Fans of Robert Kirkman’s long-running and wildly successful zombie comic-book series The Walking Dead may not know how Kirkman got his start at Image Comics. Before the black-and-white survival horror, Kirkman had a hit on his hands when he brought four-color superheroics to Image with his title Invincible—but even before that, he created an alien, armored action hero in the form of Tech Jacket.
Kirkman wrote the six-issue series with artist E.J. Su in 2002, which would lead into a renaissance for new superhero characters at the publisher and introduce the character Invincible. More than 10 years and 100 issues later, Invincible has become one of the staples of Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image, and Tech Jacket has made guest appearances throughout the series.
Now, Tech Jacket returns, thanks to the writer-artist team of Joe Keatinge and Khary Randolph. After a three-issue miniseries released earlier this year, which has been collected and is also available as a trade paperback, the adventures of Zach Thompson now have their own ongoing series. Joe Keatinge’s re-imagining of another Image character, Glory, as well as his own series Hell Yeah, suggest he can tap into the history of a character and take it exponentially further. Meanwhile, artist Khary Randolph, who even had fan art in the first Tech Jacket series, will be bringing in his signature kinetic, light-hearted comic stylings to create a series that combines elements of Saturday-morning cartoons and epic anime masterpieces.
Get an exclusive look at the first few pages of the new series below.