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BOOM! Studios in December 2015

VENUS #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Rick Loverd
Artist: Huang Danlan
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: W. Scott Forbes
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Felipe Smith
Incentive Cover: Andre De Freitas

What’s to Love: Surviving against all odds. Adventures on the frontier. Lying on the cusp of discovering something new. Rick Loverd (Berserker) and artist Huang Danlan bring us a story that evokes the history of great adventurers from the pilgrims to the Western pioneers, from deep-sea explorers to polar trailblazers, all of whom searched for a new beginning.

What It Is: In 2150, Earth’s resources are depleted, and countries race to outer space to mine what they need from other planets. China has laid claim to Mars, so the U.S. and its allies have to make do with getting what it needs from the inhospitable world of Venus. But for a group of Americans making its way there, survival has become all too real. After their ship crash-lands on the planet, the scrappy crew is forced to do whatever it takes to navigate the harsh landscape in their journey to find the science base they were flying toward. In the vein of great adventure survival stories like Lost and The Martian, there’s only one reality on Venus—adapt or die.

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SNOW BLIND #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Ollie Masters
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Tyler Jenkins
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Felipe Smith
Incentive Cover: Matt Taylor

What’s to Love: With books like Hit and Day Men in our library, you can tell we absolutely love noir stories, and the more unconventional, the better! Critically acclaimed writer Ollie Masters (The Kitchen) and artist Tyler Jenkins (Peter Panzerfaust) have crafted a tense noir story in the tradition of Criminal, Scalped, and 100 Bullets, set in the bleak, snow-covered landscape of Alaska, a perfect setting to highlight the cold nature of crime.

What It Is: What happens when you discover your dad isn’t the man you thought he was? For high school teen Teddy, life in a sleepy suburb in Alaska turns upside-down when he innocently posts a photo of his dad on Facebook, only to learn he and his family are in the Witness Protection Program. A man seeking revenge invades their town, and soon FBI agents arrive, too. But what if his dad’s reasons for going into the program aren’t as innocent as he says?

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Retail Price: $4.99
Writers: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel
Artists: Andy Hirsch, David DeGrand
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Andy Hirsch
Incentive Cover: David DeGrand

What’s to Love: The Fat Cat makes the perfect lasagna-stuffed stocking stuffer in this oversized holiday one-shot from some of our favorite Garfield pals!

What It Is: It’s time for the not-so-classic story of “The Lasagna Monster That Stole Christmas,” where the Lasagna Monster steals ALL the lasagna in the world on Christmas Day!

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Retail Price: $4.99
Writers: Scott Maynard, Derek Fridolfs, Kelly Turnbull, Kevin Panetta
Artists: Scott Maynard, JJ Harrison, Kelly Turnbull, Patrick Crotty
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Scott Maynard
Incentive Cover: Laura Knetzger

What’s to Love: Clarence’s unstoppable optimism has captured our hearts, and we’re sharing that joy with a collection of shorts from some of our favorite indie writers and artists!

What It Is: It’s a collection of shorts based on the Cartoon Network animated series that takes place during family road trips when Clarence and his pals make it out of the car to stretch their legs.

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Retail Price: $4.99
Writer: Katie Cook
Artist: Mike Luckas
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Ian McGinty
Incentive Cover: Katie Cook

What’s to Love: There’s nothing better than getting a ton of loot during the holidays, and we can always count on Spyke and Flower to make the Yuletide a little more interesting!

What It Is: Charles Dickens is turning in his grave as Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) and Mike Luckas (Skull Kickers) put a Munchkin-sized spin on A Christmas Carol. Tour the Dungeons of Past, Present, and Future! No one learns anything, obviously, except to pillage, steal and stab others in the back in the spirit of Christmas.

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Retail Price: $9.99
Writers: John Allison, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, John Kovalic, Jon Chad, Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, Dave McElfatrick, and more
Artist: John Allison, Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, John Kovalic, Jon Chad, Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, Dave McElfatrick, and more
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jake Lawrence
Incentive Cover: Jake Lawrence

What’s to Love: If you’re loving the comics being released under the BOOM! Box imprint, delve into a world of more of the same stories! From the wacky to the touching, you’ll never know what you’re going to get. Here’s a hint: brand-new Lumberjanes, Giant Days, Munchkin, Cyanide & Happiness, Power Up, and a sneak peek of 2016’s Bad Mask!

