Image Comics and Diamond Comic Distributors have put together an all-new monthly magazine, Image+, showcasing Image’s upcoming releases as well as bonus creator-owned comics content.

Each issue of Image+ will be distributed along with Diamond’s PREVIEWS Catalog each month, with the first one being available in May. Each of the first twelve issues will feature an original, four-page The Walking Dead story focused on Negan’s origins. Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard will be the creatives behind the story totaling 48 pages of backstory.

“PREVIEWS is a useful tool for retailers and customers alike,” said Corey Murphy, Director of Sales at Image Comics. “With the Image+ magazine and the new and original content each issue, month in and month out, we hope to bring fresh eyes and excitement to our PREVIEWS product listings once again.”

Image+ will total 64 pages with exclusive interviews, spotlight features, bonus never-before-seen preview pages, editorials from industry voices, and in-depth, insightful and provocative comics coverage curated by David Brothers, Branding Manager at Image Comics.

Brothers added: “Comics are exciting, and it does them and their creators a disservice to give them rote, by-the-numbers coverage. I cut my teeth on video game magazines before writing about comics professionally, and I’m excited to push that experience in a new direction alongside Sasha Head, our Sales & Marketing Production Designer. From my perspective, comics have always been cool, and this is a chance to show everyone exactly why I feel that way.”

The magazine will be available for free to customers who purchase a PREVIEWS Catalog each or purchased separately for $1.99.

“We’re pleased to be working with Diamond on this exciting addition to the monthly PREVIEWS catalog,” said Eric Stephenson, Publisher at Image Comics. “We look forward to sharing news about our upcoming titles and the creators that both entertain and inform retailers and fans alike.”

The first issue of Image+ will appear in the PREVIEWS Catalog with July releasing solicitations and will be available in stores this May. The standard Image Comics solicitations will continue to appear in PREVIEWS Catalog as usual.