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BOOM! Studios in May 2015

ARCADIA #1

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Alex Paknadel
Artist: Eric Scott Pfeiffer
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Matt Taylor
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Frazer Irving
Incentive Cover: Eric Scott Pfeiffer

What’s to Love: Our long tradition of breaking new talent—like Rafael Albuquerque (The Savage Brothers, American Vampire), Emma Rios (Hexed, Pretty Deadly), and Declan Shalvey (28 Days Later, Moon Knight)—continues with the debut of Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer, two new creators whose extensive world-building in the sci-fi thriller Arcadia evokes comparisons to epics like Game of Thrones, The Matrix, and Astro City.

What It Is: When 99% of humankind is wiped out by a pandemic, four billion people are “saved” by being digitized at the brink of death and uploaded into Arcadia, a utopian simulation in the cloud. But when Arcadia begins to rapidly deplete the energy resources upon which the handful of survivors in the real world (aka “The Meat”) depends, how long will The Meat be able—and willing—to help? Featuring the first of five connecting covers by Matt Taylor.

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OH, KILLSTRIKE #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Logan Faerber
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Logan Faerber
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Frazer Iving
Incentive Cover: Kris Anka

What’s to Love: Say Anything frontman Max Bemis writes a love letter to 1990s superhero comics in this tongue-in-cheek homage to the era, featuring the art stylings of Logan Faerber—reminiscent of works by Chip Zdarsky and Jeff Lemire. Much like Polarity, Oh, Killstrike is very personal to Bemis: It’s about a new dad who loves comics from his youth. Part twisted buddy comedy, part profound coming-of-age story, we could not stop smiling when reading Oh, Killstrike.

What It Is: Jared, a new father, fears parenthood. An old comics fan, he turns to them for comfort. But when he unwittingly lets loose his favorite character, Killstrike—a single-minded, vengeance-loving anti-hero—onto the world, Jared must find a way to send him back before he harms all the people he loves the most. But before that happens, Killstrike leads Jared on a quest of self-discovery to make him realize the kid who loved this character is not the man he has become.

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BRAVEST WARRIORS: TALES FROM THE HOLO JOHN #1

Retail Price: $4.99
Authors: John Omohundro, Paul Allor, Ryan Ferrier, Adam Smith, & Mad Rupert
Artists: Eryk Donovan, Adam Del Re, Jorge Corona, Hannah Christenson, & Mad Rupert
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Incentive Cover: Artyom Trakhanov

What’s to Love: What do you get when you cross Star Trek’s Holodeck with the wacky irreverence of the Bravest Warriors? Why, the Holo John, of course, a restroom that can make your wildest (or lamest) fantasies happen! This oversized one-shot contains five short stories set in the lavish lavatory, including ones by Paul Allor (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Mad Rupert (Adventure Time: Banana Guard); and John Omohundro, the voice of Danny on the Bravest Warriors animated series!

What It Is: What happens when you flush a pet fish down the Holo John? (Hint: It fantasizes it was a shark instead!) Or what if the Holo John gains sentience and “dreams of electric pee”? All that and more are covered in this collection of short stories about the Bravest Warriors’ out-of-this-world outhouse. Who knew they used their emotions-based powers in the loo, too?

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LANTERN CITY #1

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Paul Jenkins & Matthew Daley
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Benjamin Carré
Jackpot Variant Cover: Carlos Magno
BOOM! 10 Years Variant Cover: Ben Caldwell
Incentive Cover: Dave Dorman

What’s to Love: From the writings of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, to comics like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Lady Mechanika, the detailed and imagination-fueled steampunk movement has excited fans worldwide. Set in an original, sprawling steampunk world, Lantern City explores everything we love about the genre and what it takes to change a person’s place in the world.

What It Is: Sander Jorve just wants to keep his wife and son safe. Living in the brutalized lower class of Lantern City means living in near constant darkness, the enormous walls of the city always looming overhead, while the upper class enjoys the elevated, interconnected towers and airships above. When Sander’s brother-in-law, the persuasive activist Kendal, convinces him to infiltrate the brutal ranks of the Guard, he’s set on a dangerous path that will test his abilities and beliefs, all in the name of making a difference for his family and his caste.

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UFOLOGY #2 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: James Tynion IV, Noah J.Yuenkel
Artist: Matthew Fox
Cover Artist: Matthew Fox

Following the disaster at the abandoned house, the bodies of Eustace and “the stranger” are examined while Becky lies in a hospital bed, wishing she could forget everything that happened. Malcolm knows there’s something bigger going on, though, and is eager to investigate.

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BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #3 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Brian Lynch
Artists: Jerry Gaylord
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Felipe Smith
Incentive Cover: Erica Henderson

As Bill & Ted bring popularity and happiness to the childhood of their future oh-so-evil arch-nemesis, De Nomolos, they may have accidentally changed more than just his taste in music. With the looming threat of an altered timeline ahead of them, it will take more than the intervention of Rufus or the Grim Reaper to bring excellence back to the universe! Featuring a prehistoric time-romping back-up story by Adam P. Knave & DJ Kirkbride (Amelia Cole) and Wook Jin Clark (Adventure Time: Flip Side).

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PAMIOTTI & BRADY’S THE BIG CON JOB #3 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Jimmy Palmiotti & Matt Brady
Artist: Dominike “Domo” Stanton
Cover Artist: Amanda Conner

The crew is picked, and now the con is on. Just when the team thinks nothing can go wrong, reality sets in and tosses a monkey wrench their way!

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HIT: 1957 #3 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Bryce Carlson
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey

Slater and Haywood arrive in Las Vegas and meet with an old confidante within Domino’s ranks. As they stage an assault to save Bonnie, Sticky tracks down the Hollywood Hacker on his own in L.A.

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CLUSTER #4

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Damian Couceiro
Incentive Cover: Declan Shalvey

The clock is ticking! Mourning the death of crew mates and trying to stay ahead of the enemies on their trail, Samara and Grace will have to decide who to trust in order to get back to prison before their time runs out.

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CURB STOMP #4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Devaki Neogi
Cover Artist: Devaki Neogi

It’s the final showdown! The battle for Old Beach is on as the cops, The Wrath, and The Fever go head-to-head. Betty and her crew might be outnumbered, but they’ll fight to the death to defend their town.

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GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #5 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: George Pérez
Artist: George Pérez
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: George Pérez
10-Copy Incentive Cover: George Pérez (Character Spotlight)
25-Copy Incentive Cover: George Pérez (Pencils Connecting)
50-Copy Incentive Cover: George Pérez (Pencils Connecting)

Trapped in a time paradox, the Sirens must face off against zombie versions of themselves and figure out a way to prevent the second destruction of Earth!

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DEEP STATE #6

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Justin Jordan
Artist: Ariela Kristantina
Cover Artist: Matt Taylor

Harrow and Branch come face-to-face with the most notorious—and completely unknown—killer in U.S. history when Control informs them that they not only know who killed John F. Kennedy, but that the assassin is still alive.

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #6

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Barreto
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Mike Henderson
Intermix Cover: Robert Sammelin
Incentive Cover: Darick Robertson

As clashing forces fight for control over the Trans-Siberian railway, Snake learns things have not changed much since his first time as a soldier. With the ever-watching eye of a masked stranger upon him, Snake will discover that the past is never too far behind him.

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DAY MEN #8

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Matt Gagnon & Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

The fallout from the Justice by Day battle reaches its climax as the Virgo and Ramses families fight for their survival against the Scourge.

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HEXED #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora

Just as Lucifer went through her recent mysterious transformation, this special flashback issue takes a look at how the Harlot went from being human to becoming the Keeper of Secrets.

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ROBOCOP #11

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Joshua Williamson & Dennis Culver
Artist: Alejandro Aragón
Cover Artist: Carlos Magno

The final battle for Detroit rages on the steps of OCP headquarters. Death on all sides grows in numbers every second. With Killian making his way to the Old Man, Lewis and RoboCop must come together one last time to see this war to its end.

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DEAD LETTERS #11

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Chris Visions
Cover Artist: Chris Visions

The Gang War between Ma and Jones has devolved into chaos between the boroughs and established factions. As each side threatens to wipe out the other, the very fabric of “Here” is imploding. God is shutting down the experiment.

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #12

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Brian Churilla
Incentive Cover: Nick Robles

Lo Pan’s revenge against Jack Burton in the Hell of No Return is almost complete, but Egg and Wang are coming back to Chinatown, and they’re bringing Jack’s soul with them!

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SONS OF ANARCHY #21

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist: Toni Infante

Tensions escalate as disgraced ex-prospect Dillon frames the Mayans for vandalizing the SAMCRO clubhouse and kidnapping Lyla.

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SUICIDE RISK #25

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Cover Artist: Elena Casagrande

Final issue! Leo must decide between his old life and his new life as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Does he save his real family, or the ones they forced him to love? Does it make a difference?

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ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #5 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Meredith Gran
Artist: Carey Pietsch
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Reimena Yee
Subscription Variant Cover: Kevin Stanton
Variant Cover: Liz Fleming

As Marceline and Princess Bubblegum try to get back to Ooo, Finn has to figure out how to deal with the Suspencer when he can’t get close to him! Meanwhile, Cinnamon Bun is taking advantage of his new abilities to the extreme.

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #12

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Patrick Seery
Artists: Megan Brennan
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Flynn Nicholls
Subscription Variant Cover: Drew Green

Bee wants to get an awesome present for Deckard, but she’s totally broke. Luckily PuppyCat is on the case and gets her a mission…doing yardwork?

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REGULAR SHOW #23

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mad Rupert
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Andy Hirsch
Subscription Variant Cover: Andrew Stewart

Rigby and Hi-Five Ghost find cryptic information about the strange movie from Rigby’s childhood on a message board, leading them to believe it was about dinosaur aliens!

