A collection of indie comics news from March 11th -13th, 2013!
JMS launches "Ten Grand" via Image Comics imprint!
After a hefty career in comic books including runs on "Amazing Spider-Man", "Wonder Woman", and two "Superman: Earth One" graphic novels, former "Babylon 5" writer J. Michael Straczynski is delving back into creator owned material alongside artist Ben Templesmith. His newest project is called "Ten Grand" and will officially kick off Joe's Comics, JMS' former creator owned publisher which is now affiliated with Image Comics as an imprint (akin to similar imprints at Image run by Robert Kirkman and Todd MacFarlane).
The premise mixes gritty urban crime fare with the supernatural. The main character is Joe Fitzgerald, a long time mafia hit man who has decided to quit the business and skip down with his girlfriend; only to get an offer he can't refuse from an angel. The angel's target has demonic ties, but the angel bestows immortality upon Joe so long as he accepts the task. The series kicks off in April at Chicago's major convention, "C2E2".
Archie meets "Glee" and zombies!
Comic Book Resources has an exclusive interview with the latest "Archie Comics" writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa about his current and future projects. As has become common with the core "Archie" title, there has been a crossover involving yet another pop culture icon - in this case, the cast of Fox's "GLEE". However, kicking off in "late 2013" will be a new series called "Afterlife with Archie", which depicts a Riverdale overrun with zombies.
Aguirre-Sacasa notes that while there will be comedy in "Afterlife with Archie", it will be dark humor as he utilizes horror elements with "patient zero" being Jughead. Naturally it is easy to see why this series is coming; zombies are hot right now on TV as well as decades of film. Given the non-canonical nature of the franchise, there is nothing preventing "side stories" from happening.