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Review: Cold Blood Samurai #1

Cold Blood Samurai #1

“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.

Sometimes all it takes to hook you into a comic is the title. A title like Cold Blood Samurai.

I hadn’t actually read the preview text when opening the comic, so I didn’t expect to find a comic featuring anthropomorphic reptiles. Massimo Rosi‘s story is also far more interesting that I expected, too; I’m not too familiar with Japanese history around the time the comic is set, but I didn’t need to be in order to become engrossed in this comic.

Rosi is able to set the scene and give a background to his story through the narration of the first half of the comic, bring those unfamiliar (like myself) up to speed with the story’s setting, which positions him in begin delving into the deeper themes of the series as the comic unfolds. Themes of war and peace, the reluctant hero outsider and the corruption of state. Cold Blood Samurai is a tense, yet gently paced read that will open its arms to you and pull you into the murky arms of a story that is, at it’s heart, about one verses many (though one gets the sense that this is an oversimplification of the comic).

Visually, penciller Ludovica Ceregatti and colourist Renato Stevanato have produced a visual style that easily enables the reader to differentiate between the frogs, lizards and the titular salamander whilst remaining on the more serious side of spectrum. There are some utterly wonderful silent action sequences that make an effective use of nine horizontal panels to create an elegant dance of death as the salamander faces off against nearly a dozen foes before zooming in to watch the lethality of his swords-creature-ship.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from the first issue of this series, but now that I’ve found what could easily be one of the better comics from Action Lab, I’m looking forward to the second issue. Cold Blood Samurai took me by surprise – a wonderfully elegant surprise.

Story: Massimo Rosi Art: Ludovica Ceregatti
Colours: Renato Stevanato Lettering: Mattia Gentili
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Sweetie #2

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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Batman Who Laughs #4 (DC Comics) – How does the Batman Who Laughs see through that visor? Scott Snyder says we’ll find out here!

Cold Blood Samurai #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – A feudal Japan with anthropomorphic and samurai animals inspired by Homer’s poem on “War of Mice and Frogs,” Batrachomyomachia. Sure, why not?

Detective Comics #1001 (DC Comics) – The Arkham Knight has arrived!!!

Fairlady #1 (Image Comics) – Fantasy often features war, but what happens when the war is over? This first issue features a complete 30-page story in the issue.

Faithless #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet are delivering this new miniseries that’s about sex, the devil, and magic. We’re intrigued enough to check out the first issue.

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #5 (Marvel) – Aunt May will finally tell Peter what’s going on in this issue and it’s going to be an emotional one.

Ronin Island #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Writer Greg Pak has been knocking it out of the park and this series which focuses on former enemies having to band together to survive is really good so far.

She Could Fly: The Lost Pilot #1 (Dark Horse) – The miniseries continues with a new volume!

Symbiote Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Untold tales of Peter’s time with the black suit!

Sweetie #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – A high school student is a hero but her powers won’t help her make friends. It’s been good so far.

War of the Realms: Journey Into Mystery #1 (Marvel) – The War of the Realms has begun and this seems like it’s going to be one of the key tie-ins focused on Thor’s sister!

Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage #1 (Marvel) – Something big is coming having to do with Carnage and Venom and this series will probably be key.

Preview: Sweetie #2

SWEETIE #2

Writer(s): Sean Dillon, Steven Petrivelli (co-writer)
Artist Name(s): Sean Dillon
Cover Artist(s): Sean Dillon
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

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?

SWEETIE #2

Action Lab Entertainment’s releases in June 2019

ATHENA VOLTAIRE AND THE TERROR ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Writer(s): Steve Bryant
Artist Name(s): Abel Cicero (art), Juanma Aguilera (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Steve Bryant

Reuniting with an old friend, Athena travels by train from Istanbul en route to Paris when something begins horrifically killing her fellow passengers. Can the aviatrix stop the creature responsible for the carnage?

128 pgs./ T / FC $14.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
APR191294 – ATHENA VOLTAIRE TERROR ORIENT EXPRESS TP

BIG ALIEN MOON CRUSH

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

The galaxy is in turmoil! Alien Planets are at war! The fate of the universe is uncertain! But somewhere amongst the fighting is a glimmer of hope. A beacon of…love? Can forbidden love between two natural born enemies save the universe? Nix and Vera think so. Their future may be the key to save their planets and end the war, unless their dads are left to decide the outcome! And it’s not looking good. A wordless tale of Love and Romance and Outer Space War meets Romeo and Juliet with Galactic Proportions!

