Image Comics’ July 2019 solicitations have arrived. You can find them below, but first let’s delve into some quick analysis.

SEA OF STARS #1 – GEM OF THE MONTHWRITER: JASON AARON & DENNIS HALLUMARTIST / COVER A: STEPHEN GREENCOVER B: MIKE MIGNOLAJULY 3 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99SERIES PREMIERE“LOST IN THE WILDS OF HEAVEN,” Part OneBeing a space trucker sounds like a cool job, but in reality, it can be boring as hell. So when recently widowed Gil gets a long-haul gig across the universe, he figures it’s safe enough to bring his young son Kadyn along for the ride—that is, until their “big rig” gets bitten in half by a gigantic Space Leviathan! Now separated from his son—with a breached suit that’s venting oxygen at an alarming rate—Gil must defy the odds and stay alive long enough to rescue Kadyn. But meanwhile, Kadyn seems to be getting all the help he needs from a talking Space Monkey riding a Space Dolphin… or maybe it’s the strange powers he’s suddenly manifesting?! From the writing duo of JASON AARON (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Thor) and DENNIS HALLUM (Cloak & Dagger, Vader: Dark Visions), with dazzling art by STEPHEN GREEN (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.) and cosmic colors by RICO RENZI (Spider-Gwen), comes a brand-new science fiction series with all the scope and heart of the The Neverending Story crossed with the imaginative weirdness of Miyazaki—an intense, galaxy-spanning adventure that’s suitable for fans of all ages!UNEARTH #1 – GEM OF THE MONTHWRITER: CULLEN BUNN & KYLE STRAHMARTIST / COVER A: BALDEMAR RIVASCOVER B: KYLE STRAHMJULY 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99SERIES PREMIEREWhen a flesh-warping disease ravages a remote village in Mexico, a scientific task force travels to the inhospitable area to investigate the contamination. Tracing the source of the disease to a nearby cave system, the team discovers a bizarre, hostile ecosystem and a supernatural revelation from which they may never escape. This new subterranean nightmare is brought to you by writers CULLEN BUNN (REGRESSION) and KYLE STRAHM (SPREAD), and rising-star artist BALDEMAR RIVAS!REAVER #1WRITER: JUSTIN JORDANARTIST: REBEKAH ISAACS & ALEX GUIMARAESCOVER: BECKY CLOONANJULY 10 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99SERIES PREMIEREThe continent of Madaras once promised a new start for settlers, but 200 years after its discovery, the war rages on. Deep within this savage and untamed land, a darkness builds at that must be stopped at all costs. To do so, the Imperials assemble six of its most despicable prisoners—a turncoat, a skin eater, a sorcerer and his bodyguard, a serial killer, and the Devil’s Son—the only ones who can stop the end of the new world. They are Hell’s Half-Dozen. Join JUSTIN JORDAN (LUTHER STRODE) and REBEKAH ISAACS (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) for REAVER—a dark, grim fantasy for a post-Game of Thrones world.SPACE BANDITS #1 (OF 5)WRITER: MARK MILLARARTIST / COVERS A & B: MATTEO SCALERACOVER C (LEGENDS VARIANT): HOWARD CHAYKINCOVER D: OLIVIER COIPELCOVER E: SARA PICHELLICOVER F: BLANKJULY 3 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99MINISERIES PREMIEREThena Khole and Cody Blue are among the universe’s most wanted felons. Each the leader of their own criminal ops, they run heists across the galaxies—hopping from ship to ship to fleece everyone inside. But when both women are betrayed by their crews, the bandits only have one thing on their minds: REVENGE.SPACE BANDITS #1 (OF 5)COVER C LEGENDS VARIANTWRITER: MARK MILLARARTIST: MATTEO SCALERACOVER C (LEGENDS VARIANT): HOWARD CHAYKINJULY 3 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $0.75BLACK SCIENCE #43WRITER: RICK REMENDERARTIST: MATTEO SCALERA & MORENO DINISIOCOVER A: MATTEO SCALERACOVER B: ANDREW ROBINSONJULY 31 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99SERIES FINALE“NO AUTHORITY BUT YOURSELF,” ConclusionGrant McKay has seen everything there ever was, is, and could