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BOOM! Studios Releases Super-Rare 2020 Convention Variants For The First Time

BOOM! Studios has announced that it would be making available, for the first time, some of the rarest convention variants in company history. Originally scheduled for release in 2020 as part of key convention stops around the United States, these variant covers will now be exclusively available in extremely limited quantities through comic shop retailers on February 24, 2021.

These never-before-seen convention variants are available for the first time ever:

A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in the Ashes Limited Edition Hardcover

$40 each
Cover art by Qistina Khalidah.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at Comic-Con International 2020.

A Thief Among the Trees: An Ember in the Ashes Limited Edition Hardcover

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon Limited Exclusive Hardcover

$40 each
Cover art by Myra Rose.
Collects Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #1-6.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at WonderCon 2020.

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon Limited Exclusive Hardcover

Firefly: The Sting Limited Edition Hardcover

$40 each
Cover art by Miguel Mercado.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at WonderCon 2020.

Firefly: The Sting Limited Edition Hardcover

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #45 Showcase Variant

$40 each
Cover art by Felipe Massafera.
Limited to 300 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at Wondercon 2020.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #45 Showcase Variant

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition Softcover

$20 each
Cover art by Dan Mora. 
Collects the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-6.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally scheduled to debut at Comic-Con International 2020.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Limited Edition Softcover

Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer #1 Convention Exclusive Variant

$40 each
Cover art by Dan Mora.
Limited to 300 copies.
Originally set to debut as part of BOOM! Studios 2020 Convention Tour.

Power Rangers: Ranger Slayer #1 Convention Exclusive Variant

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1 Convention Exclusive Wraparound Variant

$50 each
Cover Art by Juan Gedeon.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally set to debut as part of BOOM! Studios 2020 Convention Tour.

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1 Convention Exclusive Wraparound Variant

Additionally, extremely limited quantities of these previously released convention exclusive variant covers have been made available while supplies last:

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 SDCC 2019 Convention Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Evan Cagle.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Comic-Con International 2019.

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 SDCC 2019 Convention Variant

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #18 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Joana LaFuente
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted as part of BOOM! Studios 2019 Convention Tour.

Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers #18 Convention Exclusive Variant

Angel #1 SDCC 2019 Exclusive Variant

$15 each
Cover Art by Will Sliney.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Comic-Con International 2019.

Angel #1 SDCC 2019 Exclusive Variant

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #3 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Rii Abrego.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally debuted at WonderCon 2019.

Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon #3 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #25 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at WonderCon 2019.

Steven Universe #25 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #26 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at WonderCon 2019.

Steven Universe #26 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #27 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Denver Pop Culture Con 2019.

Steven Universe #27 Convention Exclusive Variant

Steven Universe #28 Convention Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Xiao Tong Kong.
Limited to 500 copies.
Originally debuted at Denver Pop Culture Con 2019.

Steven Universe #28 Convention Exclusive Variant

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1 NYCC Exclusive Variant

$20 each
Cover art by Dean Stuart.
Limited to 250 copies.
Originally debuted at New York Comic Con 2019.

Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies #1 NYCC Exclusive Variant

Review: Villainous #1

Villainous #1

Villainous #1 is an interesting comic. With the popularity of shows like The Boys, the timing of a story about the good/bad nature of heroes and the corruption of groups can be good or bad. It’ll most likely get compared by many. Villainous #1 is a solid debut with a direction that’s not quite as straightforward as expected.

Written by Stonie Williams, Villainous #1 follows Matilda “Rep-Tilly” Anderson, a wannabe superhero who joins the Heroes of the Coalition. Rep-Tilly is a new recruit who’s being paired with a superhero to learn the ropes and train to become one herself. Anderson is paired with Showdown an arrogant full of himself hero who’s the powerhouse of the team.

To go from there as to what really works in the comic would spoil it. We know there’s more to the heroes and villains of the story and that Rep-Tilly will be forced to make a choice between the two. We know that because it’s part of the description of the series. But, the details and where Williams takes the series is unexpected. I fully expected it to go in one direction but the steps are ramped up a bit in a way I wasn’t prepared for. It also changes up some of the aspects of where I thought the series would be going. Defying my expectations is a good thing.