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PEANUTS #28

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Charles M. Schulz, Jeff Dyer, Various
Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Scott Jeralds, Various
Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz

With the arrival of an eclipse, Linus prepares the gang for the worst. Using Charlie Brown’s perfectly round head as a placeholder for the sun, he must do all he can to keep them from staring into the upcoming rays. “Sunny Disposition” and more adventures are in store in this brand-new issue!

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BRAVEST WARRIORS #32

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Ian McGinty
Subscription Variant Cover: Victoria Elliott

Bugcat’s evil plan comes to fruition as he transforms into a monstrous beast to stop the Bravest Warriors and ruin summer camp forever! The Bravest Warriors are going to have to team up with the campers to defeat Bugcat, but do these kids have what it takes?

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ADVENTURE TIME #40

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Hastings, Henry Leo & Matt Fraction
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Paul Pope
Subscription Variant Cover: Lauren Dawson
Variant Cover: Simon Leclerc

It’s a special interactive, one-shot issue! Magic Man plans to use the reader to help beat Finn and Jake, but can our heroes turn the tables? Features a special short written by debut writer Henry Leo and Matt Fraction (Hawkeye)!

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GIANT DAYS #3 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman

Following a night of “mild abandon,” Esther finds herself singled out by the vile collegiate man-site “Laddzone.” When the university authorities are less than helpful, she vows to take down this cyber institution!

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HELP US! GREAT WARRIOR #4 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Madeleine Flores
Artist: Madeleine Flores
Cover Artist: Victoria Elliot

The evil demon has got his filthy claws into the world, and it’s up to Great Warrior to stop him. But what happens when her greatest secret is revealed?

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MUNCHKIN #5

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Tom Siddell
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Ian McGinty
Variant Cover: Paul Maybury

THE FUTURE! Everyone lives underground now. The shadowy government decides to send someone back in time to rectify past mistakes. The time traveller runs into other time travellers, including a cyborg hunter sent to “terminate” a military leader, two high school kids on an Excellent Adventure, a crazy doctor and a young man who seem to be travelling back to the past/future, and Jeanne Claude Van Damme as TIMECOP from the movie TIMECOP. Turns out the future was messed up by all these conflicting time-travelling jerks.

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LUMBERJANES #14

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters
Artist: Brooke Allen
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Brooke Allen
Variant Cover: Joy Ang

When a freak snow storm hits the camp, Jen gets lost! It’s up to Rosie and the girls to find their Roanoke cabin leader. As they search, Jen comes across the path of a mysterious taxidermist who rides a moose. What the junk is she up to?

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MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 3 #3 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: David Petersen, Ramon K. Perez, Jake Parker, Eric Talbot
Artists: David Petersen, Ramon K. Perez, Jake Parker, Eric Talbot
Cover Artist: David Petersen

The mice at the June Alley Inn continue to tell their stories in an attempt to clear their tabs. Featuring inventive mice, haunting cicadas, and other stories from Ramón K Pérez (Hawkeye), Jake Parker (Rocket Raccoon), and Eric Talbot (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

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HALOGEN #3 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Josh Tierney
Artist: Afu Chan
Cover Artist: Afu Chan

In a shocking display, Det takes down Hale so that she, Rell, and Mason can reach the HaloGen ship and escape. As they make their way back to Cityship Q, Rell has to figure out what to do with Det.

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PLUNDER #4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Swifty Lang
Artist: Skuds McKinley
Cover Artist: Skuds McKinley

Final issue! Bahdoon is quickly running out of time. Will he choose his own survival over stopping the monster?

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FEATHERS #5 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona

Feeling alone and betrayed by Bianca and Gabriel, Poe finds a humbled and apologetic Z, who tells him that all the Mice have been taken by the Scarf Man.

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CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Authors: Clive Barker, Marc Andreyko
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Cover Artist: Riley Rossmo

What’s to Love: Before Fables, before Once Upon a Time, Clive Barker created a secret city of monsters that live among us. Don’t worry if you’ve never seen the film: Clive Barker and writer Marc Andreyko (Batwoman, Manhunter), along with Piotr Kowalski’s gorgeous art (Dark Tower, Sex), have crafted a story for horror fans new and old.

What It Is: With Clive Barker’s vision for Nightbreed finally released—Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut—this series gives readers the untold histories throughout time for the monsters of Midian that fans have been craving. The Nightbreed is a secret society of monsters and misfits that hide away from humans, but have been a part of this world since time immemorial. Explore both the past and the present of this clandestine tribe, unleashing new secrets and horrors as they fight to coexist with mankind. Collects issues #1-4.

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THE WOODS VOL. 2 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace, finding themselves countless light years away in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. One year prior, the school held its first rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” on a night that would prove fateful to both the students and faculty, as their lives crossed paths in an almost premonitory way, seeding the various horrors to come. Created and written by James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal) and illustrated by Michael Dialynas (Amala’s Blade), “The Swarm” collects the critically acclaimed second arc (issues #5-8) of the best-selling series.

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FAIRY QUEST VOL. 2: OUTCASTS TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Authors: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos

What’s to Love: We all grew up reading fairy tales. We all love fairy tales! But if you enjoy your fairy tales with a twist like Fables, Fairest, or Once Upon a Time, Fairy Quest is the perfect series for you. Plus, Paul Jenkins (Wolverine: Origin) and Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man) have already made the fans their co-publishers with a successful Kickstarter.

What It Is: The adventures of Red and Mister Woof have only just begun. In Fablewood, all of the stories that have ever been told live side-by-side. But it is an evil place, overseen by the awful Mister Grimm and his cadre of Think Police. Red and Woof want to escape to a world where their friendship isn’t prohibited, but nothing can prepare them for what lies ahead in the Dark Forest.

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GARFIELD VOL 6 TP

Retail Price: $13.99
Author: Mark Evanier & Scott Nickel
Artists: Andy Hirsch & Various
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch

It’s more all-new Garfield stories, including Garfield in a televised race, Nermal entering a beauty pageant, and Liz meeting a Scary Sorceress! Collects Garfield #21-24.

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THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Frank Gibson
Artists: Tyson Hesse
Cover Artist: Zachary Sterling

What’s to Love: Based on the award-winning animated series, The Amazing World of Gumball features a wacky cast of characters and a ton of heart, so we were delighted to bring Gumball Watterson and the town of Elmore to comics for the first time.

What It Is: Gumball Watterson thinks he’s the coolest kid in school, his little sister Anais begs to differ, and Darwin just wants to stay out of trouble! Anything can happen in the crazy town of Elmore, and Gumball is the master of causing all sorts of trouble with his crazy schemes. Collects issues #1-4, including the Free Comic Book Day story.

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ADVENTURE TIME: SUGARY SHORTS VOL. 2 HC

Retail Price: $24.99
Author: Roger Langridge, Noelle Stevenson & Various
Artists: Frazer Irving, Roger Langridge, Dustin Nguyen, Noelle Stevenson & Various
Cover Artist: Cover Design by Jillian Crab

A collection of shorts featuring Finn, Jake, and the rest of the citizens of Ooo from the pages of Adventure Time #16-18, Adventure Time: 2013 Spoooktacular, Adventure Time: 2013 Summer Special, and Adventure Time: 2013 Annual.

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JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES HC

Retail Price: $24.99
Authors: S.M. Vidaurri, Kyla Vanderklugt, Matthew Dow Smith & Jeff Stokely
Artists: S.M. Vidaurri, Kyla Vanderklugt, Matthew Dow Smith & Jeff Stokely
Cover Artist: Sonny Liew

What’s to Love: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller television show delighted fans for generations, and we’re honored to be able to collect new stories in the spirit of the beloved series. We’ve collected the four tales of wonder and witchcraft from Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches in a beautiful hardcover that will delight fans of all ages.

What It Is: Inspired by folklore from around the world and all told in the spirit of Jim Henson’s beloved beloved television series, this hardcover collects the watercolor story of “The Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of the Forest” from S.M. Vidaurri (Iron: Or, the War After), Spera artist Kyla Vanderklugt’s haunting tale of the snow witch, Matthew Dow Smith’s tale of a man shipwrecked on an island of witches, and the unproduced The Storyteller teleplay from The Jim Henson Company Archives, adapted by Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla). Features an all-new cover illustration by Sonny Liew (The Shadow Hero) and the never-before-seen, unproduced The Storyteller teleplay from The Jim Henson Company Archives.

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Around the Tubes

The weekend is almost here! What’s everyone doing to enjoy it?

Around the Tubes

The New York Times – ‘Brooklynite,’ a Superhero Musical With Matt Doyle and Nicolette Robinson – I kind of want to see this.

The New York Times – Hey, the Hulk’s in Central Park! Marvel Comics Covers Highlight New York – Nice.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Bleeding Cool – Curb Stomp #1

CBR – Darth Vader #2

CBR – Fantastic Four #643

CBR – Gotham Academy #5

Bleeding Cool – They’re Not Like Us #3

Comics Beat – Thor Annual #1

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get?

Around the Tubes

Newsarama – DC Hires Ben Abernathy as Talent Relations Director – Congrats!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – The Amazing Spider-Man #15

Comic Vine – Amazing X-Men #17

Comic Vine – Aquaman #39

CBR – Arkham Manor #5

Comic Vine – Batman #39

Comic Vine – The Black Hood #1

Comic Vine – Chew #46

ComicBook.com – Criminal Special Edition

Comic Vine – Curb Stomp #1

The Beat – Curb Stomp #1

Comic Vine – Daredevil #13

Comic Vine – Darth Vader #2

Comic Vine – Deadpool #42

Comic Vine – Deathstroke #5

Comic Vine – Fantastic Four #643

Talking Comics – Gotham Academy #5

Comic Vine – Gotham Academy #5

CBR – Mister X: Razed #1

Comic Vine – New Avengers #30

Comic Vine – Rasputin #5

Talking Comics – Spider-Gwen #1

CBR – Spider-Gwen #1

Comic Vine – Spider-Gwen #1

The Beat – Spider-Gwen #1

Comic Vine – Suiciders #1

Comic Vine – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #43

Comic Vine – Thor Annual #1

BOOM!’s Unfortunately Named Series Curb Stomp

We previously ran the below when the series Curb Stomp was announced. With this week’s release we revisit why the name of this new series is so troubling. Obviously some statements are outdated, since the comic hits shelves this Wednesday. – The Management

2014 BOOM! LogoWe love BOOM! Studios, having named them the publisher of the year multiple times. They’re beyond progressive, not only giving a voice to many talented individuals who are the next generation of stars, but also launching series that are underrepresented in the comic market, and what exactly we need more of. That’s why their new series that was announced this morning on four sites gave us pause. Not because of its subject, but just due to its title, Curb Stomp.

