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BOOM! Studios in June 2015

STRANGE FRUIT # 1 (of 4)

(Advance solicited for on sale in July)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: J.G. Jones and Mark Waid
Artist: J.G. Jones
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: J.G. Jones
Jackpot Variant Cover: J.G. Jones
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: TBD
Incentive Cover: J.G. Jones

What’s to Love: Two of the industry’s most respected and prolific creators come together for the first time in a deeply personal passion project. J.G. Jones (52, Wanted, Y: The Last Man) and Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Superman: Birthright, Kingdom Come) take on a powerful, beautifully painted story set during the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927. Strange Fruit is a challenging, provocative examination of the heroic myth confronting the themes of racism, cultural legacy, and human nature through a literary lens, drawing from Southern folklore and tradition.

What It Is: It’s 1927 in the town of Chatterlee, Mississippi, drowned by heavy rains. The Mississippi River is rising, threatening to break open not only the levees, but also the racial and social divisions of this former plantation town. A fiery messenger from the skies heralds the appearance of a being, one that will rip open the tensions in Chatterlee. Savior or threat? It depends on where you stand. All the while, the waters are still rapidly rising…

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STRANGE FRUIT LITHOGRAPH

Retail Price: $19.99
Artist: J.G. Jones

Prepare for the coming of J.G. Jones and Mark Waid’s new creator-owned title Strange Fruit with this beautiful, 11” x 17” lithograph featuring a narrative series of panels from the first issue launching next month, beautifully painted by Jones.

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BROKEN WORLD #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Frank J. Barbiere
Artist: Christopher Peterson
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Christopher Peterson
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Frazer Irving
Incentive Cover: Christian Ward

What’s to Love: We’re thrilled to publish the one new original series co-created and written by Frank J. Barbiere (Five Ghosts, Avengers World) in 2015. Broken World is a gripping sci-fi thriller and survival adventure great for fans of Y: The Last Man or The Massive. Barbiere and co-creator/artist Christopher Peterson (Grindhouse, Mayday) will explore the lives of people left behind in the apocalypse.

What It Is: With a meteor days away from causing an extinction-level event on Earth, time is running out for Elena Marlowe. While most of the planet’s population and her family were approved by the
government to escape on one of the giant spaceships headed to another planet, her application was denied due to her mysterious past. With the meteor fast approaching, Elena tries desperately to find a way to fake her way onto the last ship or else be left behind to die with the rest of Earth’s rejected denizens.

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THE FICTION #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Curt Pires
Artist: David Rubín
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: David Rubín
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Frazer Irving
Incentive Cover: Tula Lotay

What’s to Love: Curt Pires (POP, Mayday) is a fountain of fascinating ideas, and we’re excited to publish his latest offering, The Fiction. Fans of titles like Locke & Key and The Unwritten will take to its story about a group of childhood friends who discover doorways to other worlds through a set of strange books. Bringing this story to life is David Rubín, who Paul Pope dubbed “…a big talent and the real deal.”

What It Is: Four childhood friends discover a box of strange books that, when read aloud, can transport them to the beautiful, imaginary worlds described within. But when one of them goes missing, the others vow never to reveal where they’ve been and what they’ve seen. Years later, when one of the remaining kids, now an adult, also mysteriously disappears, it’s up to the last two of the group to dig up their dusty books to find him and finally figure out what happened to their friend all those years ago.

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GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS ART PRINT PORTFOLIO

Retail Price: $39.99
Artist: George Pérez

For collectors and fans, a portfolio set of nine, 11” x 14” art prints of George Pérez’s artwork from his new creator-owned title, George Pérez’s Sirens, each one spotlighting a different character from the series.

 

CLARENCE #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Liz Prince
Artist: Evan Palmer
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: JJ Harrison
Subscription Cover: Liz Prince
BOOM! 10 Years Variant Cover: Roger Langridge
Incentive Cover: Kassandra Heller

What’s To Love: We’ve all been Clarence at one point. He’s an optimistic kid who sees the best in everyone and is happy to play the day away with his best friends, Jeff and Sumo. Liz Prince (Tomboy) and artist Evan Palmer (Munchkin) bring all the heart from the hit Cartoon Network animated series to comics for the first time. Take a moment to relive childhood!

