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It’s a Cold Blood Samurai in March

Creator Massimo Rosi shares the story of Cold Blood Samurai with us this March! It’s being published by Action Lab Entertainment.

In the series announcement, Rosi said:

Blood runs wild in feudal Japan, with the violence of the sword of Takeshi Kitano and the purity warrior’s soul that searches for a perfect death, which is difficult when trapped in a war that doesn’t concern him. The greatest living warrior is an anthropomorphic salamander, in a world where samurai frogs have been invaded by the crazy and colonizing lizards.

Our samurai Salamander, heir to the great martial arts techniques, is searching for a noble death, but instead finds himself entangled in the war that rages between frogs and lizards, in the land of the Rising Sun.”

This unusual mix of genres allows the reader to engage in something interesting, powerful, meditative, full of action and yet also full of zen calm moments. The main character is carried visually from his appearance as a salamander to the perfect conception of himself. Cold Blood Samurai is a story of growth and awareness in a world of feudal Japan, but with cartoon-style anthropomorphic animals.

As I wrote Cold Blood Samurai I wanted to be moved by the story I was writing, to engage with it, and I succeeded in that, and all that I hope for is that everything I have learned along the way also breaks through to the reader’s heart, as it did mine.

Written by Rosi, the series features art by Ludovica Ceregatti, colors by Renato Stevanato, lettering by Mattia Gentili, edited by Lorenzo Molinari, and a cover by Ceregatti. Preorder the first issue of Cold Blood Samurai with the Diamond item code JAN191432. It will be in a comic store near you in March 2019.

Cold Blood Samurai

Preview: Albert Einstein: Time Mason #4

ALBERT EINSTEIN: TIME MASON #4

Writer(s): Marcus Perry
Artist Name(s): Tony Donley (Pencils/Inks/Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Mike Huddleston (Cover A), Tony Donley (Cover B)
32 pgs./ T / FC
$3.99

Left for dead in the old west, ALBERT EINSTEIN has to get the train back on the tracks if he wants to stop a thief from destroying our timestream. And the only way to do that is to hijack a train with legendary Young Gun, BILLY THE KID! But as Einstein closes in on the villain, his secret identity is threatening to be exposed back at Princeton. Saddle up for this epic adventure!

Albert Einstein: Time Mason #4

Preview: Princeless Vol. 7 #4

PRINCELESS VOLUME 7 #4

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Emily Martin, Christine Hipp, Brett Grunig
Cover A – Emily Martin, Brett Grunig
Cover B – Malia Knight
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

This is it! Adrienne vs. The Black Knight for the fate of her sister! Everything has led up to this and the world of Princeless will never be the same. And finally, the identity of the Black Knight will be revealed. Meanwhile, Devin and company are in too deep.

Princeless Vol. 7 #4

Action Lab Entertainment’s Releases in March 2019

ALBERT EINSTEIN: TIME MASON VOLUME 1

Writer(s): Marcus Perry
Artist Name(s): Tony Donley (Pencils / Inks / Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Tony Donley

He’s got the mind, the might, and the mustache! Join brilliant scientist and dashing adventurer ALBERT EINSTEIN in a battle to protect the integrity of our timeline when he joins THE TIME MASONS. But when an unthinkable threat puts the past, present, and future in peril, it’s up to him and a squad of epic historical figures to save the universe before the clock runs out. Get ready for an Einstein you never imagined in the greatest time-travel adventure history has never seen.

128 pgs./ T / FC $14.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
JAN191424 – ALBERT EINSTEIN TIME MASON GN VOL 01

ATHENA VOLTAIRE ONGOING #12

Writer(s): Steve Bryant
Artist Name(s): Yusuf Idris (art), Juanma Aguilara (colors)
Cover A – Steve Bryant (Pencils/Inks), Jason Millet (Colors)
Cover B – Bobby Breed (Pencils/Inks), Juanma Aguilara (Colors)

ATHENA VOLTAIRE AND THE TERROR ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, part three. The thrilling conclusion! As the train speeds to its destination, the death toll is rising. When Athena comes face-to-face with the creature, can she stop it? Or will she become its next victim?

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99

DIAMOND ITEM CODES
JAN191425 – ATHENA VOLTAIRE 2018 ONGOING #12 CVR A BRYANT
JAN191426 – ATHENA VOLTAIRE 2018 ONGOING #12 CVR B BREED CVR

COLD BLOOD SAMURAI #1

Writer(s): Massimo Rosi
Artist Name(s): Ludovica Ceregatti (Pencils), Renato Stevanato (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Ludovica Ceregatti
Lettering: Mattia Gentili
Editing: Andrea Lorenzo Molinari

“We are the last warriors, the last pacifists of that school, and I leave her inheritance in your hands … you are a Gaijin.” A feudal Japan with anthropomorphic and samurai animals inspired by Homer’s poem on “War of Mice and Frogs”, Batrachomyomachia. As in the classic poem, one tells of the futility of war and the desire for peace by GAIJIN, a foreign salamander in a Japan of frogs invaded by lizards.

