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Preview: Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock #2

Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock #2

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jay Fosgitt
Artist: Jay Fosgitt
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: Jay Fosgitt
Anniversary Fraggle Spotlight Subscription Cover: Jake Myler
Colorist: Joana La Fuente
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Price: $3.99

When a gang of bullies cause trouble in Fraggle Rock, Gobo and friends will need to find a way to teach these Fraggles the values of kindness and community.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 6/9

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Ryan C

man of steel 2.jpgBatman #48 (DC)** – Can this wedding just happen (or not) already? Because all this treading water in advance of it is getting pretty old. Tom King churns out another drab “prologue”-type script here, which shows The Joker being especially brutal even byhis standards, and Batman more or less taking it all as a matter of course. Mikel Janin’s art is absolutely stunning — it always is — but that’s about the most I can say for this one. Overall: 4. Recommendation: Pass

The Man Of Steel #2 (DC)** – A rather lackluster debut from Brian Michael Bendis leads into an equally-lackluster second installment, and both the “mystery” of the new villain and the series of arson fires plaguing Metropolis aren’t doing much to grab the attention of at least this reader. Evan “Doc” Shaner’s art is uncharacteristically toned-down here, as well, and far more dull and conservative than his typical Steve Rude-influenced work. Fortunately for us all, none other than the estimable Mr. Rude himself is on hand to illustrate the back half of the book, and it’s downright glorious to look at — too bad that reading it simply isn’t much fun. Overall: 5.5. Recommendation: Pass

Dark Ark #7 (Aftershock)** – Cullen Bunn and Juan Doe are having a blast with this revisionist take on the Noah’s Ark story, and it shows on every page. Some pre-flood drama is nicely balanced against “current” (and quite major) developments this time out, and there’s a gorgeous double-page spread that you’ll ogle over for a good long while. It’s a brisk read, to be sure, but you won’t want to put this book down too soon, as the art is just plain stunning. Overall: 8. Recommendation: Buy.

Xerxes: The Fall Of The House Of Darius And The Rise Of Alexander #3 (Dark Horse)** – Frank Miller utilizes double-page spreads nearly exclusively in this issue, and results are mixed — a few really do pack that classic “MIller Punch,” but most are half-hearted attempts to capture a sense of magic that just isn’t there anymore. As for the multi-panel pages, as well as the jumbled and frankly stupid script, well — the less said, the better. Overall: 3. Recommendation: Pass

Mr H.

BM_Cv48Batman #48 (DC) So continues my on again off again love affair with Tom King (deep down he might be the one) After some dreadful dreck churned out the past few issues, he brings me back into the fold. This entire issue takes place with a standoff between Batman and Joker inside a church. Kings Joker has the ability to make you laugh uncomfortably at the carnage he causes with very interesting dialogue choices. Mikel Janin as always is so amazing that he really makes you feel involved in the events taking place. All in all it was very fun filler before the wedding of the summer and next issue should be more of the same. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Patrick

About Betty’s Boob (Archaia) – I work in burlesque here in Montreal and I have absolutely loved Julie Rocheleau’s artwork ever since The Wrath of Fantomas (which I cannot recommend highly enough), so I was very much looking forward to this about-bettys-boobcollaboration with French writer Véro Cazot. Let’s take first things first: it’s a mostly-silent tale about a woman who loses her left breast to cancer and has to redefine herself, finding acceptance and empowerment in the world of burlesque. Second: Julie Rocheleau is an unbelievable talent with a total command of the artform. Not only can she draw with stunning craft, not only is her storytelling top-notch, but her work – both here and elsewhere – has musicality. Here, she alternately swings hard, lays back, stomps, dives into pure lyricism, and clowns around, all in service to the emotional ride that Betty is taking. This is a bravura performance of the highest level. I wish I was as much of a fan of Véro Cazot’s writing. As much as I love the ideas in her story, she serves it up with too many side dishes and way too much arch Parisian-ness for my liking (and I’ve lived in Paris). What could have been simple and heartbreaking or really fun clowning goes on too long and trips over itself. There is so much to love here – the way Betty’s relationship falls apart, the fantastic idea of a burlesque theatre on a barge on the Seine (if this is a real thing, please contact me immediately) – that Cazot often gets in the way, like when a burlesque show host takes too much space. As soon as the script gets offstage and out of Rocheleau’s way, this book Lando-DoubleorNothing-1shimmies, twirls, and shakes off its veneer to show us its true heart.