By Eisner Award winning, famous cartoonist Art Baltazar!

96 pgs./ E / FC $9.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
APR191295 – BIG ALIEN MOON CRUSH TP

COLD BLOOD SAMURAI #4

Writer(s): Massimo Rosi
Artist Name(s): Ludovica Ceregatti (Pencils), Renato Stevanato (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Ludovica Ceregatti

Shogun fortress is under siege. The Lizards, headed by the evil Black-Spit, are attacking the walls. Battles are furious and many are dying. Gaijin Salamander is the last of an ancient order of warriors and his support will be fundamental for Swallen-Cheeks and his army. Fire will burn and blood will be spilled on the battlefield.

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
APR191270 – COLD BLOOD SAMURAI #4

SEAFOAM: A FRIEND FOR MADISON #2

Writer(s): Jeanine-Jonee
Artist Name(s): Jeanine-Jonee (Pencils, inks, color), Kyle P. Holland (Additional colors)
Cover Artist(s): Jeanine-Jonee

Seafoam follows the adventures of Madison, a spunky 9-year-old girl who is granted passage to a beach full of mystical and nautical themed creatures after helping a beached narwhal. There she befriends a stand-offish boy she calls Blue, who has a few secrets of his own. During this adventure Madison accidentally releases a devious Djinn named Matir from a bottle lost at sea. Together, her and Blue must outwit him while making sure he can’t twist their words!

32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
APR191296 – SEAFOAM FRIEND FOR MADISON #2

SWEETIE VOLUME 1

Writer(s): Sean Dillon, Steven Petrivelli (cowriter)
Artist Name(s): Sean Dillon
Cover Artist(s): Sean Dillon

Maggie isn’t your typical comic book, cartoon, and action movie fangirl. Through keen observation and unbending determination, she has taught herself all the death-defying stunts and fighting styles of her favorite action stars and superheroes! Unfortunately, Maggie has kept her eccentric hobby to herself, ever since it earned her the label of “nerd” among her classmates. After all, superheroes and evil villains are all kid stuff… right? WRONG! On the eve of her first day of high school, Maggie has a run-in with an evil mercenary group known as the Numbers. After years of training, it’s up to Maggie to be the self-taught superhero the city needs! But is she truly ready for the responsibility that comes with the title of “hero”? The situation escalates further when her secret crime-fighting life is discovered by one of her classmates! Can Maggie save her city and maintain a normal high school life all on her own?

128 pgs./ A / FC $14.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
APR191297 – SWEETIE TP VOL 01

THIS LOVE SO BRIEF ONE-SHOT

Writer(s): Fred Chao
Artist Name(s): Fred Chao
Cover Artist(s): Fred Chao

Comics creator Fred Chao put together a small collection of humorous short stories from his love life. Starting off as comical reflections of elementary school crushes, house party hook-ups, and first relationships, these stories delve into themes of the responsibilities that come with age, inevitable life changes, nostalgia, and home.

New York Times contributing reviewer Douglas Wolk said of this book, “These stories about the places art and life intersect, and where they fly past each other, are honed down to details so sharp they pierce.”

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
APR191298 – THIS LOVE SO BRIEF ONE SHOT

Preview: Powers in Action #2

POWERS IN ACTION #2

Writer(s): Art Baltazar
Artist Name(s): Art Baltazar
Cover Artist(s): Art Baltazar
32 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

What is the Mystic Amulet? What power does it possess? Only ONE worthy and pure of heart can wield this power. But as always, there is a dark to the light. A Yin to the Yang. A positive to the negative. Meet DARKSTORM! The evilest of evils. His mission is to destroy the worthy one before the other half of the Amulet is found! The Evil Darkstorm’s search begins with… THE HERO SQUADRON! Looks like our heroes may have a Super Villain problem on their hands.

