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Preview: Hexed Omnibus SC

Hexed Omnibus SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Michael Alan Nelson
Artists: Emma Rios, Dan Mora
Colorists: Cris Peter, Gabriel Cassata
Letterers: Marshall Dillon, Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Price: $29.99

Luci Jennifer Inacio Das Neves (most people just call her “Lucifer”) is a supernatural thief­ for­ hire, stealing wondrous objects from the dark denizens of the netherworld for her mentor/mother figure, Val Brisendine. From possessed teddy bears to haunted paintings to ancient otherworldly demons, Lucifer will need to use every trick up her sleeve to protect her surrogate family and combat the monsters of her seedy city.

Written by lauded horror author Michael Alan Nelson (Day Men, 28 Days Later), Hexed is a lyrical horror adventure series featuring the debut American comics work by superstar illustrators Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly) and Dan Mora (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

Collects all 16 issues of the original Hexed limited series and its sequel series Hexed: The Harlot and the Thief.

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Preview: Hexed: The Harlot and The Thief Vol. 3 TP

Hexed: The Harlot and The Thief Vol. 3 TP

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Emma Rios
Price: $16.99

Series conclusion! Following the shocking death in Volume 2, Lucifer has become the Keeper of Secrets and sets out to kill Madam Cymbaline once and for all. Raina and Bob aren’t going to give up on Lucifer’s humanity, though, and set out to save her with help from the most unexpected source—the now-human Harlot. Collects issues #9-12.

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Preview: Hexed: The Harlot & The Thief Vol. 2 TP

Hexed: The Harlot & The Thief Vol. 2 TP

Writer: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora

Lucifer and Madame Cymbaline collide in a way that has major repercussions for them and all they hold dear. Written by Michael Alan Nelson (Day Men) and illustrated by Dan Mora (Klaus), don’t miss this next installment. Collects issues #5-8.

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Preview: Hexed Vol. 1: The Harlot and the Thief

Hexed Vol. 1: The Harlot and the Thief

Writer: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora

Luci Jennifer Inacio Das Neves (most people just call her “Lucifer”) is a supernatural thief-for-hire, stealing wondrous objects from the dark denizens of the netherworld for her mentor/mother figure, Val Brisendine. But when Lucifer accidentally unleashes a terrible evil from one of the paintings hanging in Val’s art gallery, will any of the tricks up her sleeve be enough to stop it? Collects issues #1-4.

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Preview: Hexed #12

Hexed #12

Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora

Final issue! Raina, Bob, and the now-human Harlot race to escape The Aether as Lucifer makes the ultimate choice: stop Cymbaline, or learn the answer to the one secret she’s forbidden from knowing.

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We Talk Hexed with Michael Alan Nelson

 

With a heavy influence on fantasy and horror, Michael Alan Nelson has established himself as a noteworthy comic book writer with such titles as 28 Days Later and Fall of Cthulthu (in addition to a decent amount of superhero stories.)  His most recent series is Hexed which details the life of supernatural thief Lucifer.  We got a chance to talk with him before the final issue of the series to talk about all things Hexed.

hexed001Graphic Policy:  There are obviously a lot of entries in both the supernatural genre as well as stories involving thieves, but not very much of the combined together.  What gave you the idea for the character and the series?

Michael Alan Nelson: When I first came up with the character of Lucifer for the Fall of Cthulhu series, I knew I wanted her to be a thief. But I also wanted her life as a thief to be something that was born out of necessity. She doesn’t steal because she wants to be rich or sees herself as unable to do anything legitimate. She does so because there were no other options for her survival. So I went about developing her as a character first. After I worked out her backstory as a street kid surviving in a Brazilian favela, I then figured out how that life experience brought her into the whole supernatural world she finds herself in. That’s where the most fun comes in for me as a writer. I love taking seemingly unrelated concepts, ideas, or situations and finding a way to piece them together. With Lucifer, it made perfect sense to me that she would use her exceptional thieving skills to make the world a better place. And since she had to become an expert on all things mystical at an early age, it was fitting she’d choose to operate in that world of magic.

GP:  Can you talk about any other inspirations for the main character?

