Image Comics strive for “Excellence” with new fantasy series
The new fantasy series Excellence from Image Comics is intriguing enough on the surface: a secret society of magicians exists, and our protagonist works his way around this world that’s been newly opened to him. But it doesn’t stop there, as these magicians can use their powers for the benefit of others, but not themselves.
That’s some pretty heavy material to explore, particularly with themes like altruism, self-sacrifice, and tradition.
Also: action. Lots and lots of action.
With a creative team that includes Brandon Thomas, Deron Bennett, and Khary Randolph, this is certainly one series to keep your eye on, so check out the series trailer and details below.
IMAGE/SKYBOUND ENTERTAINMENT SUMMON A SECRET SOCIETY OF MAGICIANS IN EXCELLENCE THIS MAY
PORTLAND, OR 02/14/2019 — Khary Randolph (We Are Robin, Black, Tech Jacket) and Brandon Thomas (Horizon, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, Noble) ignite a generational war in an all-new, action-fantasy series—Excellence—launching from Image/Skybound Entertainment this May. This new series features a creative team comprised entirely of creators of color.
"Excellence is all about contrasts—characters that are capable of doing these impossible things, but whose abilities are largely defined by others,” said Thomas. “This conflict explodes within a relationship between a father and son that have very different ideas about who should benefit from this power, and how long they're supposed to wait around for things to get ‘better.’ Like most popular genres, fantasy is in desperate need of expansion, and we're excited and honored to fill that void with this action-packed series, as we agree with our protagonist...it's now or never.”
Excellence follows Spencer Dales, a young man born into a world of magic. His father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of magicians ordered by their unseen masters to better the lives of others—those with greater potential—but never themselves.
Randolph added: “One of the major themes of this book was generational rifts, so from every aspect of the worldbuilding, I tried to mash up the old with the new. Taking visual cues from artists like Jim Steranko, Hitchcock, and Saul Bass and remixing them with anime, hip-hop, and video game influences. At the end of the day, we're just trying to create a world that is beautiful to look at but also resonates on a deeper emotional level.”
Now it’s time for Spencer to follow in his father’s footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But in this fight for a better future, who will stand beside him?
Excellence #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on May 8.