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NYCC 2019: BOOM! Studios Reveal their Exclusives

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at their exclusive merchandise debuting at New York Comic Con 2019 at the BOOM! Studios booth #1828 from October 3-6 at the Javits Center in New York, NY. The publisher, home to award-winning imprints BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia, will host several special guests on panels and at signings throughout the weekend.

Visit the award-winning publisher’s booth (#1828) to discover never-before-seen exclusive merchandise from your favorite BOOM! Studios comic book series, including limited hardcover editions, special edition collectibles, and exclusive variant covers for Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Once & Future, WWE, and much more. Fans can also get these items signed by their favorite creators throughout the weekend at the BOOM! Studios booth.

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Chosen Ones #1 Convention Exclusive Variant Cover 
    • $20 each
    • Cover art by Alison Sampson and Dave McCaig.
    • Limited to 100 copies.
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 New York Slice Edition NYCC  Exclusive Variant Cover
    • $10 each
    • Cover art by Simone Di Meo.
    • Exclusive NYCC-only preview of first 20 pages of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #39 Showcase Edition Variant Cover
    • $10 each
    • Cover art by Kris Anka.
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40 Showcase Edition Variant Covers
    • $40 each
    • Cover art by James “Griff” Griffiths
    • Featuring the Blue Ranger (Billy Cranston), Red Ranger (Rocky DeSantos), and Yellow Ranger (Aisha Campbell).
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Year One Hardcover Limited Edition Variant
    • $125 each
    • Collects Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0-12.
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Year Two Hardcover Limited Edition Variant
    • $125 each
    • Collects Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #13-24.
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Shattered Grid Hardcover Limited Edition Variant
    • $125 each
    • Collects Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #24-30, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Free Comic Book Day Special 2018, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2018 Annual #1, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid #1, and Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #9-12.
  • Saban’s Power Rangers: The Psycho Path Hardcover Limited Edition Variant Cover
    • $40 each
    • Cover art by Lucas Werneck.
  • Once & Future #1 Convention Exclusive Variant Cover
    • $10 each
    • Cover art by Dan Mora.
  • Once & Future #1 NYCC Exclusive Variant Cover
    • $20 each
    • Cover art by Dan Mora.
    • Limited to 100 copies.
  • Over the Garden Wall™: Soulful Symphonies #1 NYCC Exclusive Variant Cover
    • $10 each
    • Cover art by Dean Stuart.
  • WWE SmackDown #1 NYCC Exclusive Variant Cover
    • $10 each
    • Cover art by Marco D’Alfonso.
  • WWE Limited Edition Print: Jinder Mahal
    • $20 each
    • Cover art by Marco D’Alfonso.

NYCC 2019: Marvel Reveals Exclusives

Just two weeks ahead of the East Coast’s largest pop culture convention, Marvel has revealed its one-of-a-kind official exclusive merchandise available at New York Comic Con 2019!

From Thursday, October 3 – Sunday, October 6, Marvel fans will want to stop by the Marvel booth #1354 and get their hands on a convention-exclusive line of apparel, comic book variants, and collectible pins for every kind of True Believer!

Back by popular demand, Marvel will offer never-before-seen Marvel Spirit Jerseys exclusive to each day of the show, featuring Deadpool on Thursday; The Punisher on Friday; Xavier’s School on Saturday; and Captain America on Sunday. These limited-time jerseys will only be sold during their respective days of the show, so be sure to plan accordingly! Marvel’s convention-exclusive t-shirts will be available all days of the show, while supplies last.

Marvel will also be offering all-new enamel pin sets celebrating Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, including collections of iconic Marvel character corner boxes from across the decades and Marvel’s classic logos since 1939! Only 120 logo sets and 500 character sets each will be sold, so be sure to get there early before they sell out!