MAN: I certainly can’t speak for all writers, but, I think for most, our characters are all reflections of different aspects of ourselves. Granted, those aspects are magnified to the nth degree, but there always seems to be a little part of the creator in each of these characters. With Lucifer, she’s more the kind of person I wish I was. She’s knowledgeable, capable, takes care of those she cares about most. But she’s still flawed like everyone else. She makes mistakes and quite often her attempts to help makes things worse, not better. But that still doesn’t stop her from trying to make the world better. She has a tenacity I wish I possessed. From day one, the sky opened up and has been raining on her parade ever since, but she still finds a way to smile, crack a joke, have fun. The cruelties of life don’t get her down, they inspire her to do better, to help more. And her brightness of spirit amidst the darkness of the world she inhabits makes her incredibly interesting to me.

GP:  It seems often to be the case that a female lead character is more appealing when it comes to tales of the supernatural.  Do you think that it is true, and is there a reason for it?

MAN: That’s an interesting question. I wouldn’t say that female protagonists are any more or less appealing in any given genre since that’s pretty subjective. Personally, I prefer female protagonists across the board, regardless of genre or medium. But I can only speak for myself. If you were to look at my bookshelf, you would definitely see my bias toward female leads. But I’d be very curious to see some hard numbers on this subject. Has there been an increase in female protagonists over the last ten years? If so, in which genres? Which mediums? Are there genres or mediums that are getting closer to gender parity? Farther away? Why? It’s a subject worth some serious study.

hexed004GP:  Supernatural dimensions such as Hell are often confusing with different planes within the planes, and Lucifer in Hexed has had similar issues of jumping between dimensions.  What do you do to keep the rules straight and the readers not too confused?

MAN: Any time you create a world with magic and dimensions, you have to be very careful when making the rules. It’s very easy to wave a wand or cast a spell to fix everything. So you have to establish the rules early on so that if you use magic in that way, it doesn’t feel like you’re cheating. With multiple dimensions, it’s key to focus on one particular dimension at a time. With Hexed, there are numerous dimensions and planes of existence, but I try to limit the ones the reader sees to keep things from getting confusing. I also try to make travel to those dimensions difficult and accessible only in certain ways. That helps give each dimension a flavor the reader can identify. Every time we see a dimension, I want it to have a certain look and feel. So even if the reader can’t remember the name of a dimension, she’ll recognize it by its appearance. The reader probably won’t remember The Shade, The Denazian Desert, or Quandrin’s Lair,but she’ll hopefully remember the one with the Sisters of Witchdown, the one with the sand that makes you forget, the one that’s only accessible through a corpse, etc.

GP:  It often seems that the idea of the afterlife in comics is based solely off of Judeo-Christian concepts, even though the afterlife is common to most religions.  Is there something more captivating about this inspirations about the others?  Does the Christian devil make for a better enemy?

MAN: Judeo-Christian theology permeates Western culture. And since most of my readership is in the west, it’s an easy shorthand that I trust most of my readers will immediately understand. But I also mine heavily from the Greek pantheon. I put Old World deities inside a generic framework of Western faith that readers will recognize. Then I just work from there.

As for the devil making a better enemy, I would say yes and no. Most readers probably believe the demon summoned at the end of issue 8 to be THE devil even though I never specifically state that it is. I didn’t want to come out and say that this indeed is the Christian devil because so much baggage comes along with that and could easily derail the story. However, I did want to the creature to have that same level of horror. I wanted readers to see the lengths that Lucifer would go to avenge the death of Val. And for me, it wasn’t the demon that shows how far she was willing to go, but the incantation she used to summon the beast. It’s the Catholic Rite of Exorcism spoken backwards. The idea that Lucifer had that in her head, waiting to use it if need be shows just how gently she’s been moving through the world.

hexed003GP:  Issue #9 features an interesting cover, as there are typical demons but also a squid like thing that seems more Lovecraftian.  Do you have a favorite source or inspiration for horror based monsters?

MAN: That is all Dan Mora. His work on this series has been absolutely stellar and his creature designs are just one example of that. The cover to #9 certainly looks to have some Lovecraftian influence which I think is perfect since Lucifer’s story began in my Fall of Cthulhu series. Dan was able to tap into that while still keeping it firmly rooted in the Hexed universe. It is not possible for me to sing his praises enough.

