Image United #1 (of 6)

December 17, 2009 | Comics

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Image United #1 (of 6)
Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino
Image Comics
$2.99 U.S.
**** (out of five)

Six of the top comic artists of the past 25 years have come together for one of the most daring and eagerly anticipated miniseries of the decade — and they’ve brought along an all-star writer, too.

Image United sees six of the seven Image Comics founders — Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Rob Liefeld (Youngblood), Todd McFarlane (Spawn), Whilce Portacio (Wetworks), Marc Silvestri (Cyberforce) and Jim Valentino (Shadowhawk) — each drawing their own characters over Liefeld’s layouts in an ambitious and impressively delivered effort on all parts.

The series, which opens with several of these cornerstone heroes of the Image universe teaming up to try and stop a series of coordinated, yet strangely random attacks on major U.S. cities by a slew of super-baddies, is penned by newest Image partner, Robert Kirkman, who brings rock-solid credentials as co-creator of hit series like Invincible and The Walking Dead.

Issue #1 also features the introduction of Fortress, a mysterious new hero created for this series by Portacio (since DC now owns the rights to Wetworks) who just might hold the key to stopping the looming big bad — an event brought on by a very familiar face to long-time Image fans.

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