What It Is: We reached out to a bunch of our favorite creators with one mission in mind: to bring original, unconventional characters and stories to life. The Mix Tape is an eclectic collection of stories based on characters that are anything but your average lot. Narwhal Janitors and Urban Cowboys are just the tip of these stories that are best described as “off the beaten track.”

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Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Daniel Bayliss & Fabian Rangel Jr.
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Daniel Bayliss
Jackpot: Cory Godbey
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Kyla Vanderklugt
Incentive Cover: David Petersen

What’s to Love: We explored the many different myths and legends about witches in Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches, and we’re thrilled to rejoin the Storyteller and his faithful dog as they explore a whole new set of stories about dragons from talented creators with beautiful and unique styles.

What It Is: Dragons have taken many different shapes in cultures across the world, from serpents and “worms” to thunderbirds and the classic European firebreather. In this first issue, Fabian Rangel Jr. (Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard) and artist Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) bring us “Son of the Serpent,” inspired by Native American stories about the Horned Snake and the Thunderbird.

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KLAUS #2 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora

Synopsis: As the downtrodden people of Grimsvig struggle under totalitarian rule, Klaus stealthily evades the guard and slips magical, living toys into the poorest of homes to lift their spirits.



Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith
Cover Artist: Tonci Zonjic

Synopsis: Jackie and Julian have finally found a child they can send to America, but she’ll bring more trouble onto the brothers than they expected.


ROWANS RUIN #3 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Mike Perkins
Cover Artist: Mike Perkins

Synopsis: As Katie’s parents try to get to know their English visitor in Florida, Katie looks into the history of Emily’s family and discovers disturbing details about their deaths.


COGNETIC #3 (of 3)

Retail Price: $4.99
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Cover Artist: Eryk Donovan

Synopsis: Final issue! Absolute power corrupts absolutely.



Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: I.N.J. Culbard
Cover Artist: I.N.J. Culbard

Synopsis: Fawkes and Alph discover the alien crash site from weeks earlier.



Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: J.G. Jones & Mark Waid
Artist: J.G. Jones
Cover Artist: J.G. Jones

Synopsis: Final issue! One man cannot stand alone against the full fury of the mighty Mississippi.


THE SPIRE #5 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jeff Stokely
Cover Artist: Jeff Stokely

Synopsis: Nonhuman prejudice reaches an all-time high, and Shå looks into the Spire’s past.


JOHN FLOOD #5 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Justin Jordan
Artist: Jorge Coelho
Cover Artist: Jorge Coelho

Synopsis: Tate and Berry both race to get to Flood in the police station for very different reasons.



Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Alex Paknadel
Artist: Eric Scott Pfeiffer
Cover Artist: Eric Scott Pfeiffer

Synopsis: Final issue! In Arcadia, Lee Garner gives someone a “factory reset,” while people at Arcadia Base Station One begin falling ill in the face of a new viral onslaught.



Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Maxim Simic
Cover Artist: Jason Copland

Synopsis: It’s been 12 years, and the government still won’t leave Snake Plissken alone.



Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

Synopsis: Calder can’t shake his addictions, but he’s not the only one with a dangerous problem.



Retail Price: Main: $3.99 Incentive: $0.00
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists:
Main: Joe Eisma
Incentive: Aaron Alexovich

Synopsis: When Wang meets Miao Yin’s new husband, it’ll either be the last straw or a chance to win her back!

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Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Jen Wang
Artist: Britt Wilson
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jen Wang
Subscription Cover: Rebekka Dunlap
Incentive Cover: Cara McGee

Synopsis: Final issue! The Floop Master is revealed, and Cake takes on the rest of the tournament!

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Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Mad Rupert
Artist: Laura Howell
Cover Artists:
Main: Robb Mommaerts
Subscription: Jeremy de le Garza

Synopsis: Mordecai, Rigby, Benson, and Skips take a tour of the Rainbow Palace in the clouds, but it turns into a battlefield!

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Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Charles M. Schulz, various
Artists: Charles M. Schulz, various
Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz

Synopsis: The ongoing series returns! Peppermint Patty asks Charlie Brown to help out on her baseball team.



Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Chris Hastings
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Cover Artists:
Main: Laura Lewis
Subscription: Coey Kunh

Synopsis: Finn, Jake, and their mysterious “old friend” travel to Jake’s parents’ old apartment in the city to figure out what’s going on!

