Image Comics has some exciting new material for comic book fans out there! Moonstruck and Redlands just recently hit shelves, and they’re quickly drawing attention. Both titles caught my eye, and I’m here to say that they don’t disappoint. Image Comics’s new series combine the magical, mystical, and even horrifying. Follow centaurs, werewolves, and bats in Moonstruck, and witches in Redlands! Also, we’ve got some sneak previews of the first 4 pages of EACH comic book.
Grace Ellis (Lumberjanes) and Shae Beagle team up to write this new series about magic, love, monsters, and more! Readers will follow Julie and Chet, fantastical creatures, as they work at a local coffee house in the world of humans. Everything seems to be going pretty normal for Julie, except for maybe those transformations into a werewolf when she gets angry!
The first issue, released July 19th, takes us through Julie’s daily life. She’s got a love interest, Selena, loves comics (just like us), and finds herself caught up in some band-mate drama. Also, Julie’s got a secret (not-so-secret) that she’s trying to hide while being as normal in the human world as possible.
Not only is it a fantastically forward LGBTQ themed comic, but it also hits all the other spots: humorous, whimsical art, and the mystical magic that Image Comics does so well with. From what Image Comics has said, we should expect to see our two main characters caught up in some conspiracy in upcoming issues. In addition, we hope we’ll be getting more answers on that mystical transformation cliff-hanger this one left us with.
Here’s a little preview of the first bit of Issue #1 thanks to Image Comics!
From Eisner Award-winner Jordie Bellaire and critically acclaimed artist Vanesa R. Del Rey comes a new horror-themed concept! Set in the town of Redlands, Florida in 1977 we find ourselves at the local police station. The old-fashioned town (with old-fashioned values) is quickly unraveling as a coven of witches come to take over what they have.
This one is a lot darker than Moonstruck, but still resonates with audiences looking for magic and fantasy. Issue #1, which came out just this past Wednesday August 9th, leaves us with a lot of questions (but in a good way). We get the feeling that there’s been a bit of corruption in Redlands, but we can’t wait to hopefully get some more backstory.
Also, Bellaire has come out and said that Redlands is “everything I’m pissed off about in one book.” We should expect to see that through upcoming themes of politics, misogyny, and murder! However, Bellaire couldn’t have said it better with “Imagine Hocus Pocus if Sarah Jessica Parker won.”
Here’s the first 4 pages of Redlands thanks to Image Comics, so take a peak!
So get out and support your local comic book shop! What do you think about Image Comics’s new releases Moonstruck and Redlands?