Publishers seem very keen on having a big October, with Vertigo announcing a slew of new titles on Monday and yesterday bringing a wide assortment of new book announcements from Image as well at their Image Expo. There are some cool sounding books coming from some big name creators, and it was good to see that there are a lot of women, real and fictional, involved.
On the creator side, Image confirmed that Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios’ Pretty Deadly is set to launch in October, along with Amy Reeder’s Rocket Girl, which was recently funded via Kickstarter. They also announced that J. Michael Straczynski was relocating his Icon series The Book of Lost Souls to Image, along with artist Colleen Doran.
In terms of female characters, Kurtis J. Wiebe and Jonathan Upchurch’s Rat Queens hit shops in September. The book is described as a Lord of the Rings inspired story where four women kill monsters. October will see the debut of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s Velvet. The protagonist is Velvet Templeton, a Moneypenny like figure who has to go on the run to escape her own spy agency. Finally, at an unclosed date in 2014 we’ll see Matt Fraction and Christian Ward’s Ody-C, a gender-swapped retelling of The Odyssey set in space following a massive intergalactic war. The idea for the series came from Fraction wanting to give his daughter a hero, so he switched all of the genders of the original characters; all of the male characters will be female, and vice versa.
There were lots of other big announcements of books from creators like Jason Aaron, Mark Millar, and Rick Remender, and Comic Book Resources has a full recap of all the fun. It’s great to see so many new female characters in what should be some high profile books, and Image looks to be building a solid array of female creators as well. Plus, all of the books sound really cool! Checking out a lot of these new titles from Vertigo and Image is going to put a real strain on my wallet.