Image Comics has been on quite a tear lately. Recent releases Seven to Eternity, God Country, and Redneck all combined excellent story and reasonable print runs to achieve immediate sellouts and significant price appreciation on the secondary markets. Expect Regression #1, already sold out at Diamond ahead of its release this coming week from IMAGE, to follow suit.
Regression asks ourselves the following; (taken from an essay by Andrea Towers on the Image Website)
What mysteries await us when we let our minds lose control? Could the deepest and most terrible things be hiding inside of us, simply waiting for us to surrender to them? And if we do surrender to them, are we ever able to escape their hold and return to normal? Were we ever normal to begin with?
What might sound like the start of a horror novel is actually the theme of REGRESSION, your delightful new supernatural horror obsession. Written by horror master Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, The Sixth Gun, Empty Man) with an artistic debut by Danny Luckert (Haunted) and colors/letters by Marie Enger (Pistolwhip, 2 Sisters), REGRESSION is the story of what happens when your dreams take you too far—and what happens when they become more than just dreams.
Giving a story about nightmares and conspiracy a supernatural slant is not only interesting, but it offers us the opportunity to consider our own lives in the context of what we believe and fear. The kind of dreams or nightmares that Adrian (lead character) has are often portrayed as outlandish. But even though some of the things that Adrian faces are gory and seem out of this world, the book treats these visions with seriousness. This is a horror story, but it’s also a story about human struggle, and reading it, you never forget that.
For those who like speculation, IMAGE has provided a last minute twist that has led to confusion in the marketplace and possible opportunity (I mentioned this in this weeks New Comic Speculation video. The original solicitation for the regular cover of this book with art by Danny Luckert is shown here (first image) along with the newly solicited cover (second image).
Also, for speculators, Cullen Bunn has had numerous books optioned, and while we are still waiting some to make it to the screen, Empty Man recently had a director attached and Harrow County is still in the works.
In fact many stores, including midtown comics still show this as the regular cover. It is not. Image made a last minute change on the regular cover, with the original design now serving as a limited to 700 copies available retailer exclusive variant for thecomicmint.com.
As of this writing, the retailer has informed me they have only 50 copies left and are available for purchase for $19.95 each raw, or $79.95 in CGC or CBCS 9.8 format here.
It is likely when this book comes out next week there will be A LOT of people scrambling for what had always been solicited as the regular cover.