And what is more important to New York Comic Con than comics? Don’t miss out on an exclusive selection of individually numbered, bagged & boarded variant comics, including:

MARVEL COMICS #1001 MONDO VARIANT (limited to 1,001 copies)

STRIKEFORCE #1 FLUORESCENT SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (limited to 2,000 copies)

HOUSE OF X #5 GLOW-IN-THE-DARK VARIANT BY J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (limited to 2,500 copies)

GHOST RIDER #1 GLOW-IN-THE-DARK HOMAGE VARIANT BY PHILIP TAN (limited to 1,500 copies)

Marvel Unlimited Plus members and Marvel Mastercard cardholders will also have a chance to get an exclusive, ultra-rare variant cover of BLACK PANTHER #16 for FREE!* Drawn by artist Todd Nauck, the cover features King T’Challa overseeing the Kingdom of Wakanda -– rendered in the inimitable style of Cosbaby by Hot Toys!

* In order to redeem the comic, fans must come to the Marvel booth and present their Marvel Mastercard (if they are a Marvel Mastercard cardholder) OR Marvel Unlimited+ membership card or order confirmation (if they are a Marvel Unlimited+ member). One comic per member or cardholder, comics are available while supplies last.

NYCC 2019: BOOM! Announces Panels and Signings

BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has announced their plans for New York Comic Con 2019 at the BOOM! Studios booth #1828 from October 3-6 at the Javits Center in New York, NY. The publisher, home to award-winning imprints BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia, will host several special guests on panels and at signings throughout the weekend.

Throughout the weekend, attendees will have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with the writers behind some of the most anticipated graphic fiction of 2019 during signing events including Andrew RostanBryan Edward HillDaniele Di NicuoloDavid Jesus VignolliDelilah S. DawsonGaby DunnJames Tynion IVKieron Gillen, Lev GrossmanPatrick McHaleR.L. StineRyan ParrottSimon SpurrierSimone di Meo, and  Sina Grace.

BOOM! Studios fans will also get the chance to meet some of their favorite actors and celebrities at the booth, including WWE Superstar Jinder Mahal. Actors Karan Ashley (Aisha Campbell on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Steve Cardenas (Rocky DeSantos on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Austin St. John (Jason Lee Scott on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), will be available at the BOOM! Studios booth all weekend.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

11:00AM-11:50AM     Signing with Delilah S. Dawson (Sparrowhawk)

12:00PM-12:50PM     Signing with Patrick McHale (BAGS: or a Story Thereof, Over the Garden Wall)

1:00PM-1:50PM     Signing with  Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Sina Grace (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, Ghosted in LA), Daniele Di Nicuolo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Simone Di Meo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

2:00PM-2:50PM     Signing with Bryan Edward Hill (Angel

3:00PM-4:00PM     ENTERTAINMENT IS LGBTQ PANEL (Room 1A21) with Gaby Dunn (Bad With Money, Bury The Lede), Sina Grace (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, Ghosted in LA), Royal Dunlap (b.b. free), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods), Vita Ayala (Livewire), Megan Townsend (Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, GLAAD) and more. 

4:15PM-5:05PM     Signing with Gaby Dunn (Bury the Lede)

5:15PM-6:05PM     Signing with James Tynion IV (Something’s Killing the Children, The Woods)

Friday, October 4, 2019

10:00AM-10:45AM    Signing with Kieron Gillen (Once & Future)

11:00AM-11:50AM     Signing with Bryan Edward Hill (Angel)

12:00PM-12:50PM    Signing with  Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Sina Grace (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, Ghosted in LA), Daniele Di Nicuolo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Simone Di Meo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

1:00PM-1:50PM    Signing with Jinder Mahal (WWE Superstar)

2:00PM-2:50PM    Signing with Patrick McHale (BAGS: or a Story Thereof, Over the Garden Wall)

3:00PM-3:50PM    Signing with Gaby Dunn (Bury the Lede)

4:15PM-5:15PM    BOOM! STUDIOS: DISCOVER YOURS PANEL (Room 1A24) with Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Bryan Edward Hill (Joss Whedon’s Angel), Gaby Dunn (Bury The Lede), Simon Spurrier (Coda), James Tynion IV (Something is Killing The Children), Royal Dunlap (b.b. free), and Matt Gagnon (Editor in Chief, BOOM! Studios) with surprises for everyone in the audience. Moderated by  Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios)

5:30PM-6:20PM    Signing with Lev Grossman (The Magicians)  

Saturday, October 5, 2019

10:00AM-10:45AM    Signing with Kieron Gillen (Once & Future)