What It Is: Clarence is a typical fourth grader who’s always on the search for fun with everyone, finding adventures everywhere from the classroom to his own imagination. Life might throw a bully or a grumpy adult in his path, but Clarence puts a stop to that with kindness and treating everyone like a friend.

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UNCLE GRANDPA: PIZZA STEVE SPECIAL #1

Retail Price: $4.99
Authors: David DeGrand, Laura Howell, Brian Joines, Bradwick McGinty, Andreas Schuster, Jeremy Hansen, and Lee Tatlock
Artists: David DeGrand, Laura Howell, George Mager, Bradwick McGinty, Andreas Schuster, Jeremy Hansen, and Lee Tatlock
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kelsey Dieterich
Incentive Cover: Bob Flynn

What’s to Love: Based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series created by Peter Browngardt, Uncle Grandpa is the magical uncle and grandpa of every kid in the world. That’s awesome, but he hangs out with some pretty cool friends, too! We wanted to hang out with the coolest slice of pizza to ever don sunglasses: Pizza Steve!

What It Is: It’s time for Pizza Steve’s Slice of life. Take each piece out of the pie in this jam-packed anthology with a little taste of all the condiments and a big side order of extra cool! Featuring a motorcycle gang of sea monkeys, Pizza Crust Punks, the Rat Banditos, and so much more off-the-menu adventures!

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FREAKS’ SQUEELE #1 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Florent Maudoux
Artist: Florent Maudoux
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Florent Maudoux
Incentive Cover: Florent Maudoux

What’s to Love: Continuing Archaia’s tradition of producing English translations of some of the world’s best stories, Freaks’ Squeele combines elements of European comics, manga, and American superhero comics into a fun story that fans of X-Men, Teen Titans, and Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner’s Power Girl will enjoy.

What It Is: Chance, a demon girl, Wolfshade, a werewolf, and Xiong Mao, who has no superpowers at all, are all students at a mediocre school for superheroes. They get no respect from their peers or professors, but they just may be the only thing that stands between civilization and the strangest, spookiest monsters you’ve seen in any comic!

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CURSED PIRATE GIRL ANNUAL #1

Retail Price: $9.99
Author: Jeremy Bastian
Artist: Jeremy Bastian
Cover Artist: Jeremy Bastian

What’s to Love: Jeremy Bastian’s intricate artwork is unlike anything in modern comics, and his first Cursed Pirate Girl graphic novel has garnered wide critical acclaim. Now he’s back to bring readers the next chapter of the Cursed Pirate Girl’s adventures in this oversized annual in the vein of Alice in Wonderland meets 19th-century political cartoons.

What It Is: The fiery Cursed Pirate Girl and the young Apollonia continue their search for the pirate girl’s father, one of the pirate captains of the dreaded Omerta Seas. This is the first annual installment of Volume 2 of Cursed Pirate Girl, with 54 pages of all-new story, including a gatefold insert.

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ARCADIA #2

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Alex Paknadel
Artist: Eric Scott Pfeiffer
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Matt Taylor
Incentive Cover: Eric Scott Pfeiffer

In Arcadia, a child psychologist assesses Giacomo and discovers the son of the digital Lee and Sam, and discovers there’s something very different about him. Lee is pulled out of a plastic surgery procedure by officials and flown to Beijing to examine a Homesteader’s corpse. Officials believe that the real world is conspiring to introduce death into Arcadia. In the real world, Valentin confronts Lee about his illegal midnight calls to his suicidal daughter Coral in Arcadia.

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OH, KILLSTRIKE #2 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Logan Faerber
Cover Artist: Logan Faerber

Killstrike and Jared travel to New York City to visit the comic book company his father was employed with before his disappearance. While waiting for the meeting, Killstrike gives Jared a few lessons on being a “tough guy.”

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UFOLOGY #3 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: James Tynion IV & Noah J. Yuenkel
Artist: Matthew Fox
Cover Artist: Matthew Fox

Becky is determined to be normal, but her scar is glowing and she keeps saying strange things, and Malcolm is doggedly trying to get her to work with him on solving this mystery. She doesn’t want to be special, but she doesn’t seem to have any choice.

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BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #4 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Brian Lynch
Artist: Jerry Gaylord
Cover Artists:
Main: Felipe Smith
Incentive: Ramon Villalobos

When Bill & Ted return to present-day 1991 San Dimas, they must come face to face with a most non-non-heinous revelation: their timeline is no more! By “Rufusing” a young De Nomlolos, they have inadvertently changed the course of history. The Wyld Stallyns are no more…there is only De Nomolos! Featuring a short by Kurtis Wiebe (Rat Queens) and Mad Rupert (Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy), featuring lil’ middle school Bill & Ted’s first visit from the gods of rock!

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HIT: 1957 #4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Bryce Carlson
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey

Final issue! After the shocking events of Issue #3, Slater unleashes his full fury on Domino’s gang with the help of Terry Riggs. In L.A., Sticky confronts the Hollywood Hacker on his own and faces a moral dilemma: How far will he go in the name of the Hit Squad?

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PALMIOTTI & BRADY’S THE BIG CON JOB #4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Matt Brady & Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Dominike “Domo” Stanton
Cover Artist: Amanda Conner

In this final issue, the crew has the money, and now they just need a clean getaway! Life has a way of throwing a monkey wrench into the works, though, and someone is going to have to take the fall.

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BURNING FIELDS #5 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Cover Artist: Colin Lorimer

When their protection goes up in flames, Dana and Aban find themselves completely on their own in search of the serial killer. They’re forced to go straight for Renfro, which means infiltrating an area controlled by terror groups and arms dealers. Little do they know, Asag’s newest ally is someone very familiar.

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DEEP STATE #7

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Justin Jordan
Artist: Ariela Kristantina
Cover Artist: Matt Taylor

50 years ago, the U.S. government was concerned with the Cold War and surviving the nuclear threat, so they built “The Caves”—self-contained cities designed to restart America from scratch. They were populated by volunteers (mostly) and left alone ever since. Things have gotten weird down there, and now one of them is threatening to crack open underneath a small town.

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #7

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Barreto
Cover Artists:
Main: Mike Henderson
Intermix: Robert Sammelin (1 in 10)
Incentive: Mike Choi

It’s the return of an enemy from Snake’s past! Unable to trust anyone, Snake must join the invasion of the Gulag with the 81st and keep an eye out for the person gunning for his life.

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HEXED #11

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora

The scales have shifted, and thanks to a little divine assistance, Madame Cymbaline is back and ready to kill Lucifer once and for all.

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DEAD LETTERS #12

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Chris Visions
Cover Artist: Chris Visions

Final issue! The War for Purgatory is decided, but will there be a victor? The mystery behind Sam’s appearance in Here is finally revealed.

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ROBOCOP #12

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Joshua Williamson & Dennis Culver
Artist: Alejandro Aragon
Cover Artist: Todd Slater

Final issue! The OCP Headquarters is a war zone as Killian’s radicals and the police department come to a head. The fate of Old Detroit will be decided as Killian, the Old Man, and RoboCop face off.

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #13

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Joe Eisma
Cover Artists:
Main: Jay Shaw
Incentive: Rob Guillory

The new creative team of writer Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong), artist Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), and Mondo cover artist Jay Shaw (Evil Empire) brings Jack Burton into 2015! Jack is a man out of time. His friends and the world around him have changed. He’s now on a hunt for the Pork-Chop Express, and the eccentric billionaire who has it!

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THE WOODS #13

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artists:
Main: Michael Dialynas
Incentive: Becky Cloonan

New story arc! Bay Point Prep, one year later. The students have survived a year in the Woods, settling into their new roles at Bay Point. Isaac and Ben are together and would be perfectly happy if not for the dreams Isaac has of Adrian and his anger toward Karen for her role in his disappearance. Karen is training to be a Hunter, while Sanami and Maria handle the day-to-day running of the school. Calder is missing. The Black City is still out there, and the students will need to mend the rift that’s grown between them to find it.

