Kurt Busiek is returning to Image Comics and bringing alongside his fan-favorite sequence Astro City and Arrowsmith. Followers can anticipate a brand new Arrowsmith miniseries starting in January 2022 and an Astro City one-shot in March 2022 that introduces the brand new established order of the upcoming sequence. Image additionally teased that the creator could be bringing extra new comics resembling Free Brokers and one other story in The Autumnlands sequence, in addition to re-releasing a few of his different widespread titles.
Busiek is well-known within the comedian ebook business not just for his creator-owned initiatives but additionally for his work on the Huge Two, together with Avengers, The Marvels, Superman, and JLA. Arguably his greatest creator-owned sequence is Astro City, a superhero comedian ebook that started again in 1995 at Image Comics earlier than going by a number of different publishers, together with Image’s accomplice studio Wildstorm earlier than ultimately ending up within the fingers of DC Comics and Vertigo. The sequence paid tribute to many iconic superheroes, notably together with homages to characters like Superman (The Samaritan) and the Unbelievable 4 (Furst Household) whereas additionally exploring struggles superheroes may face in the actual world. Then there was his fantasy title Arrowsmith, which started as a miniseries again in 2003 below the Cliffhanger imprint of Wildstorm. The title befell throughout World Conflict II with not simply weapons but additionally magic.
The official Image Comics press launch expanded on a bunch of bulletins associated to Busiek’s return to the writer. First off, his Arrowsmith comedian ebook returns with a six-issue miniseries referred to as Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Traces. It can start in January 2022 and the unique sequence, Arrowsmith: So Good In Their Fantastic Uniforms, can be collected in hardcover for February 2022. The artist for the brand new miniseries can be Carlos Pacheco (Avengers Forever, Unbelievable 4, Closing Disaster). Within the new miniseries, Fletcher Arrowsmith can be behind enemy traces and a secret historical past can be unveiled.
“Stepping again into this universe in the end, and writing these characters once more looks like coming residence, and visiting with outdated mates—admittedly, outdated mates we do harmful, traumatic issues to within the title of journey,” Busiek stated. “And the artwork, by Carlos, Rafael, and Jose, is simply astounding. Arrowsmith followers have been very affected person, however have by no means been shy about letting us know they need extra—and I can’t await them to see each the brand new sequence and the re-mastered authentic within the sort of hardcover version we expect it deserves.”
To kick off Astro City’s return, Busiek can be joined by longtime Astro City collaborators Brent Anderson (Return of the Jedi), Alex Ross (Captain America/Iron Man), and Alex Sinclair (Harley Quinn), in a one-shot that can arrange the brand new established order for the upcoming sequence, which means new characters and risks can be revealed. Followers may also get to loved brand-new collected editions that can enable them and newcomers to get ahold of the whole backlog of Astro City comics.
“Alex, Brent, and I’ve been planning this for a very long time—we’re introducing a teen-hero crew, The Jayhawks (and extra), within the particular, and setting off a thriller as vital to Astro City as what occurred to the Silver Agent or the story of the Damaged Man. Alex has designed a cornucopia of recent characters, and Brent goes to city on the paintings. It’ll be a really enjoyable trip—and sure, longtime readers, we are going to get to the story of the N-Forcer, I promise!”
Kurt Busiek followers rejoice as there can be loads of outdated and new titles of his to sit up for subsequent yr. Along with the return of Arrowsmith in January 2022 and Astro City in March 2022, together with the again problems with these titles being sure in collected editions, a number of of his different titles can be re-released from Image Comics, with new ones on the horizon as nicely.
SOURCE: Image Comics