While they may not be as prevalent as they once were, romance stories have always been a staple of the comic book medium, and next year Image Comics and Eisner-nominated writer Alex de Campi will be bringing the love back in a big way with the launch of their new series, Twisted Romance.
Announced today in a press release, the February-debuting anthology will run weekly for four issues, each one teaming de Campi with a different artist, who will assist her in spinning tales of love spurned, lost, found, and everything in between. The main story artists for the issues will be Katie Skelly (My Pretty Vampire), Alejandra Gutiérrez (Love is Love), Carla Speed McNeil (No Mercy), and Trungles (Mirror Mirror). In addition to the main tales, each 48-page issue will also include a backup comic from a different artist as well as a prose story, all putting their own new twists on the genre.
“I'm getting to collaborate with some of comics' coolest creators and some amazing prose fiction voices,” de Campi said in the press release. “Everything everyone is doing looks so amazing. I'm just giddy that Image basically handed us the reins and said, ‘do whatever you want. This looks cool.’ So, yeah: come February, we're going to break your heart, fill you with joy, and give you awkward pants feels. Sometimes in same story. Occasionally, even on the same page.”
Not much is known about the individual stories quite yet, but more will be revealed soon, as sneak peaks are unveiled across various entertainment news sites throughout December and January. This of course includes SYFY Wire, which will have your first look at the third issue’s sci-fi-flavored story “Invincible Heart,” by de Campi and Carla Speed McNeil on January 22nd, so be sure to check back.
In the meantime, enjoy a peak at the covers for each issue of the anthology in the gallery below, and pick up the first issue in stores in February.