POWERS IN ACTION #2

Preview: Athena Voltaire #8

ATHENA VOLTAIRE #8

Writer(s): Steve Bryant
Artist Name(s): Yusuf Idris (art), Juanma Aguilera (colors)
Cover A – Steve Bryant (Pencils/Inks) and Jason Millet (Colors)
Cover B – Steve Bryant (Pencils/Inks) and Jason Millet (Colors)
32 pgs./ T / FC
$3.99

ATHENA VOLTAIRE AND THE GOLDEN DAWN, part four. The thrilling conclusion to “The Golden Dawn,” as Athena and company face the denizens of the Ghost Caves! More on Mr. X’s mysterious mission in Istanbul! And back in the United States, what the heck has Carter Charles gotten himself into?

ATHENA VOLTAIRE ONGOING #8

Princeless Volume 8 Begins in April!

Princeless, the multi-Glyph winning and multi-Eisner nominee, continues with its eighth volume. This volume does something no other book before it has: it spotlights a different princess each issue and a new artist as well! See what happened to Adrienne’s sisters before or after she rescued them!

PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #1

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Kaitlin Jann, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Kaitlin Jann, Brett Grunig
24 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

In PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #1, we learn oldest sister Alize’s backstory in the desert and when she first meets her intense guardian, the Sphinx. Artist Kaitlin Jann had this to say about her experience working on PRINCELESS and what the book means to her: “Princeless continues to be empowering and inspiring to its audience, and it has had the same effect on the creative team behind it. Seeing how the story and the characters within it come to life through the dedication of talented writers and artists has been an unparalleled experience. Having been able to contribute to this process has taught me so much about myself as an artist and in the power of comics as a whole.”

The first issue will be released in April 2019. Readers can pre-order the book with the Diamond item code FEB191305.

PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #2

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts
24 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

In the second story, Angelica tries to find something she’s good at. It’s an arduous journey, but eventually she finds a strategy game that’s more than meets the eye. Now she must face numerous challengers and see if she’s truly a skilled tactician. Artist Jackie Crofts (NUTMEG) had this to say: “I was so happy to get the opportunity to come back and work on Princeless again, because my first real work in comics was doing a cover for an issue of it about 5 years ago. Jeremy was the gateway to a lot of opportunities I’ve had in comics since then, so I have a special fondness for this series. It’s full of fun, positivity, and great role models and that makes it an exciting project to work on and be a part of!”

The second issue will also be released in April 2019. Readers can pre-order the book with the Diamond item code FEB191306.

PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #3

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Newt Taber, Takeia Marie, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Newt Taber, Brett Grunig
24 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

In the third issue we have Adrienne’s vampire sister Angoisse. Still living in the swamp, Angoisse is approached by goblins asking for help. Can she be the swamp’s guardian? This issue’s main story features art by Newt Taber, who had this to say about her experience: “Working on ‘The Swamp’s Dark Defenders’ was a really meaningful and exciting experience for me. I learned so much from every single page, and was very grateful to be working on such a fun and wholesome project! I really feel like this story, though short, is part of something very important. I’ll always be proud to have helped get it out there.”

Takeia Marie worked on the follow-up story in this issue, ‘Goblin Politics.’ Takeia had this to say about PRINCELESS: “I was drawn to Princeless because the entire story flew in the face of the conventional princess tropes I had grown up with. I really liked that Jeremy used the humor of Princeless’ world and characters to comment on issues that we’re dealing with right now, everyday. I was excited to get a chance to play around with some of those characters in ‘Goblin Politics’ and have free reign to make it as ridiculous and funny as possible.”

The third issue will also be released in May 2019. Readers can pre-order the book with the Diamond item code MAR191325.

PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #4

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Robin Kaplan, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Robin Kaplan, Brett Grunig
24 pgs./ E / FC
$3.99

Adrienne’s twin sisters are finally free from their tower, but not their bickering! And this time their spells get involved, turning them into rabbits! Artist Roblin Kaplan had a few things to say about PRINCELESS: “The twins were such a great pair of unexpected heroines to take me to the comedy gym and help me flex my humor muscles, though I don’t think they would like to join me for carrot juice afterwards.”

The fourth issue will also be released in May 2019. Readers can pre-order the book with the Diamond item code MAR191326.

Action Lab: Danger Zone’s releases in May 2019

ABERRANT SEASON 2 #4

Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist)
***Same artists for both the regular and the Live or Die?/Karate Kid 2 variant covers.

