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LONNNNNNG OVERDUE UPDATE

Cover by MIKE HENDERSON and NATHAN WOODARD / Logo design by ERIC TRAUTMANN.
Cover by MIKE HENDERSON and NATHAN WOODARD / Logo design by ERIC TRAUTMANN.

So, first things first: My first creator-owned series (co-authored with my pal GREG RUCKA and illustrated by NAILBITER artist MIKE HENDERSON) has been announced!

 

Holy crap, I'm writing again.

 

(Back in my Dynamite days I got reallllly burned out by the workload, so I throttled back and started doing less work-for-hire writing and more work-for-hire graphic design.)

 

The new series, FORGED, is an idea Greg and I have been batting around for years, maybe as far back as our days co-writing Checkmate at DC, but for various reasons wasn't really clicking the way we wanted it to. Then we found a couple missing ingredients—a seriously pulpy, just-this-side-of-naughty tone and artist Mike Henderson—and we're off to the races as they say.

 

Here's the press release text from Image Comics:

 

In the 11th Millennium of the rule of the Eternal Empress, a squad of planet-smashing super soldiers find their routine mission to be anything but. These are the Forged. They take no prisoners. Written by Greg Rucka & Eric Trautmann and brought to the page by Mike Henderson, embark upon an over-the-top pulp adventure of sex, violence, and sci-fi inspired by Conan, Heavy Metal, and other comics you tried to hide from your parents.”

 

About the project Rucka says, “Eric Trautmann and I have been chasing this story for years now, driven by the desire to tell an over-the-top story space opera/pulp mash-up... We had it all in our heads, but it wasn’t until Mike came aboard and added his secret sauce that we could pin it down and make it finally happen. His storytelling is glorious, and with Nolan’s inspired colors and Ariana’s deft touch with the lettering, we finally have a package we’re excited to share. This is meant to be fun, front to back, that’s been our goal since we started.”

 

“We started batting ideas around for Forged what feels like a thousand years ago, so it's extremely gratifying to see it now,” agrees Trautmann. “Mike's special alchemy has led to what we think is a hell of a fun project, full of pedal-to-the-floor action, exotic locations, and extremely explodey violence… fun for the whole family."

 

So, what brought Henderson to the project? To hear him tell it, it’s the strength of the concept behind the series. “There are some ideas you put everything else on hold for and when I heard what Greg and Eric had had brewing for so long in FORGED, I knew it was one of them,” he raves. “When I knew Nolan and Ariana had also come aboard to help make it what it's become, I knew it for sure. It's been so much fun to build this universe in the orbit of their idea that I hope I pass that fun on to everyone who reads it. If nothing else, I hope they hear heavy metal riffs shredding over every page."

 

FORGED will release in an oversized magazine format, with two to two-and-a-half times the story pages of a regular comic, plus all the bonus material/backmatter fans have come to expect from a Rucka and Co. joint, all for $5.99US.

 

Look for it on March 15, 2023.

 

Also out now:

LAZARUS RISEN #7

Cover by MICHAEL LARK.
Cover by MICHAEL LARK.

Written by: Greg Rucka

Art by: Michael Lark

Letters by: Simon Bowland

Colors by: Santi Arcas

Cover by: Michael Lark

Publication Design: Eric Trautmann

Digital "Artifacts" by: Trautmann,  Richard Howe

Additional material by: Crystal Frasier

Short Fiction by: Mike Shackle

 

“FRACTURE II,” CONCLUSION

 

Forever Carlyle was the Lazarus of her Family…until now.

 

Image Comics  |  Color  |  64 pgs  | Mature  |  $7.99US

 

 

 

LAZARUS VOLUME 7 TPB

Cover by MICHAEL LARK
Cover by MICHAEL LARK

Written by: Greg Rucka

 

Art by: Michael Lark (w/Tyler Boss, issues 27–28)

 

Letters by: Simon Bowland

 

Colors by: Santi Arcas

 

Cover by: Michael Lark

 

Publication Design: Eric Trautmann

 

Digital "Artifacts" by: Trautmann,  Richard Howe

Every secret has a price, and every family has their secrets. As the five-year long Conclave War comes to a close, the plans of Malcolm Carlyle collide with those of his Lazarus and daughter, Forever. The bill is coming due. For Malcolm, it's a price he's willing to pay, especially when it comes to his Family's eternal rival, Jakob Hock. For Forever, freedom will be paid for in blood and not just her own.

