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It’s Orcs VS Trolls VS Mushrooms in ORCS! #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at ORCS! #3, the next issue in the delightfully riveting original six-issue comic book series, by cartoonist Christine Larsen, about a band of misfit Orcs who set off into the great, wide Known World in search of glory and gold, but find that the real treasures were the friends they made along the way.

Bog, Pez, Zep, Utzu and Gurh are off on their own, out in the Known World, and fending for themselves for the first time, which is GREAT! After all, what numbskull would mess with a pack of Orcs?! Well, hunger might. Or enchanted mushrooms. And, of course, there are folks out in the Eerieasallhel forest who are even bigger, stronger, and more bloodthirsty than Orcs are… like Trolls? Luckily, Orcs aren’t exactly known for fighting fair!

ORCS! #3 features a main cover art by series artist Christine Larsen, as well as variant cover art by Sweeney Boo and Jonboy Meyers, and will be available for sale on April 21, 2021.

ORCS! #3

R.L. Stine Takes You Just Beyond on Free Comic Book Day 2021

BOOM! Studios has announced the Just Beyond: Monstrosity 2021 FCBD Special, a free special issue from R.L. Stine, the award-winning, bestselling author of Goosebumps and Fear Street, artist Irene Flores, colorist Joana LaFuente, and letterer Mike Fiorentino, set in the world of the highly acclaimed middle-grade horror series Just Beyond, soon to be a television show on Disney+.

Just Beyond: Monstrosity 2021 FCBD Special featuring a cover by Julian Totino Tedesco, arrives in comic shops worldwide on Free Comic Book Day, August 14, 2021.

THERE’S NO BUSINESS LIKE HORROR BUSINESS! Ruthie and Ezra Dillon’s dad and uncle just bought an old Hollywood movie studio. And while the family has plans for reviving it to make scary movies for a modern audience, the monsters hiding in the backlot have other ideas. Ruthie and Ezra are eager to star in their family’s films, but they’ll soon find themselves in a real horror show with Wolfenscreem, the Lagoonatics, and the Wasp-Keeper…who are all ready for their revival with a vengeance!

Just Beyond: Monstrosity 2021 FCBD Special

Preview: Orcs #2 (of 6)

Orcs #2 (of 6)

(W) Christine Larsen (A/CA) Christine Larsen
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
SRP: $4.99

After getting into trouble with the fearsome squirrels of the Eerieasallhel forest, Bog, Zep, Pez, Utzu and Gurh are in for a fight for their lives against the tiny (but territorial!) beasties.

Then it’s back home to get even with King Hrogragah for sending them on a fool’s errand!

Plus, there’s something weird about their haul, it might be something more exciting than just acorns… it’s just too bad it might get them kicked out!

Orcs #2 (of 6)

Get a First Look at Orcs! #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Orcs! #2, the next issue in the all-new original six-issue comic book series, by cartoonist Christine Larsen, about a band of misfit Orcs who set off into the great, wide Known World in search of glory and gold, but find that the real treasures were the friends they made along the way.

After getting into trouble with the fearsome squirrels of the Eerieasallhel forest, Bog, Zep, Pez, Utzu, and Gurh are in for a fight for their lives against the tiny (but territorial!) beasties. Then it’s back home to get even with King Hrogragah for sending them on a fool’s errand! Plus, there’s something weird about their haul, it might be something more exciting than just acorns… it’s just too bad it might get them kicked out!

Orcs! #2 features a main cover art by series artist Christine Larsen, as well as variant cover art by Sweeney Boo and Mirka Andolfo, will be available for sale on March 17, 2021.

Orcs! #2

Review: Orcs! #1

Orcs!

Orcs! centers around a group that has been banished from their community and the adventures that they then get into. This first issue had an elder telling the young Orcs about a sea-faring adventure featuring a siren, which then led into the main story of them trying to find treasure in the forest and having to deal with the denizens there.

It’s a likable and charming book, aimed more at being fun and friendly. These aren’t quite the bloodthirsty lot we’ve seen in other works and it’s a refreshing take. Orcs! was created by Christine Larsen, who did the writing and illustrating. Both sides are in sync and it results in a quality comic book that anyone can really enjoy. I thought the first issue had a good balance of action and adventure, while taking the time to teach me who these characters are and why I should care. Larsen’s writing does a lot of work fleshing out the cast of Orcs! and her art style is pretty eye-catching, too. I thought the color palette was a perfect match to the art.

Orcs! is part of BOOM! StudiosKaBOOM! imprint, focusing on stories for younger readers or those young at heart. The impression I was left with after reading Orcs! is that it had a good dose of charm and comedy to reel me in with art that had a pleasing aesthetic. It wasn’t quite my cup of tea and that’s fine because plenty will like what this book is. Maybe it doesn’t have the action or combat I like in my fantasy books but as a parent looking to add to my children’s reading pile, these are the kinds of comics I love picking up because I’m fairly certain they’d enjoy it.

Story: Christine Larsen Art: Christine Larsen Flats: H.E. Gregory
Story: 8.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 7.0

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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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

Meet the ORCS! in Christine Larsen’s New Original Fantasy Series

BOOM! Studios has announced an all-new original six-issue comic book series, ORCS! by cartoonist Christine Larsen, about a band of misfit Orcs who set off into the great, wide Known World in search of glory and gold but find that the real treasures were the friends they made along the way.

The Adventure Starts Here! Join Bog and his crew, who were banished from their Orcish village by King Hrograhgah (it was a simple misunderstanding, involving an acorn-related prank!) and must now venture out into the world to seek their fortune and hopefully, one day, find their way back home again! Bog, Zep, Pez, Utzu and Gurh’s many adventures will find them entering the dreaded Eerieasallhel Forest, facing off against Trolls, Gnomes, squirrels and more, and even following in the footsteps of the legendary Orc hero, Dod One-Eye!

Print copies of ORCS! #1 will be available for sale in February 2021.

ORCS! #1

Get a New Look at Jo & Rus from Audra Winslow, Mike Fiorentino, and BOOM!

BOOM! Studios has revealed a brand new look at cartoonist and illustrator Audra Winslow’s debut middle-grade graphic novel, Jo & Rus, with letterer Mike Fiorentino, about two unlikely best friends who learn to roll with the punches when life doesn’t go their way and to stand their ground, no matter the cost, available in February 2021.

At first, Jo and Rus don’t realize how much they have in common – she’s a middle schooler who’s constantly bullied and he’s a high schooler in a rock band. But when a mysterious one-eyed cat brings the two of them together, they quickly learn they’re both outcasts trying to figure out what they really want from life in a world where the odds are stacked against them. It’s only by becoming friends they discover who they are, who they want to be and what it takes for every one of us to find our own happiness!

Jo & Rus

Preview: Steven Universe Vol. 8

Steven Universe Vol. 8

(W) Sarah Gailey (A) Rii Abrego (CA) Missy Pena
In Shops: Sep 02, 2020
SRP: $14.99

Join Steven, Connie, Lion, all the Crystal Gems and more for all-new adventures in Beach City and beyond from writer Sarah Gailey and artist Rii Abergo!

It’s up to Steven and Connie to help cheer up the Crystal Gems, and help them learn how to fit into the strange human world they all live in.
Collects Steven Universe #29-32.

Steven Universe Vol. 8
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