PORTLAND, Ore. 04/20/2023 — Bestselling, multiple award winning, master storyteller Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, The Underwater Welder, The Bone Orchard Mythos) will bring small town evils to life in the highly anticipated Fishflies. This new series written and drawn by Lemire—and which will be teased to fans with a special Free Comic Book Day edition in May—will officially launch in July from Image Comics.
When a brutal and violent crime puts the life of an innocent teenage boy in the balance, it sets off a chain of events in bucolic Bell River, Ontario that will permanently change several residents’ lives. And as the manhunt heats up, a lonely girl named Franny Fox will form an unlikely friendship with a fugitive that leads them on an odyssey of discovery and redemption. Fishflies is a new tale of small-town surrealist horror that begins with a special extra-length debut issue.
"For years the books I both write and draw seem to switch back and forth between grounded, slice-of-life human drama like Essex County and Royal City or more genre driven work like Sweet Tooth," said Lemire. "With Fishflies I really tried to combine these two aesthetics into one big story. Fishflies has the scale and drama of my more grounded work but also the genre fun and mythology of things like Gideon Falls. I think the result makes it unlike anything I’ve done before, yet very familiar at the same time."
Fishflies #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 12:
- Cover A by Lemire - Diamond Code MAY230033
- Cover B by Peach Momoko - Diamond Code MAY230034
Fishflies will also be available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.