Sunday, March 31, 2019

Image Comics Announces "Matador" Graphic Novel


Sneak peek of interior pages revealed

PORTLAND, OR — Image Comics is pleased to announce the forthcoming Matador, Vol. 1 by Devin Grayson (Batman: Gotham Knight, User) and Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther, Batman), which will find a new home at Image Comics this May and collect issues #1-6 of the original series.

Matador is an explosive story pitting Lt. Isabel Cardona against a deadly serial killer in an edge-of-your-seat thriller that fans of Killing Eve and True Detective won't want to miss. Dismissed as a quota minority hire by her work peers, Cuban-born and Florida-bred Detective Isabel Cardona makes no friends on the Miami force by insisting that a series of seemingly unrelated murder cases lead to an urban-legend contract killer known only as "The Matador." Proving his existence soon becomes equal parts self-preservation and obsession—but how close to the dangerous Matador will Cardona have to get to make that happen?  

Matador, Vol. 1 (Diamond Code JAN190134, ISBN: 978-1-5343-1068-1) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 and can be pre-ordered at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Indiebound, and Indigo.

Matador, Vol. 1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Devin Grayson is an award-winning comics veteran with over two decades of experience writing blockbuster characters spanning from Batman to the X-Men. Recent projects include the orchestration of the Marvel Rising comics event, publication of an original Doctor Strange novel, and the rerelease of the creator-owned miniseries User. Devin lives in Northern California where she enjoys advocating for the LGBTQ community, fostering Diabetic Alert Dogs for Early Alert Canines, and helping her kid's classmates settle all of their burning who-would-win-in-a-fight-against questions. Find out more at

Brian Stelfreeze is an American comic book artist. As painter, penciller, inker and colorist he has worked for nearly every major American comic book publisher. While Stelfreeze has been known throughout his career primarily as a cover artist, painting more than fifty cover illustrations for DC Comics' Shadow of the Bat, he's also produced a significant amount of sequential work, including the miniseries Domino for Marvel Comics and Matador now available from Image Comics. Stelfreeze's most recent work includes his Eisner Award-Nominated run as the artist (both interior and cover art) on the 2016 revival of Marvel's Black Panther with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit


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