The all-star team of J.H. Williams III, Haden Blackman, Dave Stewart and Todd Klein have been working on their latest comic Echolands for years — the comic was first announced back in 2018 at the Image Expo. And now Image has announced that the first issue will finally arrive in August.
“I’m beyond excited we’re finally bringing Echolands to everyone, and incredibly stoked to be reunited with longtime creative partners Haden, Dave and Todd, for what is a vast challenging world building project unlike any other we’ve attempted before,” said Williams III. “It’s a lifelong dream years in development, featuring an amazing cast of characters that we believe you’ll love as much as we do. And we’re so proud to be under the welcoming Image Comics banner, the premiere publisher for innovative entertaining stories.”
The comic will present Williams and Stewart’s work in a landscape format, as they tell a story about lost history and a thief: Set in a bizarre future world that has forgotten its history, Echolands follows a reckless thief Hope Redhood. Hope holds the key to excavating a strange, dark past—but only if she and her crew can escape a tyrannical wizard and his unstoppable daughter. But fate will send them all on a path leading to a war between worlds.
“Echolands has been over a decade in the making, but I can still vividly remember my first call with Jim about the concept,” Blackman said. “What began as a story about a thief on the run from an evil wizard has evolved into a worlds-spanning adventure with a cast that includes everything from vampires to classic gangsters. Image is the perfect home for this eclectic project, and I’m thrilled that we’re finally able to share Hope’s journey.”
The first issue arrives Aug. 25. Check out some preview artwork below: