Image Comics Offers Up A Medieval Globe-Trotting Adventure In New Series ‘Compass’ This June

by Olly MacNamee

Compass is a new series by writers Greg Rucka (The Old Guard), Robert Mackenzie, Dave Walker (Lazarus Sourcebook), artist Justin Greenwood (Stumptown, The Fuse, The Last Siege) from Image Comics set in the 13th century. Starting off in Baghdad but ending up in Great Britain, this Medieval, globe-trotting adventure will launch the June and the various creators had a lot to say about this new archeological adventure series, starting with Mackenzie, who shares the thought process behind the historical setting:

“Compass was born out of our desire to tell a story of discovery without colonialism, of adventure without exploitation — something with the verve and energy of the pulps, but with a perspective that hadn’t been seen much in that genre. Getting there was its own process of discovery, and it’s been a joy to work with co-creators who have the talent to truly unearth Shahidah‘s quest. I’m so pleased to be able to share Compass with the world.”

And, it seems this story has been festering for some time, as Walker explains:

“This story has been with Robert and I since our earliest days writing together. We wanted to step into a world that felt definably real—but still with the thrills of haunted ruins, ancient wonders, deadly rivals. Justin found that world immediately and brought it to life, and Daniela, Simon and Greg have all added their inimitable touches to truly make it something special.”

I’m a huge fan of Medieval history, so this one is right up my street. Will this synopsis and preview win you over too?

“In Compass, readers meet Shahidah El-Amin, a main character who is many things: scholar, cartographer, astronomer, mathematician, scientist, explorer, adventurer, and — when need be — two-fisted fighter. Setting out from Baghdad’s legendary House of Wisdom during the Islamic Golden Age, Shahi’s quest brings her to 13th-century Britain…where the Welsh are whispered to possess the secret of eternal life. But Shahi’s not the only one after it…”

Compass #1  will be available on Wednesday, June 16.


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