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Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Tyson Hesse
Artist: Tyson Hesse
Cover Artist: Tyson Hesse

Synopsis: Final issue! When Diesel and Bull team up to take back his colony from the Birdmen, they discover a plan to reignite the war for the skies.


POWER UP #6 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Matt Cummings
Cover Artist: Matt Cummings

Synopsis: Final issue! Amie, Silas, Sandy, and Kevin face a foe determined to kill them and harness their abilities for evil.


GIANT DAYS #9 (of 12)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Max Sarin
Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman

Synopsis: Ed attempts to get over his crush on Esther by working at the student paper, but stumbles into even more embarrassing romantic difficulty.



Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Tom Siddell
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

Synopsis: Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s a super powered Munchkin who will only help those in need for a considerable fee.



Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Carolyn Nowak
Cover Artists:
Main: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Incentive: Melanie Gillman

Synopsis: The Lumberjanes are startled to learn that they’ve already met their first werewolf!

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Retail Price: $3.99
Writer: Mairghread Scott
Artists: Kelly & Nichole Matthews
Cover Artist: Kyla Vanderklugt

Synopsis: With Smertae taking care of the invading army and Riata possessing Lady Macbeth, Cait has her hands full trying to keep her sisters to play by the rules of their arrangement.



Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Bradford Winters & Larry J. Cohen
Artist: Daniel Irizarri
Cover Artist: Mike Choi

Synopsis: Owen tries to get a message out to Derek who is recovering from Arroyo’s assault in solitary confinement, while Tonto orders a house bugged by July 4th.


HACKTIVIST VOL. 2 #6 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Artist: Marcus To
Cover Artist: Marcus To

Synopsis: Final issue! The truth of The Tower is revealed, and .sve_urs3lf both old and new will have to work together to save innocent people.



Retail Price: $3.99
Writers: Matthew Daley & Mairghread Scott
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artist: Benjamin Carré

Synopsis: As Sander struggles with the revelation that Killian might be unhinged, everyone attends an extravagant ball featuring Killian’s bride-to-be.



Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Chris Visions
Cover Artist: Chris Visions

Synopsis: As the freshly spawned gang war between Ma Thuselah and Mr. Jones rages across the supernatural metropolis, Sam Whistler is enlisted by the new powers-that-be to infiltrate the amorphous boroughs of the city in search of a terrorist cell planning to wreak havoc on the fabric of Here itself. Collecting Issues #5-8 of the critically acclaimed series, “Saints of Nowhere” brings you a wholly unique take on crime fiction from Eisner Award-nominated writer Christopher Sebela (High Crimes) and artist Chris Visions.



Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Barreto
Cover Artist: Tim Bradstreet

What’s to Love: “I thought you were dead.” “Call me Plissken!” We could seriously quote John Carpenter’s gritty cult classic all day. Expanding Carpenter’s world of Big Trouble in Little China in comics has been a dream, and now we’re diving into the war-torn “future” of Escape from New York with the most reluctant anti-hero in action flicks, Snake Plissken!

What It Is: Snake Plissken is back! Picking up right at the end of the cult classic film, Snake heads south to get away from it all, but trouble follows him to Florida where a militant family leads an attempted secession from the rest of the U.S.! Collects issues #1-4.



Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

Synopsis: On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace, finding themselves countless light years away in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. One year later, the Bay Point students all reunite in New London and gain some semblance of normalcy, but there are new threats to overcome and emotional hurdles to deal with. Created and written by James Tynion IV (Memetic, Batman Eternal) and illustrated by Michael Dialynas (Amala’s Blade), this collects the critically acclaimed third arc (issues #9-12), “New London,” of the best-selling series.



Retail Price: $34.99
Writer: Evan Dorkin
Artist: Evan Dorkin
Cover Artist: Evan Dorkin

What’s to Love: We’re having such an excellent time with Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return that we want to step back in time and bring back Evan Dorkin’s (Milk & Cheese, Beasts of Burden) classic Bill & Ted comic series to new readers.

What It Is: The most non-non-non-NON-Heinous Eisner Award-nominated series, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Comic Book has returned! Completely re-mastered and collected in prestigious hardcover format, experience the entire Dorkin Bill & Ted run like never before. Station! Includes the bodacious adaptation of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, a foreword by Evan Dorkin, and behind-the-scenes art.



