Two of the big five comic book writer/artists known particularly for their renderings of women are each launching creator-owned series this year. Eisner and Harvey Award winner Frank Cho, probably the #1 cover artist known for his fantastic women as well as his humor and storytelling, is launching his own mini-series through BOOM! Studios in September, and Eisner and Harvey award-winning Terry Moore, known for his smart and quirky women-focused stories, is publishing a new series through his Abstract Studios imprint. Both titles will feature strong women characters.
Frank Cho, first recognized for his humor and pin-up art in University² and Liberty Meadows, has gone on to create some of the finest mix of superheroes and classical artwork of any living artist. As recently as this summer he provided the most beautiful Wonder Woman cover art in years for DC Comics. We’ve raved about his cover art here five years ago, but he’s created a lifetime of great work since then. We wait with bated breath for more projects like his cover to cover work on Savage Wolverine, Mighty Avengers, Shanna the She-Devil, and his X-Men Schism arc. This may be that next series.
His new project, Skybourne, a project we first heard about in early 2015, follows two immortals, Grace Skybourne and her brother Thomas, and their battle against the legendary Merlin of medieval lore. Here is the description from the publisher:
* Full of fast-paced action, Skybourne is James Bond with fantasy elements thrown in and is unlike anything Frank Cho has ever done before.
* The legend of King Arthur is alive and well in the modern day world. Only one man, Skybourne, can stop the evil Merlin from destroying the world.
But we ask again each year: Whatever happened to the very cool and promising Guns & Dinos, which we first previewed five years ago here at borg.com? Skybourne, Issue #1 of 5, written and drawn by Cho, is scheduled for release in comic book stores September 7, 2016. Check out a preview below.
Comic book readers know Terry Moore from any number of his great series. First and foremost was the groundbreaking Strangers in Paradise, featuring pals Francine and Katchoo. But his Echo and Rachel Rising were standouts, too–Echo, a sci-fi series, and Rachel Rising, where Moore delved into the darker side of comic writing. Moore discussed his newest project this past July at San Diego Comic Con.
His new series is Motor Girl, featuring a gas station mechanic, her friend who happens to be a gorilla (car buffs can insert their “gorilla snot” reference here), and her intergalactic reputation for engine repair. Here’s the description from the publisher:
When Samantha’s junkyard is visited by a UFO looking for spare parts, she is only too happy to oblige. But when word gets out she is a reliable source, Sam’s booming alien business catches the attention of an Area 51 investigator determined to shut her down! Don’t miss the premier issue of Terry Moore’s fantastic new series!
Look for Motor Girl, Issue #1, due in comic book stores this November. Check out two images from Moore above.
Here’s an extended preview of Frank Cho’s Issue #1 of Skybourne: