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Preview: The Avant-Guards #3

The Avant-Guards #3

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Noah Hayes
    Preorder Cover: Cara McGee
Price: $3.99

The basketball season is off to a start, and Charlie, Liv, and the rest of the Avant-Guards are trekking across state for their very first game. They’ve hardly had time to polish their skills, though, and if the season isn’t going to end before it’s really begun, they’ll have to fight to make their dreams come true!

The Avant-Guards #3

Preview: Lumberjanes #60

Lumberjanes #60

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist:  AnneMarie Rogers
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Kat Leyh
    Preorder Cover: Brooklyn Allen
Price: $3.99

Trying to pull off a last-minute party is like paddling upstream…against a waterfall…in a rainstorm. Throwing together a last-minute theatrical production is like doing all that with an umbrella instead of a paddle, and your shipmates are all ducks. If there’s anyone who’s prepared to sail through these metaphorical eddies, though, it’s April, in service of her BFFL Jo’s birthday!

Lumberjanes #60

Preview: By Night Vol. 1 SC

By Night Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  John Allison
Artist: Christine Larsen
Colorist: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Christine Larsen
Price: $14.99

Aspiring documentarian (and actual Chemistry major) Jane has recently reunited with her former best friend Heather, amateur urban explorer. They fall easily into their old roles, with Jane as the cautious voice of reason, Heather as the bold, adventurous leader. When a trip into an abandoned industrial building leads them to another world, a plan begins to unfold—create a documentary about the world and become filthy, filthy rich.

The other side of the portal is filled with monsters, magic and a chance for a whole new life. All they have to do is step through…

Eisner-Award winning author John Allison (Giant Days) and artist Christine Larsen (Adventure Time) join forces for a story about coming home, discovering identity, and accidently smashing a hole to another dimension.

Collects issues #1-4.

By Night Vol. 1 SC

Preview: By Night #9

By Night #9

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Christine Larsen
Colorist: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Jimmy Campbell
Cover Artist:
    Main Cover: Christine Larsen
    Preorder Cover: Sarah Stern
Price: $3.99

It’s time to uncover the truth of what really happened to old Chet Charles, how the Eidolon was created …and what it has to do with Jane’s parents.

By Night #9

Your First Look at the Dream Team in The Avant-Guards #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at The Avant-Guards #3, a new chapter in the twelve-issue series from writer Carly Usdin and artist Noah Hayes about a ragtag group of friends who band together to build the first ever basketball team at their historic woman’s art college, available in stores March 27, 2019.

The Avant-Guards’ efforts have paid off, and with the addition of new transfer student and former basketball star, Charlie Bravo, they are finally an official basketball team. But just because they’ve got the right number of players and a spot in the league doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready to compete on the court, and their first game is only a few days away! Liv and Charlie will have to scramble to train their fellow art school misfits to work together and trust each other in time to face their first opponents of the season… The Cuddly Retrievers of the American Institute of Veterinary Curiosities!

The Avant-Guards #3 features a main cover by Hayes and a variant cover by Cara McGee.

The Avant-Guards #3

Preview: Giant Days #48

Giant Days #48

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artist: John Allison
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Cover Artist: Max Sarin
Price: $3.99

Susan and McGraw attend his brother’s wedding, and we meet the family that put the iron backbone in Giant Days’ most moustached male.

Giant Days #48

Review: The Avant-Guards #2

The Avant-Guards #2

Charlie is done with team sports. Nope. Not happening. Never again. But Liv and the rest of the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics basketball team are determined to get Charlie to join them, and they’ve cooked up a ruse to woo her! For basketball. Nothing else.

The Avant-Guards #2 continues the fun, cute, series, that continues BOOM! Studios and BOOM! Box‘s streak of winning sports themed comics.

Written by Carly Usdin, the second issue focuses on Liv and the rest of the potential team attempting to get Charlie to join. The comic is beyond adorable wearing the fun on its sleeve. But, what Usdin also makes the comic wear its progressive values on its sleeve as we learn more about each girl.

The second issue gives each a moment to shine as the “team comes together” and the presentation is adorable. There’s an energy about the comic, a vibe about it all, that’s hard to not enjoy and that’s partially the enthusiasm of the character Liv and what she brings to the series. Usdin has created a character that should be annoyingly perky but somehow doesn’t cross the line and instead sucks us into the story as that enthusiasm is infectious.

Noah Hayes‘ art with colors by Rebecca Nalty and lettering by Ed Dukeshire is fantastic. Each character, even if they’re in the background, has personality, and each is beyond unique in their own way. No two are the same and the designs tell stories by themselves. There’s Hayes also presents body language that gives each character a way to move that is subtle but also feels important in establishing each character.

The first issue was solid and second is just as fantastic. The Avant-Guards is the queer basketball comic you didn’t know you wanted but whose voice makes it hard to not get sucked into the excitement.

Story: Carly Usdin Art: Noah Hayes
Color: Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: Smooth Criminals #4

Smooth Criminals #4

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kurt Lustgarten & Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith
Artist: Leisha Riddel
Colorist: Brittany Peer
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Audrey Mok
Price: $3.99

Brenda and Mia are prepping for the heist of the century, but the pressure of getting all of their moving pieces in place is putting a strain on their friendship, and rifts are forming in the team! When someone from Mia’s past shows up unexpectedly, the question becomes, will they help…or hinder?

Smooth Criminals #4

Preview: The Avant-Guards #2

The Avant-Guards #2

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Noah Hayes
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Noah Hayes with colors by Rebecca Nalty
Preorder Cover: Cara McGee
Price: $3.99

Charlie is done with team sports. Nope. Not happening. Never again. But Liv and the rest of the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics basketball team are determined to get Charlie to join them, and they’ve cooked up a ruse to woo her! For basketball. Nothing else.

The Avant-Guards #2

BOOM! Announces Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green #1

BOOM! Studios has announced Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green #1, an oversized one-shot comic book about the power of friendship, by New York Times best-selling author Seanan McGuire and artist Alexa Bosy, with an additional story by cartoonist Mariana Costa, available in stores May 29, 2019.

From Seanan McGuire and Alexa Bosy comes a magical tale about a rainy day at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types, when the ‘Janes succumb to cabin fever and set out into the storm on a quest to reunite what look like lost kittens with their mother, and instead stumble upon a mysterious and fiercely guarded secret garden in the middle of the forest. Discover a new corner of the Lumberjanes universe you’ve never seen before, a green haven full of magical and wondrous plants that would be the perfect place for the Lumberjanes to earn their Cryptobotany badges…but only if the creatures they find there let them leave.

In Mariana Costas’ short story, the Yetis are back! Only this time, they need help from Jo and the rest of the Lumberjanes when a storm knocks out the power to their treehouse and plunges the entire Camp into darkness. It’ll take brains, guts, and the power of teamwork to fix this problem, but the Lumberjanes have yet to meet a challenge they can’t handle together.

Lumberjanes: Somewhere That’s Green #1 features a main cover by artist Alexa Bosy and a variant cover by artist Veronica Fish.

Lumberjanes: Somewhere That's Green #1 Alex Bosy Cover
Lumberjanes: Somewhere That's Green #1 Veronica Fish cover
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