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Preview: Rocket Salvage #2 (of 5)

Rocket Salvage #2 (of 5)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Yehudi Mercado
Artist: Bachan

When Primo Rocket finds out the alien and robot federations are gunning after him in search of a long-lost mythical weapon, he has no choice but to rope his family into an adventure across the galaxy to find the alien responsible. Too bad that alien is locked away in the most dangerous and impenetrable Kaijer Prison Planet known to man!

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Preview: Fraggle Rock: Journey to Everspring #4 (of 4)

Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring #4 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Jake Myler

After meeting the never-before-seen Doozer colony of Crystal Cave, the Fraggles may need a little more help to unclog the Everspring and bring water back to Fraggle Rock than they realized. But will Gobo and the gang be able to unite the two Doozer colonies and get the job done before it’s too late?

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Preview: Feathers #1 (of 6)

Feathers #1 (of 6)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona

A recluse boy born covered in feathers must help his first-ever friend, a young girl named Bianca, as she tries to return to her home beyond the slums of the Maze. They must dodge street gangs and child-snatchers along the way, and perhaps together will learn the secrets to his mysterious past.

In the footsteps of Archaia titles Rust, Iron, Will o’ the Wisp, and The Reason for Dragons, debut writer-artist Jorge Corona brings a brand-new voice to the comics industry with Feathers. There’s never been a better time for fantastic, all-ages comics that embrace both the darkness and beauty in life.

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Preview: Butterfly #4 (of 4)

Butterfly #4 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Stefano Simeone

Final issue! No matter the mission, the life of a Project Delta operative is one of isolation, and once again Butterfly finds herself on her own and desperate. She’ll need to rely on every skill she’s acquired to ensure her father’s family does not become a casualty of the global conspiracy she brought down on them.

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BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #1 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Brian Lynch, Ryan North
Artists: Jerry Gaylord, Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:  A: Felipe Smith B: Trevor Hairsine (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Goñi Montes (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Similar to our Big Trouble in Little China comics, we’re returning readers to one of our favorite—and most excellent—cult-classic properties with a new Bill & Ted adventure of epic proportions. And because we’re fans first, we’re making sure it’s something WE would read. Wyld Stallyns forever!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you’re a fan of the films, our comics will pick up where they left off. Main creative team Brian Lynch (Angel: After the Fall) and Jerry Gaylord (Fanboys vs. Zombies) bring you all the silly humor and likable characters mixed with some cool historical science fiction you love! Plus, each story will have a back-up adventure. This issue features a tale of tech terror by Ryan North (Adventure Time) and Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors)!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Following the time-traveling historic epic of Excellent Adventure and the turbulent life and death of Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted must now fulfill their destiny as the inspiration for galactic harmony. How can someone hate the Wyld Stallyns as much as the evil Chuck De Nomolos? With the power of time travel, Bill and Ted set their sights on turning a young 27th-century Nomolos’ non-non-heinous attitude into something most outstanding and metal!

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THE CON JOB #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Jimmy Palmiotti & Matt Brady
Artist:  Dominike “Domo” Stanton
Cover Artists:  A. Amanda Conner (99%) B. Jay Shaw (1%, Jackpot Variant) C. Trevor Hairsine (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) D. Dan McDaid (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Comics veteran Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn) is a master at crafting humorous, snarky comics, and for The Con Job he’s teamed up with longtime comics journalist-turned-writer Matt Brady (Buck Rogers) and artist Dominike “Domo” Stanton (Deadpool) for a unique heist story. They’ve put the “con” back in comic conventions.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: In the mood for a character-driven, comic book convention crime caper? Palmiotti and Brady have crafted a Galaxy Quest meets Ocean’s 11-style crime story set in the larger-than-life backdrop of the modern convention circuit. You thought cons couldn’t get any bigger? You have no idea.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:  After working the same convention circuit for many years, a group of flabby action heroes, aging sex symbols, and sci-fi bit players have become close friends as they watch their lines get shorter and their autographs get cheaper. That is, until they hire a cocky new booking agent who offers them their only chance at a comfortable retirement by robbing one of the largest cons in the country!

