Image Comics Set to Launch Time Before Time Science Fiction Series

From the bestselling writer/artist Declan Shalvey (Bog Bodies) and Write It In Blood team Rory McConville and Joe Palmer comes an all-new science fiction story in Time Before Time. This ongoing time travel series will launch from Image Comics this May.


Best described as Criminal meets Back to the Future and Looper, this high octane, extra-length debut issue will feature an alternate cover by artist John Paul Leon.

“I loved what this team did on Write It In Blood so I’m really excited to take that crew and work on something more ambitious,” said Shalvey in an exclusive scoop on the announcement at IGN. “This is a book with miles of potential, brilliantly realized by Joe Palmer and Chris O’Halloran. Their work to me, looks like the baby of Aeon Flux and Hellboy. I think readers will enjoy the gorgeous pages, but also the core story that follows Tatsuo into a more and more complicated set of troubles. With Time Before Time, Rory and myself get to write a crime drama that’s injected with even more dramatic twists and the compelling visuals that sci-fi provides.”

In Time Before Time, it’s the year 2140, and to escape a world with no future, many turn to the Syndicate, a criminal organization who, for the right price, will smuggle you back in time to a better life. After working for the Syndicate for years, Tatsuo and Oscar decide to steal one of their boss’s time machines—but soon find that the one thing you can’t run from is your past.

McConville told IGN: “It’s been great to reunite with the Write It In Blood team, as well as collaborating with Declan, whose work I’ve been a huge fan of for years. Time travel stories are my favourite type of sci-fi and getting to write one with so many twists and turns is incredibly thrilling. Joe and Chris continue to be a fantastic combo and I can’t wait for people to see some of the eye-popping pages they’ve been working on.”

“In Time Before Time, Declan and Rory have written a time hopping adventure in which the past can’t be altered, so the emotional stakes are always high,” said Palmer. “The whole team has put a lot of love into this book, and I’m really excited for readers to be able to get their hands on it. Buckle up, because this wild ride goes all over the place.”

Time Before Time #1 Cover A by Shalvey and Time Before Time #1 Cover B by John Paul Leon will be ON THE SHELF Wednesday, May 12, 2021

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Time Before Time #1

By Shalvey, Declan, McConville, Rory

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