conceivably be, but he still has one final choice to make. This is it. The end of RICK REMENDER and MATTEO SCALERA’s seminal science fiction epic—featuring a stunning wraparound variant cover from ANDREW ROBINSON! Don’t miss it for the world.BITTER ROOT RED SUMMER SPECIAL #1 (ONE-SHOT)WRITER: DAVID F. WALKER & CHUCK BROWNARTIST: SANFORD GREENE, CHRIS BRUNNER, LISA K. WEBER, DANIEL LISH, KHARY RANDOLPH & DIETRICH SMITHCOVER: SANFORD GREENEJULY 10 / 48 PAGES / FC / M / $5.99 The first story arc of BITTER ROOT introduced readers to a family unlike any other. In this special issue, the creators of the critically acclaimed series are joined by a star-studded group of artists for six short stories that explore the history of the Sangerye family. Travel into the past—and to different worlds—to get a special look at a very special family!PAPER GIRLS #30WRITER: BRIAN K. VAUGHANARTIST: CLIFF CHIANG & MATT WILSONCOVER: CLIFF CHIANGJULY 31 / 52 PAGES / FC / T+ / $4.99SERIES FINALEDOUBLE-SIZED FINAL ISSUE!It’s all been leading up to this—the deeply emotional series finale of PAPER GIRLS! No spoilers here, but our epic conclusion features 44 PAGES OF ORIGINAL STORY WITH NO ADS, and we can’t wait for you to read it. Thanks so much for riding with us! -Brian, Cliff, Matt & JaredPOSTAL: DELIVERANCE #1WRITER: BRYAN HILL & MATT HAWKINSARTIST / COVER B: RAFFAELE IENCOCOVER A: LINDA SEJICJULY 3 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99NEW STORY ARCPOSTAL returns to find Mark struggling with the responsibilities and horrors of being the new Mayor of Eden, as the newest member of their community has brought his own personal war with him. Mark’s mother, Laura Shiffron, tries to enjoy her retirement in Florida, but violence finds her… and violence might the the only way Laura Shiffron can find peace.BAD WEEKEND HCWRITER: ED BRUBAKERARTIST: SEAN PHILLIPS & JACOB PHILLIPSCOVER: SEAN PHILLIPSJULY 10 / 72 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99 TRIM SIZE: 6.625” x 10.1875”JUST IN TIME FOR CONVENTION SEASON—the ultimate comic con crime tale! Comics won’t just break your heart. Comics will kill you. Hal Crane should know, he’s been around since practically the beginning. Stuck at an out-of-town convention, waiting to receive a lifetime achievement award, Hal’s weekend takes us on a dark ride through the secret history of a medium that’s always been haunted by crooks, swindlers, and desperate dreamers.BAD WEEKEND—the story some are already calling the comic of the year from its serialization in CRIMINAL #2 and 3—has been expanded, with several new scenes added and remastered into a hardcover graphic novel, in the same format as BRUBAKER and PHILLIPS’ (KILL OR BE KILLED, FATALE, CRIMINAL) bestselling MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN JUNKIES. This gorgeous package is a must-have, an evergreen graphic novel every true comics fan will want to own.Collects CRIMINAL #2-3 with new expanded contentDIE!DIE!DIE!, VOL. 1 TPWRITER: ROBERT KIRKMAN & SCOTT M. GIMPLEARTIST / COVER: CHRIS BURNHAM & NATHAN FAIRBAIRNJULY 17 / 176 PAGES / FC / M / $19.99 A new series from THE WALKING DEAD creator ROBERT KIRKMAN! This is an evil world where evil people do evil stuff all the time. Thankfully, there’s a secret cabal within the United States government that works outside the normal system to influence world matters through targeted assassination. So if you’re hurting people, somehow making the world worse than it already is, or even just standing in the way of something good happening, then someone could right now be giving the order for you to… DIE!DIE!DIE!Collects DIE!DIE!DIE! #1-8GUNNING FOR HITS TPWRITER: JEFF ROUGVIEARTIST / COVER: MORITATJULY 17 / 160 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99 Record company talent scout Martin Mills jumps at the chance to make a comeback album with his favorite rock legend. But when it goes sideways, Martin is forced to use deadly skills from his past in a desperate bid to save his reputation, and the artist’s career. Set in the 