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HIT: 1957 #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Bryce Carlson
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover Artists: A. Vanesa R. Del Rey B. Trevor Hairsine (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C. Dustin Nguyen INCV

WHY WE LOVE IT: Hit: 1955 was one of our favorite original series of 2013, a dark, violent dive into the depths of 1950s corruption in Los Angeles featuring the writing of Bryce Carlson and the debut of Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer nominee Vanesa R. Del Rey. We couldn’t wait to take another Hit!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The next entry in the Harvey Award-nominated series, Hit: 1957, takes us later in the seminal decade of change for the LAPD—familiar faces, new threats, and more sharp, smart noir. Even if you missed out on the first series, if you’re a fan of crime comics like Parker, Criminal, and Tumor, Hit is in your wheelhouse.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Crime is down in Los Angeles—at least, on the surface. Mickey Cohen has been quiet since his release from prison and the LAPD has seemingly regained control of the city. But the underground is a different story. Det. Harvey Slater and company have spent the last two years focused on Domino and his Syndicate’s unrelenting infiltration, but no matter how many people the hit squad kills, the real fight for Los Angeles rages on. Meanwhile, Slater’s being hounded by Internal Affairs, Bonnie Brae is missing, and everything is falling apart at the seams.

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REGULAR SHOW 2015 MARCH MADNESS SPECIAL (One-shot)

Retail Price: $4.99
Authors: Shanna Matuszak, Phil Jacobson, Molly Ostertag, and Hannah Ayoubi
Artists: Derek Charm, Phil Jacobson, Molly Ostertag, and Hannah Ayoubi
Cover Artists: A. Rian Sygh B. Fellipe Martins (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’re huge fans of the antics of Regular Show’s Mordecai, Rigby, and the gang, and Spring felt like the perfect backdrop for our next collection of park mayhem. Plus, this gives us another opportunity to work with an amazing team of creators, from super-talented newcomers to established stars!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Mordecai and Rigby will be getting into all sorts of shenanigans this Spring, and we’re bringing you all sorts of wacky adventures in a range of styles to showcase the madness—March madness, that is.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Spring is in the air, the Earth is reawakened after winter, and hijinks abound at the park! This oversized collection of all-new shorts features the park deep in March Madness, with all sorts of seasonal hijinks afoot. From college basketball to St. Patrick’s Day, there’s nothing sacred for this motley crew.

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GIANT DAYS #1 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
Cover Artists: A: Lissa Treiman B: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Zac Gorman (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: John Allison is well known for his funny and intelligent webcomics Bad Machinery and Scary Go Round. His story of three friends at university lightly flavored with the occult features some of the best dialogue in comics, and we couldn’t help but think it’s like Monty Python goes to college. Sign us up!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: John Allison’s daily webcomics are hilarious, the kind of strips where every panel makes you laugh out loud. As a result, John has earned a large, loyal following of readers that have followed his work daily for the past 12 years. This is a series fans of things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fawlty Towers, or Gunnerkrigg Court  will not want to miss.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends because their dorm rooms were next to each other. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.

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MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 3 #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: David Petersen, Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson
Artists: David Petersen, Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson
Cover Artists: A: David Petersen B: Ramón K. Pérez (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Humberto Ramos (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of David Petersen’s Eisner and Harvey Award-winning Mouse Guard, and what better way to celebrate than with a new collection of short stories centered around a storytelling contest at the local bar, featuring work by some of the best writers and artists in comics paying homage to this beloved all-ages series.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: 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 (The Amazing Spider-Man), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy), Dustin Nguyen (Batman), and many more!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: 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 kick-off issue features stories by Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Novelization).

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HALOGEN #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Josh Tierney
Artist: Afu Chan
Cover Artists: A: Afu Chan B: Ramón K. Pérez (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Giannis Milonogiannis (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’ve published four books thus far in Josh Tierney’s Spera series because we simply love his characters and storytelling. Now, he teams up with fellow webcomic creators Afu Chan (Spera) and Giannis Milonogiannis (Old City Blues, Prophet) for a new creator-owned, sci-fi adventure.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Having first collaborated on the Eisner Award-nominated Spera series, the creative team behind HaloGen is no stranger to kick-butt ladies, epic world-building, and sweeping adventures. This time they’re strapping on their sci-fi boots for a series perfect for fans of Prophet, Rocket Girl, and The Fifth Element.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: There’s a rumor on Cityship Q that the gigantic body of a dead god was found floating in space. Rell, an agent woking 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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CLUSTER #2

