Today, independent French comic book publisher Delcourt and ComiXology are announcing a new partnership for English-language editions of French comics on the digital platform. Delcourt are bringing "an exclusive line of English language digital-first comics" to ComiXology, and this month will debut several titles that have been best-sellers in France, including, The Curse of the Wendigo, which was illustrated by artist Charlie Adlard, best known for his collaboration with Robert Kirkman on The Walking Dead, and Come Prima by Alfred, the graphic novel which won the Prix du Meilleur Album at the 2014 Angoulême International Comics Festival. The deal arranges for more than 150 Delcourt titles to be published over the next 12 months exclusively through ComiXology.
Co-founder and CEO of ComiXology David Steinberger, comments on the announcement, saying:
The French comic market is one of the most diverse in the world, and it's fantastic to be a part of this game-changing deal with Delcourt. The English language audience is more diverse than ever and Delcourt's compelling titles will speak to ComiXology fans. It's high time that French comics take their rightful place as a major comics category – today marks the beginning of the 'French Invasion' of comics in the English language market!
Some of the Delcourt titles will also include original material from major comic book creators, with new covers by Andrea Sorentino, Matteo Scalera and Mahmud Asrar and introductions by creators Mark Waid and Terry Moore.
One of the new titles will be Iron Squad co-created and written by Jean-Luc Sala and illustrated by Ronan Toulhoat. There will be a ComiXology exclusive cover for issue 1 by Matteo Scalera (Secret Avengers). The series will be published in ongoing monthly installments, beginning today on July 6th. The comic poses the question, "What if new technology in 1944 turned the course of World War II and led the Germans to victory?"
We bring you an exclusive preview of the Iron Squad here on Bleeding Cool to give you a taste of what the new Delcourt material on ComiXology will be like: