’ve taken to calling Infidel ‘political horror,’ and while we’ve been cooking this project for a while, the success of movies like Get Out make us optimistic that audiences will be as hungry to read something like this as we are to make it.”
“The horror genre has always been near and dear to me. From an early age it has shaped much of my artistic sensibilities, showing itself in deep shadows, gritting locations, and emotional dread. Really good horror gives us a safe place to indulge in our most primal emotions, confront fear eagerly, and ask deeply loaded questions with acerbic abandon,” added Campbell.
“Great horror adds to this a dark mirror that reflects, with uneasy clarity, the existential and ontological threats of our humanity. For Stoker it was our place in nature. For Lovecraft, our place in the universe. Romero’s zombies threaten our individuality and King gave us normal people who could stand as surrogates for our own terror. Now, more and more, the genre is concerning itself with the threats of us vs. them. Tribalism. And so I could not be more proud or excited to be a part of the Infidel team.” the artist continued. “Finally, I get to work with the incomparable Jose Villarrubia who I’ve known since my MICA days as a shaggy haired illustration wimp. And Pornsak has written a truly terrifying tale that cuts directly to the quick of current events. It’s a story about the broad brush of fear. A young, wonderful, hateless girl wants to be, just be, but the fearful few have other plans…”
The third and final announcement comes in the form of an original graphical novel entitled Bingo Love. Created and written by Tee Franklin, the OGN features art from Jenn St-Onge and will be colored by Joy San. It’ll focus on two queer, black women and their mutual love which spans decades. The story will also explore the complications of coming out at an older age, and how said action affects their loved ones.
“As a woman who was married once upon a time, I understand how it is to come out as a Queer woman to my family,” said Franklin. “Bingo Love was important for me to create for the youth, the LGBTQ youth needs to understand that happily-ever-after’s aren’t only for straight people. If Disney’s Carl and Ellie can grow old together, so can Mari and Hazel.”
Read the official description of Bingo Love below:
Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray are two young, Black girls who meet at church bingo in 1963 and eventually fall in love…but in this time period, their love was not accepted. Hazel and Mari are broken up by their families’ “shame” and go on to marry and have families of their own. Almost fifty years later—in the fever pitch of church bingo—Mari and Hazel are reunited and rediscover the love they have for each other, even though they both are still married.
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