Jef Sadzinski handles the art with Joana Lafuente on color and Justin Birch lettering. I like the designs of the comic which is a mix of familiar and new. There’s also a bit of comedic aspect to it that sucks a little of the seriousness from the storytelling. It could easily have gone that route. It’d then be another deconstruction of the superhero and villain dynamic and be measured by how well it knows its subjects and what it says. Or, it could have fun with this popular direction for series. Fun is something we don’t seem to find too often with it.

There’s also something fun to see what the team comes up with for the heroes. There’s a “spot the homage” at times but for the most part, the characters and designs are very unique. And, some of them by themselves get you to chuckle. You can tell everyone was having fun with things as they put in small details and tell side stories in the background or with a design.

The comic feels like it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Villainous #1 is another comic that has the basic of superheroes aren’t all that super. What makes it stand out is it comes at that concept from a direction we don’t really see too often, with humor. It’s an interesting dance the comic does and it pulls it off quite well.

If you’re tired of spandex from the big two but looking for a superhero fix, Villainous #1 might fill your needs.

Story: Stonie Williams Art: Jef Sadzinski
Color: Joana Lafuente Letterer: Justin Birch
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.4 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Villainous #1 (of 5)

Villainous #1 (of 5)

(W) Stonie Williams (A) Jef Sadzinski (C) Joana Lafuente
(Letters) Justin Birch
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Tilly, one of the newest super-powered people to join the Coalition of Heroes, is doing her best to navigate the dizzying world of superheroes. Working with her idols should be a dream come true, but when she learns the truth, Tilly’s dream quickly becomes a nightmare. Now, Tilly has to make a choice – Get in line and stand with her heroes, or take a stand and risk becoming something more… Villainous.

Villainous #1 (of 5)

Preview: Transformers #23

Transformers #23

(W) Brian Ruckley (A) Anna Malkova (CA) Joana Lafuente
In Shops: Sep 30, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“We Have Deceived You.” Cybertron has suffered. The world is in chaos. The situation on the ground truly is a crisis. Sentinel Prime, head senator and leader of the Autobots, will denounce the Ascenticons, the Rise, and anyone he thinks is an enemy of Cybertron’s security. But to do it, he’ll have to get through Senator Megatron first.

Transformers #23

Mad Cave Studios Announces 4 New Titles and the 2020 Talent Search

Mad Cave Studios‘ virtual event brought forth all sorts of news from the publisher including four all-new titles as well as details on the Mad Cave 2020 Talent Search!

Hollywood Trash

Writer: Stephen Sonneveld, Artist: Pablo Verdugo (Mr. Beaver), Colors: Jose Expósito (Mr. Beaver), Letters: Justin Birch (Knights of the Golden Sun, RV9)
October 7

Ah, Hollywood! Famous for celebs, sun– and murder cults! The Privy Council is the most exclusive club in town, headed by the entertainment industry’s top mogul, a ruthless exec who enlists his famous underlings to kill the people who stole from him, two local garbage men. James and Billy must survive one epic day of sword fights, forest fires, and giant mechs! At least there’s hazard pay. Hollywood Trash​ is five-issues of all-out action and wacky satire!

Hollywood Trash

Villainous

Writer: Stonie Williams, Artist: Jef Sadzinski (Show’s End), Colors: Joana Lafuente, Letters: Justin Birch (Knights of the Golden Sun, RV9)
October 14

Villainous ​follows Tilly, one of the newest super-powered beings to join the Coalition of Heroes through their sidekick program, as she navigates the dizzying world of Super-Heroes. Working with her idols should be a dream come true, but when she learns too much too soon, Tilly’s dream quickly turns into a nightmare. As she learns more about the sordid history of the CoH, Tilly has to make a choice – Get in line and stand with her heroes or take a stand and risk becoming something more… Villainous.