1980s New York City music scene, this real-world music business crime thriller from writer/music producer JEFF ROUGVIE (David Bowie, Big Star) and artist MORITAT (Spirit, Harley Quinn, Hellblazer) includes special background features and Spotify playlists!Collects GUNNING FOR HITS #1-6PRODIGY, BOOK ONE TPWRITER: MARK MILLARARTIST / COVER: RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUEJULY 31 / 160 PAGES / FC / M / $19.99 Edison Crane isn’t content being the world’s smartest man and most successful businessman—his brilliant mind needs to be constantly challenged. He’s a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, a genius composer, an Olympic athlete, and an expert in the occult, and now international governments are calling on him to fix problems they just can’t handle.Collects PRODIGY #1-6SAGA: COMPENDIUM ONE TPWRITER: BRIAN K. VAUGHANARTIST / COVER: FIONA STAPLESSEPTEMBER 25 / 1400 PAGES / FC / M / $59.99ADVANCE SOLICITTHE ULTIMATE BINGE-READ!Collecting the first nine volumes of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling series into one massive paperback, this compendium tells the entire story (so far!) of a girl named Hazel and her star-crossed parents. Features 1,400 pages of gorgeously graphic full-color artwork, including a new cover from Eisner Award-winning SAGA co-creator FIONA STAPLES.Collects SAGA #1-54SELF / MADE TPWRITER: MAT GROOMARTIST / COVER: EDUARDO FERIGATO & MARCELO COSTAJULY 24 / 160 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99 When chaos besieges the kingdom of Arcadia, warrior Amala Citlali uncovers a shocking truth—she’s a non-player character in an advanced video game. With her very existence at stake, Amala embarks on a journey across worlds—to escape her prison, find her creator, and demand answers to the fundamental questions of her existence. In his debut editorial role, comics veteran KYLE HIGGINS guides this intimate story of self-discovery that takes readers to lands of high fantasy, futuristic science fiction… and beyond.Collects SELF/MADE #1-6VINDICATION, VOL. 1 TPWRITER: MD MARIEARTIST: CARLOS MIKO & DEMA JR.COVER: JONATHAN DAVISJULY 17 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $12.99 Detective Chip Christopher maneuvers the blurred blue line between racism and due diligence in order to do his job of investigating Turn, a young black man with a sketchy past who was exonerated of a similar previous murder. Turn is freshly out of prison. And when another victim is murdered, Detective Christopher is determined to see him convicted again. But this time Turn is older, wiser, and determined not to go back to prison.Collects VINDICATION #1-4DEADLY CLASS, VOL. 8: NEVER GO BACK TPWRITER: RICK REMENDERARTIST / COVER: WES CRAIG & JORDAN BOYDJULY 31 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99 The crew returns to Kings Dominion to discover things have changed in their absence. The program has changed. Master Lin’s schemes revealed. Betrayal. Mystery. The secret of the catacombs beneath the school. A reckoning for the corrupt. Our friends try to hold everything together as Freshman Finals loom ever closer…RICK REMENDER and WES CRAIG’s darkly humorous look at the 1980s underground comes full circle.Collects DEADLY CLASS #36-39, FCBD 2019 DEADLY CLASS KILLER SET (ONE-SHOT)

GASOLINA, VOL. 3: VIVA MEXICO TPWRITER: SEAN MACKIEWICZARTIST / COVER: NIKO WALTER & MAT LOPESJULY 3 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99 A cartel war has erupted in Veracruz with Randy and Amalia—as well as the future of humanity—caught in the crossfire. What will happen when ancient monsters, a submarine, and a drug lord named El Dorado are unleashed? Hell on Earth.Collects GASOLINA #13-18I HATE FAIRYLAND, BOOK TWO HCWRITER / ARTIST / COVER: SKOTTIE YOUNGSEPTEMBER 11 / 336 PAGES / FC / M / $34.99ADVANCE SOLICITTRIM SIZE: 7.25” x 10.875”From SKOTTIE YOUNG—the New York Times bestselling and Eisner Award-winning cartoonist of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz graphic novels, Rocket Raccoon, and