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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Fantasy

On this batch of spotlight's we've got the return of Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco's 2003 fantasy war story Arrowsmith, a geopolitical fantasy about a faun, a dragon and an adorable troll boy on the run from the United States Army, an endless war waged against an insatiable darkness, an ancient tale retold for a contemporary audience, and a jungle fantasy romcom featuring a brawny barbarian bruiser with a broken heart and a lonely beastman who talks to dinosaurs.



(W) Kurt Busiek (A/CA) Carlos Pacheco, Jose Rafael Fonteriz, Jos? Villarrubia


The new KURT BUSIEK era at Image begins here, as he and superstar artist CARLOS PACHECO (Fantastic Four, Avengers Forever, Final Crisis, X-Men, Superman) bring you the much-anticipated return of ARROWSMITH! It's World War I-but a war of wizards and dragons as much as bullets and barbed wire. Young airman Fletcher Arrowsmith plunges back into the heat of war-and finds himself behind enemy lines, facing a threat that could doom the Allied Powers. The first issue in a new ARROWSMITH-universe miniseries! And don't miss the remastered hardcover of the original series in February!


Why this caught my eye:

While 18 years might not be the longest I've had to wait for a series to continue (although I'm hard pressed to think of another right now), it does feel sort of like a miracle to see this pop up. I recommend giving the original a try, I always enjoyed Pacheco's artwork and it was an interesting world they created.



(W) Paul Allor (A/CA) Louie Joyce

Critically-acclaimed writer Paul Allor teams with rising stars Louie Joyce and Gannon Beck for this thrilling geopolitical fantasy! Half a century ago, the United States rounded up and imprisoned all the fantasy creatures that live amongst us. Now, a faun, a dragon and an adorable troll boy have escaped confinement, and are on the run from the United States Army!

Plus, we take you back to the war with short stories written by Allor and illustrated by Rebekah Isaacs, Chris Evenhuis, Paul Tucker, Joe Mulvey, Becky Jewel, Anderson Cabral and Aaron Houston! Special variant covers by Isaacs and more!


Why this caught my eye:

The pitch sounds like a lot of fun, a the preview pages look pretty great so far.



(W) David Andry, Tim Daniel (A/CA) Sunando C

Life is nothing if not a series of endings. School. Jobs. Friendships. Love.

Until THE end.

Walter Willem's end was fast and unexpected. His was an unremarkable life. So, how is it that his story continues as cannon fodder in an endless war waged against an insatiable darkness hellbent on consuming all of existence? And is Walter right in believing he's arrived in the midst of this titanic battle as the one destined to finally end it? That's the tale of the End After End.


Why this caught my eye:

It's hard to tell from the solicit but this sounds a little similar to the premise of Millar/Capullo series from Image a few years back, so I'll be interested to see what new elements are brought to the table.



(W) Paul Bolger, Barry Devlin (A/CA) Paul Bolger

In 50 BCE, Morrigan, the goddess of war, has become restless as a long-lasting peace settles over Ireland. Deciding the time of peace must end, she chooses Setanta, the nephew of the king of the north, to become her ward. After a young Setanta slays the demon-hound of Cullan, he becomes known as C Cullan-The Hound of Cullan. As C Cullan grows older, it is apparent that an extraordinary power lies within him . . . and a great darkness. When he chooses the quiet life of a farmer over the sword, Morrigan, angry at the betrayal, instigates an invasion of his homeland and C Cullan must challenge fate itself to keep the goddess at bay.

This exciting, ancient tale is retold for a contemporary audience by master storytellers Paul J. Bolger (Cool World, The Land Before Time, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!), Barry Devlin (Horslips: The Táin, U2: Making of Rattle & Hum, A Man of No Importance), and Dee Cunniffe (The Paybacks, Redneck).


Why this caught my eye:

There's generally not much Irish mythology popping up in comics in general so I'm always curious to see what creators are playing around with in that regard.



(W) Aubrey Sitterson (A/CA) Jed Dougherty

She's a brawny barbarian bruiser with a broken heart; he's a lonely beastman who talks to dinosaurs. What happens when they team up against an evil sorcerer? Action, comedy, and romance in this all-new jungle fantasy romcom from Aubrey Sitterson (No One Left to Fight, The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling) and Jed Dougherty (Worlds' Finest, Harley Quinn). Collecting the action and romance packed Savage Hearts #1-#5.

"The writing and art hearken back to another time in comics and fantasy while still bringing a talent and flair that feels distinctly modern." -But Why Tho?


Why this caught my eye:

I'm a fan of Dougherty's art so it's great to see him on more projects and getting spotlight


That's it for this batch, we'll hit up some non-fiction next time!

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