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SONS OF ANARCHY #22

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist: Toni Infante
Dillon’s traitorous plan is crumbling around him. What will he do when the Mayans, the Sons, and the crew from Reno discover that he’s been playing them all?

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ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #6 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Meredith Gran
Artist: Meredith McClaren
Cover Artists:
Main: Reimena Yee
Subscription: Chrystin Garland
Incentive: Emily Warren

Final issue! Marceline and Princess Bubblegum are back and ready to take care of business in Ooo. It’ll take the power of science and friendship to stop Cinnamon Bun and Suspencer.

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #13

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Patrick Seery
Artist: T. Zysk
Cover Artists:
Main: Matt Trower
Subscription: Lauren Jordan

In order to pay their bills, Bee and PuppyCat have to do another job, but it’s way hecka boring! Naturally with these two on the case, things get out of control pretty quickly.

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REGULAR SHOW #24

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mad Rupert
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artists:
Main: Zé Burnay
Subscription: Hyojin Bae

The Dinosaur Aliens have begun their invasion of Earth! Rigby and Hi-Five Ghost track down the video store clerk who told them about the movie and discover the one thing that can stop all of this: a time machine.

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BRAVEST WARRIORS #33

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:
Main: Ian McGinty
Subscription: Andrea Fontana

The Bravest Warriors are on the case in this special choose-your-ending “whodunnit” issue! Jelly Kid has been murdered! But he regenerates…and is murdered again! Can the Bravest Warriors figure out who keeps killing Jelly Kid?

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ADVENTURE TIME #41

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Hastings
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Cover Artists:
Main: Jake Wyatt
Subscription: Melanie Herring

New story arc! Peppermint Butler is one of the most mysterious dudes in Ooo. When he approaches Finn and Jake to recruit them for the secret agency he runs, they’ve just gotta join and see what’s going on!

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LANTERN CITY #2

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Matt Daley
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artist: Benjamin Carré

Sander has successfully infiltrated the Airborne division of the Guard, the best and most dangerous branch. Posing as a Captain, Sander will have to act like a leader of his unit, despite having no idea what Guard life is like beyond the public eye. His very life depends on it.

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HALOGEN #4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Josh Tierney
Artist: Afu Chan
Cover Artist: Afu Chan

Final issue! When Det is kidnapped by Robotics, Rell will have to face the consequences of her attachment to the little girl.

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MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 3 #4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: David Petersen, Becky Cloonan, Fabian Rangel Jr, and Ryan Lang
Artists: David Petersen, Becky Cloonan, Aaron Conley, and Ryan Lang
Cover Artist: David Petersen

Final issue! Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy), Fabian Rangel Jr (Doc Unknown), Aaron Conley (Sabertooth Swordsman), and Big Hero 6 animator Ryan Lang bring us three final mouse tales, just in time for June to pick her favorite and clear someone’s tab.

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FEATHERS #6 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona

Final issue! When he tracks the Scarf Man to his secret lair, and with Bianca, R, and Z’s lives at stake, Poe comes face-to-face with the man who’s been kidnapping the Mice from the Maze.

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GIANT DAYS #4 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman

Are drugs good, bad, or indifferent? Daisy is going to discover the truth for herself when she makes friends with the very fun Erin, who gives her some “fun” pills. Unfortunately, Daisy’s Granny decides it’s the perfect time for a surprise visit, and it’ll be up to Esther and Susan to help her keep it together.

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HELP US! GREAT WARRIOR #5 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Madeleine Flores
Artist: Madeleine Flores
Cover Artist: Becca Tobin

Leo’s past as Samson the Great is revealed, and Great Warrior must restore trust in her fellow heroes after her biggest secret gets out. Demons are everywhere, and they’re looking for her!

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MUNCHKIN #6

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Thomas Siddell
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artist: Rian Sygh

Spyke and Flower once again take center stage in a classic adventure of Munchkin proportions. Each first printing of this issue contains an exclusive, playable game card!

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LUMBERJANES #15

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
Artist: Brooke Allen
Cover Artists:
Main: Brooke Allen
Incentive: Ricardo Bessa

As the unnatural blizzard rages on, the Lumberjanes continue their search for Jen, who learns more about the mysterious bear woman and her ties to Rosie and the Lumberjanes.