The series is a “violent, bloody story” which focuses on an all-female gang called The Fever who are trying to protect their turf. The writer is Ryan Ferrier, the creator of D4VE by Monkeybrain, and art by Debaki Neogi, who gave us amazing visuals in Mumbai Confidential. The series will be out in February.

What none of those sites questioned, or even touched upon, was the series title. For those that don’t know a curb stomp is when you place someone’s mouth on a cement curb and then stomp on the back of their head. It’ll cause severe injuries, and some times death. What gives me pause isn’t the act, which is horrendous, but the history of the curb stomp.

The curb stomp is mostly associated with Nazis, who would use the tactic to murder Jews, using this tactic to save on bullets. It was also deployed by the Gestapo in the Ghettos to also murder Jews. In the 1940s and 50s, the same violent act was used by the KKK in their attacks on African-Americans.

Today’s neo-Nazis use the term “curbing” or “curb job” and is so prevalent the Southern Poverty Law Center has it as part of their list of terms used by today’s Skinheads. It’s an act associated with the most vile of vile out there, and to this day is used in numerous hate crimes. Two quick examples:

  • In 2003, Tacoma, Washington resident Randall Townsend was killed by two white power skinheads in a curb-stomping incident that has been described as a hate crime.
  • On August 26, 2011, Dane Hall was curb stomped in a homophobic attack outside a gay bar in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lost six teeth and suffered a broken jaw in multiple places as a result of the attack

Though the act is horrendous, it has been depicted in pop-culture numerous times with lack of sensitivity to its origins. In video games Gears of War, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, and Resident Evil 5, players could all perform the act. The attack has been seen on the television shows Family Guy, and The Sopranos. But, the most well-known depiction is the movie American History X, which focuses on a neo-Nazi Skinhead played by Edward Norton, who curb stomps a would be African-American robber. The scene was so controversial, it has been pulled from some versions of the film.

You can watch the scene from American History X below, but a warning that it’s graphic.

While the comic series itself sounds like a modern-day version of The Warriors (a film itself with history of real world violence), hopefully BOOM! and the creators rethink the title before it hits shelves in a few months. We’ve reached out to BOOM! about the issue. (UPDATE: We’ve heard back from BOOM! and they weren’t aware of the historical context of the term, just the moves from video games).

Below are the four teaser images released:

 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

D4VE01cvrSUBWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Brett’s Picks

Top Pick: D4VE #1 (IDW Publishing/Monkeybrain Comics) – The digital comic comes to print, and hopefully more people will take a look and appreciate this series brilliance. It’s definitely a comic that’s been under the radar too long. The series is about a great robot war hero who is now trapped behind a desk at a soul-sucking day job.

The Black Hood #1 (Dark Circle Comics/Archie) – Archie is going dark and gritty with the relaunch of their former Red Circle line, now Dark Circle. The series is the launch of a new(ish) super hero line with some top notch creators behind it all.

Curb Stomp #1 (BOOM! Studios) – An unfortunate title for an otherwise good idea. The comic is basically The Warriors, but with a group of women.

Darth Vader #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic, and Marvel has knocked it out of the park so far with their relaunched Star Wars line of comics.

Fight Like a Girl #4 (Action Lab Entertainment) – The series is under the radar, and that’s too bad, because it’s really good. The comic follows a young girl who is fighting through video game like levels, including boss battles, to save her brother.

Gotham Academy #5 (DC Comics) – DC Comics’ saw a breath of fresh air with this series that focuses on some of the kids of Gotham. It’s a fantastic series that we wish we saw more of in the comic world.

Orphan Black #1 (IDW Publishing) – The popular television series comes to comics! The first issue adapts what’s come instead of adding upon what’s already happen. But, that’s ok! The more clones the better!

Princeless: The Pirate Princess #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Two ass-kicking women is good. Even better, three ass-kicking women. The first issue returns to the fun, and socially relevant, that we’ve seen in the previous volumes. A fantastic series for kids and adults alike.

Spider-Gwen #1 (Marvel) – The break out star of Marvel’s recent Spider-Verse storyline gets her own series. It’ll be interesting to see what we get, as well as where the series goes with the upcoming Secret War.

Suiciders #1 (Vertigo) – A new series by Vertigo? Yes please. This one has to deal with a earthquake ravaged Los Angeles which is now its own city where gladiator contests are held for entertainment.

George’s Picks

Top Pick- Batman #39 (DC Comics) This is the penultimate issue of “Endgame”. Part 5 of 6 of one of the best stories out in the market right now and one of the best Batman stories available. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo outdo themselves with each release and its the first book I grab when available. The art matches Snyder’s writing style perfectly and you can’t help but be sucked into the story of Batman and the Joker over and over again. Snyder/Capullo are definitely going full force with this and fans couldn’t be happier.

Amazing Spider-Man #15 (Marvel) Now that Spidey is officially in the Marvel Cinematic Universe it would be a good idea to pick up the current book and catch up. The story line is great so far with #15 starting a new story arc after the incredible event of Spider-Verse ending with #14.

Chew #46 (Image Comics) – This story is coming to end shortly so anyone interested should catch up now. Its one of my favorite books to look forward to with each release and the story gets better with each chapter. You get rewarded for paying attention and the art is some of the coolest out there.

Darth Vader #2 – (Marvel) Issue #1 had me wondering how a book focusing on a villain would work, but then I read Darth Vader #1 and realized how incredible Vader’s journey is going to be. Issue #2 should continue his first amazing story arc as we see Vader go to any lengths to take down anyone that opposes him. His story is as rich as any Jedi’s and you won’t be disappointed with the illustrations of all the elements of the Empire we don’t usually see in a Jedi story.

Thief of Thieves #26 (Image Comics) – The latest story arc starts here so new readers can jump on and have a great new book to add to their list. This book started out as Robert Kirkman’s, which he then passed on to Andy Diggle who has done an exceptional job with the story. AMC is rumored to make this into a TV series so there’s another reason to pick this book up.

 

Preview: Curb Stomp #1 (of 4)

Curb Stomp #1 (of 4)

Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Devaki Neogi

Three gangs. Five girls. No way out. Machete Betty leads a small gang of women under the self-appointed task of protecting their home of Old Beach, one of three boroughs surrounding a rich metropolitan city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation, gang warfare, and unlikely allies. It’s up to the The Fever—Machete Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain, and Violet Volt—to defend their turf at all costs.

Writer Ryan Ferrier (D4VE) is a creator on the rise, and newcomer Devaki Neogi’s art will hook you with its aggressiveness but keep you coming back with its heart. Curb Stomp is an unflinching, visceral look at the lengths one woman will go to protect her friends, her family, and her home—perfect for fans of Rat Queens and the seminal ‘70s cult-favorite film The Warriors.

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BOOM! Studios in April 2015

UFOLOGY #1 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: James Tynion IV & Noah J. Yuenkel
Artist: Matt Fox
Cover Artists: Main: Matt Fox  Jackpot Variant: Alison Sampson Ten Years Variant: Frazer Irving Incentive: Paul Maybury
Format: 32 pages, full color

What’s to Love: James Tynion IV has already blown us away with his original series The Woods and Memetic, and now he’s teaming up with Thrillbent co-writer Noah J. Yuenkel (The House in the Wall) and artist Matt Fox (Long Walk to Valhalla) to bring us UFOlogy, a story about aliens in the Midwest. It’s reminiscent of films like E.T. and Super 8, and TV shows like Twin Peaks and The X-Files.

What It Is: Becky Finch never wanted to be special. She just wanted to be a normal high school student in the small, Midwestern town of Mukawgee. Malcolm Chamber wanted something more. A destiny. An answer from the stars. When Becky is marked by an alien’s touch, she’ll stumble into a mystery she never wanted. A mystery that almost ripped apart both their parents’ lives 12 years ago. She’ll need the help of her eccentric young classmate, Malcolm, as she finds the power within herself to uncover the truth.

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GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS: PEN & INK #1 

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: George Pérez
Artist:  George Pérez
Cover Artist:  George Pérez
Format: 48 pages, B&W, 11” x 17”

What’s to Love: With the previous editions of Pen & Ink featuring the art of industry veteran Brian Stelfreeze (Day Men) and newcomer Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit), we wanted to go back to a comics legend, and naturally that had to be George Pérez! His detailed pencils and inks on George Pérez’s Sirens—his first original title in over 10 years—are on full display and are a testament to the lasting popularity of his skills.

What It Is: Perfect for fans who want to look “behind the scenes” of making comics, the Pen & Ink series features artwork from highly skilled illustrators stripped down to their inks in the original artboard dimensions of 11” x 17”—or, in this case, and for the first time in a Pen & Ink book, stripped down to the pencils alongside inked and lettered pages. Get a detailed look at the making of George Pérez’s Sirens #1 from one of the industry’s greatest masters.

