Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Reddit Share on Pinterest Share on Linkedin Share on Tumblr Since its founding in 1992, Image Comics has given us countless amazing stories, and this year is building up to be no exception! At the Image Comics Expo, Image announced a whopping 25 new and exciting comics scheduled for this year. With stories ranging from horror or fantasy and back again, there are so many exciting things to look forward to. Here at ComicsVerse, we picked the top five comics that we think you should look forward to this year. [divider style=”shadow” top=”12″ bottom=”12″] Courtesy of Image Comics Expo JOOK JOINT by Tee Franklin and Maria Nguyen Out of the comics Image is releasing this year, this one is the comic we are most excited for. Following the publication of BINGO LOVE, Tee Franklin is teaming with Maria Nguyen on a 5-issue run called JOOK JOINT. The comic tells the tale of a jazz club/brothel. This club exposes the social repercussions of racism, rape, domestic violence, and inequality. To top it off, Franklin is working with unique charity variants to benefit Joyful Heart, a non-profit founded by Mariska Hargitay. PRISM STALKER #1 Advanced Review: A Bizarre, But Relevant, World This comic is an Image milestone. With JOOK JOINT comes the first black woman to write her own series for Image, which is exciting in itself. However, here is a warning to you, dear reader. Although Franklin released BINGO LOVE, this comic is set to have a less-than-cutesy tone. This horror comic is sure to give you the good type of scare if that exists. The first issue is coming at you in October, just in time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Courtesy of Image Comics LEVIATHAN by John Layman, Nick Pitarra, and Mike Garland Do you love monsters? Do things that go bump in the night horrify yet intrigue you? Well, then you are in luck! Look no further than John Layman, Nick Pitarra, and Mike Garland’s LEVIATHAN! Any comic that describes itself as “Godzilla by way of black magic” is bound to be a must-read! The story is about a group of millennials who try to use black magic. Although their original intent was just for laughs, they end up with so much more. More being a giant demonic monster intent to kill them all. So, who’s laughing now? LEVIATHAN is to come out sometime this summer. And it’s sure to be a monster of a good time. Courtesy of Image Comics WHAT’S THE FURTHEST PLACE FROM HERE? By Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss If you haven’t read 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK, then you don’t understand the creative wonder between Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss. However, WHAT’S THE FURTHEST PLACE FROM HERE? is your chance to see this fantastic comic team at work! The pair is creating a dense and exciting world in their Image Comics Expo debut! SNEAK PEEK: Robert Kirkman’s Upcoming Series OBLIVION SONG A gang of young punks finds themselves lost in the wasteland of America. However, when their youngest member disappears, the gang decides to search for her. Facing other dangerous gangs, deadly terrain, and maybe even fighting each other, the gang will find out how exactly the world has ended. The first issue is to launch this November. Remember to bring your fighting hands! Courtesy of Image Comics MISERY by Todd McFarlane This spring, production of a second SPAWN movie, directed by Todd McFarlane himself, is set to start. There is no better way to celebrate than to have McFarlane give us EVEN MORE SPAWN. With McFarlane announcing 5 SPAWN-related projects in the works, MISERY is the project that stands out the most. And it stands out in all the right ways. In the wake of the #MeToo scandals, a teenage hero is tired of being pushed around and abused by others. This new character, Misery, helps innocent people who have been victims of the evil that has spread across the world. Stories go global as Misery tries to discover how to manage her powers and make others miserable. Misery loves company, am I right? Although a solid release day has not been set, this comic is sure to make you feel less miserable! Courtesy of Image Comics THE MAGIC ORDER by Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel Late last year, Netflix had acquired Millarworld, the comic book publishing powerhouse founded by Mark Millar. As a result, Mark Millar announced that Image Comics would be publishing Netflix’s forthcoming Millerworld titles! With the wonderful art supplied by Olivier Coipel, Mark Millar will be releasing THE MAGIC ORDER. GIDEON FALLS #1 Advanced Review: Casting Shadows Ever wonder why you’ve never seen a monster? Well then, you can go ahead and thank The Magic Order for that. Five families of magicians have sworn to protect our world for generations, yet an enemy is picking them off one by one. By day, these people are your friends, neighbors, and coworkers. By night, however, these sorcerers, magicians, and wizards protect us from the forces of darkness… assuming the darkness doesn’t get them first.Get ready to see some magic this Summer! There will be neighborhoods full of it! [divider style=”shadow” top=”12″ bottom=”12″] For a complete list of the Image Comics Expo 2018, click here!