Retail Price: $16.99
Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Piotr Kowalksi, Emmanuel Xerx Javier
Cover Artist: Riley Rossmo

Synopsis: In the catacombs beneath an abandoned cemetery lies the city of Midian. A home to all that have none, this sanctuary from the cruelty of man has been sought by monsters throughout time. Explore both the past and present of this clandestine tribe, unleashing new secrets and horrors as these creatures fight to coexist with mankind. From master storyteller Clive Barker, writer Marc Andreyko (Batwoman) and artists Piotr Kowalski (Dark Tower: The Drawing of Three) and Emmanuel Xerx Javier (Raven Nevermore) comes the story behind Midian’s most famous monsters and the one who is destined to save them all! Collects issues #5-8.



Retail Price: $19.99
Writer: Meredith Gran
Artist: Carey Pietsch
Cover Artist: Remeina Yee

What’s to Love: Princess Bubblegum and Marceline’s awesome friendship just makes the world a better place, and writer Meredith Gran (Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens) and artist Carey Pietsch (Adventure Time) are the perfect team to explore just how strong their bond really is.

What It Is: Marceline is on a rampage for mysterious reasons, and the kingdom of Ooo is desperately scrambling to stop her. In trying to save both Ooo and Marceline herself, Princess Bubblegum accidentally propels Marceline into the farthest reaches of space and strips her of her powers! Guilt-ridden, Princess Bubblegum sets off on a space rescue that’ll test the power of her mind…as well as the power of friendship. Collects the complete six-issue limited series.



Retail Price: $14.99
Writer: Nick Sumida
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artist: Allison Strejlau

Synopsis: It’s Spring Break, and Mordecai and Rigby aren’t exactly stoked to be watching over the The Park while the rest of the crew kicks back, grills hot dogs, and wears awesome tank tops. Once Benson busts them for slacking off and allowing vandals to ransack the park, Rigby snaps…and when he discovers a mysterious genie lamp, it’s time for Benson to learn his lesson. But be careful what you wish for! Collects issues #17-20 of the comic based on the hit Cartoon Network series.



Retail Price: $24.99
Writer: Jake Lawrence
Artist: Jake Lawrence
Cover Artist: Jake Lawrence

What’s to Love: Teen Dog is John Hughes movies meets ’90s Nickelodeon cartoons, two of our absolute favorite things. It’s a totally awesome adventure that stars the canine that spun out of Jake Lawrence’s web comic Time Cowboy and kick-flipped his way into our hearts.

What It Is: Skateboards, football games, prom…your teenage years have got nothin’ on the raddest dude that’s ever graced a denim vest. Written and illustrated by Jake Lawrence (Time Cowboy), join Teen Dog and his best friend Mariella as they tackle typical teen life with a manic twist. Growing up is an adventure, and you might as well rock it! Collects the complete eight-issue miniseries.



Retail Price: $14.99
Writers: Tom Siddell, Jim Zub
Artists: Ian McGinty, Rian Sygh, Mike Holmes, John Kovalic
Cover Artist: Ian McGinty

What’s to Love: As long-time fans of the Munchkin card game, we’re jazzed to weave stories out of that world, whether it’s from the perspective of one Munchkin, a gang of them, or even one of the monsters that live behind the doors!

What It Is: Based on the immensely popular card game, Munchkin comes to comics! Munchkin takes place in a very flexible mashup of genres. What do Munchkins do? They play for the win. They backstab. They gloat. They whine when someone else backstabs or gloats. If a Munchkin seems to show mercy, it’s because he was bored or distracted. After all, even stomping an ant helps you level up. Collects issues #1-4 and contains an offer for an exclusive new Munchkin playable item!



Retail Price: $24.99
Writer: Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona

What’s to Love: Created, written, and illustrated by incredible breakout talent and Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award winner Jorge Corona (We Are Robin, Teen Titans Go!), Feathers is a tale of danger, friendship, and adventure that really tugged on our heartstrings. We’re so excited to bring Corona’s first original series to readers in a beautiful collected hardcover edition.