That said, when I do come up with my own creature descriptions, I often use my nightmares. I’ve always been plagued by horrible dreams ever since I was kid. Sometimes the nightmares are more about what isn’t seen than what is, but occasionally when something does rear its gibbering head, I’ll use that as an inspiration. But I often just let Dan play in the sandbox and let him come up with something ten times better than I could have ever hoped.

GP:  Can you give us an idea of what you have planned for the future of this character?

MAN: Well, Lucifer’s story is about to come to a close in issue 12. That’s the final issue of the series. But I can certainly see plenty more stories in the Hexed universe. Whether or not we’ll see any remains to be seen. But at least in this, I was able to tell the story I set out to tell with the very first mini. I couldn’t be happier with the way the series has turned out.

Preview: Hexed #11

Hexed #11

Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora

The scales have shifted, and thanks to a little divine assistance, Madame Cymbaline is back and ready to kill Lucifer once and for all.

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Preview: Hexed #10

Hexed #10

Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora

Just as Lucifer went through her recent mysterious transformation into The Thief, 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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BOOM! Studios in July 2015

THE SPIRE #1 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jeff Stokely
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jeff Stokely
Jackpot Variant Cover: Aaron Conley
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Rob Guillory
Incentive Cover: David Lafuente What’s To Love: Simon Spurrier (X-Men: Legacy, Crossed: Wish You Were Here) and

Jeff Stokely (Gotham Academy, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches) are the formidable duo who blew us away with their sci-fi/western fusion Six-Gun Gorilla. It’s only natural we would want to see what else they had up their sleeves. Now they’ve teamed up again to create a murder-mystery set in an apocalyptic fantasy future, that fans of East of West and Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal will adore. What It Is: Oversized first issue! The Spire is a mountain of metal and stone that rises from the toxic nowherelands; a city of twisting tunnels, grinding elevators, ancient machinery, and over one million human and non-human residents. Shå, the only citizen of her species, is Commander of the Watch: responsible for keeping order despite the racist views of those around her. When a string of grisly murders occurs on the eve of the new Baroness’s coronation, Shå is tasked with bringing the killer to justice… and picking-apart the wider mysteries tangled around the crime. But the city’s new ruler seems sets to usher-in a more xenophobic age, and Shå swiftly finds she has far more than one enemy at her back…

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HIT: PEN & INK #2

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Bryce Carlson
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey

This next installment of the Pen & Ink series collects Hit: 1955 issues #3-4 in an oversized, 11” x 17” format that features Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award-nominated Vanesa R. Del Rey’s inks alongside new commentary and creative insights from R. Del Rey and writer Bryce Carlson.

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ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA & CAKE: CARD WARS #1 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Jen Wang
Artist: Britt Wilson
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jen Wang
Subscription Cover: Wyeth Yates
BOOM! 10 Years Variant Cover: Jeffrey Brown
Incentive Cover: John Kovalic

What’s To Love: We had such a blast with the Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake miniseries created by Natasha Allegri (Bee & PuppyCat) that we couldn’t wait to rejoin our favorite heroes in an all-new story from Jen Wang (In Real Life) and Britt Wilson (Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake) that features the actual card game, Card Wars!

What It Is: Cake is a Card Wars champ who can’t be beat, and Fionna…is really tired of getting beaten! They set off in search of a challenger who can really test Cake’s mettle. When they stumble across some gamer slugs, they think they’ve hit the jackpot, but these guys have never heard of Cake and refuse to even play with her!

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POWER UP #1 (of 6)

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Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Matt Cummings
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Matt Cummings
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Lucy Knisley
Incentive Cover: Babs Tarr

What’s To Love: New York Times bestselling author Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Adventure Time: Seeing Red) and artist Matt Cummings (Adventure Time) create a new, original series that takes the magical girl story where it’s never, ever been before. Combining a deep love of Sailor Moon with the tongue-in-cheek humor of Scott Pilgrim, Power Up is the story of the most unlikely people (and goldfish) taking on the roles of Magical Girl, whether they want it or not.