Shean

Deadpool #1 (Marvel) In what feels like hanging out with your best friend, this reboot of the ongoing series feels fresh and even funnier. As we catch up with Wade on one of his hit jobs which goes too far as usual. We also find the Avengers and the Guardians trying to figure out how to stop impending doom in the form of Thanos. By issue’s end, Wade gives fan a long awaited peak behind his origin story but eventually steals from a rather well known origin story from the DC Universe, quite a sick burn. Overall: 9.3 
Recommendation: Buy

 Lando: Double Or Nothing#1 (Marvel) As a fan of the current Star Wars movie, I went into this book with hopes of seeing more of Lando with L3-337 and this book doesn’t disappoint. As Barnes captures the spirit of these characters from the movie, as Lando’s arrogance and L3’s ill subliminal is on full display in this heist story. As we meet Kristis, a Ray Donovan type character who fixes whatever for her clients. By issue’s end, once the Republic catches wind of the plan, our heroes are able to outgun and outrun some TIE fighters, as this is where the heist begins. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Black Panther: Rise of the Black Panther #6 (Marvel) We get deeper into the drama surrounding the volatile infiltrations into Wakanda. As T’Challa and Shuri are still coping with their half brother’s betrayal, they soon find another invader in their midst.Soon they find out that Eric Killmonger has broken their ranks and eventually unleashes Wakandan technology on its population. By book’s end, T’Challa neutralizes the threat and realizes much like in the movie, that barriers often become like prisons, and helpful knowledge must be shared. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Logan

Giant Days #39 (BOOM!) The girls go to their university’s career fair, and lots of jokes are made about the drudgery of 9 to 5 life. Daisy is inundated with job offers and private jet rides while Esther feels like a square peg in a round hole. This issue is Julia Madrigal’s last as a fill-in artist, and her characters are on model, but they lack the elasticity and pure humor of Max Sarin and Liz Fleming’s work. However, for the most part, Giant Days #39 is a fantastic satire of the bullshit that is job applications and has a cliffhanger that could be a game changer for Ms. Esther DeGroot. Overall: 8.4 Verdict: Buy

Vagrant Queen #1 (Vault) Elida is the scion of an intergalactic monarchy, but she’s cvagrant queen.jpgontent to shoot first, ask questions later, and make a profit. However, when the former owner of her ship (The proverbial Lando to her Han.) offers a deal to find her mom, she embarks on an epic intergalactic road trip with the Admiralty on her trail. Mags Visaggio and Jason Smith traffic in a lot of space opera tropes in Vagrant Queen, but a snarky sense of humor, Moebius-esque architecture, and brutal fight choreography keep things entertaining. Overall: 7.4 Verdict: Read

Nightwing #45 (DC) Benjamin Percy, Chris Mooneyham, and guest inker Klaus Janson open Nightwing #45 with Dick in bed next to Barbara Gordon. Dick and Babs have a highly, complex relationship so something is definitely off. This uneasy tone pervades the entire book in Dick’s narration and the bloated body of a drug snitch, who was completely and utterly doxxed. Nightwing is quickly becoming a body horror, cyberpunk comic, but Mooneyham’s Romita Jr-esque figures and detailed landscapes keep the story in the analog and old school like Dick himself. However, a high tech neural networked, VR rig could change all this, and the last several pages of the issue craft an almost insurmountable foe for Nightwing to “fight”. Overall: 8.5 Verdict: Buy

Nightwing vs. Hush #1 (DC) Well, this is Batman’s bachelor party, and it involves burgers at a Batman themed restaurant. However, the Superman, Batman, and Nightwing’s interdimensional fishing trip goes terribly wrong when Hush crashes and gets caught in a kind of Limbo with Nightwing. Tim Seeley and Travis Moore create a study in duality with Dick and Hush anchored in Wayne Manor, but whereas Hush wants to be Bruce, Dick just wants a relationship with him. And this leads to a very sweet moment towards the end. Moore’s art is slick and pretty, especially when he draws Dick’s face. There need to be more buddy comics featuring Bruce, Dick, and Clark. Overall: 8 Verdict: Buy

 



Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Review: About Betty’s Boob

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a touching and funny graphic novel in About Betty’s Boob!

