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Preview: The Secret History Omnibus Vol. 3 HC

The Secret History Omnibus Vol. 3 HC

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Jean-Pierre Pécau
Artist: Igor Kordey

Four immortal brothers and sisters, the Archons, consumed in an epic struggle to influence and shape the history of Western civilization, show us the true, secret, occult history of the world. Volume Three of this ongoing series translated from its original French publication follows Dyo, Reka, Aker, Erlin, and William as they manipulate, destroy, and protect the machinations of the world through the 1940s to the 1970s. Collects issues #15-20.


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New York Comic Con 2014: BOOM! Studios Unveils Exclusives and Panels

2014 BOOM! LogoBOOM! Studios has announced today their panels and exclusives for New York Comic Con, which will take place at the Javits Center in New York City, during the weekend of October 9-12.

BOOM! will have several New York Comic Con exclusive variant covers available for purchase at its booth (#1344) while supplies last, including**:

ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA & CAKE MATHEMATICAL EDITION New York Comic Con Exclusive Hardcover ($50, limited to 250 copies)

Cover: Leslie Hung
Writer: Natasha Allegri Artist: Natasha Allegri

Featuring an exclusive, wraparound, 2014 New York Comic Con cover, this is a premium, limited, hardcover edition of the hit Adventure Time miniseries written and illustrated by Fionna & Cake creator and storyboard artist Natasha Allegri. Join gender-bending characters Cake the Cat and Fionna the Human in this totally algebraic adventure. When Fionna rescues a feral flame boy from a pack of wild fire lions, it starts her on a quest she’ll never forget…

BRAVEST WARRIORS #25 ($10, limited to 250 copies)

Cover: Kate Leth
Writer: Kate Leth Artist: Ian McGinty

It’s the 2nd Anniversary issue! The team comes face to face with… Bugcat?!  It’s up to the Bravest Warriors to figure out who this little guy is and where he came from because though he may look like everyone’s favorite Catbug, he might be more foe than friend!

FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO THE EVERSPRING #1 (OF 4) ($10, limited to 250 copies)

Cover: Sean Rubin
Writer: Kate Leth Artist: Jake Myler

A new Fraggle Rock comic book miniseries! When the water supply of Fraggle Rock mysteriously runs dry, the Fraggles have to journey deep into the caves of Fraggle Rock to find the fabled Everspring where adventure awaits and no Fraggle has gone before! It’s the beloved characters of Fraggle Rock in their biggest story yet!

GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #1 (OF 6) ($10, limited to 500 copies)

Cover: Adam Hughes
Writer: George Pérez Artist: George Pérez

As an intergalactic force enslaves planets across the galaxy, the legendary team known only as the Sirens must reunite to save the galaxy—but is that even possible when the Sirens themselves don’t even remember who they are? And the rest of the universe only remembers them as…villains? A six-issue miniseries featuring your new favorite comic book team, written and drawn by the master himself, George Pérez (Wonder Woman, JLA Vs. Avengers) begins his greatest story yet.

SLEEPY HOLLOW #1 (OF 4) ($10, limited to 500 copies)

Cover: Noelle Stevenson
Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artist: Jorge Coelho

Based on the hit Fox TV series! After dying on the battlefield during the Revolutionary War, Ichabod Crane awakes in present-day Sleepy Hollow, New York. His resurrection is tied to the reappearance of the Headless Horseman, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Realizing it is his mission to help stop the end of the world, Ichabod teams with Lt. Abbie Mills to meet each evil threat head-on. When minor miracles start to sweep the town, they’re glad something good seems to be happening for once. No decapitations, no headless horseman, no worries, right? But as one by one the miracles start to backfire, more and more violently, Abbie and Ichabod must find time between saving the world to save the citizens of Sleepy Hollow…

TEEN DOG #1 (OF 8) ($10, limited to 250 copies)

Cover: Jake Lawrence
Writer: Jake Lawrence Artist: Jake Lawrence

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!

THOMAS ALSOP #1 (OF 8) ($10, limited to 250 copies)

Cover: Peter Snejbjerg
Writer: Chris Miskiewicz Artist: Palle Schmidt

Thomas Alsop is the current “Hand of the Island,” a title handed down from generation to generation. He guards Manhattan from evil, using his family’s prowess for magic. Being a thoroughly modern warlock, he deals with something even more evil than demons—reality television!

TRANSLUCID #6 (OF 6) ($10, limited to 100 copies)

Cover: Daniel Bayliss
Writers: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert Artist: Daniel Bayliss

The final issue of this critically acclaimed miniseries from Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert! The Horse’s final play is here. He and The Navigator enter their final battle, and it takes place on a plane no one would expect! The most personal battle of all is here in the finale to this series and only one person is walking away from it!

