Image Comics has announced a new action/fantasy comic from Khary Randolph and Brandon Thomas, with Emilio Lopez also listed on the cover, called Excellence, touted in the press release for featuring a creative team comprised entirely of creators of color. Spencer Dales is the protagonist of the series, son of a member of a secret society of magicians called The Aegis and about to participate in a generational war, sort of like we have in real life between Millennials and Baby Boomers, except instead of weapons like global warming and social media, this war will use magic.
In the press release, Thomas said:
Excellence is all about contrasts—characters that are capable of doing these impossible things, but whose abilities are largely defined by others. This conflict explodes within a relationship between a father and son that have very different ideas about who should benefit from this power, and how long they're supposed to wait around for things to get 'better.' Like most popular genres, fantasy is in desperate need of expansion, and we're excited and honored to fill that void with this action-packed series, as we agree with our protagonist…it's now or never.
And Randolph said:
One of the major themes of this book was generational rifts, so from every aspect of the worldbuilding, I tried to mash up the old with the new. Taking visual cues from artists like Jim Steranko, Hitchcock, and Saul Bass and remixing them with anime, hip-hop, and video game influences. At the end of the day, we're just trying to create a world that is beautiful to look at but also resonates on a deeper emotional level.
Check out the description from the press release and some art below, but first, a trailer!
Excellence follows Spencer Dales, a young man born into a world of magic. His father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of magicians ordered by their unseen masters to better the lives of others—those with greater potential—but never themselves.
Now it's time for Spencer to follow in his father's footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But in this fight for a better future, who will stand beside him?
Excellence #1 (Diamond Code MAR190016) hits comics shops on Wednesday, May 8. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, April 15.