About Betty’s Boob is by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau and published through BOOM! Studios’ Archaia imprint.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores on June 5th. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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

Joe

Top Pick: The Immortal Hulk #1 (Marvel) – Leave Banner alone! Al Ewing and Joe Bennet kick off this back to really angry basics and I couldn’t be more excited. I am glad we are getting back to a mad as hell, uncontrollable monster who’s fighting other monsters. Nuff said!

Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel) – I am excited to see what Waid does with this book. I have loved the last run of Strange, and really enjoyed what Cates with the character. Jesus Saiz is handling the art duties, and if I am going by the cover, then this looks very interesting. Strange in space sounds well, Strange, but that’s kind of the point isn’t it? Let’s get weird!

Deadpool #1 (Marvel) – The last run with Gerry Dugan and company was so good, and it was quite a lengthy run at that. Here we get Skottie Young writing (who yes is much more famous as an artist), while Nic Klein does pencils. I am assuming this will be a Marvel flavor of his own creator owned series, I Hate Fairyland, and that should be a good thing! I have high hopes for this.

Justice League #1 (DC Comics) – This is a book with a classic team with Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung on pencils. This title was not getting what it deserved perhaps until Priest took over right before this relaunch. I am glad that they are taking this book seriously and giving it the level of attention it deserves.

 

Brett

About Betty’s Boob (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – A mostly silent comic about a woman who loses a breast to cancer and then her job and then her boyfriend. Sound depressing? It’s not. A wonderful graphic novel which shows the power of the medium.

Death or Glory #2 (Image Comics) –  The first issue was a lot of fun action with some great characters, solid setting, fantastic details and art. I want to see where it all goes from here.

Man of Steel #2 (DC Comics) – I thought the first issue was just ok but what happened to Lois and Jonathan has me intrigued to see this mini-series through. Writer Brian Michael Bendis has the characters down perfect, it’s just the plot that needs a little more punch.

Star Wars #49 (Marvel) – Marvel’s Star Wars comics have been amazing adding to the overall universe and filling in backstory. With issue #50 just a month away, I’m excited to see more of what’s on tap. Just lots of fun for fans of Star Wars.

The Walking Dead #180 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – The opening of a new city to the series has breathed new life and it’s clear there’s something sinister going on. I have no idea where this is all going but I’m along for the ride.

BOOM! Studios’ Releases in August 2018

LUMBERJANES: THE INFERNAL COMPASS OGN SC

*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR OCTOBER 2018*****
Publisher​: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price​: $14.99
Writer​: Lilah Sturges
Artist​: polterink
Cover Artist​: Alexa Sharpe

● Eisner Award-nominated writer Lilah Sturges (Fables, Thor: Season One) teams with artist polterink
(Enough Space for Everyone Else) for the first Lumberjanes graphic novel in a story about finding your way and navigating life, love, and a literal forest.
● When the ‘Janes start to become separated during an orienteering outing thanks to a mysterious compass, Molly becomes more and more insecure about the effect of her relationship with Mal on the other girls.
● Meanwhile, a lonely woman explorer is trying to steal the compass, with the help of some weirdly polite automaton butlers.

