It’s one of those experiences in our lives when we “meet our tribe.” Many of us who grew up hiding who we were, scared of how we would be perceived if people knew our certain quirks, our deepest desires, and love of everything geek, made many of us ostracized. It’s true that the late great Stan Lee made the world of comic books more accessible but he didn’t quite make it mainstream. It took years after that, with an influx of superhero movies, when it became something more than acceptable. It was the new normal.
I remember the first time I met like-minded people. It was in high school. Me and my friends bonded over our love for Hip Hop. Our conversations would go on for ours pontificating on the importance of rhymes over beats, the complexity of certain emcee’s flows, and the content of certain songs and their deeper meanings. I wondered how it would be for someone to find their tribe but find out that they are more than they ever thought of themselves. In Amy Shand and Pat Shand’s elegantly told Prison Witch, we meet a protagonist whose life changes dramatically in many ways when she goes to prison.
In the comic, we meet Cameron. She’s on day 34 of a 5-year jail sentence. Her acclimation to prison life is less than welcoming. This changes when she meets Tanya, who senses that Cameron is more than another inmate. A scuffle with another inmate unleashes what some believe is a demon but is the powers of a witch and catches the eye of the local troublemaker, Bean. Eventually, we’re introduced to a coven, a group of witches also in jail. They have to subdue their abilities to keep themselves safe and each has their own dark secrets.
Overall, a comic that feels like if Orange Is The New Black met Charmed. That combines and becomes something even more beautiful and twisted. The story by the Shands is heartfelt, intellectual, and beautiful. The art by D’Urso, Campbell, and Lee is breathtaking and striking. Altogether, a story that thrives beyond genres and gives the reader a great story.
Story: Amy Shand, Pat Shand Art: Erica D’Urso, Katia Ranalli Cover: Jenn St-Onge Letters: Jim Campbell Edited: Shannon Lee Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy
Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Artist: Flaviano Colorist: Miquel Muerto Letterer: Jim Campbell Cover Artist: Flaviano Price: $19.99
When five teenage refugees are stranded in an irradiated Oklahoma wasteland while trying to survive an exodus from the war-torn East Coast, they take shelter in a ghost town that is much more than it seems. The strange, unnatural threats they face there will make them question what they think they know about death, about reality, and especially about family as they learn to rely on each other if they’re ever going to make it to the sanctuary of San Francisco.
Written by Eisner Award-nominated author Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Power of the Dark Crystal, Aquaman) and illustrated by Ringo Award-nominated artist Flaviano (Thanos, Spider-Man/Deadpool), Low Road West is a story about coming of age in the throes of war, and carving your own path despite an uncertain future.
Vault Comics has announced a surprise Vault Vintage variant cover for Sera and the Royal Stars #1. Drawn by Nathan Gooden and designed by Tim Daniel, this Vault Vintage cover pays homage to Curt Swan andand Neal Adams‘ 1969 cover to Adventure Comics #381 from DC Comics..
Begun in 2018, the Vault Vintage cover line celebrates the artistic achievements of both modern and legendary comics artists. The back cover of each Vault Vintage cover features a detailed history of the original cover and the creative team who produced. Vault Vintage covers are designed to celebrate the creators and covers they honor, and to ensure readers learn about some of the most important moments in comics history.
Sera and The Royal Stars is an epic fantasy series co-created by writer Jon Tsuei and artist Audrey Mok, with colors by Raul Angulo, letters by Jim Campbell, and design by Tim Daniel.
Civil war rages in the Empire of Parsa, and famine has struck. As the seasons refuse to turn, Princess Sera receives a vision from the deity Mitra telling her to find the Royal Stars and restore them to the heavens. Despite her kingdom and her troops’ need of her command, Sera embarks on a quest to find the fallen stars-now trapped on earth-and save her people from dearth and death.
Sera and the Royal Stars #1 hits store shelves on July 17th.
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint BOOM! Studios Writer: John Allison Artist: Max Sarin, Julia Madrigal Colorist: Whitney Cogar Letterer: Jim Campbell Cover Artist: Max Sarin Price: $14.99
The final year of university is about to start for best mates Daisy, Esther, and Susan, and everything is going completely off the rails. From finding somewhere to live at the last minute, to broken bones, to the looming terror of the adult world, this semester is one you won’t want to miss.
John Allison (Bad Machinery, Scary Go Round) and illustrators Max Sarin and Julia Madrigal are our “resident advisors” for this action-packed fall term!
Collects Issues #37-40 of the Eisner Award-nominated series.
Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Dan McDaid Colorist: Marcelo Costa Letterer: Jim Campbell Cover Artists: Main Cover: Lee Garbett Preorder Cover: Joe Quinones Incentive Cover: Amelia Vidal Price: $3.99
As Serenity and its crew hurdle through space to find their lost Captain and First Mate, romance begins brewin’ from an unlikely place, and not everyone is happy about it.
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint BOOM! Studios Writer: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel Artist: Antonio Alfaro, David Alvarez, David DeGrand Colorist: Lisa Moore Letterer: Jim Campbell Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch Price: $14.99
The Fat Cat returns for fun (and food) for all seasons, in this collection of sensational seasonal stories. As the gang heads to the beach to soak up some rays, Jon and Liz hit bumpy waters, navigating a breakup just as a giant shark approaches. After the waters have calmed, Garfield and Odie audition for a reality show, and Garfield encounters nemeses old and new: a spooky ghoul who reaches out from the TV, and the fan-favorite Lasagna Monster.
Writers Mark Evanier (Garfield and Friends) and Scott Nickel team up with artists Antonio Alfaro, David DeGrand (Spongebob Comics), and more for loads of comedy and carbs.
Collects Garfield 2018 Vacation Time Blues #1 and Garfield 2018 TV Or Not TV? #1.
BOOM! Studios has announced Over The Garden Wall: the Benevolent Sisters of Charity, a brand new original graphic novel written by Sam Johns and illustrated by Jim Campbell, set in the world inspired by the Emmy Award-winning Cartoon Network animated series, Over The Garden Wall, available in Fall 2020.
It’s another day in the Unknown but Wirt isn’t feeling too well so when they come across a stately building run by the Benevolent Sisters of Charity who take care of all sick souls, he jumps at the chance to be pampered by the doting nurses. When the nurses frown on animals entering the facility, Wirt abandons Beatrice and Greg’s frog to the elements, then drags Greg with him into the open arms of the Benevolent Sisters. Those arms wrap a bit tight, though, and even when he’s feeling better, the Sisters don’t seem to want him to leave. And where did Greg go?
Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios Writer: John Allison Artist: Christine Larsen Colorist: Sarah Stern Letterer: Jim Campbell Cover Artist: Main Cover: Christine Larsen Preorder Cover: Sarah Stern Price: $3.99
Back in the real world, Jane has to choose between exposing the Otherworld, and not showing her film…after all the blood, sweat, and tears she’s poured into it. Her future, or a whole world?
Artist and writer John Allison colorist Sarah Stern, and letterer Jim Campbell welcome you to Steeple, a land where the world isn’t as black and white as it may appear.
Tredregyn Parish – in a sleepy Cornish coastal town fabled for its cursed origins, a newly arrived vicar quickly befriends another local priest, before realizing that they serve very different masters. Beset on all sides by witchcraft, the Church of Satan, battling Reverends, officious housekeepers and the ever-present sons of the sea, Billie Baker and Maggie Warren must balance the war between good and evil with the needs of their parishioners. After all, this town has supernatural problems that a nice cup of tea won’t fix.
Steeple #1(of 5) arrives in comic shops on September 18, 2019.