PORTLAND, Ore. 11/15/2022 — Today, Eisner Award nominated Killadelphia writer Rodney Barnes reveals that the next title in his comic book canon, Monarch, will be with artist Alex Lins (Immortal Hulk) and out from Image Comics in February 2023.

Barnes is the award winning television writer/producer behind HBO's Winning Time and the upcoming Monarch will be one of multiple series set to expand his comic book portfolio through his own Zombie Love Studios.

Monarch is a new tale of terror featuring high-stakes science fiction that hits close to home. “I’ve always loved films like Attack the Block and War of the Worlds, so I decided to put them together to see what would happen. The result? Monarch,” said Barnes.

Growing up in the city of Compton is tough enough as it is… but as Travon has learned all too well, growing up as an orphan in the city of Compton with gang members hunting you down every day is even tougher. But all of that is about to change because today is the day that aliens make first contact with Earth…and it only spells doom for life as we know it!

Death, devastation, and mayhem... Can a single teenage boy rise to the challenge to protect his surrogate family & friends…or will he die trying?

Lins added: “I picked up Killadelphia as a fan without knowing who Rodney was at the time. It was so captivating, I finished it in a single sitting and wanted more. Just like Killadelphia, Monarch has this great concept with a perfect rhythm and flow. But what really struck me is that whatever genre the book he tackles—be it horror or sci-fi—Rodney will make it all relatable, however far you fancy yourself to be from the reality of these characters at first. And this is what I look for in a comic and what I love to help bring to life—this has been my favorite part with Monarch, as I prefer to draw a story with people in it that are completely three dimensional, rather than ‘concept placeholders.’”

Monarch #1 will launch a new tale of love, triumph, disaster, and defeat and will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 8:

Monarch will also be available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.