Black Jack Ketchum – Image Comics Next Big Surprise?

Long-time readers of Bleeding Cool may recall a number of articles about the comic book Ultrasylvania, self published through Kickstarter.

Well the creative team's latest book is bypassing such activities and going straight to Image Comics for their next book, just announced for December, Black Jack Ketchum. No Image Expo announcement, no pre-solicit piece arranged with Entertainment Weekly just – a brand new monthly comic.

Brian Schirmer, Claudia Balboni and Jeremy Saliba's new title is a surreal Western that kicks off with a case of (possible) mistaken identity. It's the story of Tom Ketchum, struggling to clear his name in a world populated by talking sidearms, crackshot children, a mysterious, merciless judge, and the faceless, supernatural Dusters. Imagine those last guys as the Nazgul of the frontier and you'll be pretty close. It's The Fugitive meets The Prisoner in a dreamlike version of the Old West. Kieron Gillen says it's "the Weird Western turned Lynchian." Which is nice of him.

In a dreamlike version of the Old West, Tom Ketchum struggles to clear his name – and stay alive – when he's mistaken for wanton outlaw "Black Jack" Ketchum. With the aid of his talking sidearm, a secretive gambler, and a mute girl with a Winchester, Tom evades the mysterious Union and its supernatural enforcers, the faceless Dusters, as he's forced to question his identity, his sanity, and his very existence.

Let's take a look…

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