CHAPTER 4: HOME ON THE RANGE. General Garret makes his final NORCO recruitment pitch and David is left to choose between two beloved father figures. Nelson Little kicks his way into the Bolivian jungle, bent on pulling his men from the proverbial fire. Cordrey makes one last desperate, but wickedly conniving play to save his own broke, wholly reeling ass. Also… a 250lb beast-of-a-man literally gets ripped in half. I’ll be 100% honest… it’s pretty freakin’ cool. And where else are you going to get a sweet Karate Kid 2 variant cover?

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODES
MAR191335 – ABERRANT SEASON 2 #4 (OF 5) CVR A LEON DIAS (MR)
MAR191336 – ABERRANT SEASON 2 #4 (OF 5) CVR B LEON DIAS (MR)

DANGER DOLL SQUAD PRESENTS AMALGAMA LIVES! #4

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover A – Winston Young Regular cover (unlimited)
Cover B – Winston Young Risqué variant (limited to 2500)
Cover C – Marco Maccagni Artist variant (limited to 1500)
Cover D – Marco Maccagni Artist risqué (limited to 2000)
Cover E – Brao Artist variant (limited to 1500)
Cover F – Brao Artist risqué (limited to 2000)

Amalgama faces off with the Danger Doll Squad at last! It’s the Zombie Tramp/Vampblade/DollFace mash-up versus the lethal ladies that spawned this cosmic genetic abomination!! If you think you know how this ends… you’re wrong!

The origin of the next big Danger Doll universe creation concludes!

24 pgs./ M / FC $4.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODES
MAR191341 – DANGER DOLL SQUAD PRESENTS AMALGAMA LIVES #4 CVR A YOUNG (MR
MAR191342 – DANGER DOLL SQUAD PRESENTS AMALGAMA LIVES #4 CVR B YOUNG RIS
MAR191343 – DANGER DOLL SQUAD PRESENTS AMALGAMA LIVES #4 CVR C ARTIST MA
MAR191344 – DANGER DOLL SQUAD PRESENTS AMALGAMA LIVES #4 CVR D MACCAGNI
MAR191345 – DANGER DOLL SQUAD PRESENTS AMALGAMA LIVES #4 CVR E BRAO
MAR191346 – DANGER DOLL SQUAD PRESENTS AMALGAMA LIVES #4 CVR F BRAO RISQUE

DOLLFACE VOLUME 6

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Bryan Seaton & Nicole D’Andria
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza

The major confrontation with Melora is finally here! Will The Horned Prince turn out to be an ally of Lila’s who helps bring Melora down? Or will his plans ruin everything? As Emily discovers her newfound abilities, she and Ivan must convince Lila to stop her revenge! Collects issues 21-24.

128 pgs./ T+ / FC $14.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
MAR191340 – DOLLFACE TP VOL 06

NULL FAERIES #4

Writer(s): Chad Cicconi
Artist Name(s): Chad Cicconi (pencils, inks), Federico Sioc, Jr. (colors), Adam Wollet (letters)
Cover A – Chad Cicconi
Cover B – Sorah Suhng

Captured and facing torture and death, Ionantha Hesperis must face her fears and protect the secrets of her people from the most dangerous human wizard who has arisen in 1000 years. Engaging in a desperate game of mental cat and mouse with her captor, Ionantha finds an unexpected ally and must seek help from an unlikely source to save her own life and fulfill her mission for the Queen.

32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODES
MAR191338 – NULL FAERIES #5 CVR A CICCONI (MR)
MAR191339 – NULL FAERIES #5 CVR B SUHNG (MR)

SPENCER & LOCKE 2 #2

Writer(s): David Pepose
Artist Name(s): Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Pencils), Jasen Smith (Colors)
Cover A – Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Cover B – Maan House
Cover C – Joe Mulvey

The trial of Spencer and Locke starts now! After turning the city upside-down to stop Roach Riley, our hard-boiled heroes suddenly find themselves on the wrong side of the law — but what happens when Roach crashes their hearing with a sixty-ton tank?

24 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODES
MAR191329 – SPENCER AND LOCKE 2 #2 CVR A SANTIAGO
MAR191330 – SPENCER AND LOCKE 2 #2 CVR B HOUSE
MAR191331 – SPENCER AND LOCKE 2 #2 CVR C MULVEY

VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #2

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): TBD
Cover A – Brao Regular Cover (unlimited)
Cover B – Brao Risqué variant (limited to 2000)
Cover C – Marco Maccagni Artist variant (limited to 1000)
Cover D – Marco Maccagni Artist risqué (limited to 1500)
Cover E – Jason Martin Classic variant (limited to 1000)
Cover F – Jason Martin Classic risqué (limited to 1500)

So much has changed in the fourth season –new artist, new costume, new paradigm –that we can’t tell you what happens for fear of spoilers. We can tell you it’s the perfect time to join in on the fun of this meta exploration of 90’s bad girls and comics!