Fortunately, the Milk—comes the continuation of Gertrude’s gruesome gallop through the sugar-sprinkled fantasy world of Fairyland. In this second oversized deluxe hardcover collection, our axe-wielding ace really buckles down on getting the FLUFF out of Fairyland, but after battling a cosplay cohort and a riddle-prone goblin king, there’s just the itsy-bitsy, barely worth mentioning, insignificant matter of an extended stay in a fantasy netherworld to deal with.Collects I HATE FAIRYLAND #11-20, I HATE IMAGE FCBD SPECIAL, and exclusive extras!OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA, VOL. 7 TPWRITER: ROBERT KIRKMANARTIST / COVER: PAUL AZACETA & ELIZABETH BREITWEISERJULY 24 / 128 PAGES / FC / M / $16.99 The darkness is closing in on Kyle Barnes… the endgame approaches.Collects OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA #37-42ANALOG #6WRITER: GERRY DUGGANARTIST / COVERS A & B: DAVID O’SULLIVANJULY 3 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99NEW STORY ARC“MOVING TARGETS,” Part OneIt’s the beginning of a new story arc and death is on the rails when Sam and Oona travel to Washington to meet a spy—if they can survive a train filled with assassins, that is!ASCENDER #4WRITER: JEFF LEMIREARTIST / COVER: DUSTIN NGUYENJULY 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99“THE HAUNTED GALAXY,” Part Four (of Five)The hit series continues as readers catch up with the evil vampire witch Mother inside her floating castle on the planet Mata. She’s been tipped off that a force for hope has come to free the oppressed people of her galaxy, but she won’t give up her power without a star-spanning magical conflagration.ASSASSIN NATION #5 (OF 5)WRITER: KYLE STARKSARTIST / COVER: ERICA HENDERSONJULY 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99MINISERIES FINALEWhat can you expect in this pulse-pounding finale? A bandolier of grenades, an unexpected enemy, a quick-draw showdown, hella people getting shot… and the power of friendship. Is it going to be a violent roller-coaster ride of bullet wounds, fisticuffs, danger, and mayhem? Absolutely.THE BEAUTY #28WRITER: JEREMY HAUN & JASON A. HURLEYARTIST: THOMAS NACHLIKCOVER A: JEREMY HAUN & NICK FILARDICOVER B: THOMAS NACHLIK & NICK FILARDIJULY 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99 Life is a struggle no matter who you are. In a world where beauty is common, getting your big break can be hard.BIRTHRIGHT #37WRITER: JOSHUA WILLIAMSONARTIST / COVER: ANDREI BRESSAN & ADRIANO LUCASJULY 3 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99 How do human soldiers transform into fearless monster killers? Courtesy of Terrenos’ #1 drill instructor, Mikey Rhodes.CRIMINAL #6WRITER: ED BRUBAKERARTIST: SEAN PHILLIPS & JACOB PHILLIPSCOVER: SEAN PHILLIPSJULY 10 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99 Teeg Lawless falls in love for the first time, and it might be the worst decision he ever made. THE SUMMER OF ’88—the story of the last days of Teeg Lawless—continues! As always, CRIMINAL contains back page art and articles only found in the single issues.CROWDED #7WRITER: CHRISTOPHER SEBELAARTIST / COVER A: RO STEIN, TED BRANDT & TRÍONA FARRELLCOVER B: GABY EPSTEINJULY 3 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99NEW STORY ARCAfter escaping a brutal—and televised—attempt on their lives, Charlie and Vita abandon Los Angeles for the utopian desert paradise of Las Vegas. With the Reapr campaign against Charlie now worth over two million dollars, it’s more important than ever to find out who’s behind it and how to shut it down. But the journey is half the battle, and even if they manage to live through two states’ worth of killers, they’ll still have to survive each other.CURSE WORDS #23WRITER: CHARLES SOULEARTIST / COVER A: RYAN BROWNECOVER B (INTERCONNECTED MEGA-COVER): RYAN BROWNEJULY 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99“FAIRY TALE ENDING,” Part ThreeWe’re coming up on the big finale, so we’re pulling out all the stops. The magical battles we’ve seen so far are