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SLEEPY HOLLOW: ORIGINS (One-shot)

Retail Price: $4.99
Author: Mike Johnson
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist: Joe Quinones
Format: 32 pages, full color

What’s to Love: We’re huge Sleepyheads here at BOOM!, so we jumped at the chance to explore the never-before-seen history of some of our favorite characters from the hit Fox TV show. We worked hand-in-hand with Sleepy Hollow show writers, writer Mike Johnson (Star Trek), and Sons of Anarchy artist Matías Bergara to bring the true origins of Abbie, Ichabod, Jenny, Henry, and the Hessian.

What It Is: You’ve watched Ichabod and Abbie battle the forces of Moloch and the Hessians, now see how they first got started with five short stories revealing the official origins of your favorite Sleepy Hollow characters. Travel back to the first days of Abbie on the job, Jenny in an institution, and Ichabod turning his back on Queen and Country for justice. Find out how Henry was born the horseman of the apocalypse War, and relive the Hessian’s life as Abraham.

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STEVEN UNIVERSE: GREG UNIVERSE SPECIAL (One-shot)

Retail Price: $4.99
Authors: Jeremy Sorese, Liz Prince, Lauren Zuke, and Kelly Turnbull
Artists: Jeremy Sorese, Liz Prince, Lauren Zuke, and Kelly Turnbull
Cover Artists:  Main: Ru Xu Incentive: Fellipe Martins
Format: 48 pages, full color

What’s to Love: There’s a lot of heart in Rebecca Sugar’s Steven Universe, and a big part of that comes from the relationship between Steven and his dad, Greg. We’ve gathered some top indie talent for a collection of Greg-centric shorts that are sure to warm your heart.

What It Is: Steven Universe and the rest of the Crystal Gems are bonafide heroes, saving Beach City day after day. But you know who else is a hero? Greg Universe! Steven’s dad might not have Crystal Gem powers, but he’s a valuable member of the team, too!  This oversized collection of shorts features father-and-son fun, as Greg teaches Steven some valuable life lessons.

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BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #2 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Brian Lynch, Chris Sims & Chad Bowers
Artists: Jerry Gaylord, Brooke Allen
Cover Artists:   Main: Felipe Smith Incentive: Dan Schoening
Format: 32 pages, full color

Bill and Ted are going to change the world with their music…just as soon as they get over their writer’s block! Maybe they’ll just sneak into the future to take a little peek at their discography to help. Includes a back-up story written by Chris Sims and Chad Bowers (Sub-Atomic Party Girls) and illustrated by Brooke Allen (Lumberjanes).

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PALMIOTTI & BRADY’S THE CON JOB #2 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Jimmy Palmiotti & Matt Brady
Artist: Dominike “Domo” Stanton
Cover Artist: Amanda Conner
Format: 32 pages, full color

While Blaze, Poach, Colin, and Hendrix debate whether robbing the Con is worth the risk, we meet two new disgruntled former stars. Madeleine “Maddie” Cannon shares her trailer with a dog on the set of a horrible sci-fi movie, and Jonnie Lao—Zhing Lee of TV’s Lotus Wind series—sits in as an advisor for the remake while hottie actor Billy Benton white-washes his film.

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HIT: 1957 #2 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Bryce Carlson
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Format: 32 pages, full color

Tensions are building in the new Hit Squad as Sticky deals with the consequences of his actions and his relationship with Slater continues to fray. Meanwhile, Bonnie finds herself falling for the same old trap as she begins to enjoy her time in Las Vegas with her captor, Vincent.

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CLUSTER #3

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artists: Main: Damian Couceiro Incentive: Declan Shalvey
Format: 32 pages, full color

Valuable time is slipping away as Samara, Grace, and the other drop ship crash survivors make their way through the alien-filled Marland Market and come face-to-face with enemies of the prison from Halleran’s past. Every second they waste puts them in danger of being “punched out.”

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CURB STOMP #3 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Devaki Neogi
Cover Artist: Devaki Neogi
Format: 32 pages, full color

The people of Old Beach have turned on the Fever, and old alliances have crumbled in the wake of the gang war. Beaten and bruised, Betty and the Fever will have to band together to face the Wrath and deal with an unexpected tragedy.

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BURNING FIELDS #4 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Cover Artists:  Main: Colin Lorimer Incentive: Riley Rossmo
Format: 32 pages, full color

Dana and Aban chase down leads through a series of tunnels far from any military base, unaware that Decker and the PMCs are headed the same way, ready for a showdown. But the real threat is something far more sinister than any of them could have imagined.

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DEEP STATE #5

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Justin Jordan
Artist: Ariela Kristantina
Cover Artists: Main: Matt Taylor Incentive: Artyom Trakhanov
Format: 32 pages, full color

New story arc! When a man develops a gun that can send bullets forward through time, he begins to commit seemingly impossible assassinations in the future. While Harrow and Branch work to stop him, new clues about Harrow’s past come to light.

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #5

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Barreto
Cover Artists:  Main: Mike Henderson Intermix (1 in 10): Robert Sammelin Incentive: Joseph Michael Linsner Format: 32 pages, full color

New story arc! The government throws Snake out of a plane and into the middle of a battle in Siberia, right back into the war he thought he’d left behind.

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES # 6 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author:  Michael Moreci
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists:  Main: Christopher Mitten Incentive: “End of Days” Graffiti Variant
Format: 32 pages, full color

Final issue! Koba and Pope come face-to-face. In this ultimate fight for dominance, Koba will learn that sometimes Caesar doesn’t know what is best for all apes.. Malcolm, in a race against time, must find a way to reunite mother and son before it’s too late. Nothing could have prepared him for the horrors he has faced, but the little fight left in him will make sure the time he has left counts.

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HEXED #9

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Format: 32 pages, full color

New story arc! Forever at odds with the Harlot, Lucifer has always resisted being her heir. Now everything is changing, and Lucifer’s fate can only be altered by the most unlikely team—Raina and Bob.

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ROBOCOP #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Joshua Williamson & Dennis Culver
Artist: Alejandro Aragón
Cover Artist: Carlos Magno
Format: 32 pages, full color

Killian has revealed OCP’s omnipresent surveillance system, and now the people of Detroit want to bring down “big brother” and RoboCop. Anne Lewis and RoboCop need to find a new way to stop Killian, but it may lead to an even darker secret inside OCP.

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DEAD LETTERS #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Chris Visions
Cover Artist: Chris Visions
Format: 32 pages, full color

The all-out war between the Boroughs, Ma, Jones, and the Saints of Nowhere gains a mysterious new faction, named “The Devil’s Chorus.” Can Sam navigate the gang war and prove his innocence in a murder he was framed for before it’s too late?

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #11

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Cover Artists: Main: Brian Churilla Incentive: Toby Cypress
Format: 32 pages, full color

Jack and Lo Pan have been sent do the Endless Hells of Legend! While they race to escape, Wang and Egg test their friendship as they try to save Jack.

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THE WOODS #12

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas
Format: 32 pages, full color

Adrian has seen what the future can be. Now that the black stone is within his grasp, he wants to do whatever it takes for that future to come true. Sanami, Calder, and the Hunters have problems of their own as they deal with the chaos of the school.

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CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #12

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik
Cover Artist: Christopher Mitten
Format: 32 pages, full color

Final issue! Boone and Ashberry fight for the future of Midian. In this last moment, with the Nightbreed coming together, will Baphomet rise?

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SONS OF ANARCHY #20

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist: Toni Infante
Format: 32 pages, full color

Tensions are building between the Sons and the Mayans, and ex-prospect Dillon teams up with a ragtag crew of small-time criminals in his hometown to get revenge on his former MC.

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SUICIDE RISK #24

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans
Format: 32 pages, full color

The penultimate issue! With the truth about F.A.U.L.T.Line revealed, Requiem, Terza, and Aisa must team up to protect Earth…but which Earth? And will the newly awakened heroes follow Requiem?

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ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #4 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Meredith Gran
Artist: Carey Pietsch
Cover Artists:  Main: Reimena Yee  Subscription Cover: Sarah Dill  Incentive: Natalie Andrewson
Format: 32 pages, full color

Marceline and Princess Bubblegum are gonna have to work together if they want to get off that weird planet and back to Ooo before Cinnamon Bun destroys it with his crazy power.

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #11

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Joy Ang, Chrystin Garland, and Mad Rupert
Artist: Joy Ang, Chrystin Garland, and Mad Rupert
Cover Artists:  Main: Kelly Bastow Subscription: Eli Hoyt
Format: 32 pages, full color

Bee finds a lucky coin and keeps winning all the games! PuppyCat is lost? Bee wants to cook food?! It’s a new issue packed with trouble only Bee and PuppyCat could get into.

REGULAR SHOW #22

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mad Rupert
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artists:  Main: Andy Hirsch  Subscription: Derek Charm
Format: 32 pages, full color

At a local “Nostalgia Night” at a comics shop, memories of the weird movie Rigby saw as a kid begin to return. When he and Mordecai search the Internet to find more details, they discover a strange code hidden in the message boards.

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PEANUTS #27

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Charles M. Schulz
Various Artists: Charles M. Schulz
Various Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz
Format: 32 pages, full color

With the excitement and love we got for our oversized issue #25 special, we wanted to treat readers to another full-length adventure. Coming in at 22 pages, “Get Well Soon, Charlie Brown!” will remind readers why we all can’t help but love good ol’ Charlie Brown.

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BRAVEST WARRIORS #31

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:  Main: Ian McGinty  Subscription: Reed Black
Format: 32 pages, full color

Though the Bravest Warriors are having a good time teaching the campers what it takes to be a warrior, not everybody is on board. One disgruntled camper makes a deal with someone who has experience making the Bravest Warrior’s lives miserable: Bugcat!

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GARFIELD #36: HIS 9 LIVES, PART 4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Scott Nickel
Artists: Andy Hirsch, Frazer Irving, and Genevieve FT
Cover Artists:  Main: Andy Hirsch  Incentive: Frazer Irving
Format: 32 pages, full color

The trip through Garfield’s 9 Lives continues, as Brittney Williams illustrates a tale of Garfield’s adventures as a Golden-Age Superhero in “Super Cat,” while Andy Hirsch brings us the story of Garfield’s days as a Private Eye in “Sam Spayed.”

