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Mad Cave Studios Reveals its 2022 Titles

Mad Cave Studios has announced their 2022 titles! From the traditional catalog all the way to the latest additions to the YA Maverick line, fans are invited to lurk around the cave once more and see what’s coming in 2022.

Speed Republic

(W) Ryan K Lindsay (A) Emanuele Parascandolo (C) Michele Monte (L) Joamette Gil
February 2022

In the future, Europe has come united under one man, The Autocrat.  He rules the apocalyptic landscape from corporate monopolies with a vision of unity that is gospel to some, but hollow to others. To distract the 99% from their poor and empty lives, the Grand Race is created. A marathon street race through Europe where only one driver can make it to the end and win a life of luxury. Sebastian Valencia enters with the hope that winning a future can make up for his wasted past, but along the way he starts to question what kind of future he is actually buying into.

Speed Republic

Obsidian Tomb

(W) Anthony Cleveland (A) Daniel Jimeno (C) Allison Hu (L) Justin Birch
April 2022

After a violent incident at a global supermax prison (Obsidian), Daniel Bracken, a governmental “cleaner” in hiding, is forced into becoming an inmate. Once inside, the prison hierarchy learns they made a mistake by bringing Bracken there– He no longer has any connection to the outside world and is now only focused on tearing the prison apart from the inside.

Obsidian Tomb

Potions Inc.

(W) Erik Burnham (A) Stelladia (CA) Natasha Alterici (L) Micah Myers
June 2022

In order to save their parents and home world of Primaterra from the dangerous curse of the Fordstone, three siblings travel to Earth…Seattle circa 1992 to be exact. With the help of FBI Special Agent Genevieve Garcia, the young Primaterrans; Ran, Asteria, and Astreus Jones track down the evil Kanavin Goras and attempt to save the world…both of them.

Potions Inc.

Tiger’s Tongue

(W) Olivia Stephens (A) Diansakhu Banton-Perry (CA) Odera Igbokwe (C) Bex Glendining (L) Joamette Gil
August 2022

HEED THE TIGER’S TONGUE, AND YOU WILL NOT BE LED ASTRAY. Under the militant rule of The Tiger’s People, empowered by their animal familiars, the Claw is on the brink of war. As twin Princesses Kelindi and Aridani come of age, their father King Oleandra reveals a secret prophecy foretold by the first Grand Tiger: should twins ever be born to the royal line, they would battle in a series of three trials to determine the fate of the crown. But as The River’s People, those who were subjugated “to bring order,” grow bolder, Kelindi realizes her dream of uniting the kingdom and her love for Aridani couldn’t be further apart.

Tiger’s Tongue

Nottingham: A King’s Ransom  #1

(W) David Hazan (A) Shane Connery Volk (C) Luca Romano (L) Joamette Gil
November 2022

When Richard the Lionheart is kidnapped and ransomed by Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI, Everard Blackthorne, the Sheriff of Nottingham is strongarmed into delivering the ransom and bringing the King home, on pain of death. The treacherous Prince John and his ally, King Phillip of France will stop at nothing to ensure Richard remains in captivity, so the Sheriff finds the unlikeliest of allies in none other than Robin Hood and the Merry Men. With Robin and the Sheriff away, Marian hatches her own devious plan to take back Nottingham.

Nottingham: A King's Ransom  #1

Announced last fall, Maverick, Mad Cave Studios’ young adult imprint, offers engaging and authentic stories for those who think differently, are not afraid to be independent, and fight for who they truly are. With titles that range from slice-of-life stories to urban fantasy and horror, each Maverick graphic novel will be an authentic and inspiring universal story of personal struggle where anyone can find themselves within the pages.

World Class

(W) Jay Sandlin (A) Patrick Mulholland (C) Rebecca Nalty (L) Justin Birch
 February 2022

Colombian teen, Adrian Molina, steps into the world of international football as he joins the prestigious English preparatory school, Regents United. Along the way he has to deal with bullies, hormones, and his own anxiety.

World Class

Good Game, Well Played

(W) Rachael Smith (A) Katherine Lobo (L) Justin Birch
May 2022

A group of misfit high-schoolers must save the failing video game shop they work at from being torn down by a greedy landlord.

Good Game, Well Played

In the Shadow of the Throne

(W) Kate Sheridan (A) Gaia Cardinali (L) Micah Myers
 July 2022

When his younger siblings and parents become too much to bear while on vacation, Jordan tries to get some space. But instead of wandering around the local museum, Jason finds himself dropped into a fantasy world where he can finally have fun! Except in this Elven Kingdom, there’s a sinister secret kept hidden by the queen that’ll thrust Jordan, the rebellious Prince Astel, and the brave knight Sir Griffith in the middle of a magical battle they never could have anticipated.