What It Is: It has been foretold that four noble warriors of incredible strength would be gifted with cosmic abilities at a moment of planetary alignment…which, yeah, something definitely went wrong here. Amie is a disaffected twentysomething with a lot of attitude, Kevin is a washed-up athlete way past his prime, Sandy’s a mother of two teenagers, and Silas…is a goldfish. Just a normal goldfish. Are we sure we read that prophecy right?

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HACKTIVIST VOL. 2 #1 (of 6)

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Created by: Alyssa Milano
Author: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Artist: Marcus To
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Marcus To
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Sonny Liew
Incentive Cover: Marcus To

What’s To Love: The team behind the critically acclaimed miniseries Hacktivist is back as actress/activist Alyssa Milano teams up with writers Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, and artist Marcus To (New Warriors, Red Robin) once again for this next installment of high-stakes danger in the hacker community.

What It Is: It’s been six months since Tunis. Nate Graft’s life was turned upside-down after his best friend Ed Hiccox died, but he’s since pulled things together and is now in charge of VIGIL, the front line of America’s ongoing cyber operations. Just when things are starting to gain some semblance of control, YourLife, the government, and Nate come under attack by a new breed of hacker…who call themselves .sve_urs3lf. Using Nate and Ed’s former handle, they want to know the truth of what happened in Tunis, and they’re calling for blood. Nate’s blood.

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BROKEN WORLD #2 (of 4)

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Author: Frank J. Barbiere
Artist: Christopher Peterson
Cover Artist: Christopher Peterson

With the world falling apart around her, Elena finds one of the government-issued suicide kits and is torn between ending her life and fighting for one last chance to reconnect with her family.

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THE FICTION #2 (of 4)

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Author: Curt Pires
Artist: David Rubín
Cover Artist: David Rubín

Max and Kassie delve into the Fiction for the first time in years to search for Tyler, only to find that the place that was once filled with the magic of childhood has become warped, corrupted, and filled with dangers they might not be able to survive.

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ARCADIA #3

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Author: Alex Paknadel
Artist: Eric Scott Pfeiffer
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Matt Taylor
Incentive Cover: Eric Scott Pfeiffer

Lee Garner returns from China only to be arrested alongside Sam, and it becomes apparent that Arcadian officials are using strong-arm tactics to try and force Lee Garner to contact Lee Pepper. Meanwhile, in the Homesteader camp, Coral is warned not to get too close to Jaime by one of Jaime’s own.

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OH, KILLSTRIKE #3 (of 4)

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Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Logan Faerber
Cover Artist: Logan Faerber

Having kidnapped the artist who worked with Jared’s father back in the ’80s, Jared and Killstrike have to infiltrate a comic convention to keep up appearances, and Killstrike receives tons of accolades for what appears to be the best cosplay of all time.

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UFOLOGY #4 (of 6)

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Authors: James Tynion IV & Noah J. Yuenkel
Artist: Matthew Fox
Cover Artist: Matthew Fox

As Malcolm recalls a fond memory of his long-gone mother, he and Becky bond and finally team up to investigate the alien technology he found the night before. But someone is wise to their activities and looks to remove them from the equation.

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BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN #5 (of 6)

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Author: Brian Lynch
Artist: Jerry Gaylord
Cover Artists:
Main: Felipe Smith
Incentive: Khary Randolph

Bill & Ted are trapped in the 27th century, where no one has heard of Rufus or the Wyld Stallyns! De Nomolos rules as the Supreme Most Important Person in the Universe with Station under his control! Featuring a back-up story by Christopher Hastings (Adventure Time) and Matt Cummings (Power Up) about Death’s misadventure through hell.

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CLUSTER #5

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Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artists:
Main: Damian Couceiro
Incentive: Brandon Graham

New story arc! Last issue’s cliffhanger has lasting repercussions. While Tranent’s warden has to deal with politicians from Earth demanding to know the whereabouts of Samara, the surviving prisoners and rebels decide to stop running and try to take him and all of Tranent out!

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BURNING FIELDS #6 (of 8)

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Authors: Michael Moreci & Tim Daniel
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Cover Artist: Colin Lorimer

In the wake of the assault on Carapace’s headquarters, Dana and Aban arrive to investigate what happened to their allies, while Renfro, the killer who is the focus of the manhunt, stalks their every move.

