Straight Outta Compton: Image Comics Announces New Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Monarch’ From Rodney Barnes And Alex Lins
by Olly MacNamee
Killadelphia co-creator and writer Rodney Barnes announces his next series with Image Comics, coming in February 2023 alongside artist Alex Lins (Immortal Hulk) and out from Image Comics in February 2023.
“Growing up in the city of Compton is tough enough as it is… but as Travon has learned all too well, growing up as an orphan in the city of Compton with gang members hunting you down every day is even tougher. But all of that is about to change because today is the day that aliens make first contact with Earth…and it only spells doom for life as we know it!
Death, devastation, and mayhem… Can a single teenage boy rise to the challenge to protect his surrogate family & friends…or will he die trying?”
Barnes will be co-publishing this through his Zombie Love Studios studio and discussed the inspiration for this new book:
“I’ve always loved films like Attack the Block and War of the Worlds, so I decided to put them together to see what would happen. The result? Monarch.”
“I picked up Killadelphia as a fan without knowing who Rodney was at the time. It was so captivating, I finished it in a single sitting and wanted more. Just like Killadelphia, Monarch has this great concept with a perfect rhythm and flow. But what really struck me is that whatever genre the book he tackles—be it horror or sci-fi—Rodney will make it all relatable, however far you fancy yourself to be from the reality of these characters at first. And this is what I look for in a comic and what I love to help bring to life—this has been my favorite part with Monarch, as I prefer to draw a story with people in it that are completely three dimensional, rather than ‘concept placeholders.’”
Monarch #1 will launch on Wednesday, February 8h 2023 from Image Comics.