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artists:  A: Damian Couceiro B: Declan Shalvey (Incentive)

Samara and the other prisoners who managed to survive the Pagurani attack on the T-Towers are stranded on the battlefield, but they’ll need to find a way to trust one another before they can hope to find a transport to safety. They just better hope it happens before their Punch clocks hit zero…

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CURB STOMP #2 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Devaki Neogi
Cover Artist: Devaki Neogi

Lines have been crossed and The Wrath has kidnapped one of The Fever. Now that Betty has given King Charles the perfect excuse to start a turf war, any old rules and truces have been called off. Machete Betty will have to make a decision—the safety of her town or the life of one of her own?

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BURNING FIELDS #3 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Cover Artists: A: Colin Lorimer B: Riley Rossmo (Incentive)

Just as Dana learns a secret about Aban that upends the murder investigation, the tensions between the Iraqi populace and the Verge PMC reach a fever pitch, giving the killer a perfect opportunity to strike.

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #4

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Baretto
Cover Artists:  A: Declan Shalvey 90% B: Riley Rossmo 10% C: John McCrea (Incentive)

As the USPF army comes down on the seceded nation of Florida, Snake is forced to take up arms for the twins. Little does he know that all is going according to plan. With an invasion in full swing, the end game is put into action. Time to ready the nukes.

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ETERNAL #4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: William Harms
Artist: Giovanni Valletta
Cover Artist: Frazer Irving

New Life gave the world eternal life, but now their hold on society is breaking down and chaos will reign. Amidst the turmoil, former New Life agent Rathmann and his ward Violet try to find peace, but what sacrifice will Rathmann have to make for Violet’s future?

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GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #4 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: George Pérez
Artist: George Pérez
Cover Artists: A: George Pérez B: George Pérez (Character Spotlight) (Incentive) C: George

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As the Sirens finally come face-to-face with the forces that imprisoned and scattered them across time, another complication arises: a zombie invasion of Earth!

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #5 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Michael Moreci
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists: A: Christopher Mitten B: “Salvation” Graffiti Design (Incentive)

As Caesar learns the value of sacrificing a few for the many, Koba will be forced to confront Pope and his militia of apes. On the other side of the world, with his son kidnapped and wife fading with every hour, Malcolm has one chance to make things right before it all comes crashing down around him.

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FICTION SQUAD #6 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Ramon Bachs
Cover Artist: Ramon Bachs

As the fabric of reality tears apart, Frankie and Simon must confront  the man responsible as his master plan for dominance threatens storytelling itself. Unfortunately, with an army of characters from every which genre at his disposal and unlimited power at his fingertips, this bad guy isn’t going down without a fight.

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DAY MEN #7

Retail Price: $3.99
Author:  Matt Gagnon & Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

Justice by Day has finally arrived as David Reid faces off against Jacob the Burner in a ritualistic battle to the death with the fate of Azalea and the entire Virgo family hanging in the balance. The end is drawing near—will David’s cane join the ranks of fallen Day Men gracing the walls of Virgo Mansion?

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HEXED #8

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

Madame Cymbaline’s actions were designed to force Lucifer to act, but what Lucifer does in response will shock both friend and ally alike as she pushes her powers to their absolute limit in an all-out assault on Graeae Towers.

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ROBOCOP #9

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Joshua Williamson & Dennis Culver
Artist: Alejandro Aragón
Cover Artist: Carlos Magno

Killian is a murderous criminal in the eyes of the law but he has gained status among the people of Detroit as their brave new savior. Now they set their sights on RoboCop! Featuring the debut of co-writer Dennis Culver (Edison Rex) and new artist Alejandro Aragón of 28 Days Later!

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DEAD LETTERS #9

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

After expanding the gang war through the boroughs and into every area of Here, Sam Whistler is faced with a choice: Does he attempt to unite the various factions under the banner to claim Here’s independence, or does he search for God, and with that, perhaps a way back home?

