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Cully Hamner, Shaenon Garrity, Marguerite Sauvage and Jesse Lonergan Bring New Life to Four of Mad Cave Studios’ Legacy Titles

Mad Cave Studios has revealed the Mad Cave Studios Legacy Collection featuring four of their flagship titles: Battlecats, Nottingham, Stargazerand Becstar! Creators Jesse LonerganCully HamnerMarguerite Sauvage, and Shaenon Garrity, have created all new covers for these low-cost special single issues, outside of their own individual arcs, that tell a greater story about the start of everything for Mad Cave. 

Taking risks to truly make a mark in the industry,  Mad Cave Studios marks these four books as different milestones. Battlecats by Mark London was the inaugural comic that was a medieval fantasy comic. Stargazer, the sci-fi adventure written by talent search winner, Anthony Cleveland, gained critical acclaim. Nottingham, also by two talent search winners David Hazan and Shane Connery Volk, was an unexpected and bonafide hit and continues to sell excellently deep into its run. Then came Becstar, the title that gave Mad Cave Studios the confidence to think outside of the box. 

BATTLECATS

(W) Mark London (A) Michael Camelo (C) Tekino (L) Miguel Angel Zapata
Cover Artist: Jesse Lonergan
August 31

Follow Kelthan, Vaela, Zorien, Kaleera, and Mekkar as they undertake a perilous quest through different regions in pursuit of The Dire Beast while unearthing dark secrets, and even darker enemies. But first, Kelthan and the Battlecats must journey through the Dark Forest facing an unexpected enemy from their past.

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NOTTINGHAM

(W) Davin Hazan (A) Shane Connery Volk (C) Luca Romano (L) Joamette Gil
Cover Artist: Cully Hamner
August 31

In this twisted medieval noir, the Sheriff of Nottingham hunts a serial killer with a penchant for tax collectors. The Sheriff’s investigation makes him the target of England’s most nefarious power-brokers. That’s to say nothing of the Merry Men, terrorists lurking amongst the trees of Sherwood, led by, an enigma known only as “Hood.” Mad Cave Studios presents: Nottingham, but not as you remember it…

NOTTINGHAM

STARGAZER

(W) Anthony Cleveland (A) Antonio Fuso (C) Stefano Simeone (L) Justin Birch
Cover Artist: Cully Hamner
Cover Artist: Marguerite Sauvage
September 28

Years ago Shae, her brother Kenny, and two childhood friends experienced a traumatic, unexplainable event that left Kenny scarred for life. Twenty years later Kenny has committed himself to the belief that what they experienced was an alien abduction, and the group has since drifted apart. However, the sudden and mysterious disappearance of Kenny leads the group to reunite and discover the truth of what took place all those years ago.

STARGAZER

BECSTAR

(W) Joe Corallo (A) Lorenzo Colangeli (C) Sweeny Boo (L) Joamette Gil
Cover Artist: Shaenon Garrity
September 28

Becstar is a star hopping mercenary light years away from earth. Leaving her old life behind with the help of her magical luck dagger and her biggest fan/only friend, Sally Soolin, Becstar ekes out a living under the nefarious Shadow Syndicate’s radar. But when a mysterious girl appears with grim news and an urgent quest where the fate of the universe hangs in the balance, Becstar has no choice but to join… and regret it immediately.

BECSTAR

Preview: Battlecats Vol. 3 #7

Battlecats Vol. 3 #7

(W) Mark London (A/CA) Michael Camelo (C) Tekino (L) Miguel Angel Zapata

With Valderia on the brink of civil war, it’s up to the reunited Battlecats to quell Valadar’s uprising! Secrets will be revealed, hearts will be changed, and Valderia will never be the same again. Witness the battle for Valderia in the double-sized final issue of Mad Cave’s longest running series, Battlecats!

Battlecats Vol. 3 #7

Mad Cave Studios Reveals Nottingham: A King’s Ransom Variants

After great anticipation, Nottingham #6 arrives next week from Mad Cave Studios! Written by David Hazan with art by Shane Connery Volk; colors by Luca Romano and lettered by Justin Birch, the first cover is kicking off paying homage to the classic, Thief of Thieves, and will be printing a new homage for each issue of the Nottingham: A King’s Ransom series!

Mad Cave Limited Exclusive variants for Nottingham #6 by Dave Johnson (100) and by Miguel Angel Zapata (250), will only be available via the Mad Cave website. Each cover will be revealed the week of that issue’s release, and you’ll never guess what the next one in store will be!