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Authors: Eric Powell, John Carpenter
Artist: Brian Churilla
Cover Artist: Eric Powell

What’s to Love: Big Trouble in Little China is one of our favorite cult-classic films because it mashed together ’80s action and supernatural fantasy movies with ’70s kung-fu flicks. This is the first time any new Big Trouble stories have been officially told, and we have the film’s original director, John Carpenter, working with Eric Powell (The Goon) on the story, with Brian Churilla (Secret History of D.B. Cooper) on art.

What It Is: Jack Burton, a macho, truck-driving adventurer, shook the pillars of Heaven when he defeated the evil sorcerer Lo Pan. He even helped his best friend Wang save his fiancée from the sorcerer’s clutches. Now Wang’s wedding has been invaded by evil forces with one thing on their minds—revenge against Jack Burton! Collects issues #1-4 of the critically acclaimed series USA Today calls one of “2014’s best of the best.”

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SONS OF ANARCHY VOL. 3 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artist: Toni Infante

Trouble rears its ugly head in Tucson when a new motorcycle club, The Slaughter, rides into town looking to take over the meth trade—even if it means taking out the Sons of Anarchy. With loyalties tested and lives on the line, double-crosses abound, and Jax will do what needs to be done to keep it all together and protect SAMTAZ and SAMCRO. Written by Ed Brisson (Sheltered, Cluster) and illustrated by Damian Couceiro (Planet of the Apes, Cluster), Sons of Anarchy Vol. 3 takes Kurt Sutter’s beloved television series and ties Seasons 4 and 5 together with an all-new, original story.

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ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY TP

Retail Price: $19.99
Authors: Kent Osborne & Dylan Haggerty
Artist: Mad Rupert
Cover Artist: Perry Maple

What’s to Love: Written by Adventure Time showrunner and storyboard artist Kent Osborne and top banana Dylan Haggerty, illustrated by top-notch quartermaster Mad Rupert (Regular Show: Skips), and featuring guest artist Britt Wilson, Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy is essential reading for Bananas and non-Bananas alike.

What It Is: The times, they are a-changin’ in the land of Ooo! When Princess Bubblegum declares the Banana Guard Academy open to all citizens, the varied denizens of the Candy Kingdom can’t wait to sign up. The new recruits may not be strong…or fast…or smart…or Bananas…but they do have dreams. Will those dreams be enough to help Peppermint Butler, Mr. Cupcake, and Tree Trunks survive Commandant Banana Guard’s brutal boot camp? We’ll see…

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ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS ENCHIRIDION HC

Retail Price: $49.99
Author: Meredith Gran
Artist: Meredith Gran
Cover Artist: Zachary Sterling

Thanks to a newfound interest in rock ‘n’ roll, Princess Bubblegum volunteers to manage Marceline’s paranormal rock band for a pivotal tour across the land of Ooo. But when the band is threatened by everything from snobby scenesters to beasts borne of self-doubt, can they hold it together and make it to the raddest gig ever?! Written and illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie) and featuring short stories from several indie comics superstars, including Jen Wang (In Real Life) and Friends with Boys cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks, this hardcover edition features never-before-seen extras, including an inside look at the making of Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens!

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REGULAR SHOW VOL. 4 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: KC Green
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch

When yuppies take over The Coffee Shop, Rigby and Mordecai get priced out of their main hangout spot…and they soon discover that there’s more to this hive-mind trend than meets the eye. Time for a dark roast, single origin, cold-brewed caffeine battle! Can Margaret and Eileen resist the siren song of 10-dollar lattes, or will the guys’ caffeine source be shut off forever? Acclaimed cartoonist KC Green returns to pair up with the amazing Allison Strejlau for another collection of hijinks based on the Cartoon Network animated comedy. Also featuring stand-alone stories by Andy Hirsch (The Royal Historian of Oz), Rachel Connor (Regular Show: Hydration), and Regular Show storyboard artist, writer, and voice of Eileen, Minty Lewis. Collects issues #13-16.

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GUNNERKRIGG COURT VOL. 5 HC: REFINE

Retail Price: $26.99
Author: Thomas Siddell
Artist: Thomas Siddell
Cover Artist: Thomas Siddell

What’s to Love: Thomas Siddell’s long-running webcomic has garnered praise and a large fanbase from around the world, including legendary creator Neil Gaiman. We’re delighted to bring the latest adventures of Antimony Carver at the mysterious boarding school Gunnerkrigg Court to print in this new hardcover.

What It Is: Thomas Siddell’s award-winning webcomic series continues to be collected in a new hardcover. Antimony’s new responsibilities thrust her into the heart of the forest, taking Parley and Smitty along for the ride! Meanwhile, Kat is left to deal with the mysterious letter she received, and Renard takes the time to reflect on his past decisions. As the year reaches a close, some friendships will grow stronger and some will have to come to an end.

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THE LAST BROADCAST HC

Retail Price: $29.99
Author: André Sirangelo
Artist: Gabriel Iumazark
Cover Artist: Gabriel Iumazark

What’s to Love: A cunning and dynamic debut from writer André Sirangelo and artist Gabriel Iumazark, The Last Broadcast takes readers into the dark corners of the world where secrets await to be revealed. Iumazark’s Brazilian/Japanese-fusion indie art style brings edgy energy to every dark corner, and fans of Thief of Thieves and the film Now You See Me will find a lot that entices them.

What It Is: Ever wonder what’s behind that “No Trespassing” sign? Travel into the hidden world of Urban Exploration with the daredevil members of Backbone, the best UrbEx team in San Francisco. When they discover a secret bunker belonging to the long-vanished 1930s stage magician Blackhall the Incredible at the same time a young illusionist receives a mysterious package involving Blackhall’s death in 1934, both groups dive into the mystery, not yet realizing it’s about the change their lives forever. Collects the complete miniseries, issues #1-7.

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THE MIDAS FLESH VOL. 2 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Ryan North
Artists: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Cover Artist: Sam Bosma

What if everything you touched turned into gold? Joey and her space crew have found King Midas’ body and turned it into the most powerful weapon of all time. With the ability to transform any planet into gold within seconds, the team will find out if they have what it takes to actually put him to use. There will be greed. There will be vengeance. There will be gold. The second volume of Ryan North’s (Adventure Time, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) debut original print comic book series The Midas Flesh features illustration dynamos Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time) and a conclusion that you will never see coming. Collects issues #5-8.

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Preview: The March of the Crabs Vol. 1: The Crabby Condition HC

The March of the Crabs Vol. 1: The Crabby Condition HC

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Arthur de Pins
Artists: Arthur de Pins

For centuries, the square crab has only been able to move side-to-side in one direction. But some brave crabs decide it’s time for revolution! A few of the brave crustaceans in an estuary on the French coastline decide it’s time to try and actually turn for once, but what does their evolution revolution mean for the human race?

Arthur de Pins’ art style is a slick, fun tribute to Art Deco, something rarely seen in comics. The story of a hapless species of crab is an endearing look at one of nature’s cruel jokes, but made light by a humorous presentation with likable characters, reminiscent of films like Ice Age and Finding Nemo.

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Preview: Rocket Salvage #4 (of 5)

Rocket Salvage #4 (of 5)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Yehudi Mercado
Artist: Bachan

The Rocket family is split! With Zeta training under a mad scientist, Beta working under a local crime lord, and Primo stuck in a Republic of Galaxies prison, it’s going to take more than a big wrench and an apology to get this family back together!

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Preview: Plunder #2

Plunder #2 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Swifty Lang
Artist: Skuds McKinley

As the band of pirates begins to discover just how horrific the situation is on their new ship, one of the few survivors from the vessel emerges with a possible way out, but it may already be too late…

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Archaia Collects Asaf Hanuka’s The Realist for the First Time in English

Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, has announced the April debut of acclaimed Israeli illustrator Asaf Hanuka’s autobiographical original graphic novel The Realist. Collecting Hanuka’s weekly strips in English for the first time, The Realist is an emotional, deeply personal commentary on his life and raising a family in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Asaf Hanuka’s autobiographical webcomic, The Realist, began winning awards shortly after its launch, including a Gold Medal from The Society of Illustrators. Collected for the first time in English and including never-before-collected strips, The Realist delivers both honesty and whimsy from a master of his craft. With echoes of R. Crumb and Daniel Clowes, Hanuka moves readers with his depictions of everyday life, commenting on everything from marriage to technology to social activism through intimate moments of triumph and failure.