In the Shadow of the Throne

Confetti Realms

(W) Nadia Shammas (A) Karnessa (C) Hackto (L) Micah Myers
September 2022

Follow the story of four New Jersey teens who, after breaking into a cemetery on Halloween, get transported to a strange and fantastical world by a mysterious automaton named Tom. When Tom sends them on a quest to gain him entry to a party at the end of the world, our unlikely (and mostly unwilling) heroes will have to navigate murderous frogs, an insect orchestra, and the cracks in their own friendships.

Confetti Realms

Chip Zdarsky and Jacob Phillips Team for Newburn in November

Writer Chip Zdarsky is in cahoots with fan-favorite artist Jacob Phillips for an all new, ongoing crime comic titled, Newburn. This hardboiled new series will launch from Image Comics in November.

In Newburn, readers meet Easton Newburn, a private detective without loyalties investigating conflicts between rival crime factions while collecting enemies along the way. In this debut issue, a man is murdered after stealing from his own mafia family, but they aren’t the ones who ordered the hit…

Newburn is the perfect crime series for fans of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal and classic Raymond Chandler books. The series is perhaps best described as Sherlock meets The Wire.

The debut issue will also include a riveting backup story called, “Brooklyn Zirconia,” by rising stars Nadia Shammas and Ziyed Yusuf Ayoub and feature a cover B by critically acclaimed artist Tula Lotay.

Newburn #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 3:

  • Newburn #1 Cover A Phillips – Diamond Code SEP210011
  • Newburn #1 Cover B Lotay – Diamond Code SEP210012
Newburn #1

Preview: Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #1

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #1

Written by: Amy Reeder, John Arcudi, Nadia Shammas, AJ Mendez
Art by: Ming Doyle, Amy Reeder, Ryan Sook, Morgan Beem

Just in time for Wonder Woman’s 80th anniversary, DC Comics proudly presents a new anthology series starring the Amazon Princess embellished in the the color of her famous lasso. You won’t want to miss this thrilling series celebrating the woman who inspires us all…and that’s the truth!

Kicking things off, John Arcudi (B.P.R.D.) and Ryan Sook (Legion of Super-Heroes) reunite to show us the grace immortality grants a hero. Becky Cloonan (Wonder Woman) weaves a spine-tingling tale of Diana’s most precious weapon against the darkness. Then Amy Reeder (Amethyst) takes us back to the Golden Age for a fun romp co-starring Etta Candy. AJ Mendez and Ming Doyle (Constantine: The Hellblazer) travel to Themyscira for a tense family reunion. And finally, Nadia Shammas and Morgan Beem (Swamp Thing: Twin Branches) show us a story of Diana’s past failures coming back to haunt her.

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #1

Preview: Women of Marvel #1

Women of Marvel #1

(W) Natasha Alterici, More (A) Eleonora Carlini, More (CA) Sara Pichelli
ONE-SHOT/Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 21, 2021
SRP: $5.99

WHO RUNS THE WORLD? YOU ALREADY KNOW. CELEBRATE THE WOMEN OF MARVEL WITH AN EXTRAVAGANZA OF EXTRAORDINARY TALENT!
The future is female! Get in on the ground floor with this amazing assembly of writers and artists from all over entertainment. Comics legend Louise Simonson kicks things off with a must-read introduction! Nadia Shammas punches the glass ceiling with the Jade Giantess! Elsa Sjunneson grits her way to the front line with Captain Peggy Carter! Sophie Campbell goes feral with a bone-grinding Marrow story! Video game-and-comics writer Anne Toole makes her Marvel debut in a blaze of glory! Natasha Alterici of Heathen fame charges sword-first into the Marvel Universe! With astonishing art from new and established artists Kei Zama (Transformers, DEATH’S HEAD), Eleonora Carlini (Power Rangers, Batgirl), Skylar Patridge (Resonant, Relics of Youth), Joanna Estep (Fantastic Four, Fraggle Rock) and more, you’re sure to come away powered up and ready to slay – in high heels and boots alike.

Women of Marvel #1

Wonder Woman Black & Gold Launches with Covers by Jen Bartel, Ramona Fradon, Yanick Paquette, and Joshua Middleton, and Killer Creative Lineup

Just in time for Wonder Woman’s 80th anniversary, DC Comics is launching a new six-issue anthology series starring the Amazon Princess embellished in the color of her famous lasso, Wonder Woman: Black & Gold. You won’t want to miss celebrating the woman who inspires us all…and that’s the truth!