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Cover Artists: A: Brian Churilla B: Tradd Moore (Incentive)

While Egg and Wong battle for Jack’s soul in the streets of Chinatown, Jack must find a way to make secure his own escape and back-stab Lo Pan in the process. When you get stuck in the Hell of No Return and your worst enemy is the only help you got, then you know your name is Jack Burton.

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THE WOODS #11

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

Sanami and the Hunters finally reach the school and see the complete state of chaos that has been spawning since their arrival to the planet. Back at New London, Adrian has finally made his arrival. With the army gone, nothing stands in the way of him and the black stone…

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Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik
Cover Artist: Christopher Mitten

Rebuilding Midian has been no easy feat for Cabal and his people. But as the world of Nightbreed grows, the world will have to either embrace the dark or snuff the very existence of the Breed once and for all.

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EVIL EMPIRE #12

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Victor Santos
Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

After years of cold war, Reese and Sam finally meet, and Julia is less than pleased. Meanwhile, Kara plays out her balancing act of wrangling information from the EE as a spy for the resistance. But how long can she keep up the act before someone catches onto her facade?

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SONS OF ANARCHY #19

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist: Toni Infante

New story arc! When Bobby’s estranged nephew rolls into Charming, he seems like a promising Prospect. However, when it comes to the Sons of Anarchy, one mistake is all it takes to fall from grace…and into violence. Featuring the debut of new writer Ryan Ferrier (Curb Stomp)!

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SUICIDE RISK #23

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

With two Earths pitted in direct conflict, Requiem and his daughter Terza must find a way to bury their bloodlust long enough to save the people they’ve come to care for the most: their family.

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ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #3 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Meredith Gran
Artist: Carey Pietsch
Cover Artists: A: Reimena Yee B: Sarah Dill  (Subscription Cover) C: Jensine Eckwell (Incentive)

Princess Bubblegum might have finally found a way to get Marceline, but that doesn’t mean things are going to get any easier for her. Marceline might be stuck with her new friends on this strange planet, but that doesn’t mean she’s got to like them…or be nice to them and what is up with this place anyway?!

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ABIGAIL AND THE SNOWMAN #4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $4.99
Author: Roger Langridge
Artist: Roger Langridge
Cover Artist: Roger Langridge

Abigail and Claude’s adventure comes to an end in this oversized finale! The world’s most lovable Yeti is one boat ride away from making it back home to the Himalayas, but before they can say their goodbyes, Abigail and Claude will have to find a way to outsmart everything the Shadow Men throw their way.

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UNCLE GRANDPA #6

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Yehudi Mercado, Nichol Ashworth, Phil Murphy, Bradwick McGinty, and Various
Artists: Yehudi Mercado, Nichol Ashworth, Phil Murphy, Bradwick McGinty, and Various
Cover Artists: A. Robb Mommaerts B. Kaz (Subscription Cover)

If you are a fan of nonchalant dinosaurs, pizzas donning sunglasses, or mustachioed gentlemen of the world, this is the book you’ve been waiting for. Jump into a pool of crazy wild stories that will literally make your head spin. Don’t worry, Uncle Grandpa has a cure for that.

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STEVEN UNIVERSE #8

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jeremy Sorese
Artist: Coleman Engle
Cover Artists:  A. Amber Rogers 90% B. Bridget Underwood 10% C. Helen Yoon (Incentive)

Something crashes off the shore of Beach City and it’s up to Connie to solve the mystery. Determined to prove to Steven that it is probably nothing, she sets out to bring it back to shore with a little help from an unsuspected source. It’s time to believe in Connie!

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THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Frank Gibson
Artist: Missy Pena
Cover Artists: A. Jenna Ayoub B. Katy Farina (Subscription Cover)

Gumball thinks he’s the coolest kid on the block, but his little sister Anais begs to differ, and Darwin just wants to keep them all out of trouble. There’s always another adventure to be had in their mixed-up world!

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Patrick Seery, Carey Pietsch, Joy Ang
Artist: Meredith McClaren, Carey Pietsch, Joy Ang
Cover Artists: A. George Caltsoudas B. Becky Dreistadt (Subscription Cover)

The best part of the morning is the chance to sleep in and ignore the outside world for a few more sweet, sweet hours…unless a PuppyCat forces you out of bed at an unspoken hour to get a temp job. Bee is not having the best day, and things are only going to go sideways for her in these short stories!