Featuring a trim size of 6.875 x 10.1875 and containing 192 pages, The Realist original hardcover graphic novel arrives in comic shops from Archaia on April 22nd with a cover by creator Asaf Hanuka for the price of $24.99 under Diamond order code FEB151166.

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Preview: Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 3 #1 (of 4)

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 3 #1 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Authors: David Petersen, Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson
Artists: David Petersen, Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson

It’s Mouse Guard as interpreted by some of the most celebrated storytellers in all of comics, including Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon), Ramón K. Pérez (Hawkeye, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy), Dustin Nguyen (Batman), and many more!

Following two award-nominated volumes, once again, mice of all furs and trades have gathered at the June Alley Inn to swap tales of courage, adventure, and craftsmanship. The storytellers can’t help but try to outdo one another, as the mouse who tells the best tale gets their bar tab cleared. This issue features stories by Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Novelization).

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

HOWARD001_COVWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Howard the Duck #1 (Marvel) – Chip Zdarsky is generally hilarious. Just search for his history with Applebees. His writing Howard the Duck hopefully will be half as funny. I’m expecting it to be just insane, and beyond entertaining.

Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Hopefully this comic series based off of the two films is excellent and not heinous. While I somewhat expect the latter, I love the first Bill and Ted film, so hoping for the best.

Ninjak #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – Valiant is the best superhero universe out there right now. They consistently put out fantastic comics with great art. This series puts the focus on Ninjak, the sometime MI-6 and Unity team member. It’s an awesome first issue, with amazing art, another solid debut from Valiant.

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 3 #1 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – Mouse Guard is consistently a fantastic series with a beautiful story and art to match. A new volume is always something to celebrate, especially since the series is perfect for kids and adults alike.

Southern Cross #1 (Image Comics) – NOW BOARDING: Southern Cross, tanker flight 73 to TITAN! Alex Braith is on board retracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though—how did her sister die? It’s science fiction meets a murder mystery.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Thor #6 (Marvel) –  Neither gods nor readers yet know the identity of the new Thor.  Answers are unlikely here, but the path to finding out has been pretty fun so far.

Ant-Man #3 (Marvel) – The first issue was a gem, and the second was a bit of a dud. Which will the third issue be?

Postal #2 (Top Cow Productions/Minotaur Press) – The first issue of this mystery series from Image was compelling, combining unexpectedly engaging characters with a one-of-a-kind setting.

Spider-Gwen #2 (Marvel) – After a near frenzy of excitement over the alternate universe Spider-Woman/Spider-Gwen, the first issue somewhat failed to capitalize on it with a good story.  It will be interesting to see if they are going to.

Wonderland #33 (Zenescope) – Calie and the Cheshire go on another quest to rid Wonderland of madness. The first was pretty great, so the second arc looks promising.

 

Elana

Top Pick: The Humans TP (Image Comics) –  My top pick of the year. 1970 outlaw bikers: they are animals! The animals are us! Literally. Tom Neely and color artist Kristina Collantes’ art puts others to shame. Mind blowing scenes of insanity with period-accurate costumes (I’d know) and bikes (they tell me) composed by an artist with the best chops around. It feels like a real underground comic from 70 but more accessible, action-heavy yet character driven. It is living proof of the value of hand lettering. It has an online soundtrack of garage punk/metal/ “is this a john carpenter movie?” soundtrack. https://m.soundcloud.com/the-humans-soundtrack

Oh and it’s by the Henry and Glenn crew. This has a cult-like following. One of us!

Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #3 (KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios) - I haven’t read this yet but I need to. She’s a remarkable creation and I’m glad they keep making series with her in the lead. Do you know a kid that digs this series? Let me know in the comments.

Ms. Marvel #13 (Marvel) – Some day your kids will ask you “Parent, did you read Ms Marvel when it was coming out? I learned it revolutionized the industry and was utterly charming.” And you will say yes, or you will be ashamed. SHAMED!