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ADVENTURE TIME #39

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Chris Hastings
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Cover Artists:  Main: George Bletsis Subscription: Anna Strain Incentive: Wes Craig
Format: 32 pages, full color

The entire world of Ooo is not able to cook but Jake comes through and saves the day with his sandwiches. It’s not over yet, though, as the witch is gonna summon her ultimate monster baddie.

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GIANT DAYS #2 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman
Format: 32 pages, full color

When Freshers’ Flu strikes the dorm, no one gets off easy. Daisy enters a one-sided relationship with an off-brand Polish cold cure given to her by Ed Gemmell, Susan is forced into nicotine withdrawal, and Esther becomes incapable of distinguishing fever dreams from reality. Death stalks the dorm halls by night!

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HELP US! GREAT WARRIOR #3 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Madeleine Flores
Artist: Madeleine Flores
Cover Artist: William Gibbons
Format: 32 pages, full color

While Leo and Hadiyah butt heads over Great Warrior’s responsibility to the realm, the mystery behind why Great Warrior doesn’t want to fight the demon currently threatening her world deepens.

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MUNCHKIN #4

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Tom Siddell, Jim Zub
Artist: Mike Holmes, Rian Sygh
Cover Artists:  Main: Ian McGinty  Incentive: Evan Palmer
Format: 32 pages, full color

Based on the popular card game. A squad of space marines are sent to investigate a colony that has recently fallen out of contact, but when they get there, they find the first signs of non-human life are super annoying. Plus, an exclusive game card is included with every copy of the first printing!

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TEEN DOG #8 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jake Lawrence
Artist: Jake Lawrence
Cover Artist: Jake Lawrence
Format: 32 pages, full color

Final issue! Appropriately, it’s summer vacation time in this final issue! Man, this year has really flown by. Time to get together with your friends and enjoy the summer while it lasts, ‘cause the future is always out there waiting for you.

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LUMBERJANES #13

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
Artist: Brooke Allen
Cover Artists: Main: Brooke Allen Incentive: Reimena Yee
Format: 32 pages, full color

Special stand-alone issue with original series artist Brooke Allen. Ever wonder how the Lumberjanes first met? Take a trip back to the first day at camp and see how their friendship to the max got started.

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MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 3 #2 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: David Petersen, Dustin Nguyen, Kyla Vanderklugt and C.M. Galdre
Artists: David Petersen, Dustin Nguyen, Kyla Vanderklugt, and Nicole Gustafsson
Cover Artist: David Petersen
Format: 32 pages, full color

Gather ‘round in the June Alley Inn for more mouse tales. Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li’l Gotham) tells the story of a dying raven, while Kyla Vanderklugt (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches) spins a tale of a lovely and brave mouse dancer. And C.M. Galdre (Duelist) and Nicole Gustaffson (Nimasprout) tell the story of a town whose protective walls have fallen.

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HALOGEN #2 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Josh Tierney
Artist: Afu Chan
Cover Artist: Afu Chan
Format: 32 pages, full color

While attending a concert, Rell is given information on where to find a piece of the god. It’s a race off planet to find the first piece before the other companies, but all is not what it seems as an unexpected attack comes from a mysterious origin.

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PLUNDER #3 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Swifty Lang
Artist: Skuds McKinley
Cover Artist: Skuds McKinley
Format: 32 pages, full color

The creature has reconfigured. Bahdoon teams up with the ship’s sole survivor to escape as more crew members begin to see twisted versions of their fantasies. The pirate leader isn’t sure who he wants to kill more: the monster or Bahdoon?

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FEATHERS #4 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona
Format: 32 pages, full color

Good friends are hard to come by in the Maze. Poe and Bianca will have to stick together and outsmart the Guard if they want to reach the White Guide, but a new revelation may shake their courage.

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ROCKET SALVAGE #5 (of 5)

Retail Price: $5.99
Author: Yehudi Mercado
Artist: Bachan
Cover Artist: Bachan
Format: 48 pages, full color

Double-sized final issue, 44 pages of story! War descends on Rio Rojo. With robot Republic of Galaxy warriors filling the skies and monster Galactic Republic guards infesting the streets, the Rockets are in the fight of their life. Zeta must turn the tide and use her powers to end this thing once and for all.

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TRANSLUCID TP

Retail Price: $19.99
Authors: Claudio Sanchez & Chondra Echert
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artist: Jeff Stokely
Format: 160 pages, full color, softcover

What’s to Love: Discover the tortured psyche of a hero in this story from Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert, the writers who gave us The Amory Wars saga, Key of Z, and Kill Audio. Plus, you will never forget the psychedelic superhero mindscape from acclaimed newcomers Daniel Bayliss and Adam Metcalfe!

What It Is: We call The Navigator a hero. We call The Horse a villain. The two have been locked in a battle for years, fighting for the soul of New York City. But are they just two sides of the same playing card? Translucid is a startling deconstruction of the classic bond between a hero and his villain, and shows what it takes to push a person to take up either mantle. Collects the entire miniseries, issues #16.

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CLOCKWORK ANGELS TP

Retail Price: $19.99
Author: Kevin J. Anderson
Artist: Nick Robles
Cover Artist: Hugh Syme
Format: 160 pages, full color, softcover

What’s to Love: Rush’s Clockwork Angels is a testament to the band’s creative versatility—from concept album to novel to international tour. Now, Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart, New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson, and acclaimed artist Nick Robles take it one step further with the Clockwork Angels graphic novel.

What It Is: Owen Hardy, like all the people of Albion, has lived his whole life under the rule of The Watchmaker. His entire existence is meticulously planned, down to the exact second. But not anymore. Owen decides to go against the gears and finally start making decisions for himself. Featuring a new cover by Hugh Syme. Collects the complete miniseries, issues #1-6.

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THOMAS ALSOP VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Chris Miskiewicz
Artist: Palle Schmidt
Cover Artist: Palle Schmidt
Format: 112 pages, full color, softcover

What’s to Love: Bringing readers great books from new talent has always been close to our hearts, and Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt have created a warlock for these modern times. Fans of John Constantine and Dr. Strange will love this new take on the magic-wielding hero who battles demons on the streets…and in his own mind.

What It Is: What would you do if you had the magical ability and responsibility to protect the island of Manhattan from supernatural forces of evil? Well, if you’re Thomas Alsop, you get a reality television show and make some money off of it, that’s what! Alsop is the current “Hand of the Island,” a title handed down from generation to generation. He guards Manhattan from evil, using his family’s prowess for magic. Thomas has money and fame, but also the burden of a being this generation’s occult warrior. Can he survive the battles both within and without? Collects issues #1-4.

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ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 5 OGN: GRAYBLES SCHMAYBLES

Retail Price: $12.99
Author: Danielle Corsetto
Artist: Bridget Underwood
Cover Artist: Stephanie Gonzaga
Format: 160 pages, full color, 6” x 9”, softcover

What’s to Love: Our Adventure Time original graphic novels read like an episode of the animated series. This new volume contains a series of shorts centered around a common theme—a Grayble in Adventure

Time speak. Writer Danielle Corsetto (Adventure Time: Pixel Princesses, Girls with Slingshots) makes her return and we found the perfect artist in indie newcomer Bridget Underwood (Steven Universe) to complement her.

What It Is: Finn and Jake are about to go on their craziest series of adventures yet…and they don’t even have to leave their living room? After helping Party God with his technical issues, these two best pals discover a tiny cube all by its lonesome in the middle of the woods. Not ones to leave the helpless so…helpless, Finn and Jake take their new friend back to the treehouse and discover that some of the most harmless looking things can be the most dangerous.

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Authors: Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson,
Various Artists: Natasha Allegri, Various
Cover Artist: Natasha Allegri
Format: 128 pages, full color, softcover

What’s to Love: Bee and PuppyCat started as a popular animated web series that broke the record for most-funded web series on Kickstarter, and now popular creator Natasha Allegri (Adventure Time: Fionna and Cake) brings their whimsical adventures to comics for the first time!

What It Is: This quirky take on the magical girl genre comes to life with Bee, a not-so-graceful temp worker and her partner Puppycat, the sour curmudgeon who helps her pay rent. Watch these two roommates take on a variety of jobs from cleaning house to finding plants in a collection of charming shorts by indie all-stars Madéleine Flores (Help Us! Great Warrior), Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt (Capture Creatures), and more! Collects issues #1-4.

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THE REALIST OGN HC

Retail Price: $24.99
Author: Asaf Hanuka
Artist: Asaf Hanuka
Cover Artist: Asaf Hanuka
Format: 192 pages, full color, hardcover

What’s to Love: Asaf Hanuka, in a very short period of time, has become one of comics’ most critically acclaimed and sought-after creators. His autobiographical webcomic, The Realist, began winning awards shortly after its launch, including a Gold Medal from The Society of Illustrators.

What It Is: Acclaimed Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka’s weekly strips unfold an emotional autobiography full of humor and melancholy, wild imagination, and quiet desperation. Collected for the first time in English and including never-before-collected strips, The Realist delivers both honesty and whimsy from a master of his craft. With echoes of R. Crumb and Daniel Clowes, Hanuka moves readers with his depictions of everyday life, commenting on everything from marriage to technology to social activism through intimate moments of triumph and failure.

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COW BOY VOL. 1: A BOY AND HIS HORSE TP

Retail Price: $12.99
Author: Nate Cosby
Artist: Chris Eliopoulos
Cover Artist: Chris Eliopoulos
Format: 96 pages, full color, 6” x 9”, softcover

What’s to Love: Written by Nate Cosby (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Pigs) and illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos (Hawkeye, Franklin Richards), the Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel about a 10-year-old bounty hunter going after his law-breaking relatives is now collected in softcover for the first time.

