Ok take a seat and listen up because this is some Grade-A awesome right here: at long last Robert Kirkman will be writing and Charlie Adlard will be drawing and inking the backstory of everyone’s favorite mother*#^$!%, Negan! This is no typical release though. The 48 pages of this story will be revealed over the course of the first twelve issues of Image+, which will be part of Diamond Comic Distributors’ monthly Previews Catalog. Image+ will also be available to purchase separate from the larger Previews Catalog for $1.99.

For those not familiar, Diamond’s Previews Catalog is a giant compilation of all the cool stuff that your local comic shop can order in advance, from every publisher. It’s got comics, toys, clothes, everything. Basically it’s page after page of really awesome stuff that’s heading your way. But it’s possibly got a bit TOO much stuff in it, and it can be easy to overlook certain things. Image+ will be a way to let retailers and fans really focus in on the cool stuff coming out from Image comics (which includes all of your Skybound favorites). You’ll be getting previews, covers, interviews, features, and more. We are very excited about Image+ and really proud to be including such an important, pivotal story in its pages! It begins THIS MAY!

Here’s the exciting FIRST PAGE of the series:

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Completionists can read the entire Press Release RIGHT HERE:

Image Comics announces Previews Catalog magazine: Image+

Image Comics and Diamond Comic Distributors are pleased to announce Image+, an all-new monthly magazine which will feature Image’s upcoming releases, as well as bonus creator-owned comics content. Each issue will be distributed with Diamond’s PREVIEWS Catalog each month, with the first issue of Image+ available in May.

Each of the first twelve issues of Image+ magazine will feature an original, four-page THE WALKING DEAD story concerning Negan’s origins, and created by New York Times bestselling team Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, for a total of 48 pages of backstory

PREVIEWS has long served as a sales tool meant to guide retailer orders, inspire customer pre-orders with new solicitations, and provide product listings for the months to come.

“PREVIEWS is a useful tool for retailers and customers alike,” said Corey Murphy, Director of Sales at Image Comics. “With the Image+ magazine and the new and original content each issue, month in and month out, we hope to bring fresh eyes and excitement to our PREVIEWS product listings once again.”

Image+ will clock in at 64 pages and feature exclusive interviews, spotlight features, bonus never-before-seen preview pages, editorials from industry voices, and more in-depth, insightful and provocative comics coverage curated by David Brothers, Branding Manager at Image Comics.

Brothers added: “Comics are exciting, and it does them and their creators a disservice to give them rote, by-the-numbers coverage. I cut my teeth on video game magazines before writing about comics professionally, and I’m excited to push that experience in a new direction alongside Sasha Head, our Sales & Marketing Production Designer. From my perspective, comics have always been cool, and this is a chance to show everyone exactly why I feel that way.”

Image+ will be available for free to customers who purchase a PREVIEWS Catalog each month or can be purchased separately for only $1.99. “We’re pleased to be working with Diamond on this exciting addition to the monthly PREVIEWS catalog,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “We look forward to sharing news about our upcoming titles and the creators that both entertain and inform retailers and fans alike.”

The first issue of Image+ will appear in the PREVIEWS Catalog with July releasing solicitations and will be available in stores this May. The standard Image Comics solicitations for each month will continue to appear in PREVIEWS Catalog as usual.