Chip Zdarsky’s Public Domain Returns, Busiek And Nicieza Team Up, Charlie Adlard Pencils Crime OGN | Comic Book Club News For April 23, 2024

Comic Book Club News April 23 2024

Chip Zdarksy’s Public Domain returns. Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza team up on a new book. Charlie Adlard to pencil upcoming crime graphic novel. All on Comic Book Club News for April 23, 2024.


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Public Domain returns!

Busiek and Nicieza are teaming up!

Charlie Adlard pencils original crime graphic novel.

This is Comic Book Club News for April 23, 2024.

Chip Zdarsky’s Public Domain Returns To Image:

Public Domain, Chip Zdarsky’s meta-comic about a comic book creator and his sons trying to get the rights back to one of his most famous creations, released five excellent issues and then stopped, back in 2022. Well guess what? Not only is Public Domain coming back this July, but the universe of the book is expanding.

Said Zdarsky via press release provided to Comic Book Club: “Public Domain is the most personal work of mine to date, so I’m incredibly happy to be putting more issues of it out into the world again. I’m writing, drawing, coloring, lettering and desigining every element of the book, so it’s as pure a form of ‘Chip Zdarsky’ as there can be! Is that a good thing? I’ll let history judge.”

In the new arc of the book, Syd Dallas and his sons have gotten the chance to publish new adventures featuring The Domain. But now they actually have to do that, before the mega-corporation that also holds the rights does it, first.

But perhaps even more exciting, Zdarsky will be writing The Domain #1 with art by Rachael Stott, depicting the comic inside the universe of Public Domain. The sixth issue of the main series will hit stores on July 3, with The Domain hitting the next week on July 10.

Kurt Busiek And Fabian Nicieza Team Up For New Book:

Keeping on the Image Comics front, Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza are teaming up with artist Stephen Mooney for a new book titled Free Agents.

The book focuses on a young team who was fighting in an interstellar war — and won. Now they find themselves back on Earth, the free agents of the title… Only for elements of the war to start cropping up again.

Said Busiek via press release: “It’s a superhero series with a twist. The Agents were done. They were retired, and had started building new lives, going to college, making themselves a place here on Earth. And then it all starts coming back.”

The idea apparently started as a crossover in Image Comics superhero universe that never came to be. But Busiek resurrected the idea, and recruited Nicieza, who added, ““Whenever Kurt calls and says, ‘Wanna work on something together?’ my answer is always a really fast, ‘yes! Making Free Agents even more fun is that I’m really proud to produce creator-owned work under the Image banner for the first time.”

The new ongoing series will also hit stores on July 3.

Charlie Adlard To Pencil Upcoming Crime Graphic Novel:

Let’s make it an Image Comics hat trick today. Charlie Adlard, probably best known for his work on The Walking Dead, is teaming up with novelist Robbie Morrison for an original graphic novel titled Heretic the publisher is teasing as Sherlock Holmes meets The Name of the Rose.

Said Adlard via press release: “It’s great to be working with my old writing friend Robbie again—like slipping into a warm bath of pure creativity! Surely that’s recommendation enough to read our wonderful book…”

The OGN takes place in Belgium in 1529, and focuses on occultist Cornelius Agrippa, who is at least in part seen as an influence on Victor Frankenstein.

The book does not hit on July 3, but rather in October.

For Comic Book Club News, I’m Alex Zalben. And this July 4, celebrate your independence with Image Comics!

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