The GeeksverseNEWS | Image Comics announces Image Expo 2014, The Fuse by Johnston and Greenwood

NEWS | Image Comics announces Image Expo 2014, The Fuse by Johnston and Greenwood
Published on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 by
Publisher to hold Image Expo on January 9, 2014 at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; ALSO: The Fuse, a new sci-fi comic from Antony Johnston (Wasteland, Fashion Beast) and Justin Greenwood (Resurrection, Wasteland), to debut 12 February, 2014.

imageexpologoImage Comics recently announced that it will be holding its annual Image Expo event on January 9, 2014, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA. The one-day event is open to the public, with tickets going on sale online starting this week ($20 for general admission, $50 for premium tickets which includes preferred seating and and Image Comics exclusives). Confirmed guests include Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible), Rick Remender (Strange Girl, Fear Agent), Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel), Brandon Graham (Prophet, King City), and Marian Churchland (Beast, Elephantmen).

Last year’s Image Expo, held a few weeks before the San Diego Comic-Con, featured several major announcements, including the public reveal of Image Comics’ new DRM-free digital comics storefront and titles from notable creators such as Umbral from Wastelend creators Antony Johnston and Christopher Mitten, Velvet from the critically-lauded Captain America creative team of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting, and the English edition of the Noah serial graphic novel by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Black Swan) and Pride of Baghdad artist Niko Henrichon.

For more information and updates regarding Image Expo 2014, visit

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Also officially revealed today by Image Comics is The Fuse, a new sci-fi/detective comic scheduled for a 12 February, 2014 release. The comic is set on an orbiting space station in the near future and has co-creator Antony Johnston—writer on the new Image Comics series Umbral, which debuts tomorrow—working with another of his Wasteland collaborators, artist Justin Greenwood. In an interview, Johnston described the premise of Fuse thus

thefuse1Well, the original high concept for THE FUSE was, “What if Homicide was set on board Battlestar Galactica?” So the grit and grime is built into the concept!

It’s kind of halfway between a detective story and a procedural, but even that’s not quite accurate.

There’s a type of TV show we have here in the UK, the “feature-length detective policeman.” It really boils down to, “What if Sherlock Holmes was a cop?” Inspector Morse, Wire in the Blood, Rebus, even Luther… most them are based on books, too, so there’s also a grand literary tradition for this sort of thing. And they have procedural elements, but they’re more about the legwork—the suspects, the mystery, the interviews, spotting the lies, uncovering the truth. Most of THE FUSE will be like that—a murder mystery, with a puzzle at the core and our detectives trying to figure it out while bodies drop around them.

The first story, “The Russia Shift”, is very much in that vein.

Below is the four-page teaser for the series’ first issue:

The Fuse #1 is schedule for a 12 February, 2014 release and is priced at $3.50. Pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130485. For more information and updates, visit and

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