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
JAN191432 – COLD BLOOD SAMURAI #1

MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR: SEASON TWO – A NEW HERO EMERGES

Writer(s): Jeremy Zag, Thomas Astruc, Matthieu Choquet, Fred Lenoir, Sébastien Thibaudeau, Nicole D’Andria
Artist Name(s): Cheryl Black
Cover Artist(s): Cheryl Black

Ladybug and Cat Noir face-off against even more deadly foes in the latest adaptation for the second season of Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir! André, a legendary ice cream maker, gets akumatized by Hawk Moth and becomes a giant ice cream snowman. He begins to freeze people into ice cream and Ladybug and Cat Noir have to pretend to be a couple in order to stop him! Then, Alya’s twin sisters are akumatized into Sapotis, monsters that multiply when they eat. Ladybug and Cat Noir can’t seem to take them down by themselves… does this mean a new miraculous superhero is about to emerge?

SPOTS ON, CLAWS OUT!

128 pgs./ E / FC $8.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
JAN191427 – MIRACULOUS TALES OF LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR TP S2 NEW HERO

POWERS IN ACTION VOLUME 1

Writer(s): Art Baltazar
Artist Name(s): Art Baltazar
Cover Artist(s): Art Baltazar

Join us on this bold adventure as Lynx brings his sister, Ocelot, to join the super team in their first meeting. Let’s hope there are no delays along the way in the form of super villains! Oh no! Looks like our heroes may have work to do before they even join the team. Will these cat-heroes fit in with the members of the Hero Squadron? Their mysterious leader thinks so. Who else is on the team, you ask? Meet…Suplex! Eclipse! The Alien Enormus! And their leader Moon! Bold adventure awaits! The super-heroic bold adventure of cartoony super hero all age awesomeness that only Art Baltazar can bring!

128 pgs./ E / FC $14.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
JAN191428 – POWERS IN ACTION TP VOL 01

PRINCELESS VOLUME 7: FIND YOURSELF

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Emily Martin, Ainhoa Aramayo, Christine Hipp, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Emily Martin, Brett Grunig

With Bedelia left behind, Adrienne and Sparky are on their own for the first time since they left the tower…and it’s not going well. Alize’s castle is somewhere in the Great Southern Desert, but they can’t find it! They’ve been lost in the desert for days and when tempers flare, Adrienne may find herself alone and in peril on her quest. But what waits for her in the desert is more amazing than she could have imagined…and more deadly. It’s time for a final confrontation with the Black Knight.

And as they emerge from the Black Forest, Devin and company find themselves going head-to-head with an old enemy in an unexpected place. Soon Asheland will be under attack, but will they make it back to Asheland to tell anyone?

160 pgs./ E / FC $14.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
JAN191429 – PRINCELESS TP VOL 07 FIND YOURSELF

SWEETIE #2

Writer(s): Sean Dillon, Steven Petrivelli (co-writer)
Artist Name(s): Sean Dillon
Cover Artist(s): Sean Dillon

Maggie can leap across tall buildings, take on a small army single-handed, and even dodge bullets. But talking to new peoples or making new friends? No way! None of Maggie’s training will prepare her for her greatest adversary yet: freshman year of high school! To make matters worse, there’s a boy at school who knows about her secret hero work. Is he an ally? Or will he spill Maggie’s secret and sabotage the next four years of high school? While Maggie is distracted by school, what will her recently defeated nemesis be plotting from prison?

32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99

DIAMOND ITEM CODE
JAN191430 – SWEETIE #2

TOYETICA VOLUME 3

Writer(s): Marty LeGrow
Artist Name(s): Marty LeGrow
Cover Artist(s): Marty LeGrow

In a world where the hottest kid’s toys are based on real people, a ragtag class of students must prove they’re the best toys for the job, competing against friends and enemies at Dollington Academy to achieve action figure fame…all while being just 6 inches tall.

On a trip to Thread City, Trixie, Minky and Polly discover a strange mystery surrounding the most famous bittle in the world, Portia Palkin. Connecting the dots between a secretly altered portrait, a missing time capsule and a hidden room in Dollington Academy, the trio begin to tie the threads of a conspiracy together. But who is really pulling the strings, and how has this cover-up hidden in plain sight for over 30 years?

128 pgs./ E / FC $14.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
JAN191431 – TOYETICA TP VOL 03

Preview: Princeless Vol. 7 #3

PRINCELESS VOLUME 7 #3

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Emily Martin, Christine Hipp, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Emily Martin, Christine Hipp, Brett Grunig (Cover A), Yesenia Moises (Cover B)

After leading the daring rescue of Devin and Tempest, Kira has been gravely injured.  Now her fate lies in the hands of the mysterious old woman who aided in their escape, but who is this woman and is there anything Devin, Tempest, and Noni can do to help save Kira?