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GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #6 (of 6)

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Author: George Pérez
Artist: George Pérez
Cover Artists:
Main: George Pérez
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Final issue! The Sirens reunite through time and space in a last stand to prevent Earth from being destroyed by the forces who made them hide throughout time.

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DEEP STATE #8

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Author: Justin Jordan
Artist: Ariela Kristantina
Cover Artist: Matt Taylor

Trapped deep underground where the government has been keeping a secret since the Cold War era, Branch and Harrow will have no choice but to confront the reason that unknowingly brought them together: neither of them are who they say they are.

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ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #8

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Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Barreto
Cover Artists:
Main: Mike Henderson
Intermix: Robert Sammelin
Incentive: Trevor Hairsine

Snake’s adventure in Siberia comes to a dramatic conclusion as he takes on the strange masked figure from his past.

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HEXED #12

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Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora

Final issue! Raina, Bob, and the now-human Harlot race to escape The Aether as Lucifer makes the ultimate choice: stop Cymbaline, or learn the answer to the one secret she’s forbidden from knowing.

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THE WOODS #14

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Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

Karen goes deeper into the uncharted part of the woods, where even Nigel has never fully explored. He doesn’t know what kind of wildlife she might encounter there, but it becomes clear there are more dangerous things than creatures waiting for her in the wilderness.

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BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #14

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Author: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Joe Eisma
Cover Artists:
Main: Jay Shaw
Incentive: Jorge Coehlo

Something weird is going on—Jack is finding his world and his friends have really changed! In Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong) and Joe Eisma’s (Morning Glories) love letter to the ‘80s, Jack’s on a mission that will have him face some of the strangest villains yet.

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SONS OF ANARCHY #23

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Author: Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist: Toni Infante

In this new story arc, set between Seasons 1 and 2 of the television show, Opie, reeling from the death of his wife, goes back to his old job at the lumberyard, but discovers some shady business there as well, while Jax and Clay fight against external and internal heat to get their new deal with the IRA lined up.

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CLARENCE #2 (of 4)

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Author: Liz Prince
Artist: Evan Palmer
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: JJ Harrison
Subscription Cover: Scott Maynard
Incentive Cover: Tessa Stone

After Clarence, Jeff, and Sumo learn about earthworms in class, they dig up Clarence’s backyard to find some. But Jeff freaks out, afraid of being buried alive in one of the freshly dug holes!

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BEE AND PUPPYCAT #14

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Authors: Patrick Seery
Artists: Carolyn Nowak
Cover Artists:
Main: Anna Pan
Subscription: Aatmaja Pandya

When Bee plant-sits one of Deckard’s plants and forgets about it, causing it to die, she and PuppyCat take a temp job to get enough money to buy him a new one.

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REGULAR SHOW #25

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Author: Kevin Church
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artists:
Main: Pamela Lovas
Subscription: Andrew Greenstone

Anniversary Issue! In this stand-alone story, Benson gives all Park employees fitness devices to encourage them all to be healthier, but Rigby refuses to work out. Then his device starts possessing him and now Rigby can’t stop working out!

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BRAVEST WARRIORS #34

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Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists:
Main: Ian McGinty
Subscription: Jina Noh

Kate Leth and Ian McGinty bring three years of Bravest Warriors comics to a close with their most epic story arc yet!

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ADVENTURE TIME #42

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Author: Christopher Hastings
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Cover Artists:
Main: Vivian Ng
Subscription: Mychal Amann

Finn and Jake are on the run, trying to figure out who on the inside framed them for the destruction of Peppermint Butler’s secret security team.

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GIANT DAYS #5 (of 6)

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Author: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman

During a pre-Christmas ball, Daisy kisses a boy she shouldn’t have, while Susan may have done more than that with McGraw. Esther dreads going home for holiday break for fear of running into her ex.

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HELP US! GREAT WARRIOR #6 (of 6)

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Author: Madeleine Flores
Artist: Madeleine Flores
Cover Artist: Lauren Jordan

Great Warrior’s good standing among her peers is on shaky ground after a devastating secret about her—and the villagers she protects—gets out!

