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Friday, July 17, 2009 

NYT thinks it's so important that we know about "Image United"

The New York Times writes a short article about a miniseries reunion of several Image productions:
IMAGE UNITED is akin to a Beatles reunion. This six-issue comic-book series, which will be previewed at Comic-Con International in San Diego on Wednesday, brings together six of the seven founders of Image Comics— a group of prominent illustrators who defected from Marvel in 1992 to start their own publishing company— as well as some of the most successful characters they have created or developed there.
Of course, they don't tell how many of these creations were poorly written, and whatever good artwork they might've had was wasted on crappy storytelling. Or, it was a case of comics being sold based on the alleged value of rock-bottom artists like Rob Liefeld, who's also mentioned in the article:
Robert Kirkman, who last year was the first writer to be made a partner at Image, is writing the comic and also playing traffic cop. “It’s like putting together a puzzle,” he said in a phone interview from his home in Richmond, Ky. Rough layouts created by Rob Liefeld for the first issue and Erik Larsen for the rest show where each character will be on a page. Then an art board is sent around the country (with stops in Portland, Ore.; Tempe, Ariz.; and all over California). Each page usually ends with Todd McFarlane, who has been completing background details. The work began about a year ago. Given the complexity of the process, Image’s many die-hard fans—readers who helped it grow from a tiny upstart to one of the country’s largest comicbook publishers — may be concerned that Image United, whose first issue is due in November, will fall behind schedule.
I don't think Image has many fans left of their early work, so the concern about late schedules is awfully moot. And if not, that's fortunate, because Liefeld was the real nightmare at the time, and will most likely still be. I wonder just how many human bodies will be twisted out of shape in just one issue of this pointless tripe?

Image was also partly responsible for the rise (and fall) of the speculator market that just bought their stuff in hopes it'd gain some monetary value someday, not because their early work was any good for reading. They supposedly tried to improve after several years, but if they're going to publish "reunions" with early works like Youngblood and Spawn, then that casts doubt over their intentions to build themselves into something better.

The NYT has just shown once more why they're irrelevant in this day and age.

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