BLACK BADGE #1

Publisher​: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price​: $3.99
Writer​: Matt Kindt
Artist​: Tyler Jenkins
Cover Artists​:
Main Cover​: Matt Kindt
Intermix Cover​: Tyler Jenkins
Incentive Cover​: Jeff Lemire

● Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins, the Eisner Award-nominated team behind Grass Kings, reunite for a new ongoing series about a top-secret, elite branch of boy scouts tasked by the government to take on covert missions.
● Among their organization, the Black Badges are the elite; the best of the best. They are feared even by the other badges. The missions they take are dangerous, and they will only get worse as their leader’s attention is split between their mission and tracking down a lost team member. A member who disappeared years ago, presumed dead.
● A haunting look at foreign policy, culture wars and isolationism through the lens of kids who know they must fix the world that adults have broken.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #30

Publisher​: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price​: $3.99
Writer​: Kyle Higgins
Artist​: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Cover Artists​:
Main Cover​: Jamal Campbell
Subscription Cover​: Jordan Gibson
Incentive Cover​: Joana LaFuente

This is it. The team up between every Ranger left standing against the unrivaled power of Drakkon, while a covert team led by Grace embarks on what might be their last mission ever.

SABAN’S GO GO POWER RANGERS #12

Publisher​: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price​: $3.99
Writer​: Ryan Parrott
Artist​: Dan Mora
Cover Artists:
Main Cover​: Dan Mora
Intermix Cover​: Miguel Mercado
Subscription Cover​: Audrey Mok
Homage Incentive Cover​: Natacha Bustos

The Rangers team up with an unlikely ally to battle Rita’s new monster as the Ranger Slayer inches ever further towards her goal…

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS SHATTERED GRID #1

Publisher​: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price​: $3.99
Writer​: Kyle Higgins
Artist​: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover​: Jamal Campbell
Incentive Cover​: Chris Burnham
Incentive Cover​: Christian Ward

​The epic conclusion to the first Power Rangers comic book event. Everything changes here!

STEVEN UNIVERSE: HARMONY

Publisher​: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price​: $3.99
Writer​: S.M. Vidaurri
Artist​: Mollie Rose
Cover Artists​:
Main Cover​: Marguerite Sauvage
Subscription Cover​: Savanna Ganucheau
Incentive Cover​: Veronica Fish

As Steven helps Sadie cope with quitting her job at the Big Donut and losing Lars, Steven and the Gems must work together to deactivate an old Diamond Authority artifact called the Harmony Core before it destroys Earth.

WWE: UNDERTAKER OGN

*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR OCTOBER 2018*****
Publisher​: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price​: $19.99
Writer​: Chad Dundas
Artist​: Rodrigo Lorenzo
Cover Artist​: Oliver Barrett

● Acclaimed journalist and author Chad Dundas (Champion Of The World) teams with illustrator Rodrigo Lorenzo (WWE) for the definitive tale of one of WWE’s greatest Superstars.
● The Dead Man. The Phenom. The Legend who dominated Sports Entertainment for over twenty-five years. For the first time, the unrivaled career of the Undertaker is chronicled in graphic novel form from WWE and BOOM! Studios.

WWE: ATTITUDE ERA 2018 SPECIAL

Publisher​: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price​: $7.99
Writer​: Ryan Ferrier, Andy Belanger, Aaron Gillespie, Julian May
Artist​: Michel Mulipola, Andy Belanger, Hyeonjin Kim, Kendall Goode
Cover Artists​:
Main Cover​: Rahzzah
Incentive Cover​: Will Robson (colors by Jeremy Lawson)

ARE YOU READY? The most iconic time in Sports Entertainment history comes to life in untold stories
of the WWE. This anthology includes stories looking at Stone Cold Steve Austin, the rivalry between the Brothers of Destruction, Undertaker and Kane, and DX’s infamous invasion of a certain wrestling program “down South”…

WWE #20

Publisher​: BOOM! Studios
Retail Price​: $3.99
Writers​: Dennis Hopeless
Artists​: Serg Acuña
Cover Artists​:
Main Cover​: Dan Mora
Action Figure Variant Cover​: Adam Riches
RAW Connecting Cover​: Brent Schoonover
Incentive Variant Cover​: Aaron Dana

In the wake of Sami Zayn’s actions at Survivor Series, it seems like there’s no way out—until Daniel
Bryan offers Sami one last chance at redemption.

