The duo will work with letterer/designer Rus Wooten, cover artist Frank Martin Jr. and editor David Brothers on the project. Each issue will run 44 pages with screen-toned black and white art.
“Finishing up East of West, I felt ready to start writing and drawing my own comics,” said Dragotta. “Caleb Goellner agreed to co-write with me, and we cooked up Ghost Cage. We set out to make something that feels immediate, urgent, so it’s in screen-toned black and white, hot off the drawing board. We wanted to let the story breathe, so we went with 44-page issues. And lastly, we wanted to tell a story that will make us examine the things we sacrifice on a daily basis, the bits of us that we give up to survive.”
Here’s the description from Image Comics:
In Ghost Cage, when his megacorp power plant falls under attack by terrorists, the super-scientist who revolutionized and controls all energy on Earth sends his ultimate creation (and an adequate employee) in to destroy his most monstrous secrets.
“I love drawing characters that are up against all odds,” Dragotta added. “One character Doyle in particular, her greatest strength is her heart, and SAM, our ultimate weapon, is going to learn all about that from her. I’m trying to push the fast-paced action and cool characters I’m known for. If you liked East of West, my art and storytelling from that series, you’ll dig this book. It’s even got a little existential dread and a white tower… Caleb and I are making a book exactly like we want to do it, and all at Image Comics for their 30th Anniversary. Don’t miss it.”
Here’s a look at the interior art for the first issue, which arrives March 23:
This isn’t the only comic that Goellner and Brothers have been working on. The two former ComicsAlliance contributors also recently released Apollo Kidz on Gumroad. It’s about twins working together to battle an alien invasion, and it’s what happens when “two guys raised on Metal Gear Solid and The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time team up and make something new.” Brothers wrote the story, while Goellner drew it.