Silver Surfer #10 (Marvel) – I’m no expert Whovian but this book is less Doctor Who then I expected. It’s more something of its own and I think that’s because Surfer’s voice is unique. At times Dawn feels too childlike. But with art this fun I’ve got to keep buying it.

Southern Cross #1 (Image Comics) – The panels from this that have been trickling out on social media are stunning. Colleen Doran’s art is dark and beautiful. I don’t even know the concept. I’m getting it anyway

 

Nevada

Top Pick: Roller Girl (Dial Books) – Junior high school was a really difficult time for me so I can relate to Roller Girl’s challenges as she navigates that minefield. Wish I would’ve had roller derby—can’t wait to see Roller Girl in action!

Artist & Models: The Glamour Art of Kent Steine (Binary Publications) – Love the cover of this volume and look forward to perusing the pages filled with glamour art & photographs as well as commentary by Mr. Steine.

Constantine #23 (DC Comics) – I’m a big fan of the show and new to the comic so I look forward to giving this a look to see Constantine on the page. Love his attitude and supernatural noir sensibility.

Juxtapose #171 (High Speed Productions) – I always feel so in the know and cutting edge when I read Juxtapose, with its up to the minute art and graphic news and lavish layouts; this Underground Art issue looks like one not-to-be-missed.

Lisa Simpson Figurine (Monogram Products) – I love Lisa and share many of her interests and concerns, so I’ll have to get this figurine for my desk to inspire me when I’m feeling somewhat misunderstood—just keep playing that sax, Lisa! Also it makes me want to listen to jazz music.

Preview: Feathers #3 (of 6)

Feathers #3 (of 6)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona

Betrayal comes from all sides as Poe’s new friendship with Bianca creates chaos in the Maze, and the pair discover they may have even fewer allies than they thought in their race to the heart of the City.

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Preview: HaloGen #1 (of 4)

HaloGen #1 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Josh Tierney
Artist: Afu Chan

There’s a rumor on Cityship Q that the gigantic body of a dead god was found floating in space. Rell, an agent working for the HaloGen organization, is tasked with finding the location of the god and retrieving it by any means necessary. Using her ability to form hyper-realistic holograms, Rell is about to take on the first mission she might not be able to finish.

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Review: Halogen #1

halogen001aAt its heart there is maybe no better fit of a genre to a medium than science fiction to comics.  While comics has essentially every genre of fiction, science fiction fits best because science provides only so many answers, and it is to the dreamers to fill in the rest.  In the vast expanses of outer space, or in stories based in the future, there is no better medium to capture the essence of these stories.  Certainly movies and video games are good, but high and long production costs mean that only so many can be produced, and while books are good as well they lack the impressive visual element.  Science fiction stories thus have an advantage when it comes to this medium, but they are equally at a disadvantage.  They equally have to keep on top of the science, and they also have to be pretty imaginative to put out anything new compare to what has come before.

This series aims to be fairly ambitious.  It focuses on a futuristic space station which doubles as a large city. It is somewhat self-contained and floats in the middle of nowhere.  Instead of taking the Star Trek like image of the future where everyone works together, it instead regards humans as still just a greedy, willing to work within industrial espionage even when their entire living conditions is locked to the fate of their neighbors.  The main character Rell specializes in computer espionage but also knows a thing or two about holograms.  At the periphery of this story is the discovery of the corps of an ancient space god that still has devoted followers.

The problem with this series is that it does not really try anything new.  The mixture of all the elements together takes a smart approach to telling its own story, but it never hits anything deeper than the surface of the characters interacting.  As opposed to some series where characters jump out and beg to be paid to attention to, the characters here just aren’t as dynamic.  That is not to say that this is a bad series, it is quite readable (even if the formatting of the text bubbles is a bit sloppy at times), but it is also not gripping nor is it much different from thousands of other space stories.  The potential is there for something better, and hopefully the creative team manages to harness is in the coming issues.

Story:  Josh Tierney Art: Afu Chan
Story: 7.7 Art: 7.7 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

Boom Studios and Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

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