What It Is: Born covered in black feathers, abandoned as a baby in the slums of the Maze, Poe has lived his entire 11-year-old life hidden away under the protection of his adoptive father, Gabriel. He spends his days secretly helping the Mice, bands of orphans who roam the slums, but there is a whisper of an altogether more sinister figure in the shadows, making street children disappear. When Bianca, an over-protected girl from the wealthy City beyond the Wall, escapes into the Maze in search of adventure, their worlds collide. Collects the complete six-issue limited series plus never-before-seen artwork.


Preview: Hacktivist Vol. 2 #3 (of 6)

Hacktivist Vol. 2 #3 (of 6)

Imprint: Archaia
Writers: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Artist: Marcus To

Nate and Ed might have found a way to stop the hackers who have killed so many, but the hackers are one step ahead.


Preview: Butterfly HC

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Imprint: Archaia

Writers: Arash Amel, Marguerite Bennett
Artists: Antonio Fuso, Stefano Simeone

Butterfly is one of Project Delta’s deep cover agents—no birth certificate, no social security number, a complete ghost. When her cover is blown and she’s set up for a murder she didn’t commit, she is unknowingly led to her father’s doorstep, a man she thought died 20 years ago. Trained to trust nothing and no one, Butterfly must decide whether to seek answers with the Project, or believe the man who betrayed her years ago. Collects the complete four-issue miniseries.


True Magic Comes at a Heavy Cost in S.M. Vidaurri’s Iscariot

If we’ve learned anything from fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, it’s that magic powers usually have a hefty price attached. This October, S.M. Vidaurri brings us his new Archaia original graphic novel Iscariot, the story of Carson, a young girl living with cancer whose life is changed when she is granted an age-old magic by the rebellious magician Iscariot.

Carson must now navigate her powers, face a life she thought she’d left behind, and take on an order of magicians who want to control her destiny. Carson wants to trust Iscariot, but his intentions might not be as altruistic as they first appeared, and she’ll have to trust her own feelings to decide what to do.

Iscariot hardcover (6″ x 9″, 144 pages, full color, hardcover) arrives in comic shops from Archaia on October 7th with a cover illustrated by creator S.M. Vidaurri for the price of $24.99 under Diamond order code AUG151205. It will be available in book stores on October 13th under ISBN 978-1-60886-761-5.

Iscariot Cover by S.M. Vidaurri

Actress Mira Furlan Makes Her Debut in Lantern City #6

Mira FurlanArchaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, and Macrocosm Entertainment have revealed a new character in Lantern City, Martha Ellen Grey. Martha, in both the comic book series and upcoming television series in development, is portrayed by Mira Furlan. Furlan is a fan-favorite actress, who has appeared in Babylon 5 and Lost, that brings intelligence and passion to every role, and will make her debut in issue #6 on sale in October.

Martha Ellen Grey is the mother of Killian Grey, the head of the Grey Empire, which is the ruling class of Lantern City. Smart, power-hungry, and fierce, the matriarch will do anything to protect her son and keep him in power.

Martha Ellen Grey in Lantern City #6

The Lantern City comic series is the newest extension of a larger transmedia universe. Along with the television show, an illustrated novel, Rise (also available as an app), was published. Lantern City combines the epic scope of the Star Wars series with the street-level intensity and attention to detail of The Wire. The series blends action, romance, unique sci-fi, and political upheaval in an engaging narrative.

In the Lantern City ongoing comic series, Sander Jorve just wants to keep his wife and son safe. Living in the brutalized lower class of Lantern City means living in near constant darkness, the enormous walls of the city always looming overhead, while the ruling class enjoys the elevated, interconnected towers and airships above. When Sander’s brother-in-law, the persuasive activist Kendal, convinces him to infiltrate the brutal ranks of the Guard, he’s set on a dangerous path that will test his abilities and beliefs, all in the name of making a difference for his family and his caste.

Lantern City #6, written by Matthew Daley and Mairghread Scott and illustrated by Carlos Magno, arrives in comic shops on October 14th with a cover by Benjamin Carré for the $3.99.

Preview: Lantern City #5

Lantern City #5

Imprint: Archaia
Writers: Matthew Daley & Mairghread Scott
Artist: Carlos Magno

New story arc! After unwittingly saving Emperor Killian Grey’s life, Sander is pulled deeper into the Guard and struggles with Kendal’s mission to kill Grey.


Preview: Americatown #2 (of 8)

Americatown #2 (of 8)

Imprint: Archaia
Writers: Bradford Winters & Larry Cohen
Artist: Daniel Irizarri

As Owen struggles to survive in his new home, all he can think about is where his son might be.