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MUNCHKIN #7

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Author: Tom Siddell
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artist: Rian Sygh

Spyke and Flower are up to more shenanigans in a dungeon adventure! An exclusive Munchkin game card is included in every first printing copy.

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LUMBERJANES #16

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Authors: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters
Artist: Brooke Allen
Cover Artists:
Main: Brooke Allen
Incentive: Kat Philbin

Which side does Jen choose, Abigail or Rosie?! While Abigail tries to lure a monster out so she can kill it (which is all kinds of crazy), Jen goes to the bearwoman for help.

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FREAKS’ SQUEELE #2 (of 6)

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Author: Florent Maudoux
Artist: Florent Maudoux
Cover Artist: Florent Maudoux

School might be in session for superheroes, but Chance, Wolfsbane, and Xiong Mao can’t get any respect and mysterious things are happening. Is there someone strange lurking in the halls of the academy? And why is Wolfsbane wearing bondage gear?

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LANTERN CITY #3

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Authors: Matthew Daley & Mairghread Scott
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artist: Benjamin Carré

As Sander becomes increasingly worried he is going to be found out as an undercover agent, he’s assigned to lead a mission into the infamous and dangerous prison known as the Spiral, where a deadly riot has broken out.

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CRIMSON VOL. 1 HC

Retail Price: $34.99
Author: Brian Augustyn
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos

What’s to Love: Debuting in 1998, Crimson, from creators Humberto Ramos and Brian Augustyn, was an instant hit that resonated with fans of horror, dark fantasy, and of Ramos’ distinct art style. Now, almost 15 years after its last issue was released, BOOM! will collect all 24 issues of Crimson into two hardcover volumes that will excite Ramos’ longtime fans and attract those who are curious about his earlier creator-owned work.

What It Is: Crimson, the beloved series by Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man) and Brian Augustyn (Batman: Gotham By Gaslight), returns! For the first time ever in the prestigious hardcover format, experience Alex Elder’s ascension from vampire victim to “The Chosen One,” destined to bring about the end of all vampires! Collects the first 12 issues of the series.

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HEXED: THE HARLOT & THE THIEF VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Emma Rios

What’s to Love: Day Men. 28 Days Later. Dingo. Besides being one of our favorite writers, Michael Alan Nelson is one of the industry’s preeminent voices in horror, and we couldn’t be happier bringing back his fan-favorite creation Hexed for another dive into the depths of the Aether! Plus, Hexed was Pretty Deadly and Amazing Spider-Man superstar Emma Rios’ introduction to the American comics scene back in 2008, and new series artist Dan Mora is poised to continue the trend with his lyrical, horrific, and wholly unique take on Lucifer.

What It Is: Luci Jennifer Inacio Das Neves (most people just call her “Lucifer”) is a supernatural thief-for-hire, stealing wondrous objects from the dark denizens of the netherworld for her mentor/mother figure, Val Brisendine. But when Lucifer accidentally unleashes a terrible evil from one of the paintings hanging in Val’s art gallery, will any of the tricks up her sleeve be enough to stop it? Collects issues #1-4.

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THE EMPTY MAN TP

Retail Price: $19.99
Author: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey

What’s to Love: There’s nothing scarier than horror that hits home—a tale of terror only one or two steps removed from our reality. The Empty Man is a dystopic version of the world we know, where a terrifying disease has taken on almost deific connotations. Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Magneto) and Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit) are two of the most exciting talents in the industry, and perfectly in sync on this haunting new crime procedural.

What It Is: It’s been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia. As murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure. Collects the complete miniseries, issues #1-6.

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SUICIDE RISK VOL. 5 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Mike Carey
Artists: Elena Casasgrande, Haemi Jang
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

The Men of Gold, the alternate earth police corps that sentenced Requiem to a life sentence in the F.A.U.L.T.Line for his crimes against humanity, have decided enough is enough. If Requiem refuses to submit to their authority and accept his punishment as his due, they’ll do anything to ensure that justice is served. Even if they have to destroy Earth to serve it… Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Unwritten) and Elena Casagrande (Hulk, Hack/Slash) continue the mysterious superhero world of Suicide Risk in this fifth arc, which also includes the celebrated standalone story illustrated by spotlight artist Haemi Jang (Clive Barker’s New Testament). Collects issues #17-20.