WWE: THEN. NOW. FOREVER. VOL. 2 SC

*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR OCTOBER 2018*****
Publisher:​ BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $16.99
Writer: ​ AJ Styles, Michael Kingston, Dennis Hopeless, Box Brown
Artist:​ Daniel Bayliss, Lucas Werneck, Kendall Goode
Cover Artist:​ Xermánico

● This anthology collection contains stories spanning WWE’s greatest moments! Included here are tales such as Goldberg’s feud with Brock Lesnar, Macho Man vs Ultimate Warrior and the untold story behind the Montreal Screwjob.
● Also features WWE Superstar AJ Styles teaming with Michael Kingston (Headlocked) and Daniel Bayliss (Labyrinth: Coronation) to tell the tale of his debut at Royal Rumble 2016.
● Collects the WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special, the WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Special, and the backup shorts from WWE issues #9-12.

BONE PARISH #2

Publisher:​ BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ Cullen Bunn
Artist: ​Jonas Scharf
Cover Artist:​ Lee Garbett

As a drug made from the ashes of the dead continues to spread across New Orleans, the Winters family is forced to defend their turf from the encroaching drug cartels. But some mysterious deaths could threaten everyone in New Orleans…

CODA #4

Publisher:​ BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ Simon Spurrier
Artist: ​Matías Bergara
Cover Artist:
Main Cover A: ​Matías Bergara
Intermix Cover B: ​Michael Allred
Incentive Cover C: ​Jay Shaw

Having successfully warded off Thundergog from its assault on Ridgetown for at least one more day, Hum turns his attention to the Urken soldier who turned the tides of the battle…

THRILLING ADVENTURE HOUR #2

Publisher:​ BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Artist: ​M.J. Erickson
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: ​Jonathan Case
Subscription Cover: ​Natacha Bustos

The party inside the Haunted House has somehow descended into chaos. Encountering some spooks, the Doyles will have to perform an exorcism—once they fix themselves a drink, of course.

ROBOCOP: CITIZENS ARREST #5

Publisher:​ BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ Brian Wood
Artist: ​Jorge Coelho
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: ​Nimit Malavia
Subscription Cover: ​David Rubin

The New RoboCops debut here, as Alex Murphy—the original RoboCop—faces his ultimate enemy.

ABBOTT SC

*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR OCTOBER 2018*****
Publisher:​ BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $17.99
Writer: ​ Saladin Ahmed
Artist:​ Sami Kivelä
Cover Artist:​ Taj Tenfold

● Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt) and artist Sami Kivelä (Beautiful Canvas) present one woman’s search for the truth that destroyed her family.
● Hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy.
● Collects the entire 5-issue series.

KONG ON THE PLANET OF THE APES SC

*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR OCTOBER 2018*****
Publisher:​ BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $19.99
Writer: ​ Ryan Ferrier
Artist:​ Carlos Magno
Cover Artist:​ Faye Dalton and John Keaveney

● Ryan Ferrier (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, D4VE) and Carlos Magno (Kong of Skull Island, Planet of the Apes) present the damn dirty crossover event you demanded! !
● Following the events of the first Planet of the Apes film (1968), Dr. Zaius and General Ursus lead a small group of soldiers to the Forbidden Zone to destroy any remaining evidence of Taylor’s time among them. To their surprise, they discover…a Kong!
● Now they must venture to Skull Island with Cornelius and Zira to discover the truth, but they may not survive the deadliest journey of their lives!
● Collects the complete 6-issue series.

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA: OLD MAN JACK #12

Publisher:​ BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writers: ​John Carpenter & Anthony Burch
Artist: ​Jorge Corona
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: ​Brett Parson
Action Figure Subscription Cover: ​Michael Adams & Marco D’Alfonso
Connecting “Jack Through Time” Incentive Cover: ​Will Robson

This is it—the final ride of the Pork-Chop Express.

MECH CADET YU VOL. 2 SC

*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR OCTOBER 2018*****
Publisher:​ BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $14.99
Writer: ​Greg Pak
Artist:​ Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover Artist:​ Takeshi Miyazawa

● The second Sharg war has begun. As the alien invasion grows to a worldwide threat, the Mech Cadets answer the call alongside their robos to defend the planet. First year students, however, are grounded and forbidden from fighting on the front lines. But while training in secret, Stanford, Park, Olivetti, and Sanchez will discover that their enemy takes more shapes than they could have ever known.
● Collects issues #5-8.

