Image Comics Announces New Speculative Fiction Series, ’20th Century Men’

by Olly MacNamee

Writer Deniz Camp (Quarantine Comix Special, the upcoming Bloodshot Unleashed) joins up-and-coming artist S. Morian (20th Century Men, out soon) are teaming up to produce a new dark six-issue miniseries, 20th Century Men, coming soon from Image Comics.

“At the end of the 20th century, superheroes, geniuses, madmen, and activists rush towards WWIII! A Soviet “iron” hero, a superpowered American president, an insane cyborg soldier, an Afghan woman hellbent on building a better life for her people—these strange yet familiar beings collide in a story that mixes history, politics, and comic book mythology into something totally new. Welcome to 20th Century Men, where the edges of our reality and fiction touch, overlap…and then explode.

20th Century Men is a sprawling, anti-imperialist war story that features a layered, speculative fiction storytelling, akin to Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker’s The Black Monday Murders, paired with brutal character work similar to that of a classic Garth Ennis comic.”

The two creatives spoke earlier with The POPverse with Camp telling them:

“20th Century Men is MORE than just a war comic; it’s a warped mirror that reflects past, present, and future. Creating this book with S. Morian has been the most intimate and collaborative experience of my life, and the result is something I never could have imagined. If you liked nuanced, layered characters, dense, experimental storytelling, and speculative fiction grounded in history/pop culture, I think you’ll love 20th Century Men.”

Morian added:

“While drawing this series I had this nightmare: I was on some scorched earth, wrapped in fumes, hiding, and then I hear this terrible noise get stronger, deafening. In the air is a scary man-machine—ironclad flying tank, spouting fire—rising from a column of smoke… and then his sensors and guns turn toward me. Now you can have this nightmare too!” 

20th Century Men #1 will be available on Wednesday, August 17th with a first look below:

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