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REGULAR SHOW #21

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mad Rupert
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artists: A: Andy Hirsch B: Ilias Kyriazis (Subscription Cover)

The beginning of a new arc by new writer Mad Rupert (Regular Show: Skips) and the perfect jumping-on point for new readers! During a marathon of his favorite childhood movies, Rigby begins to remember a movie so awesome, so incredible, so amazingly rad…that it makes no sense that he can’t recall its name! As he journeys into the online nostalgia rabbit hole in search of the truth, one question arises: are some movies meant to be forgotten?

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PEANUTS #26

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Charles M. Schulz, Various
Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Various
Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz

Get your dance shoes on because Pig-Pen is bringing the moves! “Dirty Dancing” and tons more fun, including classic Charles M. Schulz Sunday strips are bursting from the pages of this new issue of Peanuts.

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BRAVEST WARRIORS #30

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:  A: Ian McGinty B: Rachel Wolfe (Subscription Cover)

It’s the start of an all-new arc as the Bravest Warriors are off to summer camp! The gang has been going to Camp Tribulon for Little Warriors since they were kids, but when they return as counselors, they realize that battling monsters might be nothing compared to supervising a camp of rowdy children.

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GARFIELD #35: HIS 9 LIVES, PART 3 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Scott Nickel
Artists: Brittney Williams, Andy Hirsch
Cover Artists: A: Andy Hirsch B: Andy Hirsch (Incentive)

The trip through Garfield’s 9 Lives continues, as Brittney Williams illustrates a tale of Garfield’s adventures as a Golden-Age Superhero in “Super Cat,” while Andy Hirsch brings us the story of Garfield’s days as a Private Eye in “Sam Spayed.”

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ADVENTURE TIME #38

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Chris Hastings
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Cover Artists: A: Shanti Rittgers B: Mahendra Singh (Subscription Cover) C: Ze Burney (Incentive)

Everyone is hungry, but there isn’t enough food to go around. Things get a little dicey as Finn and Jake try to figure out what is up with their friends, and why does this little witch keep coming back? Glob, she’s really persistent.

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HELP US! GREAT WARRIOR #2 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Madéleine Flores
Artist: Madéleine Flores
Cover Artist: Victoria Elliot

The tiny and powerful Great Warrior has begun her quest to kick the ever-living butt out of the enemies of a defenseless little village, and no one saves villagers with style and RADNESS the way Great Warrior does!

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MUNCHKIN #3

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Tom Siddel, Jim Zub
Artist: Mike Holmes, Rian Sygh
Cover Artists: A: Ian McGinty B: Chris Schweizer

Based on the popular game of the same name, the Munchkin comic gives you a whole new way to enjoy the world with Spyke and Flower. In this issue, check out what it’s like to be a monster whose door just got kicked in by some Munchkins! Plus, an exclusive game card is included with every copy of the first printing!

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TEEN DOG #7 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jake Lawrence
Artist: Jake Lawrence
Cover Artist: Jake Lawrence

Dudes, prom is coming up. Who do you think Teen Dog is gonna take? And who’s going to be crowned as the ultimate high school couple this year? Meh, who cares—let’s get out on the dance floor and cut a rug.

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LUMBERJANES #12

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
Artist: Carolyn Nowak
Cover Artists: A. Carolyn Nowak B. Brittney Williams (Incentive)

Mal and Molly just want to get back to their friends, but things are looking more dire by the minute. It’s going to be a crazy dash through this weird mixed-up world as they try to not only find a working portal, but one that will take them back to camp!

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PLUNDER #2 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Swifty Lang
Artist: Skuds McKinley
Cover 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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FEATHERS #3 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover 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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ROCKET SALVAGE #4 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Yehudi Mercado
Artist: Bachan
Cover 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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EVIL EMPIRE VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Max Bemis
Artists: Ransom Getty, Andrea Mutti
Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

WHY WE LOVE IT: After Polarity, we were itching to work with writer (and Say Anything lead singer) Max Bemis again, and his thrilling take on how a modern society could evolve into an evil empire is absolutely terrifying.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Every fan of fiction is aware of the trope of the “evil, sinister empire” i.e. the Empire in Star Wars. Oftentimes, when we are introduced to these totalitarian establishments, they’re already fully in power and it’s up to our hero to bring back order and peace. However, in Evil Empire, we explore how that would unfold in a real-world setting. How close to the precipice are we right now in the world we live in? Would we let it happen? Would we secretly WANT it to happen?