MECH CADET YU #11

Publisher:​ BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ Greg Pak
Artist: ​Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover Artist:​ Takeshi Miyazawa

The penultimate issue of the smash series, as Stanford, Park and Skip must save the world…but first they have to save each other.

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: CREATION MYTHS BOXED SET

*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR OCTOBER 2018*****
Publisher:​ Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $29.99
Writers: ​ Brian Froud, Brian Holguin, Joshua Dysart, Matthew Dow Smith
Artist:​ Alex Sheikman
Cover Artist:​ Brian Froud

● Brian Froud, legendary conceptual designer of the beloved Jim Henson fantasy film The Dark Crystal, returns to the world he helped create in this official prequel trilogy to the cult-classic film.
● Collected together in one set for the first time, this graphic novel series reveals the definitive origins of the Skeksis, Mystics, Gelfling, and the Dark Crystal itself while introducing all new characters in an epic spanning thousands of years.

JIM HENSON’S BENEATH THE DARK CRYSTAL #2

Publisher:​ Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ Adam Smith
Artist: ​Alexandria Huntington
Cover Artist:
Main Cover A: ​Benjamin Dewey
Subscription Cover B: ​David Petersen
Incentive Cover C (1:25): ​Lee Garbett

Kensho is free from the pressures of the Crystal Castle and back out in world of Thra, a place far wilder and more dangerous than he remembers. Meanwhile in Mithra, the challenger to Thurma’s throne is forced to prove her heritage.

JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: CORONATION #6

Publisher:​ Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ Simon Spurrier
Artist:​ Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: ​Fiona Staples
Subscription Cover:​ Sana Takeda

Maria comes face to face with the underbelly of goblin society and meets a new companion along the way.

JIM HENSON’S FRAGGLE ROCK: JOURNEY TO EVERSPRING SC

*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR OCTOBER 2018*****
Publisher:​ Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $9.99
Writer: ​Kate Leth
Artist:​ Jake Myler
Cover Artist:​ Jake Myler

● Join New York Times bestselling author Kate Leth (Adventure Time: Seeing Red) and illustrator Jake Myler (Orphan Blade) as they take the beloved characters of Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock on their biggest adventure yet!
● When the water supply of Fraggle Rock mysteriously runs dry, the Fraggles will have to journey deep into the caves of Fraggle Rock to find the fabled Everspring.
● Along the way, they’ll encounter spooky creatures, discover the Crystal Caves, and meet a colony of never-before-seen Doozers!

FRAGGLE ROCK #4

Publisher:​ Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ Katie Cook
Artist: ​Katie Cook
Cover Artist:
Main Cover A:​ Katie Cook
Anniversary Fraggle Spotlight Subscription Cover B: ​Jake Myler
Anniversary Fraggle Spotlight Red Variant Cover: ​Jake Myler

A new story from bestseller Katie Cook that uses music to explore every cave and bog of Fraggle Rock like never before.

LUMBERJANES 2018 SPECIAL

Publisher: ​BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $7.99
Writer:​ Nicole Andelfinger
Artist: ​Maddi Gonzalez, Brittney Williams
Cover Artists:
Main Cover:​ Natacha Bustos
Subscription Cover: ​Brittney Williams

The Midsummer Masquerade and it’s not exactly a dream. When the question of a couples costume throws Mal and Molly’s relationship into disarray, the rest of the Lumberjanes scramble to help them. And of course now all the decorations are starting to disappear.

LUMBERJANES #53

Publisher: ​BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writers:​ Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: ​Dozerdraws
Cover Artists:
Main Cover:​ Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover:​ Dozerdraws

The ‘Janes are heading off on a treasure hunt after finding a map hidden under Ripley’s bed! They’re hoping they’ll find some pirate treasure, or magical amulets, or dinosaur bones, or snacks, but there’s no telling what they’re in for when they track down where X marks the spot.

BY NIGHT #3

Publisher: ​BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ John Allison
Artist: ​Christine Larsen
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: ​Christine Larsen
Subscription Cover: ​John Allison

When it seems are though Heather and Jane may be trapped in the alternate dimension, Barney has no choice but to consult Heather’s dad Chip for some wisdom in repairing the portal. Standard dad stuff.