nothing compared to what we get here, as Sizzajee and his reduced crew of evil wizards battle the powerful Tigers for the fate of the Hole World while Wizord and Ruby Stitch try to save their daughter’s life. And speaking of Margaret… what’s her deal, really? Let’s find out… together!EXCELLENCE #3WRITER: BRANDON THOMASARTIST / COVER: KHARY RANDOLPH & EMILIO LOPEZJULY 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99 Spencer Dales and Aaron Mills were supposed to be brothers, but will their responsibilities to the Aegis tear them apart?FAIRLADY #4WRITER: BRIAN SCHIRMERARTIST / COVER A: CLAUDIA BALBONI & MARISSA LOUISECOVER B: JUSTIN GREENWOOD & BRAD SIMPSONJULY 17 / 40 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99 A client in an oversized cat mask hires Jenner for a very personal case… An avid reader, he’s frustrated that the mystery book he’s been reading is missing its final page. Initially, Jenner balks at the rather petty assignment—but then she sees how much he’s willing to pay. A Fairlady’s gotta eat.FARMHAND #10WRITER: ROB GUILLORYARTIST / COVER: ROB GUILLORY & TAYLOR WELLSJULY 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99END OF STORY ARCSeason Two of FARMHAND draws to a close in game-changing fashion. With Jedidiah gone, only Ezekiel and Andrea stand in the way of Mayor Thorne’s diabolical designs for the Farm.GIDEON FALLS #15WRITER: JEFF LEMIREARTIST: ANDREA SORRENTINO & DAVE STEWARTCOVER A: ANDREA SORRENTINOCOVER B: ARIELA KRISTANTINAJULY 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99“THE MISPLACED MAN”Back in modern Gideon Falls, Father Fred and Angie continue to look for clues about the mysterious Norton, and a dark mystery from Father Fred’s past is revealed.GOGOR #3WRITER / ARTIST / COVER: KEN GARINGJULY 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99 At last, the secrets of Gogor are revealed to Armano by the sorceress Tetra Hedron. And so, the journey continues to the island of Animal-men, but danger abounds as Gogor and Armano encounter the deadly Amphax, a reptilian assassin sent by the Domus.HIT-GIRL SEASON TWO #6WRITER: DANIEL WAYARTIST / COVERS A & B: GORAN PARLOVCOVER C: GIGI CAVENAGOJULY 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99 Corrupt police. Street brawls. City-wide castrations. Hit-Girl’s problems are escalating in the streets of Hong Kong, and all is not what it seems within the Liu triad. Can Mindy regain control of the mission before the gangsters hunt her down?ICE CREAM MAN #13WRITER: W. MAXWELL PRINCEARTIST / COVER A: MARTÍN MORAZZO & CHRIS O’HALLORANCOVER B: WES CRAIGJULY 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99NEW STORY ARC“PALINDROMES”What if you could have it both ways?INFINITE DARK #8WRITER: RYAN CADYARTIST: ANDREA MUTTICOVER: NICK ROBLESJULY 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99END OF STORY ARCAs Deva attempts to stop one killer and redeem another, humanity’s future is determined with a gamble—will this ship turn out to be a lifeboat, or a tomb?ISOLA #9WRITER: BRENDEN FLETCHER & KARL KERSCHLARTIST: KARL KERSCHL & MSASSYKCOVER A: KARL KERSCHLCOVER B: MINGJUE HELEN CHENJULY 31 / 28 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99 Olwyn and Rook stray from the path to Isola at great cost.NOW BI-MONTHLY! KICK-ASS #16WRITER: STEVE NILESARTIST / COVERS A & B: MARCELO FRUSINCOVER C: BENGALJULY 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99 The cartels are closing in. Kick-Ass must now fend off new Mexican enemies and contend with pressure from the Russians and her brother-in-law Maurice. The violence escalates as Patience starts to lose control of the empire she’s built. LAZARUS: RISEN #2WRITER: GREG RUCKAARTIST / COVER: MICHAEL LARKJULY 24 / 64 PAGES / FC / M / $7.99“FRACTURE I,” Part TwoThe alliance between Carlyle and D’Souza is nothing more than a trap—and now Forever must face not one, but two Lazari in a desperate battle to the death. And at Sequoia, Marisol finds herself following Eight’s footsteps into a snowy night. The secrets are beginning to