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The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – I

We continue our tour through the alphabet, with a different cool comic book item each day, from A to Z!

Today we look at one of the greatest comic companies out there, and it’s really just part of a larger company! ..

Image Central is one of the three “houses” of Image Comics.

The other two “houses” are Todd McFarlane Productions and Top Cow Productions.

Jim Valentino’s Shadowline is considered part of Image Central, as is Erik Larsen’s Savage Dragon.

Basically, Image Central is just a term to describe all the books that Image comes out with that aren’t from McFarlane or Top Cow.

And Image Central roooooooocks.

Here is an example.

The following books are just titles that have come out with at least one issue this year. Just books that have had an issue out this year. Note that that means that there are TONS of other great books that just happened to have no issues out this year.

So JUST titles that at least one issue out this year.

So that still gives us…

Now, besides being from Image Central, what do these books all have in common?

Basically NOTHING ELSE!

That’s another thing that’s so awesome about Image Central, it’s one of the few places you can go for truly diverse comic books!

It’s a great company.

19 Comments

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 15, 2009 at 3:00 am

You forgot Soulwind!!!!

I first encountered Proof on iTunes… Brilliant comic. Will be looking for TPBs or Hardcovers…

You also forgot Deep Sleeper! Just re-read that one recently, it’s a beautiful piece of work.

I agree, Image has done great things. It’s really come a long way from the superhero line introduced in the 90′s to becoming a true “alternative” publisher (but still having superheroes for those who love them).

What, no love for Firebreather?

You know why Image was founded, right? Liefeld and Valentino and Portacio were all fighting because only one of them was allowed to draw Quasar, and they decided they’d rather stay friends and leave than have to make that terrible choice. Don’t believe me? The Quasar artist at that time was Greg Capullo, who’d soon get the call up to the bigs to work on Spawn.

You know, Mr Ryan…

Methinks the way this is going, Q is going to be for Lady Quark or Clay Quartermain…

Might I suggest some reverse pschology??

“Q better not be for Quasar, or Lady Quark will get angry!” ??

And to think this all started with Youngblood…

“Now, besides being from Image Central, what do these books all have in common?

Basically NOTHING ELSE!”

They are all action comics. They are diverse, and I love a lot of these titles, but they are all, in part, slugfests.

For my money, Image >>> DC Comics.

Seriously. Invincible, Walking Dead and Special Forces are better than anything DC is publishing right now.

I have a feeling reverse psychology regarding Quasar will be transparant. I’m not Ben Linus, more of a Trix Rabbit. If the Trix Rabbit all of the sudden started begging and pleading for trix to be taken away from him, you’d simply say “okay, then.”

Although maybe if I name-check all the other Qs out there, it will disqualify them…! You just said Clay Quartermain and Lady Quark, so let me add to that Mr. Quimper from Invisibles. All substandard to Quasar.

…And how much is Image paying you for the publicity, again? ;)

Seriously, Image comics may have put out some good stuff over the years, but they have also put out their share of crap, like any other company. You should stick to choosing specific titles instead. Also: WALL OF PICTURES!!!

Quasar is terrible, just throwing that out there

Danny, you misspelled “terrific”

Without a doubt, Dynamo 5, Noble Causes and Age of Bronze are three of my absolute favorite comics, month in, month out (or “were”, sadly, in the case of Noble Causes).

Hey Jeff, which charater did Dennis O’Niel write in the ’90′s who was cooler than all the other Q’s put together?
Now THAT is the Question!

Image is pushing out a ton of excellent product these days. I miss Brit like no other, though. That was one of my favorite series last year. Thankfully, Invincible and Dynamo 5 are still around. And, Viking‘s shaping up nicely.

“Now, besides being from Image Central, what do these books all have in common?

Basically NOTHING ELSE!”

They are all action comics. They are diverse, and I love a lot of these titles, but they are all, in part, slugfests.

Phonogram (specifically, Phonogram 2: Singles Club), is not a slugfest. in any way, shape, or form.

jhota, in fairness to Dan, Phonogram was not up there when he made his comment. I saw his comment, thought to myself, “Huh? Phonogram is not an action comic!” and then realized that while I had 24 comics uploaded, only 21 of them were visible. So I made the other three visible, and, of course, Phonogram was one of those missing covers.

Are Soul Kiss and I Kill Giants action comics?

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