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STEVEN UNIVERSE VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Jeremy Sorese
Artist: Coleman Engle
Cover Artist: Bridget Underwood

What’s to Love: The Steven Universe animated series captured our hearts almost immediately. We’ve been fans of Rebecca Sugar’s from her work on Adventure Time for years and as the first lady to run her own show at Cartoon Network, we couldn’t wait to collaborate with her. Fans of Adventure Time and Sailor Moon are gonna dig this series!

What It Is: Steven Universe is just your normal everyday Beach City citizen—who is anything but normal! Join Steven as he learns how to save the day with the help of Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl, discovering what it means to be a great friend and an even better neighbor. Written by Jeremy Sorese (Adventure Time) and illustrated by Coleman Engle (Regular Show), Steven Universe explores the magical world of the hit Cartoon Network show with all-new adventures sure to make your gem shine.

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ADVENTURE TIME: EYE CANDY VOL. 2 MATHEMATICAL EDITION HC

Retail Price: $24.99
Author: N/A
Artists: Various
Cover Artist: Design by Kelsey Dieterich

Feast your eyes on this limited edition hardcover that collects all of the covers by a host of talented artists from Adventure Time #16-30, Adventure Time Annual #1, Adventure Time 2013 Summer Special #1, Adventure Time 2013 Spoooktacular #1, Adventure Time 2014 Winter Special #1, and Adventure Time 2014 Annual #1.

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BRAVEST WARRIORS VOL. 5 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Authors: Jason Johnson & Breehn Burns
Artist: Mike Holmes
Cover Artist: Tyson Hesse

The Bravest Warriors have crashed! Shot down by a mysterious enemy, the gang is stranded on an uncharted planet with no way off or help in sight. While the rest of the team tries to find a way to survive (and pass the time), Chris struggles to accept his Emotion Lord abilities and begins to doubt whether or not he should even be a Bravest Warrior. Written by the showrunners of Bravest Warriors, Jason Johnson & Breehn Burns, and illustrated by Mike Holmes (True Story), this volume takes place during season 2 of the hit animated series. Collects issues #17-#20.

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LONG WALK TO VALHALLA OGN HC

Retail Price: $24.99
Author: Adam Smith
Artist: Matthew Fox
Cover Artist: Matthew Fox

What’s to Love: At Archaia, we are constantly on the lookout for that next special story that moves us, so when Long Walk to Valhalla crossed our path, we knew we had something special. This stunning
debut graphic novel from writer Adam Smith and artist Matthew Fox (UFOlogy) weaves a lyrical Southern fable exploring loss, family, and what it means to truly come home. Great for fans of Blankets, Fun Home, and I Kill Giants.

What It Is: There are many things that Rory would like to forget about his childhood growing up in rural Arkansas. Sometimes, he’d even like to forget about Joe, his mentally challenged older brother, both his closest friend and biggest problem. But when a young girl named Sylvia shows up, claiming to be a Valkyrie sent by the Norse god Odin to deliver Rory to Valhalla, he will have to face the past he’s tried to lock away.

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THE ART OF MOUSE GUARD: 2005-2015 HC

Retail Price: $59.99
Author: David Petersen
Artists: David Petersen, Mike Mignola, Stan Sakai, Geof Darrow, Various
Cover Artist: David Petersen

What’s to Love: Since its debut in 2005, David Petersen’s Mouse Guard has been a New York Times bestseller, won Eisner and Harvey awards, and has become an influential staple of the comics industry, earning thousands of fans. In honor of the 10-year anniversary of the series’ debut issue, The Art of Mouse Guard: 2005-2015 is a celebration of the beautiful world, memorable characters, and intensive artistic process of David Petersen’s beloved series.

What It Is: Celebrate the first 10 years of a comics classic from the very first sketch. For the first time since the series debut, David Petersen’s process for creating the world of Mouse Guard and bringing it to life in stunning illustration is documented in exquisite detail. With never-before-seen sketches; 100 pages of full-color, oversized artwork; and commentary from colleagues, collaborators, and Petersen himself, readers and fans get an unprecedented look behind-the-pages at how their favorite characters and adventures were born.

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Preview: Hexed #9

Hexed #9

Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora

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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