GIANT DAYS #41

Publisher: ​BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer: ​John Allison
Artists: ​Max Sarin
Cover Artist:​ Max Sarin

Everything’s coming up Daisy! Her residents are flourishing, classes are great, and she might even go on a date soon. She is 1000% over Ingrid. It doesn’t bother her at all that Ingrid has already moved on. Not even a little.

DODGE CITY SC

*****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR OCTOBER 2018*****
Publisher: ​BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $14.99
Writer: ​ Josh Trujillo
Artist:​ Cara McGee
Cover Artist:​ Cara McGee

● Life comes at you fast, but dodgeballs come way faster!
● Tomás is a teenage misfit, but when he joins the Jazz Pandas dodgeball team, he finds a place where he can really belong, and a family of oddballs and outcasts who are willing to do whatever it takes to win the summer regional dodgeball championships.
● From creator Josh Trujillo (Adventure Time: Brain Robbers,) and artist Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall), comes a comic that packs punch and a whole lot of heart!

FENCE #9

Publisher: ​BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ C.S. Pacat
Artist: ​Johanna the Mad
Cover Artist: ​HamletMachine

The rematch that had to happen—Seiji vs Nicholas and neither is walking out the same!

RUINWORLD #2

Publisher:​ KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ Derek Laufman
Artist:​ Derek Laufman
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: ​Derek Laufman

Pogo and Rex seek assistance from one of Rex’s old ruin hunting partners. She agrees to help, but only if they will help her retrieve an item of her own…

STEVEN UNIVERSE #19

Publisher:​ KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ Grace Kraft
Artist: ​Rii Abrego
Cover Artists:
Main Cover:​ Missy Peña
Subscription Cover:​ Janie Lee

The Gems tell Steven about how they built his house and the struggles that ensued working together. Guest starring fan-favorite fusion Sugilite!

REGULAR SHOW: 25 YEARS LATER #3

Publisher:​ KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writers:​ Chris Hastings
Artists:​ Anna Johnstone
Cover Artists:
Main Cover:​ Cristina Chua
Subscription Cover:​ Sam Beck

Mordecai and Rigby finally have a lead in getting back their kids! Just one problem: how are they going to become respected as responsible parents to a pair of bad boys after trading away their kids to be young again?

AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL 2018 GRAB BAG

Publisher:​ KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $7.99
Writer:​ Kelly Bastow, Xanthe Bouma, Amanda Castillo, Julieta Colas, Mac Pryor, Rachel Matile, Lorn Waterfield, Shivana Sookdeo
Artist: ​Kelly Bastow, Xanthe Bouma, Amanda Castillo, Julieta Colas, Mac Pryor, Rachel Matile, Lorn Waterfield, Shivana Sookdeo
Cover Artist: ​Claudia Aguirre

Elmore, beware, as Gumball, Darwin, and Anais tackle their greatest fears: riding a bike, monsters under the bed, and more! Featuring stories and art from talent such as Kelly Bastow (Capture Creatures), Julieta Colas (Rick & Morty), and more, this brand-new Grab Bag collects hilarious shorts from The Amazing World of Gumball.

ADVENTURE TIME: BEGINNING OF THE END SC

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Publisher:​ KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $14.99
Writer: ​ Ted Anderson
Artist:​ Marina Julia
Cover Artist:​ Victoria Maderna

● When Finn breaks a promise he can’t remember making, time itself begins to unravel around him.
● Finn must confront the ghosts of his past selves, the alternate selves of his present, and all his possible futures, while Jake gather help from all of Ooo and beyond.
● Celebrate the past, present and future of Adventure Time with this complete 3-issue series, and features a never before published bonus chapter you can’t miss!

PEANUTS DELL ARCHIVE HC

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Publisher:​ KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $24.99
Writer: ​ Charles M. Schulz
Artist:​ Charles M. Schulz
Cover Artist:​ Charles M. Schulz

● In 1955, Charles M. Schulz began a partnership with Dell Publishing, and for the first time, all-new Peanuts stories were created outside of Schulz’s daily comic strip.
● BOOM! Studios and the Charles M. Schulz Museum come together to collect these classic tales in a new Definitive Hardcover Edition.

