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ECHOLANDS is a landscape format, mythic-fiction epic where anything is possible—

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A MAJOR IMAGE COMICS 2021 EVENT!

The story of Earth’s last war starts with Hope’s sticky fingers…

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The multiple award-winning Batwoman team, J. H. WILLIAMS III (Promethea, The Sandman: Overture, Batman) and W. HADEN BLACKMAN (Star Wars, Elektra), reunites for an all-new ongoing series! They’re joined once again by colorist supreme DAVE STEWART and master letterer TODD KLEIN.

In a bizarre future world that has forgotten its history, a reckless thief, Hope Redhood, holds the key to excavating its dark, strange past—if only 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 is a landscape format, mythic-fiction epic where anything is possible—a fast-paced genre mashup adventure that combines everything from horror movie vampires to classic mobsters and cyborg elves, to Roman demigods and retro rocket ships. It’s going to be a helluva ride!

Each issue of the series will offer a Raw Cut edition, featuring the art from J. H. WILLIAMS III as it looked leaving his work studio.

ECHOLANDS #1

WRITERS: J. H. WILLIAMS III & W. HADEN BLACKMAN
ARTISTS: J. H. WILLIAMS III & DAVE STEWART
COVER A: J. H. WILLIAMS III
COVER B: J. H. WILLIAMS III
44 PAGES / FC / M / $4.99
Release Date: AUGUST 25, 2021

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Early praise for ECHOLANDS:

“It’s every fictional world, each with its own artistic style, intersecting and exploding with JHW3 magic and crackle. I can’t wait to see where he and Haden Blackman are taking us—into a world in which anything can happen, and undoubtedly will.” —Neil Gaiman

“So complex and unique and expertly executed it pushes the medium forward in new directions and leads to invigorated interest in the medium of comics itself.” —Robert Kirkman

“A dazzling, kinetic ride through an exquisitely realized fantasy world, bursting with graphic energy and excitement.” —Dave Gibbons

“Echolands’ fallen fantasy San Francisco is painted as a monstrous blend of magic and technology, and reads like a blockbuster car chase.” —Kyle Shutt (The Sword)

“Getting an eyeful is a massive understatement. I love looking at the drawings as they expand with more details emerging every time I look.” —Debbie Harry

For more on this series, read the press release below.

PORTLAND, Ore. 05/21/2021 — Yesterday The Hollywood Reporter revealed an exclusive first look at covers and interior artwork from the eagerly anticipated Echolands series by J.H. Williams III (Promethea, The Sandman: Overture, Batman), W. Haden Blackman (Star Wars, Elektra), colorist Dave Stewart, and letterer Todd Klein. This long awaited comic book event from the multiple award winning Batwoman creative team will launch from Image Comics in August and push the boundaries of storytelling to its limits.

The new series will present a sprawling, eye-popping tale and feature lush, career-defining artwork and a mesmerizing story in a unique landscape format. Each issue of the series will offer a Raw Cut edition, featuring the art from J.H. Williams III as it looked when leaving his work studio.

“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.”

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.

Blackman added: “Echolands has been over a decade in the making, but I can still vividly remember my first call with Jim about the concept. 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.”

Echolands is a mythic fiction epic where anything is possible; a fast-paced genre mashup adventure that combines everything from horror movie vampires to classic mobsters and cyborg elves, to Roman demigods and retro rocket ships. It’s going to be a helluva ride!

Echolands #1 Cover A (Diamond Code JUN210009) and Echolands #1 Cover B (Diamond Code JUN210010) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 25.

Echolands #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

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