Features 3 regular and risqué variants.

24 pgs./ M / FC $4.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODES
MAR191347 – VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #2 CVR A BRAO (MR)
MAR191348 – VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #2 CVR B BRAO RISQUE (MR)
MAR191349 – VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #2 CVR C MACCAGNI (MR)
MAR191350 – VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #2 CVR D MACCAGNI RISQUE (MR)
MAR191351 – VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #2 CVR E MARTIN (MR)
MAR191352 – VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #2 CVR F MARTIN RISQUE (MR)

VORACIOUS: APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #1

Writer: Markisan Naso
Artist Name: Jason Muhr
Cover A – Jason Muhr
Cover B – Valentin Ramon

Chef Nate Willner’s dinosaur hunts in an alternate dimension reignited his passion for cooking and turned his life around. But traveling through time and space for prehistoric meat has consequences he never imagined. He’s damaged another universe, fractured the trust of the people he cares for most, and unleashed a flesh-hungry monster on his hometown. Can Nate and his friends put aside their differences long enough to save Blackfossil?

Featuring a “Bone to Pick” variant cover by Valentin Ramon (Z, D4VE)! Limited to 250 copies!

“A book that’s honest and completely original – a true wild ride that’s unlike anything else. I thoroughly enjoyed VORACIOUS, cover to cover.”
-Michael Moreci, writer of Star Wars Adventures, Wasted Space and We Are Mayhem

24 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODES
MAR191332 – VORACIOUS APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #1 CVR A MUHR
MAR191333 – VORACIOUS APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION #1 CVR B RAMON

ZOMBIE TRAMP #60

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Vince Hernandez
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover A – Marco Maccagni Regular Cover
Cover B – Marco Maccagni Risqué (limited to 2500)
Cover C – Bill McKay variant (limited to 2000)
Cover D – Bill McKay risqué variant (limited to 2500)
Cover E – Dan Mendoza variant (limited to 2000)
Cover F – Dan Mendoza risqué variant (limited to 2500)

The battle rages on between Angel, the new Zombie Tramp, and Tatiana, the human trafficker who had a hand in making her. But as Angel faces off with a horde of Tataiana’s zombie mutants, an exit strategy reveals itself!

Features 3 regular and risqué variants, from fan favorite series artists!!

24 pgs./ M / FC $4.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODES
MAR191353 – ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING #60 CVR A MACCAGNI (MR)
MAR191354 – ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING #60 CVR B MACCAGNI RISQUE (MR)
MAR191355 – ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING #60 CVR C MCKAY VAR (MR)
MAR191356 – ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING #60 CVR D MCKAY RISQUE LTD ED (MR)
MAR191357 – ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING #60 CVR E MENDOZA RISQUE LTD ED (MR)
MAR191358 – ZOMBIE TRAMP ONGOING #60 CVR F MENDOZA RISQUE LTD ED B (MR)

Action Lab Entertainment’s releases in May 2019

COLD BLOOD SAMURAI #3

Writer(s): Massimo Rosi
Artist Name(s): Ludovica Ceregatti (Pencils), Renato Stevanato (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Ludovica Ceregatti

He is a Gaijin, a stranger, alone in a country far from everything. He lost his love and his master… there’s only one thing he’s expecting: Harakiri, the ritual suicide. To deserve a honorable death, he has to reach the Shogun Swallen-Cheeks’ mansion and ask for permission. With his fortress under attack, the Shogun will ask him something that will change the salamander’s life forever.