 

Collects LAZARUS #27-28 & LAZARUS: RISEN #5-7

 

Image Comics  |  Color  | 144 pgs  |  Mature  |  $16.99

 


I've been remiss about posting stuff here due to some overwork and some minor health issues, but here's hoping 2023 will be better for all of us.


COMPASS: THE CAULDRON OF ETERNAL LIFE TPB OUT TODAY!

Cover art by Justin Greenwood
Cover art by Justin Greenwood

Written by: Robert Mackenzie, David F. Walker

Art by: Justin Greenwood

Colors by: Daniela Miwa

Letters by: Simon Bowland

Edited by: Alejandro Arbona

Logo and Book Design: Eric Trautmann

Produced by: Greg Rucka

 

GREG RUCKA proudly presents a new direction in adventure!

Shahidah El-Amin is many things: scholar, cartographer, astronomer, mathematician, scientist, explorer, adventurer, and—when need be—two-fisted fighter. Setting out from Baghdad’s legendary House of Wisdom during the Islamic Golden Age, Shahidah’s quest brings her to 13th-century Britain…where the Welsh are whispered to possess the secret of eternal life. But Shahidah is not the only one after it…

Re-teaming from the pages of THE OLD GUARD: TALES THROUGH TIME, writers ROBERT MACKENZIE & DAVE WALKER (THE LAZARUS SOURCEBOOK) and artist JUSTIN GREENWOOD (LAZARUS: X +66, Stumptown) take you on a breathless race across the map. Follow the Compass to unlock the secrets of the ancient world!

Collects COMPASS #1–5.
Image Comics  | Color | Softcover | Teen | 136 pages  | 136 pages

THE OLD GUARD: TALES THROUGH TIME TPB OUT TODAY!

Cover art by Leandro Fernández (with Daniela Miwa).
Cover art by Leandro Fernández (with Daniela Miwa).

Written by: Greg Rucka, Andrew Wheeler, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Eric Trautmann, Brian Michael Bendis, Robert Mackenzie and Dave Walker, Matt Fraction, David F. Walker, Jason Aaron, Alejandro Arbona, Vita Ayala

Art by: Leandro Fernández, Jacopo Camagni, Valentine de Landro, Mike Henderson, Michael Avon Oeming, Justin Greenwood, Steve Lieber, Matthew Clark, Rafael Albuquerque, Kano, Nicola Scott

Colors by: Daniela Miwa, Rebecca Good, Taki Soma, Annette Kwok

Letters by: Jodi Wynne

Edited by: Alejandro Arbona

Design by: Eric Trautmann

 

A STAR-STUDDED ANTHOLOGY EVENT!

The bestselling, critically acclaimed THE OLD GUARD, now a hit Netflix movie starring Charlize Theron, returns with NEW stories by GREG RUCKA, LEANDRO FERNÁNDEZ, and an all-star lineup of guest creators, expanding the world of the immortal warriors in shocking ways! Meet the immortals’ families, witness never-before-seen adventures, and discover the first appearance of a major new character!

Featuring writers BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, KELLY SUE DeCONNICK, MATT FRACTION, VITA AYALA, JASON AARON, DAVID F. WALKER, and more, and artists VALENTINE DE LANDRO, NICOLA SCOTT, MICHAEL AVON OEMING, RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE, MIKE HENDERSON, MATTHEW CLARK, KANO, and more!

Collects THE OLD GUARD: TALES THROUGH TIME #1-6.
Image Comics  |  Color  |  176 Pages  |  Softcover  |  $16.99US