What It Is: Boyd Linney ain’t no ordinary 10-year-old. This here is the tale of the young bounty hunter, determined to round up his whole outlaw family. He travels across the Old West on an unstoppable quest to put his entire family in the clink, or die tryin’. This includes short stories by Roger Langridge (Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow, Abigail and the Snowman), Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener (Atomic Robo), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), and Colleen Coover (Bandette).

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MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME BOX SET, SECOND EDITION

Retail Price: $69.99
Authors: Luke Crane and David Petersen
Artist: David Petersen
Cover Artist: David Petersen
Format: Full color, 8.5” x 8.5” x 2.5”

Finally back in print, this second edition of the Origins Award-winning Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Box Set contains everything players need to know about the world of the Guard, including rules for forming patrols and leading missions into the beleaguered territories. Also contains new art; additional Action, Weapon, and Condition cards; and a revised and updated rule book.

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MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME HC, SECOND EDITION

Retail Price: $34.99
Authors: Luke Crane and David Petersen
Artist: David Petersen
Cover Artist: David Petersen
Format: 320 pages, full color, 8” x 8”, hardcover with dustjacket

For Mouse Guard fans who own the original Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Box Set, or anyone who’d like to enlist in the Mouse Guard for the first time, the second edition of the rule book is available separately as a hardcover with all-new art from David Petersen.

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LUMBERJANES VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Authors: Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis
Artist: Brooke Allen
Cover Artist: Brooke Allen
Format: 128 pages, full color, softcover

What’s to Love: Lumberjanes is the hit series from the BOOM! Box imprint that features five rad ladies who fight monster baddies with the power of friendship! Written by Noelle Stevenson (Nimona, Adventure Time) and newcomer Grace Ellis, and illustrated by Brooke Allen (A Home for Mr. Easter), this new series has taken comics by storm and has placed on many best-of-the-year lists, including Comics Alliance, Entertainment Weekly, and Comic Book Resources.

What It Is: At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams! Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here. Collects issues #1-4.

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BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #1 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Brian Lynch, Ryan North
Artists: Jerry Gaylord, Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:  A: Felipe Smith B: Trevor Hairsine (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Goñi Montes (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Similar to our Big Trouble in Little China comics, we’re returning readers to one of our favorite—and most excellent—cult-classic properties with a new Bill & Ted adventure of epic proportions. And because we’re fans first, we’re making sure it’s something WE would read. Wyld Stallyns forever!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you’re a fan of the films, our comics will pick up where they left off. Main creative team Brian Lynch (Angel: After the Fall) and Jerry Gaylord (Fanboys vs. Zombies) bring you all the silly humor and likable characters mixed with some cool historical science fiction you love! Plus, each story will have a back-up adventure. This issue features a tale of tech terror by Ryan North (Adventure Time) and Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors)!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Following the time-traveling historic epic of Excellent Adventure and the turbulent life and death of Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted must now fulfill their destiny as the inspiration for galactic harmony. How can someone hate the Wyld Stallyns as much as the evil Chuck De Nomolos? With the power of time travel, Bill and Ted set their sights on turning a young 27th-century Nomolos’ non-non-heinous attitude into something most outstanding and metal!

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THE CON JOB #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Jimmy Palmiotti & Matt Brady
Artist:  Dominike “Domo” Stanton
Cover Artists:  A. Amanda Conner (99%) B. Jay Shaw (1%, Jackpot Variant) C. Trevor Hairsine (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) D. Dan McDaid (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Comics veteran Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn) is a master at crafting humorous, snarky comics, and for The Con Job he’s teamed up with longtime comics journalist-turned-writer Matt Brady (Buck Rogers) and artist Dominike “Domo” Stanton (Deadpool) for a unique heist story. They’ve put the “con” back in comic conventions.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: In the mood for a character-driven, comic book convention crime caper? Palmiotti and Brady have crafted a Galaxy Quest meets Ocean’s 11-style crime story set in the larger-than-life backdrop of the modern convention circuit. You thought cons couldn’t get any bigger? You have no idea.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:  After working the same convention circuit for many years, a group of flabby action heroes, aging sex symbols, and sci-fi bit players have become close friends as they watch their lines get shorter and their autographs get cheaper. That is, until they hire a cocky new booking agent who offers them their only chance at a comfortable retirement by robbing one of the largest cons in the country!

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HIT: 1957 #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Bryce Carlson
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover Artists: A. Vanesa R. Del Rey B. Trevor Hairsine (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C. Dustin Nguyen INCV

WHY WE LOVE IT: Hit: 1955 was one of our favorite original series of 2013, a dark, violent dive into the depths of 1950s corruption in Los Angeles featuring the writing of Bryce Carlson and the debut of Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer nominee Vanesa R. Del Rey. We couldn’t wait to take another Hit!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The next entry in the Harvey Award-nominated series, Hit: 1957, takes us later in the seminal decade of change for the LAPD—familiar faces, new threats, and more sharp, smart noir. Even if you missed out on the first series, if you’re a fan of crime comics like Parker, Criminal, and Tumor, Hit is in your wheelhouse.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Crime is down in Los Angeles—at least, on the surface. Mickey Cohen has been quiet since his release from prison and the LAPD has seemingly regained control of the city. But the underground is a different story. Det. Harvey Slater and company have spent the last two years focused on Domino and his Syndicate’s unrelenting infiltration, but no matter how many people the hit squad kills, the real fight for Los Angeles rages on. Meanwhile, Slater’s being hounded by Internal Affairs, Bonnie Brae is missing, and everything is falling apart at the seams.

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REGULAR SHOW 2015 MARCH MADNESS SPECIAL (One-shot)

Retail Price: $4.99
Authors: Shanna Matuszak, Phil Jacobson, Molly Ostertag, and Hannah Ayoubi
Artists: Derek Charm, Phil Jacobson, Molly Ostertag, and Hannah Ayoubi
Cover Artists: A. Rian Sygh B. Fellipe Martins (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’re huge fans of the antics of Regular Show’s Mordecai, Rigby, and the gang, and Spring felt like the perfect backdrop for our next collection of park mayhem. Plus, this gives us another opportunity to work with an amazing team of creators, from super-talented newcomers to established stars!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Mordecai and Rigby will be getting into all sorts of shenanigans this Spring, and we’re bringing you all sorts of wacky adventures in a range of styles to showcase the madness—March madness, that is.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Spring is in the air, the Earth is reawakened after winter, and hijinks abound at the park! This oversized collection of all-new shorts features the park deep in March Madness, with all sorts of seasonal hijinks afoot. From college basketball to St. Patrick’s Day, there’s nothing sacred for this motley crew.

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GIANT DAYS #1 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
Cover Artists: A: Lissa Treiman B: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Zac Gorman (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: John Allison is well known for his funny and intelligent webcomics Bad Machinery and Scary Go Round. His story of three friends at university lightly flavored with the occult features some of the best dialogue in comics, and we couldn’t help but think it’s like Monty Python goes to college. Sign us up!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: John Allison’s daily webcomics are hilarious, the kind of strips where every panel makes you laugh out loud. As a result, John has earned a large, loyal following of readers that have followed his work daily for the past 12 years. This is a series fans of things like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fawlty Towers, or Gunnerkrigg Court  will not want to miss.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends because their dorm rooms were next to each other. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive.

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MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 3 #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: David Petersen, Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson
Artists: David Petersen, Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson
Cover Artists: A: David Petersen B: Ramón K. Pérez (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Humberto Ramos (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of David Petersen’s Eisner and Harvey Award-winning Mouse Guard, and what better way to celebrate than with a new collection of short stories centered around a storytelling contest at the local bar, featuring work by some of the best writers and artists in comics paying homage to this beloved all-ages series.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: It’s Mouse Guard as interpreted by some of the most celebrated storytellers in all of comics, including Skottie Young (Rocket Raccoon), Ramón K. Pérez (The Amazing Spider-Man), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy), Dustin Nguyen (Batman), and many more!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Following two award-nominated volumes, once again, mice of all furs and trades have gathered at the June Alley Inn to swap tales of courage, adventure, and craftsmanship. The storytellers can’t help but try to outdo one another, as the mouse who tells the best tale gets their bar tab cleared. This kick-off issue features stories by Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Novelization).

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HALOGEN #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Josh Tierney
Artist: Afu Chan
Cover Artists: A: Afu Chan B: Ramón K. Pérez (10 Years Cover) (Incentive) C: Giannis Milonogiannis (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’ve published four books thus far in Josh Tierney’s Spera series because we simply love his characters and storytelling. Now, he teams up with fellow webcomic creators Afu Chan (Spera) and Giannis Milonogiannis (Old City Blues, Prophet) for a new creator-owned, sci-fi adventure.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Having first collaborated on the Eisner Award-nominated Spera series, the creative team behind HaloGen is no stranger to kick-butt ladies, epic world-building, and sweeping adventures. This time they’re strapping on their sci-fi boots for a series perfect for fans of Prophet, Rocket Girl, and The Fifth Element.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: There’s a rumor on Cityship Q that the gigantic body of a dead god was found floating in space. Rell, an agent woking for the HaloGen organization, is tasked with finding the location of the god and retrieving it by any means necessary. Using her ability to form hyper-realistic holograms, Rell is about to take on the first mission she might not be able to finish.

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CLUSTER #2

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artists:  A: Damian Couceiro B: Declan Shalvey (Incentive)

Samara and the other prisoners who managed to survive the Pagurani attack on the T-Towers are stranded on the battlefield, but they’ll need to find a way to trust one another before they can hope to find a transport to safety. They just better hope it happens before their Punch clocks hit zero…

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CURB STOMP #2 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Devaki Neogi
Cover Artist: Devaki Neogi

Lines have been crossed and The Wrath has kidnapped one of The Fever. Now that Betty has given King Charles the perfect excuse to start a turf war, any old rules and truces have been called off. Machete Betty will have to make a decision—the safety of her town or the life of one of her own?

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BURNING FIELDS #3 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Cover Artists: A: Colin Lorimer B: Riley Rossmo (Incentive)

Just as Dana learns a secret about Aban that upends the murder investigation, the tensions between the Iraqi populace and the Verge PMC reach a fever pitch, giving the killer a perfect opportunity to strike.

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #4

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Baretto
Cover Artists:  A: Declan Shalvey 90% B: Riley Rossmo 10% C: John McCrea (Incentive)

As the USPF army comes down on the seceded nation of Florida, Snake is forced to take up arms for the twins. Little does he know that all is going according to plan. With an invasion in full swing, the end game is put into action. Time to ready the nukes.

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ETERNAL #4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: William Harms
Artist: Giovanni Valletta
Cover Artist: Frazer Irving

New Life gave the world eternal life, but now their hold on society is breaking down and chaos will reign. Amidst the turmoil, former New Life agent Rathmann and his ward Violet try to find peace, but what sacrifice will Rathmann have to make for Violet’s future?

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GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #4 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: George Pérez
Artist: George Pérez
Cover Artists: A: George Pérez B: George Pérez (Character Spotlight) (Incentive) C: George

Pérez (Pencils Connecting) (Incentive) D: George Pérez (Pencils Connecting) (Incentive)
As the Sirens finally come face-to-face with the forces that imprisoned and scattered them across time, another complication arises: a zombie invasion of Earth!

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DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #5 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Michael Moreci
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists: A: Christopher Mitten B: “Salvation” Graffiti Design (Incentive)

As Caesar learns the value of sacrificing a few for the many, Koba will be forced to confront Pope and his militia of apes. On the other side of the world, with his son kidnapped and wife fading with every hour, Malcolm has one chance to make things right before it all comes crashing down around him.

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FICTION SQUAD #6 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Ramon Bachs
Cover Artist: Ramon Bachs

As the fabric of reality tears apart, Frankie and Simon must confront  the man responsible as his master plan for dominance threatens storytelling itself. Unfortunately, with an army of characters from every which genre at his disposal and unlimited power at his fingertips, this bad guy isn’t going down without a fight.

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DAY MEN #7

Retail Price: $3.99
Author:  Matt Gagnon & Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

Justice by Day has finally arrived as David Reid faces off against Jacob the Burner in a ritualistic battle to the death with the fate of Azalea and the entire Virgo family hanging in the balance. The end is drawing near—will David’s cane join the ranks of fallen Day Men gracing the walls of Virgo Mansion?

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HEXED #8

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora

Madame Cymbaline’s actions were designed to force Lucifer to act, but what Lucifer does in response will shock both friend and ally alike as she pushes her powers to their absolute limit in an all-out assault on Graeae Towers.

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ROBOCOP #9

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Joshua Williamson & Dennis Culver
Artist: Alejandro Aragón
Cover Artist: Carlos Magno

Killian is a murderous criminal in the eyes of the law but he has gained status among the people of Detroit as their brave new savior. Now they set their sights on RoboCop! Featuring the debut of co-writer Dennis Culver (Edison Rex) and new artist Alejandro Aragón of 28 Days Later!

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DEAD LETTERS #9

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Chris Visions
Cover Artist: Chris Visions

After expanding the gang war through the boroughs and into every area of Here, Sam Whistler is faced with a choice: Does he attempt to unite the various factions under the banner to claim Here’s independence, or does he search for God, and with that, perhaps a way back home?

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #10

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Cover Artists: A: Brian Churilla B: Tradd Moore (Incentive)

While Egg and Wong battle for Jack’s soul in the streets of Chinatown, Jack must find a way to make secure his own escape and back-stab Lo Pan in the process. When you get stuck in the Hell of No Return and your worst enemy is the only help you got, then you know your name is Jack Burton.

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THE WOODS #11

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

Sanami and the Hunters finally reach the school and see the complete state of chaos that has been spawning since their arrival to the planet. Back at New London, Adrian has finally made his arrival. With the army gone, nothing stands in the way of him and the black stone…

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Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Marc Andreyko
Artists: Emmanuel Xerx Javier, Devmalya Pramanik
Cover Artist: Christopher Mitten

Rebuilding Midian has been no easy feat for Cabal and his people. But as the world of Nightbreed grows, the world will have to either embrace the dark or snuff the very existence of the Breed once and for all.

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EVIL EMPIRE #12

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Victor Santos
Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

After years of cold war, Reese and Sam finally meet, and Julia is less than pleased. Meanwhile, Kara plays out her balancing act of wrangling information from the EE as a spy for the resistance. But how long can she keep up the act before someone catches onto her facade?

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SONS OF ANARCHY #19

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist: Toni Infante

New story arc! When Bobby’s estranged nephew rolls into Charming, he seems like a promising Prospect. However, when it comes to the Sons of Anarchy, one mistake is all it takes to fall from grace…and into violence. Featuring the debut of new writer Ryan Ferrier (Curb Stomp)!

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SUICIDE RISK #23

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

With two Earths pitted in direct conflict, Requiem and his daughter Terza must find a way to bury their bloodlust long enough to save the people they’ve come to care for the most: their family.

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ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE GONE ADRIFT #3 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Meredith Gran
Artist: Carey Pietsch
Cover Artists: A: Reimena Yee B: Sarah Dill  (Subscription Cover) C: Jensine Eckwell (Incentive)

Princess Bubblegum might have finally found a way to get Marceline, but that doesn’t mean things are going to get any easier for her. Marceline might be stuck with her new friends on this strange planet, but that doesn’t mean she’s got to like them…or be nice to them and what is up with this place anyway?!

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ABIGAIL AND THE SNOWMAN #4 (of 4)

Retail Price: $4.99
Author: Roger Langridge
Artist: Roger Langridge
Cover Artist: Roger Langridge

Abigail and Claude’s adventure comes to an end in this oversized finale! The world’s most lovable Yeti is one boat ride away from making it back home to the Himalayas, but before they can say their goodbyes, Abigail and Claude will have to find a way to outsmart everything the Shadow Men throw their way.

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UNCLE GRANDPA #6

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Yehudi Mercado, Nichol Ashworth, Phil Murphy, Bradwick McGinty, and Various
Artists: Yehudi Mercado, Nichol Ashworth, Phil Murphy, Bradwick McGinty, and Various
Cover Artists: A. Robb Mommaerts B. Kaz (Subscription Cover)

If you are a fan of nonchalant dinosaurs, pizzas donning sunglasses, or mustachioed gentlemen of the world, this is the book you’ve been waiting for. Jump into a pool of crazy wild stories that will literally make your head spin. Don’t worry, Uncle Grandpa has a cure for that.

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STEVEN UNIVERSE #8

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jeremy Sorese
Artist: Coleman Engle
Cover Artists:  A. Amber Rogers 90% B. Bridget Underwood 10% C. Helen Yoon (Incentive)

Something crashes off the shore of Beach City and it’s up to Connie to solve the mystery. Determined to prove to Steven that it is probably nothing, she sets out to bring it back to shore with a little help from an unsuspected source. It’s time to believe in Connie!

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THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #10

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Author: Frank Gibson
Artist: Missy Pena
Cover Artists: A. Jenna Ayoub B. Katy Farina (Subscription Cover)

Gumball thinks he’s the coolest kid on the block, but his little sister Anais begs to differ, and Darwin just wants to keep them all out of trouble. There’s always another adventure to be had in their mixed-up world!

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #10

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Author: Patrick Seery, Carey Pietsch, Joy Ang
Artist: Meredith McClaren, Carey Pietsch, Joy Ang
Cover Artists: A. George Caltsoudas B. Becky Dreistadt (Subscription Cover)

The best part of the morning is the chance to sleep in and ignore the outside world for a few more sweet, sweet hours…unless a PuppyCat forces you out of bed at an unspoken hour to get a temp job. Bee is not having the best day, and things are only going to go sideways for her in these short stories!

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REGULAR SHOW #21

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mad Rupert
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artists: A: Andy Hirsch B: Ilias Kyriazis (Subscription Cover)

The beginning of a new arc by new writer Mad Rupert (Regular Show: Skips) and the perfect jumping-on point for new readers! During a marathon of his favorite childhood movies, Rigby begins to remember a movie so awesome, so incredible, so amazingly rad…that it makes no sense that he can’t recall its name! As he journeys into the online nostalgia rabbit hole in search of the truth, one question arises: are some movies meant to be forgotten?

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PEANUTS #26

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Authors: Charles M. Schulz, Various
Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Various
Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz

Get your dance shoes on because Pig-Pen is bringing the moves! “Dirty Dancing” and tons more fun, including classic Charles M. Schulz Sunday strips are bursting from the pages of this new issue of Peanuts.

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BRAVEST WARRIORS #30

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Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:  A: Ian McGinty B: Rachel Wolfe (Subscription Cover)

It’s the start of an all-new arc as the Bravest Warriors are off to summer camp! The gang has been going to Camp Tribulon for Little Warriors since they were kids, but when they return as counselors, they realize that battling monsters might be nothing compared to supervising a camp of rowdy children.

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GARFIELD #35: HIS 9 LIVES, PART 3 (of 4)

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Author: Scott Nickel
Artists: Brittney Williams, Andy Hirsch
Cover Artists: A: Andy Hirsch B: Andy Hirsch (Incentive)

The trip through Garfield’s 9 Lives continues, as Brittney Williams illustrates a tale of Garfield’s adventures as a Golden-Age Superhero in “Super Cat,” while Andy Hirsch brings us the story of Garfield’s days as a Private Eye in “Sam Spayed.”

