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Much like with Record Store Day, I consider myself a little too old to be queueing with the masses - for the chance of 5 flimsy collectibles - which will most likely end up being compiled into a compendium volume at a later date anyhow. I am almost entirely TP-based (Trade Paperback) these days - preferring a more solid volume with a full narrative arc, versus collecting episodically. I also tend to find those collected volumes keep better than the paper covered slivers.


I would say I am firmly planted in Graphic Novel territory - a lot of it very high quality Sequential Art, and of all the leading imprints, there are none to me as significant or prolific in quality as is Image. An Author / Creator Publishing Platform set up in 1992 - so that the originators could publish their material without surrendering copyrights. Image is in fact a fairly loose collection of 7 separate imprints - Highbrow Entertainment, ShadowLine, Skybound, Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Joe’s Comics and MVCreations.


There is not always clear delineation between sub-brands, and they are not always stamped onto their relevant series. Most Image output is simply just branded plain ’Image’, which makes up most of my collection, with Top Cow being a particular favourite of the component brands.


In the below list there are more than 200 titles, my top 10 are selected on the basis of pure enjoyment, alongside smart artwork and intriguing narratives. In my opinion Chew and Saga are Image’s ambassador titles - and between them best represent what the imprint is all about - really imaginative and often quite quirky output. The rest of the Top 10 is rounded off by clever storytelling and superior visuals. My Next 50 are those who did not quite make it into the Top 10, and the remaining 160+ are all the other Image titles I have read and enjoyed over the years. Note that the below list is far from comprehensive and that Image’s total output is probably near enough the same again in volume of overall titles - or twice as much as is listed here!


All listings are alphabetical:

Top 10 Favourite Image Titles

  • Chew
  • Descender
  • Lazarus
  • Low
  • Monstress
  • Saga
  • Seven to Eternity
  • Sex Criminals
  • The Wicked + The Divine
  • Wayward

The Next 50

  • Aphrodite IX
  • The Autumnlands
  • Birthright
  • Bitch Planet
  • Black Magick
  • Black Science
  • Blue Monday
  • Copperhead
  • The Darkness
  • Deadly Class
  • Death Vigil
  • Drifter
  • East of West
  • Fatale
  • The Fix
  • Genius
  • The Goddamned
  • Great Pacific
  • Hinges
  • Huck
  • I Hate Fairyland
  • The Humans
  • Infinite Vacation
  • Injection
  • Invincible


  • A Land Called Tarot
  • Manifest Destiny
  • No Mercy
  • Ody-C
  • Outcast
  • Paper Girls
  • Phonogram
  • Postal
  • Prophet
  • Rat Queens
  • Ravine
  • Red One
  • Revival
  • Reyn
  • Rumble
  • RunLoveKill
  • Sheltered
  • Shutter
  • Skull Kickers
  • Southern Bastards
  • Sunstone
  • Tokyo Ghost
  • Witchblade
  • Wytches
  • Zero

The Rest

  • 68
  • Adventures in the Rifle Brigade
  • Airboy
  • Alex + Ada
  • Aloha, Hawaiian Dick
  • Angelus
  • Arclight
  • Artifacts
  • Axcend
  • Bang! Tango
  • The Beauty
  • Beowulf
  • Black Jack Ketchum
  • The Black Monday Murders
  • Blood Stain
  • Bloody Mary
  • Blue Estate
  • Bomb Queen
  • Broken Trinity
  • Cannibal
  • Carbon Grey
  • Casanova
  • Chronicles of Hate
  • Chrononauts
  • Codename Baboushka
  • The Covenant
  • C.O.W.L.
  • Criminal
  • Cry Havoc
  • Cyber Force / Hunter Killer
  • Danger Club
  • Dead@17
  • Demonic
  • The Discipline
  • Double D
  • The Double Life of Miranda Turner
  • The Dream Merchant
  • Echoes
  • Eclipse
  • Eden's Fall
  • EGOS
  • The Empty
  • Empty Zone
  • Epoch
  • The Fade Out
  • Faster Than Light
  • First Born
  • Five Ghosts
  • Four Eyes
  • From Under Mountains
  • Ghosted
  • Girls
  • Glitterbomb
  • Glory
  • God Hates Astronauts


  • Goners
  • Graveyard Shift
  • Grizzlyshark
  • Habitat
  • Hack/Slash: Son of Samhain
  • Happy!
  • Hawaiian Dick
  • Head Lopper
  • Horizon
  • The Hunt
  • Hunter Killer
  • I.D.
  • I Kill Giants
  • Imperial
  • Intersect
  • Invisible Republic
  • IXTH Generation
  • Jupiter's Circle
  • Jupiter's Legacy
  • Kaptara
  • Kill or be Killed
  • Lady Pendragon
  • Lake of Fire
  • Last Days of American Crime
  • Limbo
  • Luther Strode
  • Madame Mirage
  • The Magdalena
  • The Manhattan Project
  • The Mantle
  • Mara
  • Material
  • Mechanism
  • Midnight of the Soul
  • Mirror: The Mountain
  • Morning Glories
  • MPH
  • Mythic
  • Nailbiter
  • Nancy in Hell
  • Nameless
  • Noah
  • Nowhere Men
  • Officer Downe
  • Plutona
  • Pretty Deadly
  • Pride & Joy
  • Prince of Cats
  • Progeny
  • Rasputin
  • Reborn
  • Renato Jones
  • Revenge
  • Ringside
  • Roche Limit


  • Saints: The Book of Blaise
  • Savage Dragon
  • Savior
  • Scooter Girl
  • Secret
  • Secret Identities
  • Sex
  • She Wolf
  • Sky Pirates of Neo Terra
  • Snotgirl
  • Solstice
  • Son of Merlin
  • Sons of the Devil
  • Southern Cross
  • Sovereign
  • Spawn
  • Spread
  • Starlight
  • Starve
  • Strange Girl
  • The Superannuated Man
  • Supreme: Blue Rose
  • The Surface
  • Surgeon X
  • Switch
  • The Sword
  • Symmetry
  • Tales of Honor
  • They're Not Like Us
  • Thief of Thieves
  • Think Tank
  • Three
  • Throwaways
  • The Tithe
  • Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth
  • Trees
  • Turf
  • Umbral
  • Undertow
  • Valhalla Mad
  • Velocity
  • Velvet
  • The Violent
  • A Voice in the Dark
  • The Walking Dead
  • Wanted
  • We Stand On Guard
  • Where is Jake Ellis / Who is Jake Ellis?
  • Whispers
  • Wildfire
  • Wolf

Where to Get Image Comic Books in London

Where to Get Image Comic Books in London

I’m very fortunate to live in central London, as there are 3 excellent stores right in the centre. I tend to start at Holborn tube, and walk down High Holborn towards Shaftesbury Avenue, first taking in Forbidden Planet, then traversing down to Orbital Comics on Great Newport Street and finally crossing over to Gosh! on Berwick Street.

I occasionally venture up to Mega City in Camden:

And if in Croydon would make sure I checked out their A Place in Space and Forbidden Planet:

Finally, if hunting down older unusual issues, you may occasionally strike gold at Book & Comic Exchange at Notting Hill:

If you don’t live in and around London, you can use this: Lookup


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