One of the “results” of the first Image Exodus.

If you’re coming to this website, you probably love comics. One of the common denominators amongst all the guys who work with Geek Hard is that we all have a great love of comics and have been collecting them for a long time. And if you follow comics for you know that they go in cycles. And I really think we’re in for another great run.

Remember when Image Comics formed? It was an exodus of some of the top artists who had gotten fed up with the pay (specifically royalties) and editorial control over their work. The way things are looking, 2014 may be another huge upswing.

We’ve been hearing rumours and seeing evidence of creators getting fed up with editorial control. Teams leaving books unexpectedly, fill in issues out of nowhere and it’s starting to mount up. Creators who were standard at companies are now leaving to work elsewhere. Look at all the top name creators that have been flooding over to Image this past year. Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker, Michael Lark, Steve Epting, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Garth Ennis.  These were guys that Marvel and DC built there lines around and now they’re gone, at least temporarily in some cases.

Brubaker and Epting are one of the creative teams now kicking it at Image.

And this is a good thing.

Back when Image really started getting big, it forced Marvel and DC to play catch up. Artists started getting paid more and while we can all groan at the Image clone artists that were being hired at the time, there are a lot of guys that started off that way who have grown into their own styles (Mike Deodato is one of the first to come to mind). If Image becomes a powerhouse again, knocking one of the big two down for a bit, it will hopefully breed better books all the way around. This time though, things are a littler different. The last time we saw something like this, it was mainly artists. These artists were the best superhero artists out there and their exodus lead to two things: Image artists and superhero artists on a whole trying to raise their game. As a response to this deluge of superhero artists drawing muscles upon muscles, artists started trying a completely different style. A lot of guys we know and love now came about as a direct reaction to those Image-style artists.

But this time, we’re seeing the rise of the creative team. The combination of writer and artists, teams with solid track records either as a team or individually. Great writers with great artists. And with all of this top talent taking their original ideas over to other companies like Image and Avatar, this leaves creative holes that will have to be filled.

2014 is going to be a really interesting year for comics. Hopefully one all the companies will profit from and one that all comic fans will reap the rewards from.

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Lazarus by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark: One of the great new comics from the current Image Exodus.


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