Barnes + Lins team for new alien invasion series ‘Monarch’

The new series will launch from Image Comics next year.

Killadelphia writer Rodney Barnes and Immortal Hulk artist Alex Lins will bring the horrors of an alien invasion to the streets of Compton in Monarch, a new series coming in February from Image Comics.

“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,” said Barnes. 

Image Comics describes the series as “a new tale of terror featuring high-stakes science fiction that hits close to home”:

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!

“I picked up Killadelphia as a fan without knowing who Rodney was at the time,” Lins said. “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.’”

Jason Shawn Alexander provides a variant cover for the first issue:

And here’s a look inside:

Look for the first issue on Feb. 8.

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