Robert Kirkman provides an update on Image United

Image United, Image Comics’ company-wide crossover event comic that combines Spawn, Savage Dragon, Invincible, and Witchblade, among others, has been incomplete for over a decade. Written by Robert Kirkman and featuring artwork by Image’s founders, including Jim Valentino, Marc Silvestri, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen and Todd McFarlane. Issues one and two of the event arrived in late 2009 with issue three premiering in late 2010 and a zero issue also arriving. Crickets ever since. In an interview with about Invincible’s anniversary, we asked Kirkman if there was any hope that the comic would ever be completed… and his answer didn’t inspire confidence.

“It’s very easy to say, ‘Hey, if it were up to me…’ and pin it on those other guys, but I’m also very busy,” said the writer of The Walking Dead and Invincible. “It’s not like the scripts are ready, they’re not. I’d never say never, but it doesn’t look good…If I can frustrate you, can I frustrate you? There are tons of pages out numbers 4 and 5 that are finished I’ve seen them they’re great it’s amazing stuff… There are aspects of the pages, the pages that are ‘finished’ there are still a few bits that haven’t been put in place in.”

Even though it seems unlikely that the series will ever be completed, the creative team behind the book remains proud as ever of what they actually accomplished with the three issues that were released.

He continues: “We flew too close to the sun. What excited me about Image United was that it was an absolutely insane, unprecedented idea to do a six-issue crossover mini-series where the six Image founders return and their drawing individual characters on jam pages Because in the 1990s they made all those great jam pieces, the cover of Image #0, different wizard covers and things like that, and their styles blended together so well that it seemed cohesive even though it was six different people doing it, sometimes seven It was just a brilliant, insane concept that was doomed to fail But, you know, as we went along, it just got so cumbersome with sending the pages and, and everybody’s doing so much different things. should have been a one shot.”

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