UNCLE GRANDPA #1 ($10, limited to 250 copies)

Cover: Allison Strejlau
Writers: Yehudi Mercado, Thomas Scott Roberts, Jimmy Geigerich, Evgeny Yakovlev, Brendon Gillas, & Laura Howell
Artists: Yehudi Mercado, Thomas Scott Roberts, Jimmy Geigerich, Evgeny Yakovlev, Brendon Gillas, Alex Chiu, Laura Howell

Uncle Grandpa is everyone’s magical uncle and grandpa, and he’s come to help kids with their problems in surreal and wacky ways! It’s a collection of zany shorts, games, and strips starring Uncle Grandpa, Pizza Steve, Mr. Gus, and all the other crazy characters from the hit Cartoon Network show created by Peter Browngardt.

Making its convention debut at New York Comic Con will be the SONS OF ANARCHY VOL. 1 Hardcover ($40.00). Featuring a debossed, faux leather casewrap, this limited, premium edition of the Sons of Anarchy comics collects the first six issues—a complete storyline—written by New York Times bestselling author Christopher Golden (Hellboy) and illustrated by Damian Couceiro (Planet of the Apes).

BOOM! will also present and participate in the following panels at New York Comic Con:

The World of Mouse Guard

Thurs., October 9, 2:15-3pm, 1A24

Get updated on everything Mouse Guard, including news on upcoming projects, collectibles, and other surprises with creator David Petersen. Plus, enjoy a live reading of several Mouse Guard short stories with David and guests Hal Lublin and Mark Gagliardi (who are both performers on The Thrilling Adventure Hour) and a performance of an original song from Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Vol. 2 by vocalist Kyra Sims and accordionist Henry Koperski. Moderated by BOOM! Studios Marketing Manager Mel Caylo.

The Jim Henson Company: Upcoming Comics with Archaia

Fri., October 10, 5:15-6pm, 1A24

Join Archaia as they reveal details, previews, and behind-the-scenes info of its publishing plan for projects with The Jim Henson Company with panelists Kate Leth (Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock), Shane-Michael Vidaurri (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches), and Henson Company archivist Karen Falk. Moderated by BOOM! Studios Marketing Manager Mel Caylo.

We Are BOOM!

Sat., October 11, 11-11:45am, 1A21

Last year was a banner year for us here at BOOM! Studios: our first feature film, 2 Guns, was released; we signed a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox; Archaia joined us as a new imprint; we expanded the KaBOOM! lineup; and we launched BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon and Managing Editor Bryce Carlson, plus James Tynion IV (The Woods), Marguerite Bennett (Butterfly, Sleepy Hollow), and Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes) as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now.

New York as a Character in Comics

Sun., October 12, 2:15-3pm, 1A05
New York City is featured prominently in movies, TV, and of course, comics! Join us as we discuss how the Big Apple has played an integral part in some of your favorite comics with panelists Charles Soule (Strange Attractors), Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop), Dan Slott (The Amazing Spider-Man), Jimmy Palmiotti (Back to Brooklyn, Harley Quinn), and Peter Sanderson (The Marvel Comics Guide to New York City). Moderated by Newsarama editor Lucas Siegel.

Stop by and visit them at booth #1344.

Review: Fiction Squad #1

FictionSquad01_coverAAmong one of the many benefits which comic books provide as a medium is the ability to easily crossover between genres. Therefore we can get westerns mixed with science fiction or superheroes in the Middle Ages. Fiction Squad, from BOOM! Studios, writer Paul Jenkins, and artist Ramon Bachs, utilizes this advantage as well, but it does so in a less common way. Since about the mid-2000s, there has been a resurgence in fairy tales in comics, yet as far as I know this may be the first that tries to combine the genre of noir detectives with fairy tales. Even if it is not the first, it is at least unique in its approach, having the hard-boiled detective is trying to find who it was that shoved Humpty Dumpty off of that wall.

The story is of course absurd, but it is meant to be. As is common with fairy tales stories, some other related genres slip in, specifically that of literary nonsense. This small genre is comprised of a few noteworthy entries, including Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz and the Dr. Seuss books, but because of its fantastical nature it is often thrown into fairy tales as well. Thus while this series is based in a world of fairy tales, nursery rhymes and other legends, readers would probably not be surprised to see some of the denizens of Wonderland to sneak in here. The interplay between the characters is fun, especially as there is the sole representative of the noir crime genre to interact with them.

hdwGenerally speaking when it comes to comics I am not very concerned with the art, only really getting critical of it when it interferes with the story.  In this case the art is thematically almost perfect except for one point. The depiction of the female characters in this fairy tale land is absurd as the three major non-anthropomorphic female characters wear clothing that highlights their breasts to a ridiculous degree, even ridiculous by comic standards. The art was therefore a mixed bag, both helping to tell the story but also acting as a distraction.

