September will be a big month for Eisner Award-winning writer Jeff Lemire, as he launches two new miniseries, Mazebook from Dark Horse Comics and Primordial from Image Comics.

For Primordial, Lemire will once again be working with Andrea Sorrentino, his artist for Green Arrow, Old Man Logan, and the Eisner Award-winning Gideon Falls. Primordial is a very different type of story:  “This book is part Cold War thriller and part deep space sci-fi, but all grounded in an alt-history take on the first animals sent to space,” Lemire said in an announcement.  The animals Lemire is speaking of are Laika, the dog sent into space by the Russians in 1957, and Able and Baker, the two monkeys sent up by the U.S. in 1959.  The premise of Primordial is that the animals did not die in space, as scientists assumed would happen; instead, they were taken and now they are being returned.  The six-issue miniseries will launch on September 15, and the first issue will have an MSRP of $3.99. The main cover will be by Sorrentino and variant covers will be by Christian Ward, Dustin Nguyen, and Yuko Shimizu, as well as a 1:25 virgin incentive, a 1:50 raw black and white virgin incentive, a 1:75 Moon Footprint incentive, and a 1:100 incentive by Lemire.

Lemire is both writing and drawing Mazebook, the story of a building inspector who is grieving for his dead daughter when someone claiming to be her calls him and says she is trapped in a labyrinth.  Since his daughter loved puzzles, the inspector turns to her journal and finds a half-finished maze.  He uses that and a map of his city to go on a journey through another plane of reality, hoping to bring her back home.  Dark Horse will launch the five-issue series on September 8, and the first issue will have a Cover A by Lemire and cover B by Sorrentino, both with an MSRP of $5.99.

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