New comics are always refreshing. They bring new characters, new stories and places and anything is possible because the characters remain undefined. They lack back stories and known traits that limit their choices. Come this October Image comics launches a title called Commanders in Crisis. Here is the cover for the forth coming title:
Commanders in Crisis: A New Way to Tell a Story
The cover looks intriguing. We see a woman in strange armor. It looks like a space armor save it has those weird electrode things on her shoulders that I’m sure serves a purpose, and a second woman looks similar to the larger portrait. The stars would also suggest a space setting, but the rest of the cover looks like heroes from other stories. We have a Superman looking guy with a nice, big, swirly cape. We see a guy in a mask and a gun who looks almost bounty hunter-ish, and finally a Wonder Woman looking character that looks the most out of place. Note she sports a third psionic looking eye in the middle of her forehead. The synopsis is as follows:
The last survivors of the Multiverse live among us under new, superheroic identities, five survivors of doomed worlds…taking a second chance to ensure our world lives on. A new twist on strange superhero comics, with a bleeding-edge eye on the modern moment, Commanders in Crisis follows in the footsteps of Doom Patrol and Thunderbolts as five unexpected heroes come together to solve a murder unlike any other. The victim? Compassion itself…This is ideacide!Image Comics Press Release
This motley looking crew will come together in a way different from previous comics. It sounds like creators possess a freedom seldom known when working on other projects.
Commanders in Crisis: Creators in Control
This new comic from Image Comics is created by Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, Doom Patrol: Milk Wars, Martian Manhunter) and Davide Tinto (Marvel Action: Spider-Man). Orlando raves about the freedom he had with this title that he never had before. He said the following:
“Commanders in Crisis is all the energy and creativity I’ve served for the past five years, now completely unchained!” said Orlando. “No rules, no restraints, the type of strange and passionate ideas that brought me into the medium in the first place. Comics should be bold, comics should be big, and comics should be badass. This is my first freelance launch since 2015, and we’re taking a nuclear shot across the bow. No vanilla vengeance here! This is a fight for comics as they need to be.”Steve Orlando
Tinto followed with the following:
“I am really happy about being onboard for Commanders In Crisis. Steve is a great guy and a fantastic writer and publishing with Image Comics, which put out Invincible, my favorite superhero comic, is a dream come true. I am very thankful for the opportunity.”Davide Tinto
I love the energy Orlando uses when talking about this title. His career covers some major titles, yet this new title sounds bigger. I’m all for creators maintaining their own artistic control. I do not know what all this new stuff is, but it sounds promising.
Commanders in Crisis: A New Energy
Finally the press release finishes with this:
This intense, weird action thriller will remind readers of the importance of compassion and hope in the present moment—all while putting fists to faces along the way!Image Press Release
I love the overall combination of things and ideas being thrown into this title. It sounds so fresh and promising. I cannot wait for its release. Commanders in Crisis releases from Image comics on October 14th at your local comic shop.