The term retcon is one used, mostly in comic books, when a writer changes something from a character’s past that was already established (usually by another writer). Sometimes, it’s sloppy writing, but mostly, it’s just a way to tell a more interesting story. It’s a comic trope, and tropes are fun to poke at, which is what Image is doing this fall, in their new time travel book, Retcon.
The book comes from writer Matt Nixon (Wolverine) and artist Toby Cypress (RODD RACER, BLUE ESTATE) and is being branded as “an all new time-hopping paranormal series.”
In RETCON, a group of paranormal adventurers faced with an impossible threat keep
shutting down alternative timelines in order to prevent the ultimate destruction of the solar system. This is only to find themselves reinvented in a similar—albeit retconned situation—back in issue #1 on a parallel Earth, facing the same enemy.
“Artist Toby Cypress and I set out to make Retcon a ‘craft’ comic book,” said Nixon. “We took our time and made sure from layout to panel design to colors and letters—every piece fits, nothing was rushed. We made the best book that we could, and we believe it will find its audience.”
Cypress added, “Matt’s story is like David Lynch doing a few episodes of X-Files, it’s weird, over the top, and subtle all at once.”
RETCON #1 will hit stores this September 2017.