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ADVENTURE TIME #38

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Author: Chris Hastings
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Cover Artists: A: Shanti Rittgers B: Mahendra Singh (Subscription Cover) C: Ze Burney (Incentive)

Everyone is hungry, but there isn’t enough food to go around. Things get a little dicey as Finn and Jake try to figure out what is up with their friends, and why does this little witch keep coming back? Glob, she’s really persistent.

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HELP US! GREAT WARRIOR #2 (of 8)

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Author: Madéleine Flores
Artist: Madéleine Flores
Cover Artist: Victoria Elliot

The tiny and powerful Great Warrior has begun her quest to kick the ever-living butt out of the enemies of a defenseless little village, and no one saves villagers with style and RADNESS the way Great Warrior does!

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MUNCHKIN #3

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Author: Tom Siddel, Jim Zub
Artist: Mike Holmes, Rian Sygh
Cover Artists: A: Ian McGinty B: Chris Schweizer

Based on the popular game of the same name, the Munchkin comic gives you a whole new way to enjoy the world with Spyke and Flower. In this issue, check out what it’s like to be a monster whose door just got kicked in by some Munchkins! Plus, an exclusive game card is included with every copy of the first printing!

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TEEN DOG #7 (of 8)

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Author: Jake Lawrence
Artist: Jake Lawrence
Cover Artist: Jake Lawrence

Dudes, prom is coming up. Who do you think Teen Dog is gonna take? And who’s going to be crowned as the ultimate high school couple this year? Meh, who cares—let’s get out on the dance floor and cut a rug.

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LUMBERJANES #12

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Authors: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
Artist: Carolyn Nowak
Cover Artists: A. Carolyn Nowak B. Brittney Williams (Incentive)

Mal and Molly just want to get back to their friends, but things are looking more dire by the minute. It’s going to be a crazy dash through this weird mixed-up world as they try to not only find a working portal, but one that will take them back to camp!

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PLUNDER #2 (of 4)

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Author: Swifty Lang
Artist: Skuds McKinley
Cover Artist: Skuds McKinley

As the band of pirates begins to discover just how horrific the situation is on their new ship, one of the few survivors from the vessel emerges with a possible way out, but it may already be too late…

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FEATHERS #3 (of 6)

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Author: Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona

Betrayal comes from all sides as Poe’s new friendship with Bianca creates chaos in the Maze, and the pair discover they may have even fewer allies than they thought in their race to the heart of the City.

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ROCKET SALVAGE #4 (of 6)

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Author: Yehudi Mercado
Artist: Bachan
Cover Artist: Bachan

The Rocket family is split! With Zeta training under a mad scientist, Beta working under a local crime lord, and Primo stuck in a Republic of Galaxies prison, it’s going to take more than a big wrench and an apology to get this family back together!

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EVIL EMPIRE VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Max Bemis
Artists: Ransom Getty, Andrea Mutti
Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

WHY WE LOVE IT: After Polarity, we were itching to work with writer (and Say Anything lead singer) Max Bemis again, and his thrilling take on how a modern society could evolve into an evil empire is absolutely terrifying.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Every fan of fiction is aware of the trope of the “evil, sinister empire” i.e. the Empire in Star Wars. Oftentimes, when we are introduced to these totalitarian establishments, they’re already fully in power and it’s up to our hero to bring back order and peace. However, in Evil Empire, we explore how that would unfold in a real-world setting. How close to the precipice are we right now in the world we live in? Would we let it happen? Would we secretly WANT it to happen?

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The sands are shifting in America’s public consciousness. One action has torn the country apart in a debate over the meaning of right and wrong, and Reese Greenwood is not about to stand by as the American people support the rantings of a mad man. Told through the perspective of an underground rapper with a political bone to pick, Max Bemis’ gripping story explores a scenario in which we watch modern society gradually evolve into an evil empire. Collects issues #1-4.

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DEEP STATE VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $9.99
Author: Justin Jordan
Artist: Ariela Kristantina
Cover Artist: Matt Taylor

WHY WE LOVE IT: You know all those conspiracy theories you hear about? Like how the Jonestown Massacre was a failed MKULTRA experiment by the government, or how Lee Harvey Oswald was trained and brainwashed to be an assassin? Well, what if some of those were true? Deep State is a dream (nightmare?) come true for conspiracy theory nuts like us here at BOOM!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: With Luther Strode, Dead Body Road, and Spread, Justin Jordan has become one of the eminent voices in hard-hitting, intelligent, original comics, and Ariela Kristantina (Death of Wolverine) brings her unique, idiosyncratic style that has made her a breakout talent. If you’re even remotely interested in conspiracy theory stories from comics like Detective Comics and X-Files to films like Enemy of the State and Three Days of the Condor, you’ll be gripped by Deep State!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: John Harrow doesn’t exist, and his job is to make sure that other things don’t exist, too. At any given time, the government is running dozens of black book operations, experiments that aren’t on any official record and are never acknowledged to exist. Most of the time, they go as expected and the public is never the wiser. John Harrow’s job is to handle them when they don’t, and do anything to make sure the government’s secrets stay just that—secret. Collects issues #1-4.

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ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 6 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Ryan North
Artists: Jim Rugg, Dustin Nguyen, Jeffrey Brown, Jess Fink, Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Cover Artist: Luke Pearson

The Candy Kingdom is a ghost town! Finn and Jake finally get to have the ultimate out-of-body experience—LITERALLY. It’s a new day in Ooo when its greatest heroes find themselves wandering the Earth as bewildered ghosts! Don’t miss these brand-new adventures written by acclaimed cartoonist Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) and illustrated by indie superstar Jim Rugg (Wayward)! Also featuring the all-star comic talent of Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li’l Gotham), Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son), Jess Fink (Kid With Experience), with Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, The Midas Flesh) as they take on the story of Carl the Gem, and the history of Ooo through his eyes. Collects issues #25-29.

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REGULAR SHOW VOL. 3 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: KC Green
Artists: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch

It’s not junk! When Benson tries to organize a yard sale, Rigby has trouble letting go of his stuff. But when he becomes possessed by an old forgotten set of Pogs, it’s his stuff that won’t let go of him! Will Mordecai and the crew be able to defeat the vengeful spirit of the ‘90s? It’s nostalgia at its most epic. Collects issues #9-12.

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THE MARCH OF THE CRABS VOL. 1: THE CRABBY CONDITION HC

Retail Price: $19.99
Author: Arthur De Pins
Artist: Arthur De Pins
Cover Artist: Arthur de Pins

WHY WE LOVE IT: At Archaia, we love bringing great comics from all over the world to English-speaking audiences, stories they would never get to see otherwise (see The Killer, Okko, Toppi’s The Collector, and others). When we read French title The March of the Crabs by animator Arthur De Pins, we knew right away we had to add it to our list!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Arthur De Pins’ art style is a slick, fun tribute to Art Deco, something rarely seen in comics. The story of a hapless species of crab is an endearing look at one of nature’s cruel jokes, but made light by a humorous presentation with likable characters, reminiscent of films like Ice Age and Finding Nemo.

WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT: For centuries, the square crab has only been able to move side-to-side in one direction. But some brave crabs decide it’s time for revolution! A few of the brave crustaceans in an estuary on the French coastline decide it’s time to try and actually turn for once, but what does their evolution revolution mean for the human race?

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BOOM! Announces Unfortunately Named Series Curb Stomp

2014 BOOM! LogoWe love BOOM! Studios, having named them the publisher of the year multiple times. They’re beyond progressive, not only giving a voice to many talented individuals who are the next generation of stars, but also launching series that are underrepresented in the comic market, and what exactly we need more of. That’s why their new series that was announced this morning on four sites gave us pause. Not because of its subject, but just due to its title, Curb Stomp.

The series is a “violent, bloody story” which focuses on an all-female gang called The Fever who are trying to protect their turf. The writer is Ryan Ferrier, the creator of D4VE by Monkeybrain, and art by Debaki Neogi, who gave us amazing visuals in Mumbai Confidential. The series will be out in February.

What none of those sites questioned, or even touched upon, was the series title. For those that don’t know a curb stomp is when you place someone’s mouth on a cement curb and then stomp on the back of their head. It’ll cause severe injuries, and some times death. What gives me pause isn’t the act, which is horrendous, but the history of the curb stomp.

The curb stomp is mostly associated with Nazis, who would use the tactic to murder Jews, using this tactic to save on bullets. It was also deployed by the Gestapo in the Ghettos to also murder Jews. In the 1940s and 50s, the same violent act was used by the KKK in their attacks on African-Americans.

Today’s neo-Nazis use the term “curbing” or “curb job” and is so prevalent the Southern Poverty Law Center has it as part of their list of terms used by today’s Skinheads. It’s an act associated with the most vile of vile out there, and to this day is used in numerous hate crimes. Two quick examples:

  • n 2003, Tacoma, Washington resident Randall Townsend was killed by two white power skinheads in a curb-stomping incident that has been described as a hate crime.
  • On August 26, 2011, Dane Hall was curb stomped in a homophobic attack outside a gay bar in Salt Lake City, Utah. He lost six teeth and suffered a broken jaw in multiple places as a result of the attack

Though the act is horrendous, it has been depicted in pop-culture numerous times with lack of sensitivity to its origins. In video games Gears of War, Assassins Creed: Brotherhood, and Resident Evil 5, players could all perform the act. The attack has been seen on the television shows Family Guy, and The Sopranos. But, the most well-known depiction is the movie American History X, which focuses on a neo-Nazi Skinhead played by Edward Norton, who curb stomps a would be African-American robber. The scene was so controversial, it has been pulled from some versions of the film.

You can watch the scene from American History X below, but a warning that it’s graphic.

While the comic series itself sounds like a modern-day version of The Warriors (a film itself with history of real world violence), hopefully BOOM! and the creators rethink the title before it hits shelves in a few months. We’ve reached out to BOOM! about the issue. (UPDATE: We’ve heard back from BOOM! and they weren’t aware of the historical context of the term, just the moves from video games).

Below are the four teaser images released:

 

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