In the end, the story ends up being that same kind of mixed bag. On a fundamental level, this story is not taking itself seriously, and that is fine because it is not trying to. This makes it a fun and relatively compact read, but equally it is lacking a lot of depth as humor at the pre-established character’s expense often takes the place of good plot development or effective dialogue.

Story: Paul Jenkins Art: Ramon Bachs
Story: 7.4 Art: 7.4 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Read

BOOM! Studios provided Graphics Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Fiction Squad #1 (of 6)

Fiction Squad #1 (of 6)

Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Ramon Bachs

Fablewood is a pretty dangerous place, but no area is more dangerous than the City of Rimes, deep in the heart of the Children’s Realm. After transferring in from the realm of Mystery, a failed detective from an unfinished prose novel, Frankie Mack, is about to uncover a conspiracy that could unmake storytelling itself. After Humpty Dumpty is pushed to crack and Jack (of Jack and Jill) goes AWOL, Frankie and his partner, Simple Simon, are put on the case.

In Fiction Squad, every nursery rhyme is a crime scene in the making. If you like your mystery mashed up with fantasy, this has got you covered. Fans of Fables and Once Upon a Time will find a lot to love. And if you enjoyed Humberto Ramos’ art on Fairy Quest, then you will not be disappointed when you see Ramon Bachs’ gorgeous line work.


Relive the Terror in Michael Alan Nelson’s Fall of Cthulhu Omnibus

BOOM! Studios invites you to experience the apocalypse all over again with the collected edition of Fall of Cthulhu Omnibus from acclaimed horror writer Michael Alan Nelson. This 600-plus-page omnibus collects each of The Fall of Cthulhu volumes, including The Fugue, The Gathering, The Gray Man (which features the first appearance of Lucifer, star of Nelson’s new ongoing series Hexed), GodWar, Apocalypse, and Nemesis. Nelson, alongside artists Greg Scott, Mateus Santolouco, Mark Dos Santos, and more, created the first epic story for BOOM! Studios and is being reprinted in one grand collector’s edition for the first time. Nelson’s epic was hailed by Leverage creator John Rogers as “the definitive Cthulhu in graphic novel format.” Never before has H.P. Lovecraft’s world been presented in such an expansive and complex way.  now by then.

Fall of Cthulhu Omnibus arrives from BOOM! Studios in comic shops on October 29th with a cover illustrated by Tyler Walpole and a cover price of $39.99 under Diamond Order Code AUG141165.


Preview: Bee and Puppycat #4

Bee and PuppyCat #4

Imprint: KaBOOM!

Writers: Anissa Espinosa, T. Zysk, Mad Rupert, Coleman Engle, Aimee Fleck, Pranas Naujokaitis
Artists: Anissa Espinosa, T. Zysk, Mad Rupert, Coleman Engle, Aimee Fleck, Pranas Naujokaitis

When Bee and PuppyCat aren’t out completing temp jobs in Fishbowl Space, they’re doing everyday tasks like picking up packages and shopping for plants. So why do these two always make things so complicated?!


Preview: Bravest Warriors #24

Bravest Warriors #24

Imprint: KaBOOM!

Writer: Kate Leth
Artist: Ian McGinty

The time has finally come…or really, the Bravest Warriors are out of time. With their chances slowly dwindling, these friends have to put their heads together to figure out a way to save their best bud Chris before it’s too late.


Preview: Steed and Mrs. Peel: We’re Needed #3 (of 3)

Steed and Mrs. Peel: We’re Needed #3 (of 3)

Writer: Ian Edginton
Artist: Marco Cosentino

As John Steed fights for his life inside the not as quiet as it seems seaside community, Emma Peel needs allies, and finds them in the most unlikely of sources, as the first arc in the super spies’ return comes to a smashing conclusion.


Preview: The Empty Man #4 (of 6)

The Empty Man #4 (of 6)

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey

After circling around the truth, Langford and Jensen have finally discovered Markoff’s trail. The bad news? It leads right into the horrific nightmare world of Patient Zero’s psyche.


Preview: Lumberjanes #6

Lumberjanes #6

Writers: Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson
Artist: Brooke Allen

An intense game of Capture the Flag gets even crazier when mythical ancient beings get involved! Does Jo have magical powers? Is Diane totally cheating at this game? Can the girls save Ripley from the other team’s jail?! Questions are getting answered and flags are getting captured!


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