11:00AM-12:00PM     POWER RANGERS: NECESSARY EVIL PANEL (Room 1A24) with Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,  Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Sina Grace (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Daniele Di Nicuolo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Karan Ashley (Aisha Campbell on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Steve Cardenas (Rocky DeSantos on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Austin St. John (Jason Lee Scott on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)  Dafna Pleban (Senior Editor,  BOOM! Studios) and more to discuss the future of the Power Rangers in comics…and a special giveaway for every fan in  attendance!  Moderated by James Viscardi (SVP,  ComicBook.com)

12:00PM-12:50PM     Signing with  Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Sina Grace (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, Ghosted in LA), Daniele Di Nicuolo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Simone Di Meo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

1:00PM-1:50PM     Signing with Patrick McHale (BAGS: or a Story Thereof, Over  the Garden Wall)

2:00PM-2:50PM     Signing with R.L. Stine (Just Beyond: The Scare School)

3:00PM-3:50PM     Signing with Lev Grossman (The Magicians

4:00PM-4:50PM     Signing with Simon Spurrier (Coda)

5:00PM-5:50PM     Signing with Bryan Edward Hill (Angel)

Sunday,  October 6, 2019

11:00AM-11:50AM     Signing with Signing with Patrick McHale (BAGS: or a Story Thereof, Over the Garden Wall)

12:00PM-12:50PM     Signing with James Tynion IV (Something’s Killing the Children, The Woods)

1:00PM-1:50PM     Signing with Simon Spurrier (Coda)

2:00PM-2:50PM     Signing with  Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Sina Grace (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, Ghosted in LA), Daniele Di Nicuolo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Simone Di Meo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

3:00PM-3:50PM     Signing with Delilah S. Dawson (Sparrowhawk)  

Fans can also see their favorite creators and hear them speak at select panels during New York Comic Con weekend. On Thursday, 10/3, BOOM! Studios presents ENTERTAINMENT IS LGBTQ, in partnership with GLAAD, for an in-depth conversation on LGBTQ respresentation in pop culture, BOOM! STUDIOS: DISCOVER YOURS on Friday, 10/4, where an all-star group of comic book creators discuss what’s new or exciting in the world of comics and reveal details about current and upcoming projects. At the POWER RANGERS: NECESSARY EVIL panel on Saturday, 10/5, learn the behind-the-scenes details of the biggest Power Rangers event yet from the creators, and get the chance to ask your most urgent questions about the teens with attitude.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

ENTERTAINMENT IS LGBTQ
(3:00-4:00 PM, Room 1A21)

BOOM! Studios and GLAAD present an in-depth roundtable discussion about LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter, more inclusive future, with special guests from all corners of the entertainment world including Gaby Dunn (Bad With Money, Bury The Lede), Sina Grace (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, Ghosted in LA), Royal Dunlap (b.b. free), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Woods), Vita Ayala (Livewire), and Megan Townsend (Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, GLAAD). Moderated Mathew Rodriguez (Associate Editor, The Body)

Friday, October 4th

BOOM! STUDIOS: DISCOVER YOURS 
(4:15-5:15 PM, Room 1A24)

It’s time to discover your new comic book obsession at NYCC – and we guarantee you’re going to find it at this panel! Join some of the most acclaimed and exciting creators in comics for a jam-packed, interactive panel featuring Lev Grossman (The Magicians), Bryan Edward Hill (Joss Whedon’s Angel), Gaby Dunn (Bury The Lede), Simon Spurrier (Coda), James Tynion IV (Something is Killing The Children), Royal Dunlap (b.b. free), and Matt Gagnon (Editor in Chief, BOOM! Studios) with surprises for everyone in the audience. Moderated by Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Saturday, October 5th

POWER RANGERS: NECESSARY EVIL 
(11:00 AM -12:00 PM, Room 1A24)

The next big Power Rangers comic book event is here – NECESSARY EVIL!  Join writers Ryan Parrott (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Sina Grace (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Daniele Di Nicuolo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Simone Di Meo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Karan Ashley ( Aisha Campbell on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Steve Cardenas (Rocky DeSantos on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Austin St. John (Jason Lee Scott on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), and Dafna Pleban (Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios) and more to discuss the future of the Power Rangers in comics…and a special giveaway for every fan in attendance! Moderated by James Viscardi (SVP, ComicBook.com)

Review: Spooky Girls: Tarantula Twins #1

Spooky Girls: Tarantula Twins #1

Growing up, you tend to be drawn to people who you have something in common with. You may have interests that they do and vice versa.I’m still friends with everyone I grew up with. As we get older sometimes we lose touch but we always find each other again. As I get older, this cable tow of friends has grown exponentially.