GARFIELD: HOMECOMING #3

Publisher:​ KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ Scott Nickel
Artist: ​Ben Sears
Cover Artist: ​Andy Hirsch with Ben Sears

Garfield meets a young bearded hipster who lives in a tiny house and works in an Italian restaurant. It seems like heaven, spending every night surrounded by pasta, right up until robbers come to take it all away! Artist Ben Sears joins writer Scott Nickel for the penultimate installment of this limited series.

GARFIELD: SNACK PACK VOL. 1 SC

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Publisher:​ KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $14.99
Writer: ​ Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel
Artist:​ Gary Barker, Antonio Alfaro, David DeGrand
Cover Artist:​ Andy Hirsch

● This anthology collection contains some of Garfield’s wildest adventures!
● Included are Garfield’s team with with Pet Force, meeting a cat even more annoying than Nermal, and a Holiday showdown with the Lasagna Monster.

RUGRATS VOL. 2 SC

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Publisher:​ KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $14.99
Writer: ​ Box Brown
Artist:​ Lisa DuBois, Mattia Di Meo, Ilaria Catalani, Esdras Cristobal
Cover Artist:​ Jorge Corona

● Grandpa Lou has convinced Tommy that the world’s population is being replaced by lizard-aliens, and the babies will hatch a plan to expose the truth!
● Collects issues #5-8.

ROCKO’S MODERN LIFE #7

Publisher:​ KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Retail Price:​ $3.99
Writer:​ Ryan Ferrier
Artist: ​Ian McGinty
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: ​Jorge Monlongo
Subscription Cover: ​Nick Cross

A chance encounter with a former insensitive classmate brings back bad memories and vivid nightmares for Rocko, but that won’t stop him from heading to his class reunion.

Preview: About Betty’s Boob HC

About Betty’s Boob HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Véro Cazot
Artist: Julie Rocheleau
Cover Artist: Julie Rocheleau
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Price: $29.99

An inspiring and surprisingly comedic tale of loss and acceptance told largely through silent sequential narrative, About Betty’s Boob is a seminal work from master storytellers Véro Cazot and Julie Rocheleau.

Betty lost her left breast, her job, and her guy. She does not know it yet, but this is the best day of her life.

Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation #4 (of 12)

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation #4 (of 12)

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artist:
Main Cover: Fiona Staples
Subscription Cover: Rebekah Isaacs
Colorist: Dan Jackson
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

Maria finds allies willing to help guide her to the center of the Labyrinth and to her son, Jareth. But how much can she really trust them?

Preview: Mouse Guard: The Black Axe B&W HC

Mouse Guard: The Black Axe B&W HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: David Petersen
Artist: David Petersen
Cover Artist: David Petersen
Price: $99.99

Experience Mouse Guard: The Black Axe, the third volume in David Petersen’s Eisner Award-winning fantasy series, like never before in this stunning black-and-white, oversized collection.

Matching the page size of Petersen’s inked pages and featuring vellum overlays mimicking his process of conveying weather effects, this gorgeous edition brings readers as close as possible to holding the series’ original artwork.

With a hand-numbered, limited print run featuring a slipcase and felt cover, Mouse Guard: The Black Axe Black and White Edition is an experience to be treasured and pored over by collectors and art enthusiasts alike.

Review: Persephone

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a new spin on a classic Greek myth!

Persephone is by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores May 22. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Preview: Persephone HC

Persephone HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky
Artist: Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky
Cover Artist: Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky
Translator: Edward Gavvin
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Price: $19.99

French author Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky presents a modern-day retelling of the Greek myth of Demeter and her daughter Persephone in an exciting universe that blends high-fantasy adventure with visuals reminiscent of Japanese anime and 1950s American-style comics.

Persephone may be the adopted daughter of the famous magician Demeter, but she struggles to find her place alongside such a force of nature.

Persephone’s desire to find out where she belongs takes her on an epic adventure deep into the Underworld, where she’ll discover who—or what—she is.

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