A week before this year's Emerald City Comicon, Oni Press has revealed the bulk of their upcoming 2014 publishing slate, including the returns of "Stumptown" and "Helheim," a "Sixth Gun" prequel and new work from creators including Jeff Parker, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Ray Fawkes and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
The return of crime fiction series "Stumptown" had been teased earlier this year, and Oni confirmed on Friday the book will return as an ongoing in September 2014, with writer Greg Rucka now joined by Justin Greenwood in place of original series artist Matthew Southworth.
The "Helheim" creative team of Cullen Bunn, JoÃ«lle Jones and Nick Filardi return for October-scheduled follow-up "Brides of Helheim." Oni's description reads: "Alone in the wilderness and living in seclusion, the Viking warrior Rikard is confronted once again by black magic and arcane monstrosities. But this time, Rikard seeks vengeance against the warlock who was once master to the witches who wove our undying hero's bloody fate."
Bunn also has a new horror series at Oni titled "Hellbreak," with art by Brian Churilla and Jordie Bellaire. "Hellbreak" is said to evoke "'Inception' and 'Aliens' by way of John Carpenter," and is also slated to start in October.
Another Bunn series, the long-running "The Sixth Gun," gets a new prequel in summer 2014, titled "The Sixth Gun: Days of the Dead," from the team of Bunn, Brian Hurtt, Mike Norton and Bill Crabtree. The series is set to depict "how the villainous Pinkerton Jesup, and Sword of Abraham priest Brother Roberto became embroiled in a race to thwart the awakening of the monstrous god Yum Kimil."
"Ciudad" is the creation of writer Ande Parks and the Russo directing team (their first foray into comics), with art by Fernando Leon. The book, out December 2012, is described as a "brutally violent, action-packed thriller about a world-weary mercenary hired by a powerful drug lord to pull off an impossible retrieval mission in one of the world's most dangerous locales while battling warring factions, a corrupt police force, and an city full of hired killers."
"Aquaman" writer Jeff Parker has teased for months that he's been working on an Oni project, and it's set for September: "Meteor Men," with art by his "Batman '66" collaborator Sandy Jarrell. It's an original graphic novel set during the "largest meteor shower in human history," where the main character discovers a connection to alien travelers.
Ray Fawkes found success at Oni with "One Soul" before becoming a prominent presence in DC Comics, and he's returning to the Portland-based publisher for "The People Inside," a graphic novel slotted for August about 16 people experiencing "the stages of life, love, and death."
Joshua Hale Fialkov, whose "The Bunker" moved from digital-only to Oni last fall, has a new ongoing series scheduled to start in July, "The Life After." Illustrated by Gabo with covers by Nick Pitarra, the book "tells the story of Jude, a unique man who will fight good, evil, and bureaucracy to escape purgatory and save humanity" and will have a preview issue available this April at WonderCon in Anaheim.
Paul Tobin and Benjamin Dewey join forces for August's "I Was the Cat," an original graphic novel starring an "aspiring feline despot, present for many of the modern world's pivotal changes, but perhaps playing a more active role than anyone would suspect."
Writer Nick Almand passed away last fall, and in December, Oni will release his "Orphan Blade," illustrated by Jake Myler. It's dubbed a "manga-tinged graphic novel that tells the classic tale of a boy and his sword."
Also on the horizon from Oni is the all-ages "Mermin Book 3: Deep Dive" by Joey Weiser (September 2014); dystopian/scouting young adult graphic novel series "Junior Braves of the Apocalypse" by writers Michael Tanner & Greg Smith, and artist Zach Lehner (early 2015); and the graphic novel "Ares & Aphrodite," a Hollywood-themed romantic comedy written by Jamie S. Rich and illustrated by Megan Levens (2015).