Review: Toil and Trouble #1

ToilAndTrouble_001_A_MainGoing to school in two different countries, can be an adjustment, for anyone, as you not only have to get used to different teaching styles and expectations but vastly different curriculum. Case and point, when I was going to what we call in America, elementary school, in Trinidad and Tobago, I remember reading Macbeth and Hamlet and a few other Shakespearian plays, during my time there, basically from when I was 7 until I turned 11. I would not pick up anything by Shakespeare, again until I got into high school, and yet it still felt familiar despite the gap in time from all those years ago and miles between countries traveled. I am not saying that Shakespeare by any means is an easy read, as old English has its challenges, and if was not for the actor’s inflections and understanding of the source material in their performances, one can get lost, which is the reason why Mel Gibson’s Hamlet and Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, such enjoyable films, as compared to some lesser interpretations.

Despite Shakespeare’s iconoclast status, many of his works are treated with kid’s gloves, and are often given modern interpretations, with modern settings but not much else have been reinvented or added. As a writer, I often wonder how classic stories, from literature and culture from around the world, would have been written from certain points of view versus how they were eventually written and sent out into the world. How would the original Star Wars Trilogy be, if it were solely from Han Solo’s or Boba Fett’s points of view? As far as Shakespeare‘s works, me personally, I wanted to know what was Caliban’s point of view, in the Tempest.

Amongst, Shakespeare’s most famous works, the witches of Macbeth, are often played as typical villains and vehicles to keep the story moving, but in Mairghread Scott’s Toil and Trouble, she gives them quite a different   and refreshing interpretation. The first issue reintroduces you to Smertae, Riata, and Cait, as the first scene opens with Smertae, wielding her power to help the Vikings, as she was previously banned by her sisters. The reunion between the sisters is very heartfelt as they act like typical teenage girls, with the exception of being more powerful and dangerous. The first issue ends with the reader meeting more of the original characters from Macbeth, but also and most importantly, how when these three combine their powers, they are a force to be reckoned with, as they tip everything in King Malcolm’s favor and destroy armies which exactly underpins what Smertae says in her narrative” No King has ever ruled without our consent

This reinterpretation is a revelation, as it is both fun and has enough of a foot within the original story to be recognizable, which makes this a solid series thus far. The story by Mairghread Scott is very well researched in Celtic mythology and delivers a concise narrative. The art by Kelly and Nichole Matthews is vibrant, as their character designs especially when it comes to Smertae, Riata, and Cait, shows their attention to detail, as this detail also lends itself to the beautiful backgrounds. Overall, an excellent story, which although I know what will ultimately happen, it still will be exciting to read what happens next.

Story: Mairghread Scott Art: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 10 Recommendation: BUY NOW

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Return to the High Seas with the Oversized Cursed Pirate Girl Annual #1

Archaia, an imprint ofpublisher BOOM! Studios, is pleased to announce the October debut of the next chapter of Jeremy Bastian’s swashbuckling adventure, Cursed Pirate Girl Annual #1. This oversized, prestige annual is the first installment of Volume 2 of Cursed Pirate Girl and continues the fiery Cursed Pirate Girl’s journey as she and the young Apollonia search for the pirate girl’s father, one of the pirate captains of the dreaded Omerta Seas.

Cursed Pirate Girl Annual #1 contains 54 pages of all-new story and arrives in comic shops on October 14th with a cover by series creator Jeremy Bastian for the price of $9.99 under Diamond order code APR151220.

Cursed Pirate Girl Annual #1 Cover by Jeremy Bastian

Preview: Toil and Trouble #1 (of 6)

Toil and Trouble #1 (of 6)

Imprint: Archaia
Author: Mairghread Scott
Artist: Kelly & Nichole Matthews

Throw out your textbooks, this is not the Macbeth you remember. Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade) and artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews have reinvented Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, but this time the power is in the hands of the three witches. These ladies aren’t all “double, double, toil and trouble.” They’re the power controlling kings and the fate of Scotland.

The three fates—Riata, Cait, and Smertae—have always been guiding and protecting Scotland unseen, indirectly controlling the line of kings according to the old religion. When there is a disagreement in the sisterhood, Riata and Smertae will use men as pawns, and Smertae will direct Macbeth to a crown he was never meant to have.


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