Meanwhile, Adrienne has discovered a whole new world of her sister Alize’s design in the desert, but she’s brought danger with her.  Will Adrienne be forced to face the Sphinx or will she finally find herself face to face with the greatest swordsman in the kingdom, The Black Knight?!

32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99

Princeless Vol. 7 #3

Preview: Northstars Vol. 2: Yeti Wedding!

NORTHSTARS VOL. 2: Yeti Wedding!

Writer(s): Jim & Haigen Shelley
Artist Name(s): Anna Liisa Jones
Cover Artist(s): Anna Liisa Jones
47 pgs./ E / FC
$5.99 (digital-only)

Princess Frostina cordially invites you to a royal Yeti Wedding! Join Santa, Mrs. Claus and their daughter Holly as they journey to the wintry kingdom of Yetisburg for the wedding of Frostina’s aunt Brrronica. It’s sure to be a grand affair… as long as Holly and Frostina can find a lost wedding ring, get a cake, decorate the chapel and make a bouquet, all while avoiding the mysterious chilly giantess, The Gryla!

NORTHSTARS VOL. 2: Yeti Wedding!

Preview: Northstars Vol. 1.5

NORTHSTARS VOL. 1.5

Writer(s): Jim & Haigen Shelley
Artist Name(s): Anna Liisa Jones
Cover Artist(s): Anna Liisa Jones
25 pgs./ E / FC
$1.99 (digital-only)

Continuing the holiday adventures of Holly, the daughter of Santa Claus and Frostina, a Yeti Princess. In this issue, La Befana, the Christmas Witch of Italy, enlists Holly and Frostina’s help to stop the monstrous Badalisc from destroying her garden. The Badalisc is big and furry, but is he all bad? Or is the real threat the evil wolf of Gubbio! Join us for the fun, all ages romp!

Preview: Northstars Vol. 1: Welcome to Snowville HC

NORTHSTARS VOL. 1: WELCOME TO SNOWVILLE HC

Writer(s): Jim & Haigen Shelley
Artist Name(s): Anna Liisa Jones
Cover Artist(s): Anna Liisa Jones
48 pgs./ E / FC
$14.99

Join us for the magical adventures of Holly, the daughter of Santa Claus, and Frostina, a Yeti Princess, as they explore the mystical wonders of the land of Polaris. In this first volume in a series of oversized keepsake hardcovers, Holly and Frostina journey to the subterranean city of Undertown to investigate trouble in Troggie Town. There is an evil force scheming right below Snowville, and it threatens Christmas itself!

NORTHSTARS VOL. 1: WELCOME TO SNOWVILLE HC

Preview: Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir: Santa Claws Christmas Special

MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR: SANTA CLAWS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

Writer(s): Jeremy Zag, Thomas Astruc, Fred Lenoir, Sébastien Thibaudeau & Kaniel Noam
Artist Name(s): Cheryl Black
Cover Artist(s): Cheryl Black
Arranged and Adapted by: Cheryl Black and Nicole D’Andria
80 pgs./ A / FC
$6.99

Because of Ladybug, a Santa Claus gets akumatized by Hawk Moth. Now Santa Claws, he is determined to make this Christmas Eve the worst in Paris’s history. Will Ladybug and Cat Noir manage to save Christmas?

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir: Santa Claws Christmas Special

Sweetie is the Journey of a Self-Taught Superhero Who’s Also a Socially Awkward High School Fangirl

Like a would be mash-up between Ms. Marvel and Karate Kid, Sweetie has the vibe of a Saturday morning cartoon. The series is about a socially awkward fan-girl who becomes a self-taught superhero. Maggie, our titular Sweetie, takes on the world of super villains and high school alike.

This is not your average super hero comic. Sweetie is written to be all-ages safe, but includes character and story layers that will also resonate with mature readers. It can be enjoyed across generations by young readers and parents alike. Sweetie aims to not only deliver a visually unique, high-energy action comic, but a message of inclusiveness, positivity, and becoming our own superhero.

Much in the vein of Spider-man, Sweetie offers both the thrill of an action hero story and a slice of life from the vantage point of a high school nerd. At any age, we all love stories about heroes and like to project ourselves onto them, but how would we really handle what’s larger than life when normal life is so full of challenge already? Sweetie acts as a meta to super hero comics, but embraces what is fun and enjoyable about them. Simultaneously, it addresses the often over-looked emotions and internal struggle of growing up, with themes such as empathy, communication, anxiety, identity, loss, and family.

Written by Sean Dillon and Steven Petrivelli with art by Dillon, Sweetie #1 is on shelves February 27, 2019.

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