Kurt Busiek returns to Image Comics and brings his fan-favorite series ONEstro By and Pilsmed. Fans can expect a new one Pilsmed miniseries beginning in January 2022 and a Astro City one-shot in March 2022, introducing the new status quo in the upcoming series. Image also teased that the creator would bring several new comics such as Free agents and another story in The autumn country series, as well as the re-release of some of his other popular titles.
Busiek is known in the comics industry not only for his creator-owned projects, but also for his work on the two big ones, i.a. Avengers, The Marvels, Superman, and JLA. It is without a doubt his greatest creator-owned series Astro City, a superhero comic that began back in 1995 at Image Comics before reviewing several other publishers, including Image’s partner studio Wildstorm, before eventually ending up in the hands of DC Comics and Vertigo. The series paid tribute to many iconic superheroes, including tributes to characters such as Superman (Samaritan) and Fantastic Four (Furst Family), while also exploring battles that superheroes could face in the real world. Then there was his fantasy title Pilsmed, which began as a miniseries back in 2003 under the Cliffhanger imprint of Wildstorm. The title took place during World War II with not just weapons but also magic.
The official Image Comics press release expanded a bunch of announcements related to Busiek’s return to the publisher. First of all his Pilsmed cartoon returns with a six-part miniseries called Pilesmed: Behind Enemy Lines. It begins in January 2022 and the original series, Archer: So smart in their fine uniforms, will be collected in hardcover until February 2022. The artist for the new miniseries will be Carlos Pacheco (Avengers Forever, Fantastic Four, Final Crisis). In the new miniseries, Fletcher Arrowsmith will stand behind enemy lines, and a secret story will be revealed.
“Eventually stepping back into this universe and writing these characters again feels like coming home and visiting old friends – admittedly old friends, we do dangerous, stressful things for in the name of adventure,” Busiek said. “And the art, by Carlos, Rafael and Jose, is just amazing. Arrowsmith fans have been very patient, but have never been shy about letting us know they want more — and I can not wait for them to see both the new series and the re-mastered original in the kind of hardcover edition we think it deserves. ”
To kick start Astro City back, Busiek is joined for a long time Astro City partners Brent Anderson (The return of Jedi), Alex Ross (Captain America / Iron Man) and Alex Sinclair (Harley Quinn), in a one-shot that will create the new status quo for the upcoming series, meaning new characters and dangers will be revealed. Fans will also enjoy brand new total editions that allow them and newcomers to get a handle on the entire backlog of Astro City comics.
Alex, Brent and I have been planning this for a long time — we are introducing a teen-hero team, The Jayhawks (and more), to the thesis and setting in motion a mystery that is as important to Astro City as the one that happened to the silver agent or the story of the broken man. Alex has designed a cornucopia of new characters, and Brent goes to town on the artwork. It’s going to be a really fun ride — and yes, longtime readers, we’ll get to the story of the N-Forcer, I promise! “
Kurt Busiek fans are looking forward as there will be plenty of old and new titles by him to look forward to next year. In addition to the return of Pilsmed in January 2022 and Astro City in March 2022, along with the back editions of these titles bound in collective editions, several of his other titles will be reissued from Image Comics, also with new ones on the horizon.
SOURCE: Image Comics