When you go to high school, this is typically your first exposure to the class system. This is when you first see how people climb the social ladder while others find their own way. In the debut issue of Spooky Girls: Tarantula Twins, we find two siblings whose bond is tested once the social rigors of high school come into play.

Tawny and Temple Tarantula are a set of twins whose love for each other is tougher than it looks. That’s until they start to grow up and the differences between them become even more apparent. We finally see the girls as they turn 17. Tawny has become a bit of a bad apple and her smoking habits have started to annoy Temple who is a bit of a nerd and is secretly working on a formula for synthetic Euphoria. When Tawny’s friends find out, they steal her only bottle of the formula and try to get inebriated from this. From there’s it’s lessons on sisterhood and friendship.

Writer Pat Shand and company more than prove with this comic just how their storytelling skills can transcend any age group. The story by Shand is relatable, funny, and heartfelt. The art by the creative team is soulful and complements the story. Altogether, a comic that will make you remember that loves conquers all.

Story: Pat Shand
Art: Agny Innocente, Jim Campbell,
and Shannon Lee
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Shang Chi: Master of Kung Fu #5

Shang Chi: Master of Kung Fu #5

Netflix’s venture with Marvel Studios is one of the most fruitful partnerships in modern entertainment. It’s true that DC has been making their own splash on television for a few years but comic book fans wanted more. They wanted shows that showcased more than the studios were offering. We mostly had to rely on movie offerings, from the two houses, and some offshoots like Image, i.e. Kick-Ass series.

The buzz radiated from when comic book fans first saw the television version of Matt Murdock. Then comic books fans got to see Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist onscreen soon after. It made fans more than happy. In the television version of the Avengers movies, The Defenders saw a team-up between these Heroes of New York culminating in a final big fight. In the fifth issue of Shang Chi, Master Of Kung Fu-The Hellfire Apocalypse, we find Shang Chi and Leiko in the fight of their lives.

We catch-up with Spetz and his MI-6 Omega team as they reach the shores of Fu Manchu’s island, where they are met crossfire as soon as they arrive on the beach. Meanwhile, Blackjack and Clive, reach the other end of the island, to rescue Leiko and Shang, unknowing of what lies in their way. We also find Leiko and Shang finally finding their way out, as they help the Omega team get to Fu Manchu’s lair. By issue’s end, Shang fights his way to exactly where Moving Shadow is, as they begin their final fight.

Overall, the story ramps up on the action, giving fans the penultimate issue the story requires before a satisfying conclusion. The story by Doug Moench is wonderful and remarkable. The art by the creative team is spellbinding. Altogether, this issue is a callback to the best kung fu films of the 1980s. It’s enough to make you want to pull out your old VHS tapes of Kung Fu Theatre.

Story: Doug Moench
Art: Jimmy Palmiotti, Paul Gulacy, Paul Mounts, Richard Starkings,
and Wes Abbott
Story: 9.4 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Underrated: Valiant Masters Editions

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Valiant Masters Editions.


Ever since I’ve started to collect Valiant comics, I’ve been picking up the hardcover deluxe editions here and there as a way to catch up in bulk on some of the series I’ve missed. A few months ago I did a cost analysis as to whether it was worth buying the deluxe editions verses the softcover trades or single issue floppies at cover price; generally the savings were negligible depending on the size of the book (less than $5, I think) between the hardcovers and soft covers, but the difference between the hard covers and cover price floppies varied greatly depending on how many books were collected (and it didn’t factor in the cost of the floppies after they’ve been on the market for a while, as they can fluctuate higher or lower depending on different trends).

