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October 13, 2021 07:40 pm GMT

Kurt Busiek To Write New Arrowsmith, Astro City Comics For Image

Kurt Busiek is returning to Image Comics and bringing along his fan-favorite seriesAstro CityandArrowsmith. Fans can expect a new Arrowsmithminiseries beginning in January 2022 and anAstro Cityone-shot in March 2022 that introduces the new status quo of the upcoming series.Image also teased that the creator would be bringing more newcomics such asFree Agents andanother story inThe Autumnlandsseries, as well as re-releasing some of his other popular titles.

Busiek is well-known in the comic book industry not only for his creator-owned projects but also for his work at the Big Two, includingAvengers, The Marvels,Superman, andJLA.Arguably his biggest creator-owned series isAstro City, a superhero comic book that began back in 1995 at Image Comics before going through several other publishers, including Image's partner studio Wildstorm before eventually ending up in the hands of DC Comics and Vertigo. The series paid tribute to many iconic superheroes, notably including homages to characters likeSuperman (The Samaritan) and the Fantastic Four (Furst Family) while also exploring struggles superheroes could face in the real world. Then there was his fantasy titleArrowsmith, which began as a miniseries back in 2003 under the Cliffhanger imprint of Wildstorm.The title took place during World War II withnot just guns but also magic.

The officialImage Comicspress releaseexpanded on a bunch of announcements related to Busiek's return to the publisher. First off, hisArrowsmithcomic book returns with a six-issue miniseries calledArrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines. It will begin in January 2022 and the original series,Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms, will be collected in hardcover for February 2022. The artist for the new miniseries will beCarlos Pacheco (Avengers Forever,Fantastic Four, Final Crisis). In the new miniseries,Fletcher Arrowsmith will be behind enemy lines and a secret history will be unveiled.

Stepping back into this universe at long last, and writing these characters again feels like coming home, and visiting with old friendsadmittedly, old friends we do dangerous, stressful things to in the name of adventure," Busiek said. "And the art, by Carlos, Rafael, and Jose, is just astounding.Arrowsmithfans have been very patient, but have never been shy about letting us know they want moreand I cant wait for them to see both the new series and the re-mastered original in the kind of hardcover edition we think it deserves.

To kick offAstro City'sreturn, Busiek will be joined by longtime Astro City collaborators Brent Anderson (Return of the Jedi), Alex Ross (Captain America/Iron Man), and Alex Sinclair (Harley Quinn), in aone-shotthat will set up the new status quo for the upcoming series, meaningnew characters and dangers will be revealed. Fans will also get to enjoyed brand-new collected editions that will allow them and newcomers to get ahold of the entire backlog ofAstro Citycomics.

Alex, Brent, and I have been planning this for a long timewere introducing a teen-hero team, The Jayhawks (and more), in the special, and setting off a mystery as important to Astro City as what happened to the Silver Agent or the story of the Broken Man. Alex has designed a cornucopia of new characters, and Brent is going to town on the artwork. Itll be a very fun rideand yes, longtime readers, we will get to the story of the N-Forcer, I promise!"

Kurt Busiek fans rejoice as there will be plenty of old and new titles of his to look forward to next year. In addition to the return ofArrowsmithin January 2022 andAstro Cityin March 2022, along with the back issues of those titles being bound in collected editions, several of his other titles will be re-released from Image Comics,with new ones on the horizon as well.

SOURCE: Image Comics

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