take their toll, and when they come out, the results will be shattering. All this, plus artifacts from the firm of Trautmann and Howe, another installment of World of Lazarus: Tools of War, and original short fiction by award-winning author ADAM CHRISTOPHER.LITTLE BIRD #5 (OF 5)WRITER: DARCY VAN POELGEESTARTIST / COVER: IAN BERTRAMJULY 17 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99MINISERIES FINALEAn unexpected alliance could turn the tide for Little Bird’s people and put an end to the long war between the Canadian Resistance and Bishop’s theocratic regime. But will it be enough? Find out in the epic conclusion of one of this year’s hottest books!MAN-EATERS #10WRITER: CHELSEA CAINARTIST: ELISE McCALLCOVERS A & B: LIA MITERNIQUEJULY 3 / 28 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99“COMMUNISTS IN THE FUNHOUSE”Maude suspects that an Estro-Corp spy has infiltrated her group of friends. Which—not gonna lie—kinda sucks, tbh.MIDDLEWEST #9WRITER: SKOTTIE YOUNGARTIST / COVER: JORGE CORONAJULY 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99 Run as he might, Abel’s past is catching up to him. He is astounded and relieved, however, when the woodland people he and Fox encounter seem to know his mark.

OBLIVION SONG BY KIRKMAN & DE FELICI #17WRITER: ROBERT KIRKMANARTIST: LORENZO DE FELICI & ANNALISA LEONICOVER: LORENZO DE FELICIJULY 10 / 28 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99 Into the depths of Oblivion! All is lost! Or is it?OUTER DARKNESS #8WRITER: JOHN LAYMANARTIST / COVER: AFU CHANJULY 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99 Ensign Hydzek has a secret. Ensign Hydzek is a spy.OUTPOST ZERO #11WRITER: SEAN KELLEY McKEEVERARTIST / COVER: ALEXANDRE TEFENKGI & JEAN-FRANCOIS BEAULIEUJULY 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99 As Discovery Team prepares to share their momentous discovery, Alea and Sam have their own secret to share. But will it turn the Outpost against them?PORT OF EARTH #12WRITER: ZACK KAPLANARTIST / COVER: ANDREA MUTTIJULY 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $3.99END OF STORY ARC Seattle is scheduled for destruction in order to protect Earth from an alien outbreak. But to protect our authority over our own planet’s security, the ESA will have to face off with our alien partners in the ultimate game of espionage, politics, and galactic business.RAT QUEENS #17WRITER: RYAN FERRIERARTIST / COVER: PRISCILLA PETRAITES & MARCO LASKOJULY 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99Palisade enslaved! With a new king in control, the Rat Queens find themselves doing hard time in the clink. As they struggle to maintain their sisterhood (and their sobriety), their only hope for survival lies in an unlikely spirit. Can the Queens break their unlucky streak? If so, they’ll have to face their most dangerous quest ever…THE REALM #15WRITER: SETH M. PECKARTIST / COVER A: JEREMY HAUN & NICK FILARDICOVER B: ADAM GORHAM & NICK FILARDI JULY 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99END OF STORY ARC Looking to settle old scores, Ben catches up with Redjaw and Bunny. The fight you’ve been waiting for is finally here.REDNECK #22WRITER: DONNY CATESARTIST / COVER: LISANDRO ESTHERREN & DEE CUNNIFFEJULY 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99 Perry and Evil come face-to-face in Mexico. No one gets out alive.THE RIDE: BURNING DESIRE #2 (OF 5)WRITER: DOUG WAGNERARTIST: DANIEL HILLYARD & CHRIS BRUNNERCOVER A: CHRIS BRUNNERCOVER B: DANIEL HILLYARDJULY 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99 Samantha Vega learns that her old friends on the police force are just waiting for her to screw up and get sent back to prison. And with that added pressure, her regret-filled nightmares of what put her in prison to begin with only grow stronger. In this issue’s backup feature, artists CHRIS BRUNNER and RICO RENZI (LOOSE ENDS, Spider-Gwen) reveal the tragic backstory of a dancer with a leather fetish.RUMBLE #14WRITER: JOHN ARCUDIARTIST / COVER A (BW): DAVID RUBÍNCOVER B (FC): CHRIS BRUNNER & RICO RENZIJULY 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99“LAST KNIGHT,” Part FourIt’s all come down to this. The last of the Scourge Knights of the Apocalypse has arrived, and nobody in Heaven or on Earth can stop it. This issue also features a variant cover by CHRIS BRUNNER, our fourth in a series of variant covers celebrating African American comics artists.SECTION ZERO #4 (OF 6)WRITER: KARL KESELARTIST / COVER A: TOM GRUMMETT & KARL KESELCOVER B: TERRY DODSONCOVER C: BEN CALDWELLJULY 3 / 32 PAGES / FC / E / $3.99“A LONG TIME DEAD”18 years later: a new Section Zero team continues investigating the strange and unknown, until a missing puzzle piece from their past is presented to them.SKYWARD #15WRITER: JOE HENDERSONARTIST: LEE GARBETT & ANTONIO FABELACOVER: LEE GARBETTJULY 24 / 32 PAGES / FC / T / $3.99SERIES FINALE“FIX THE WORLD,” ConclusionIn the aftermath of war, how does Willa pick up the pieces? How does she deal with this very different status quo? And what the hell does Willa want to do with her life now that her world’s completely changed?SONATA #2WRITER: DAVID HINE & BRIAN HABERLINARTIST / COVERS A & B: BRIAN HABERLIN & GEIRROD VAN DYKEJULY 17 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99“SONATA’S ADVENTURES UNDERGROUND”Sonata travels through a hidden underworld where she discovers impossible science, a giant killer bird, and a young man named Pau, who sees himself as her knight in shining armor. He is also the son of the rival Tayan leader, which makes them deadly enemies.SPAWN #299WRITER / COVER A: TODD McFARLANEARTIST: JASON SHAWN ALEXANDERCOVER B (VIRGIN VARIANT): TODD McFARLANECOVER C (BW COVER & INTERIORS): TODD McFARLANEJULY 31 / 32 PAGES / FC / T+ / $2.99“WAR TO 300,” Part TwoLAST ISSUE BEFORE SPAWN 300!Witness the debut of TODD McFARLANE’s newest creation—The Rapture! Heaven’s answer to the mythic Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, these eternal warriors are tasked with eliminating the plague called humanity from the face of the Earth. The WAR TO 300 rages! Next month, new allegiances will form, new enemies will rise, and history will be made!THUMBS #2 (OF 5)WRITER: SEAN LEWISARTIST / COVER: HAYDEN SHERMANJULY 3 / 48 PAGES / FC / M / $4.99 Thumbs is out of his coma and back in the world. Trapped by the Power, he sees the junkies who’ve taken technology underground, the revolutionaries who deliver devices to the people, and the government that’s banned it all.UNNATURAL #11 (OF 12)WRITER / ARTIST / COVER A: MIRKA ANDOLFOCOVER B: GABRIEL PICOLOJULY 10 / 32 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99 Leslie has found the strength to fight the Wolf, but now she must get to the last round of the match in one piece. Also: trouble at Evil HQ, as Carol escapes and finds herself face-to-face with the Glance. 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Not sure about Space Bandits or Reaver, but sign me up for Sea of Stars by Aaron and the writer formerly known as Dennis Hopeless! And Unearth from Cullen Bunn sounds intriguing and inventive like all his series. He’s got a good eye for rising star art talent as well, so I’m definitely checking that series out. How strange is it though, that literally all 4 new series from Image are sci-fi again, one is post-apocalyptic, and 2 are space adventure. Plus don’t discount the fact that Reaver also promises the occult and dark magic. So very strange that Image is the “house of dark, twisted sci-fi” these days.

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“So very strange that Image is the “house of dark, twisted sci-fi” these days.” It’s not strange if you have been paying attention. The creators are all using sci fi as a setting to do political and social allegories. Jason Arron could care less about science fiction but is most likely using it as a forward-looking, progress-orientated backdrop to do who knows what. Brandon Graham. for example, sometimes, uses sci fi as a backdrop to do smut.

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