This is relevant only because the Valiant Masters hardcovers generally contain the first eight issues of the original Valiant series (either 1-8 or 0-7 depending on the stories within), which means that for $25 you end up paying about $3.25 a comic. Whether that’s a good price for the early Valiant books depends on which book you’re looking at; I’ve paid $20 for the first appearance of Rai, $6 for the first appearance of Ninjak and around $1 for others, so it’s largely a crap shoot, but for the most part the individual issues collected in the Valiant Masters are going to be cheaper than the hardcover itself.

But the hardcover is going to be so much easier to find, and it’ll look so much nicer on the shelf.

I’ve long forgotten the point I was going to make with the above paragraphs if I’m honest. It probably has to do with the fact that if you’re patient and dedicated you can find most of the comics in the seven Valiant Masters hard covers (Bloodshot, Harbinger, H.A.R.D. Corps, Ninjak, Rai, Shadowman and X-O Manowar), but some will be far harder and more difficult to find for a decent price (Harbinger, Rai and X-O Manowar from personal experience). So if you want to read the early stories featuring these characters then these are a great option for you. They also look pretty damn good on the shelf, too.

Perhaps my favourite aspect of these Masters editions is in comparing what I know about the characters from their 2012 relaunch and the versions that appeared in the 90’s.

There may only be a limited number of folks left who, like me, want to explore the original Valiant comics of the 90’s that haven’t already done so, but these hardcover editions are a brilliant gateway to the past, and great encouragement to go hunting for the comics that haven’t been collected – and may never be at this point. That’s why I think these books are underrated; because so few of you will be looking for them. Which is a shame because those early Valiant stories are fantastic.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Doctor Mirage #2 (of 5)

DOCTOR MIRAGE #2 (of 5)

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by PHILIP TAN with JAY DAVID RAMOS
Cover B by COLLEEN DORAN
Cover C by CLAUDIA IANNICIELLO
Pre-Order Edition by ZU ORZU
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 25th

Death was no obstacle for Doctor Mirage, who could speak to the departed. But what happens if she’s one of the deceased?

Her new ally, Grace, claims to be in the same dead boat, but can you really trust someone so young and inexperienced?

How did Doctor Mirage end up in this spot? Find out here!

DOCTOR MIRAGE #2 (of 5)

Preview: Voracious: Appetite for Destruction #5

VORACIOUS: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #5

Writer: Markisan Naso
Artist Name: Jason Muhr
Cover A – Jason Muhr
Cover B – Bernie Gonzalez
24 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99

The final chapter of VORACIOUS. Nate and his friends must pick up the pieces after experiencing a devastating loss. Can they move forward with their lives after everything they’ve been through?

Featuring a “Lost in Love, Lost in Time” variant cover by Bernie Gonzalez (Midnight Mystery). Limited to 250 copies!

VORACIOUS: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #5

Preview: Vampblade Season 4 #5

VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #5 (Legacy #42)

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover A – Winston Young Regular Cover (unlimited)
Cover B – Winston Young Risqué Variant (limited to 2000)
Cover C – Elias Chatzoudis Amalgama Set Variant (limited to 2000)
Cover D – Elias Chatzoudis Amalgama Set Risqué Variant (limited to 2500)
Cover E – Zoe Stanley Artist Variant (limited to 1000)
Cover F – Zoe Stanley Artist Risqué (limited to 1500)
24 pgs./ M / FC
$4.99

Vampblade may have returned to her home reality, but things are far from back to normal. For one thing, how do you reunite with your girlfriend when you’re sharing a body with your alternate universe self… who happens to be straight?? For another, what’s up with all the new Glarkian space vamps!?

Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including cover 2 of 3 from the Elias Chatzoudis Amalgama variant set!!

VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #5 (Legacy #42)

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Daniele di Nicuolo
Colorist: Walter Baiamonte
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists: 
    Main Cover:
Jamal Campbell    
    Foil Variant
: Goñi Montes
    Incentive Cover: Kris Anka
Unlocked Story Variant: Dan Mora
Price: $3.99

NECESSARY EVIL continues as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers finally come face to face with the Mastermind behind all of their recent problems—the evil Lord Zedd. Meanwhile, the newly launched Omega Power Ranger team is stranded on an unfamiliar planet with no hope of getting home!

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #43
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