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The sands are shifting in America’s public consciousness. One action has torn the country apart in a debate over the meaning of right and wrong, and Reese Greenwood is not about to stand by as the American people support the rantings of a mad man. Told through the perspective of an underground rapper with a political bone to pick, Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve into an evil empire. Collects issues #1-4.

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DEEP STATE VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $9.99
Author: Justin Jordan
Artist: Ariela Kristantina
Cover Artist: Matt Taylor

WHY WE LOVE IT: You know all those conspiracy theories you hear about? Like how the Jonestown Massacre was a failed MKULTRA experiment by the government, or how Lee Harvey Oswald was trained and brainwashed to be an assassin? Well, what if some of those were true? Deep State is a dream (nightmare?) come true for conspiracy theory nuts like us here at BOOM!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: With Luther Strode, Dead Body Road, and Spread, Justin Jordan has become one of the eminent voices in hard-hitting, intelligent, original comics, and Ariela Kristantina (Death of Wolverine) brings her unique, idiosyncratic style that has made her a breakout talent. If you’re even remotely interested in conspiracy theory stories from comics like Detective Comics and X-Files to films like Enemy of the State and Three Days of the Condor, you’ll be gripped by Deep State!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: John Harrow doesn’t exist, and his job is to make sure that other things don’t exist, too. At any given time, the government is running dozens of black book operations, experiments that aren’t on any official record and are never acknowledged to exist. Most of the time, they go as expected and the public is never the wiser. John Harrow’s job is to handle them when they don’t, and do anything to make sure the government’s secrets stay just that—secret. Collects issues #1-4.

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ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 6 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Ryan North
Artists: Jim Rugg, Dustin Nguyen, Jeffrey Brown, Jess Fink, Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Cover Artist: Luke Pearson

The Candy Kingdom is a ghost town! Finn and Jake finally get to have the ultimate out-of-body experience—LITERALLY. It’s a new day in Ooo when its greatest heroes find themselves wandering the Earth as bewildered ghosts! Don’t miss these brand-new adventures written by acclaimed cartoonist Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) and illustrated by indie superstar Jim Rugg (Wayward)! Also featuring the all-star comic talent of Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li’l Gotham), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Jess Fink (Kid With Experience), with Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, The Midas Flesh) as they take on the story of Carl the Gem, and the history of Ooo through his eyes. Collects issues #25-29.

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REGULAR SHOW VOL. 3 TP

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

It’s not junk! When Benson tries to organize a yard sale, Rigby has trouble letting go of his stuff. But when he becomes possessed by an old forgotten set of Pogs, it’s his stuff that won’t let go of him! Will Mordecai and the crew be able to defeat the vengeful spirit of the ‘90s? It’s nostalgia at its most epic. Collects issues #9-12.

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THE MARCH OF THE CRABS VOL. 1: THE CRABBY CONDITION HC

Retail Price: $19.99
Author: Arthur De Pins
Artist: Arthur De Pins
Cover Artist: Arthur de Pins

WHY WE LOVE IT: At Archaia, we love bringing great comics from all over the world to English-speaking audiences, stories they would never get to see otherwise (see The Killer, Okko, Toppi’s The Collector, and others). When we read French title The March of the Crabs by animator Arthur De Pins, we knew right away we had to add it to our list!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: 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.

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT: 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?

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BOOM! Studios Unveils Its First “10 Years” Covers

BOOM! Studios has unveiled the first four covers to launch its yearlong celebration in 2015 marking 10 years of publishing comics.

Designed by BOOM! Studios Production Design Manager Scott Newman, each wraparound cover features an exclusive image illustrated by a dedicated artist or artist team—one assigned per imprint (BOOM! Studios, KaBOOM!, Archaia, and BOOM! Box), and per quarter. The cover design also features a short biography of each artist and their signature.