32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
MAR191334 – COLD BLOOD SAMURAI #3

MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR: SEASON TWO LOVE COMPASS

Writer(s): Jeremy Zag, Thomas Astruc, Matthieu Choquet, Mélanie Duval, Sébastien Thibaudeau, Fred Lenoir, Jean-Remi Perrin, Nicole D’Andria
Artist Name(s): Cheryl Black
Cover Artist(s): Cheryl Black
Adapted for comics by: Cheryl Black, Nicole D’Andria & Bryan Seaton

Two more episodes from the second season of MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR are collected here! After sneaking out of his house, Adrien runs into Marinette and the two finally go to the movies together! But Adrien is also being chased by his overzealous fans and his bodyguard becomes akumatized by Hawk Moth into the gigantic Gorizilla! Then, Marinette and her friends set up a houseboat for a music festival with Juleka’s mother. Marinette meets Juleka’s brother Luka, an interesting boy who might be making her as tongue-tied as she usually is with Adrien! But then Hawk Moth akumatizes Juleka’s mother into Captain Hardrock, a pirate whose ship poses a major threat to Ladybug and Cat Noir! Will the two greatest heroes of Paris save the day from the nefarious Hawk Moth?

SPOTS ON, CLAWS OUT!

128 pgs./ E / FC $8.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
MAR191324 – MIRACULOUS TALES OF LADYBUG AND CAT NOIR S2 LOVE COMPASS TP

PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #3

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Newt Taber, Takeia Marie, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Newt Taber, Brett Grunig

Angoisse has always allowed her life to be valued by how much attention she’s been paid – which is tough when your younger sister is the most beautiful princess in the kingdom and your older sisters never stop bickering. Now for the first time she’s doing her own thing and has people…well, goblins…looking to her for help. Can Angoisse and The Grimmorax become the swamp’s defenders?

Also, a special bonus story about the race to become the new goblin president starring everybody’s favorite goblin tour guide, Deloris Grunkmore.

24 pgs./ E / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
MAR191325 – PRINCELESS BOOK 8 PRINCESSES #3

PRINCELESS BOOK 8 #4

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Robin Kaplan, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Robin Kaplan, Brett Grunig

Andrea and Antonia are hitting the road! They’ve been locked up in one place for too long and Adrienne has inspired them. It’s time for them to get out there and really use their magic to do some good. There’s only one problem – they’re still incredibly competitive and more than a little irresponsible with their magic. But unleashing two princesses full of magic and determination to outdo each other couldn’t possibly go wrong…could it?

24 pgs./ E / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
MAR191326 – PRINCELESS BOOK 8 PRINCESSES #4

SEAFOAM: A FRIEND FOR MADISON #1

Writer(s): Jeanine-Jonee
Artist Name(s): Jeanine-Jonee (Pencils, inks, color), Kyle P. Holland (Additional colors)
Cover Artist(s): Jeanine-Jonee (Cover A), Kyle P. Holland (Cover B)

Seafoam follows the adventures of Madison, a spunky 9-year-old girl who is granted passage to a beach full of mystical and nautical themed creatures after helping a beached narwhal. There she befriends a stand-offish boy she calls Blue, who has a few secrets of his own. In their premier adventure the kids face off against the Hypnoctopus, a vulgar vulgaris with the ability to control minds.

32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODES
MAR191327 – SEAFOAM FRIEND FOR MADISON #1 CVR A
MAR191328 – SEAFOAM FRIEND FOR MADISON #1 CVR B

SWEETIE #4

Writer(s): Sean Dillon
Artist Name(s): Sean Dillon
Cover Artist(s): Sean Dillon

It’s time for a duel! Griffin has stepped out of his bubble to challenge the Cosmic Comic shop’s unbeatable mage-knight to a game of swords. But while Griffin struggles to outplay the master of “Swordscape” for a most coveted prize, Maggie flounders in a sea of unfamiliar faces. With the duo effectively separated and the mysterious Marlon hovering close by, have the two been set up for public embarrassment? Or can they both roll a natural twenty and punch their way out of this?

32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99
DIAMOND ITEM CODE
MAR191337 – SWEETIE #4

Preview: Athena Voltaire #7

ATHENA VOLTAIRE #7

Writer(s): Steve Bryant
Artist Name(s): Yusuf Idris (art), Juanma Aguilera (colors)
Cover Artist: Steve Bryant and Jason Millet (covers A and B)
32 pgs./ T / FC
$3.99

ATHENA VOLTAIRE AND THE GOLDEN DAWN, part three. What lurks in the Ghost Caves? Athena and company chase the Nazis to Nepal and possibly to the secrets of Da Vinci’s lost codex! But will those secrets cost them their lives?

ATHENA VOLTAIRE #7
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