Five Image Number Ones In May. Even If One Is Actually A Number Seventy One

There’s nothing a comic book speculator loves more these days than a new issue number one. With Chew, Morning Glories, Nonplayer and more in their colection, the odds on making like a bandit are seriously increased. Which is why May will make for good reading for said individuals.

Mind The Gap #1 grabs the cover of Previews, and is written by Jim Mcann, with art from Rodin Esuejo.

After Elle Peterssen is mysteriously attacked on a Manhattan subway platform, she is left in a coma, the only clues to her attacker trapped inside her mind. No one knows the identity of the person behind this brutal beating or where they will strike next. In this ALL-NEW ONGOING series, everyone is suspect, and no one is innocent. USAToday calls it an “anxiously anticipated modern thriller…Whodunit? McCann’s done it again.”

Eisner-winning writer JIM McCANN joins RODIN ESQUEJO (MORNING GLORIES) and SONIA OBACK (S.H.I.E.L.D., The Defenders) unite for a psychological thriller that will leave you guessing at every turn!

Dancer #1  by Nathan Edmondson and Nic Klien

A retired assassin named Alan Fisher and his ballerina companion Quinn, hunted by a sniper in Milan. To save himself and his love, Alan has to deconstruct his own dark past to figure out who might be looking to kill the couple.

“We’ll see that as a dancer, Quinn allows Alan to realize something about himself, and as a dancer, her discipline and courage will be a fulcrum upon which the balance of the events in Dancer rests.”

However, she knows nothing of Alan’s past, and really no one does as he always has kept his background top secret. He soon realizes that not everything stays buried, Edmondson says, and “he’ll find that his past can come alive in a way he never would have imagined.”

While all of the story takes place in the present, the connection to that past will become clear in “a very, shall we say, unique way,” according to the writer, and a way that “challenges one’s beliefs about what it means to leave something behind, or to move on.”


Epic Kill #1 by Raffaele Ienco

Eighteen-year-old Song is an assassin. She just doesn’t know it. In her life at the St. Thomas School for Troubled Girls, hints of her past slip into her daily life — a tea cup caught before it can shatter on the floor, memories of sparring sessions, and, finally, her ultimate skill put to use once more.

Ienco’s anti-heroine is both graceful and cold, having been trained both to kill and to have no remorse. “Song was taught to ‘suppress all human emotion and compassion’ because of her mission — which is far bigger than what you see in the first issue — can’t be completed by someone with doubt, someone who would stop for even a second and question what she is doing,” Ienco elaborated. “She’s come to America to fulfill this mission and left all the tears she’ll ever shed back home in the body of the little girl she once was. Anyone who gets in her way… better move.”

Song must fight her way through scores of men trying to kill her to find the man who sent them, and perhaps solve the mystery of who she is — and why she is one of the deadliest weapons in the United States. Ienco, whose previous work includes the horror comic DEVOID OF LIFE, also published by Image, promises to deliver on the title of his comic, with Song performing at least one epic kill in every issue.

Grim Leaper #1 by Kurtis J Weibe and Aluisio Santos – yes, another comic from Kurtis, to bolster Green Wake and the just-sold-out Peter Panzerfaust.

A brand new series from the mind of critically acclaimed writer Kurtis J. Wiebe (Green Wake, Peter Panzerfaust), Grim Leaper is a gory romantic comedy. Lou Collins is caught in a cyclical curse of violent, gruesome deaths and new beginnings in the bodies of strangers. With no clue why, Lou desperately searches for a way to break the curse and cross over peacefully to the other side. Then equally doomed Ella comes along. It’s a love story to die for.



And the we get to the first issue of Youngblood. Or the seventy-first issue.

Written by Black Swan‘s John McLaughlin, with art from Jon Malin and Rob Liefeld

It’s the 20th anniversary of the comic book that launched the Image Revolution in 1992! ROB LIEFELD’s YOUNGBLOOD returns bigger and better than ever with an all-new look at the next generation of superheroes, courtesy of screenwriter JOHN McLAUGHLIN (Black Swan, Parker), up-and-coming artist JON MALIN and YOUNGBLOOD creator and Image founder ROB LIEFELD!

In this first issue, a young reporter is embedded in the Youngblood team. Her assignment is to gather enough information for a humiliating puff piece, but she quickly discovers Shaft, Vogue, Lady Photon, Die Hard and Cougar are a team to be reckoned with. Badrock would be part of the group too… if he wasn’t in a coma with wounds that have nearly pulverized his otherwise rock-hard hide.

So… where will you put your money?

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