For the first quarter of 2015 (January-March), the artists are:

  • All launching BOOM! Studios titles: Trevor Hairsine (Captain America, Eternal Warrior)
  • All launching KaBOOM! titles: Joe Quinones (Harley Quinn, Big Trouble in Little China)
  • All launching Archaia titles: Ramón K. Pérez (Amazing Spider-Man, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand)
  • All launching BOOM! Box titles: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, The Midas Flesh)

In January, new launching titles to receive the 10 Years cover treatment include:

  • Burning Fields #1 (BOOM! Studios)
  • Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1 (KaBOOM!)
  • Feathers #1 (Archaia)
  • Munchkin #1 (BOOM! Box)

Retailers will be able to qualify for these incentive covers based on their orders for the main cover of each title.

Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #1 10 Years Cover by Joe Quinones Burning Fields #1 10 Years Cover by Trevor Hairsine Feathers #1 10 Years Cover by Ramón K. Pérez Munchkin #1 10 Years Cover by Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb

Preview: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Witches #4 (of 4)

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Witches #4 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Anthony Mighella
Adapted by: Jeff Stokely
Artist: Jeff Stokely

In this final stand-alone issue, Harvey Award-nominated artist Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla) adapts an unproduced teleplay by writers of the The Storyteller television show Susan Kodicek, Anne Mountfield, and Academy Award winner Anthony Minghella that weaves together the legend of the Russian witch, Baba Yaga.

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Review: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #4

witches 004 aFor a series that is focused on fairy tales dealing with witches, it makes sense that at some point it would have to include Baba Yaga, here drawn from an unused teleplay for the original television series.  While there are other witches who are more famous in fairy tales, many of them are not named specifically, and so Baba Yaga as a name is distinctive enough to merit some attention.  The story follows a fairly common theme among fairy tales, the death of a mother and her replacement with a mean step-mother and her mean daughters. The young girl acting as the protagonist is forced into a life of servitude, which is made all the worst when she is sent to the dark forest to live.

In the folklore tradition of Baba Yaga there is not one common narrative as there is with for instance Cinderella or Snow White, instead the witch is more like a legend or superstition in her portrayal, and often even a cautionary tale of what happens to children that do not behave.  Here though she is put into a story which captures a lot of the commonalities of fairy tales, even when they are not from a specific story dealing with Baba Yaga.  This makes the story seem a bit artificial at times, and this is even more evident, as the titular Storyteller is shown in this issue far more than in previous issues, and his presence seems almost like it is necessary to advance the plot. Equally though by pulling from stock material for fairy tales, it does allow the main character to display some redeeming qualities, notably when she is challenged to riddles which she quickly deciphers.

The end result for this issue and this series is a little bit of a disappointment.  While the series is quaint and interesting when approached from a certain angle, it also never really managed to reach the level that it could have or should have.  The collected edition might be a nice addition to a child’s library, but from an adult point of view, most of the fairy tales in this four part series missed the mark.  This fourth and final issue was probably the second best of the four, but as it is still only about average, it is indicative of the problems that this series faced.

Story: Anthony Mighella Art: Jeff Stokely
Story: 7.4 Art: 7.4 Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Pass

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

 

Preview: Rocket Salvage #1 (of 6)

Rocket Salvage #1 (of 6)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Yehudi Mercado
Artist: Bachan

Primo Rocket used to be the fastest speeder-racer in the galaxy, but after a crash that sealed the fate of his space-station-city home, Rio Rojo, Primo has resigned himself to life as a lowly spaceship salvage yard owner. However, his two “kids”—harvest clone Beta, and Beta’s genius girl-clone Zeta—can’t seem to keep out of trouble. When the dysfunctional family suddenly becomes the target of an intergalactic manhunt, the family has to come together to save their home.

A dysfunctional family drama about three clones running a rocket ship repair shop. Throw in some spaceport street-racing and a few alien gangsters—just tell us when to start our engines! Did we mention space racing?!

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Preview: Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring #3 (of 4)

Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring #3 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Jake Myler

Deep in the Crystal Cave the Fraggles find…Doozers?! Gobo, Red, and the rest of the gang meet a whole new, never-before-seen colony of Doozers with a bit more artistic flare than they’re used to. But will they be able to help the Fraggles get water back to Fraggle Rock?

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