Preview: Battlecats Vol. 3 #7

Battlecats Vol. 3 #7

(W) Mark London (A/CA) Michael Camelo (C) Tekino (L) Miguel Angel Zapata

With Valderia on the brink of civil war, it’s up to the reunited Battlecats to quell Valadar’s uprising! Secrets will be revealed, hearts will be changed, and Valderia will never be the same again. Witness the battle for Valderia in the double-sized final issue of Mad Cave’s longest running series, Battlecats!

Battlecats Vol. 3 #7

The Monster Hunt is Underway in Wolvenheart

Mad Cave Studios has announced that Wolvenheart issues #1-7 are being collected into a trade paperback! From writer Mark London, with art and colors by Alejandro Giraldo, and letters by Miguel Angel Zapata, Wolvenheart is for fans who love Doctor Who, Castlevania, Penny Dreadful, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!

Led by the legendary professor Van Helsing, Wolvenheart is an organization dedicated to monitoring anomalies in the space-time continuum. After the group is infiltrated and decimated by a cabal of history’s most infamous villains, led by the most notorious serial killer of the 16th century, Elizabeth Bathory, monster hunter Sterling Cross winds up trapped in an alternate reality where his only choice is to fight his way through time and change the course of history.

Wolvenheart

Read Mad Cave Studios’ Savage Bastards #1 for FREE

Savage Bastards is a story of brotherhood, revenge, and betrayal. Set in the 1870s, follow half brothers, Sam and Elliot, as they fight across a series of satellite towns in the Sonoran Desert in order to save Elliot’s mother from their sadistic, sociopath of a father, Darragh MacDougal and the rest of his crazy bastard children.

Written by David Galiano, with art by Carlos Angeli, and lettering by Miguel Angel Zapata, and published by Mad Cave Studios, you can read Savage Bastards #1 right here!

Enjoy the first issue? Check out the full series!

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Read Wolvenheart #1 for FREE!

Wolvenheart is an organization dedicated to monitoring anomalies in the space-time continuum. After the group is infiltrated and decimated, their most prolific monster slayer Sterling Cross fight his way through time and change the course of history.

Written by Mark London with art by Alejandro Giraldo, and lettering by Miguel Angel Zapata, Wolvernheart is published by Mad Cave Studios.

Read the first issue below and pick up the series to help support the publisher, creators, and comic shops!

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Read RV9 #1 from Mad Cave Studios for Free!

Former assassin Velveteen is on the run from the Order of the 9, the organization that took her from her family and forced her into a life where all she knows is secrecy, violence, and death. Now, she’s bringing the fight to them.

RV9 is a five issue series from writer Ben Goldsmith, penciler Travis Mercer, inker Miguel Angel Zapata, colorist Maria Santaolalla, and letterer Justin Birch, and published by Mad Cave Studios.

You can find all five issues at comic shops now and the trade collecting all five issues is currently scheduled to be released May 20.

You can buy the series below and read the entire first issue for free!

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Review: Wolvenheart #1

Wolvenheart #1

Wolvenheart #1 feels like a lot of things thrown together. There’s a little Castlevania in there mixed with some Doctor Who, some Time Cop, and a dash of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. The concept is simple, a group travels throughout time protecting it from monsters.

Written by Mark London, the comic is a decent debut. There’s some enjoyable about the world and characters though nothing jumps out as truly exciting. Though published by Mad Cave Studios, there’s a Zenescope quality about the story and characters.

We get a lot of foreshadowing and future dread as we learn about the characters and world. And here and there we get some action as well. There’s a bit of a police procedural about it as well as a body is found outside of a town that needs investigation. It’s all good but nothing really great.

The visuals by Alejandro Giraldo with lettering by Miguel Angel Zapata are good. There’s a double page spread that’s fantastic and really stands out as the highlight of the issue. The designs of the characters are solid with each having a distinct personality and enough detail to tell a bit of their story.

Wolvenheart #1 is a fun debut. It isn’t absolutely amazing but if you’re into this sort of concept, it’s well worth picking up and checking out. There’s something there with the setup and Castlevania meets Doctor Who mashup. With the basics out of the way, here’s hoping future issues deliver a little more excitement.

Story: Mark London Art: Alejandro Giraldo
Letterer: Miguel Angel Zapata
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Mad Cave Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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