Villainous

Pantomime

Writer: Christopher Sebela (Crowded, Shanghai Red), Artist: David Stoll (Metaphorical HER), Colors: Dearbhla Kelly (Red Sonja, Queen of Bad Dreams)
November 4

Haley and her brother Max are all alone after their mother’s death and a fresh start at Wayfair Academy, a special needs boarding school, isn’t what she expected. Normally, Haley would withdraw back into herself, but when she finds a family with other deaf kids, she embraces her new life and begins to come out of her shell. Until one night where the group dips their toes into crime, and the thrill is too much to leave behind. Though they soon find out by stealing from the wrong person, that this world isn’t for kids. With no one to turn to but each other, they will have to make a choice, one where no one will come out the same on the other side.

Pantomime

Terminal Punks

Writer: Matthew Erman (​Long Lost, Power Rangers, Dark Crystal), Artist: ​Shelby Criswell (The Nib), Letters: Micah Myers (Dead Beats)​
November 11

Four lousy, grimy and greasy gutter punk teens are en route to their big show in the big apple but when things go monstrously wrong and mutant animals are unleashed in the airport, our four punk heroes must put on their combat boots, fly their Black Flag and try to survive a viral genetic mutant nightmare. 

A hilarious, wild, and fun thrill-ride! ​Terminal Punks​ is a blaring colorful love letter to the music and attitude of rebellion. It is also a tongue-in-cheek takedown of rich idiots doing stupid things for bad reasons.

Terminal Punks

The Third Annual Mad Cave Talent Search is Here!

For the third year in a row, Mad Cave Studios is looking to discover and publish new talent in the comics industry. This year is a little different, as three artists and three writers will be chosen to take part in Mad Cave’s first-ever anthology!

Since the first talent search in 2018, Mad Cave Studios has continued the trend of bringing fresh voices to comics with exciting titles like Show’s End, Savage Bastards, Over the Ropes, and many more…

How Do Creators Sign Up?

The Mad Cave Studios talent search has some guidelines you need to follow in order for their editorial team to review your submission. Below is a brief overview of the contest details:

  • Contest runs from June 1, 2020, through September 1, 2020
  • Each submission entered must be set in the universe of a Mad Cave IP (Battlecats, Honor and Curse, Knights of the Golden Sun, Show’s End, etc.)
  • Six Winners (Three writers and three artists) will be announced on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2020, on PREVIEWSworld and PREVIEWSworld Weekly
  • Visit the Mad Cave Talent Search Page for complete submission guidelines
Mad Cave Talent Search 2020

BOOM! Reveals a New Look at Eat, and Love Yourself

BOOM! Studios has revealed a brand new look at the original graphic novel from cartoonist Sweeney BooEat, and Love Yourself, with colors by Joana Lafuente and letters by D.C. Hopkins, about a young woman who struggles with society’s image of her body and finds a magical item that takes her on an incredible journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance, available in comic stores on April 15, 2020 and in bookstores on April 21, 2020.

Mindy is a young woman living with an eating disorder and trapped in a battle for her own self-worth. When she accidentally discovers something that will give her a chance to revisit her past—the relationships she’s lost, the mistakes she’s made, all of it— she thinks she has a chance to undo every wrong turn, to put her life back on track. But will she be able to find a way back to her present, and just as important, a way to treat herself with love and kindness, at any size?

Eat, and Love Yourself

Preview: Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1

Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Davide Gianfelice
Colorist: Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
 
    Main Cover: Ethan Young
    Variant Cover: Ming Doyle
    Incentive Cover: Michael Walsh
Price: $7.99

After the shocking conclusion of Mal’s journey with Boss Moon, Mal hands himself into the Alliance…but it turns out its not him they want.

The infamous Ma Reynolds is at the top of the Alliance’s Most Wanted, and if Mal doesn’t get to her first, the Alliance will!

Kicking off a new year of Firefly, discover the secret history of Mal and his mother, and what that will mean for the rest of the ‘verse…and a new brewing war to end all wars.

Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1

Your First Look at Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1, an oversized special one-shot written by acclaimed writer Greg Pak, artists Davide Gianfelice and George Kambadais, colorist Joana Lafuente, and letterer Jim Campbell, about the singular person who shaped Captain Malcolm Reynolds into the fearsome Browncoat and fearless leader he is today—his mother.

Captain Malcolm Reynolds—thief, smuggler, resistance fighter, and now captain of a crew of outcasts all the way on the farthest reaches of the ‘verse—wasn’t born an outlaw but he comes by it honestly. Turns out, his mother, the infamous Maude Reynolds, is at the top of the Alliance’s Most Wanted, and if Mal doesn’t get to her first, the Alliance will! Kicking off a new year of Firefly, discover the secret history of Mal and his mother, what that will mean for the rest of the ‘verse…and a new brewing war to end all wars.

Firefly: The Outlaw Ma Reynolds #1 features a main cover by award-winning artist Ethan Young and variant covers by artists Ming Doyle and Michael Walsh. It comes to comic shops January 15, 2020.

FIREFLY: THE OUTLAW MA REYNOLDS #1

Preview: Smooth Criminals Vol. 2 SC

Smooth Criminals Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Kurt Lustgarten, Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith & Amy Roy
Artist: Leisha Riddel
Colorists: Brittany Peer, Jamie Loughran, Joana Lafuente, Gonçalo Lopes
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Audrey Mok
Price: $14.99

When Mia Corsair, the greatest cat burglar the 1960s had ever seen, woke up in a new world of dial-up, zip-off cargo shorts, and Y2K, the only thing she wanted was to catch back up to where she’d been in 1969: on the verge of her biggest heist ever, and with it, mere inches away from getting away with millions of dollars (and that was in ‘60s money, too), notoriety…and freedom.

Luckily for Mia, the nerd who accidentally unfroze her in the 1990s, Brenda Ospina (Tech Support, City College), might just be able to help her blend in this brave new world, not to mention Brenda’s got modern, tech-savvy tricks up her sleeve to help pull off the heist of the new millennium!

Written by Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith (Legally Blonde), Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City), and Amy Roy and illustrated by the incredible Leisha Riddel, rev up your getaway car and settle in for an adventure unlike any other.

Smooth Criminals Vol. 2 SC

Review: Star Trek: Picard Countdown #1

Star Trek: Picard Countdown #1

With the upcoming CBS All Access show Picard on the horizon, Star Trek: Picard Countdown #1 kicks off the lead-up. In one issue, we’re provided so much detail as to the status of various characters from Star Trek: The Next Generation. We’re also presented the current state of things. And things are a bit mixed.

Picard is now an Admiral in charge of evacuating the Romulans. They’re under threat from a supernova that may wipe out their entire people. But, their secrecy and mistrust of the Federation has made the effort difficult. Dispatched to a world where he’s told only 10,000 Romulans live, Picard is faced with a twist that threatens the operation and the peace.

Written by Kirsten Beyer and Mike Johnson, the comic is a solid introduction to this next phase of the Star Trek universe. The two find the opportunity to update us on the many characters we’ve come to known. They also do it in a way that feels natural and not forced. The dilemma presented feels very Star Trek and a classic issue they’d need to deal with. It also feels very pertinent. With issues like climate change challenging populations and a wave of immigration due to strife, the need to evacuate the Romulans feels like it is a classic sci-fi allegory.

The art by Angel Hernandez is solid. With colors by Joana Lafuente and lettering by Neil Uyetake, the characters all look like their real-world selfs. The design of the world and Romulans also look like they’d fit into any of the recent Next Generation films or later seasons. There’s a beauty to some of the design that hides the insidious nature of it all.

The comic is a solid re-introduction to Picard and teases what should be an excellent television series. The comic feels like classic Star Trek with its blend of solid storytelling and socio-political undertones. This is one that Trek fans, and those excited about the show, should check out.

Story: Kirsten Beyer, Mike Johnson Art: Angel Hernandez
Color: Joana Lafuente Letters: Neil Uyetake
Story: 8.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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