Kicking things off, John Arcudi and Ryan Sook re-unite to show us the grace immortality grants a hero. Becky Cloonan weaves a spine-tingling tale of Diana’s most precious weapon against the darkness. Then Amy Reeder takes us back to the Golden Age for a fun romp co-starring Etta Candy. AJ Mendez Brooks and Ming Doyle travel to Themyscira for a tense family reunion. And finally, Nadia Shammas and Morgan Beem show us a story of Diana’s past failures come to haunt her.

Wonder Woman Black & Gold #1, written by John Arcudi, Becky Cloonan, Amy Reeder, AJ Mendez Brooks, and Nadia Shamas with art by Ryan Sook, Becky Cloonan, Amy Reeder, Ming Doyle, and Morgan Beem, arrives on June 22 (40 pages for $5.99) with covers by Jen Bartel, Ramona Fradon, Yanick Paquette, and Joshua Middleton!

Scarlet Witch, Magik, and Moore Get the Spotlight on Women of Marvel #1 Covers

This April, Women of Marvel #1 will spotlight iconic characters from the X-Men to the Avengers in a collection of tales by an all-female lineup of incredible talent from throughout the entertainment industry. And today on International Women’s Day, Marvel hasrevealed new variant covers and share more details about the incredible special.

Women of Marvel #1 will be packed with inspiring tales from new and established creators including Louise Simonson, Nadia Shammas, Elsa Sjunneson, Sophie Campbell, Anne Toole, Natasha Alterici, and Mariko Tamaki. In addition, acclaimed Brooklyn Brujas author Zoraida Córdova will be making her Marvel Comics debut with an action-packed story about the deadliest woman in the galaxy, Gamora! Joined by Swedish artist Maria Fröhlich – also making her Marvel debut – Zoraida puts Gamora in the crosshairs of her most lethal enemy yet: love. With astonishing art from Kei Zama, Eleonora Carlini, Skylar Patridge, Joanna Estep, Maria Fröhlich, Peach Momoko, Rachael Stott, Nina Vakueva, Marika Cresta, and June Brigman, this oversized issue will be a spectacular showcase of some of the most amazing talent in the graphic novel industry today.

Check out variant covers by Amanda Conner, Maria Wolf, and Peach Momoko. Stay tuned for more news about this highly-anticipated one-shot and don’t miss Women of Marvel #1 when it hits stands on April 21st!

All-Star Creators Celebrate the Women of Marvel in April

Get ready for a new giant-sized special celebrating Marvel’s heroes will debut in April. Women of Marvel #1 will spotlight iconic characters from the X-Men to the Avengers in a collection of tales by an all-female lineup of incredible talent from throughout the entertainment industry.

Kicking things off will be comics legend Louise Simonson with a must-read introduction. Simonson will be followed by some of the hottest rising stars in the graphic novel industry. Nadia Shammas punches the glass ceiling with an action-packed She-Hulk adventure, Elsa Sjunneson grits her way to the front line with a tale about Captain Peggy Carter, Sophie Campbell goes feral with a bone-grinding Marrow story, video game and comics writer Anne Toole gets gritty in the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, and Natasha Alterici of Heathen fame charges sword-first into the Marvel Universe with a revelatory tale about Rogue and Mystique. With astonishing art from new and established artists Kei Zama, Eleonora Carlini, Skylar Patridge, Joanna Estep, and more, readers are sure to come away powered up and ready to slay. And featuring a cover by Sara Pichelli!

Stay tuned for more news about Women of Marvel #1 and pick up this extraordinary issue when it hits stands in April.

Women of Marvel #1

Scout Comics Announces Volume a New Series out in 2021 from Christof Bogacs, Skylar Patridge, and Nadia Shammas!

In the messed-up world of tomorrow a populist dictatorship – known simply as The Regime – have made music illegal, preaching a perverted version of law and order called ‘Peace Is Quiet’. Standing up to this onerous silence is Essa, a teenager sick of living in the bland and colorless world the Regime has created. She’s 16, fed-up, and her only weapon is one killer rock song.

See, when Essa listens to her favorite track – a bellowing punk anthem called Garbage Heart – she doesn’t just feel invincible, SHE IS INVINCIBLE , imbued with superhuman strength and durability from listening to the song. What follows is a chaotic mess of color, punk music, and robot punching…needless to say, it’s going to get noisy.

Volume is by writer Christof Bogacs, artist Skylar Patridge, and edited by Nadia Shammas! It’s out from Scout Comics in 2021.

Volume #1

Marvel and Scholastic are Launching Original Graphic Novels for Young Readers

Miles Morales: Shock Waves

Marvel and Scholastic have announced a multi-year Original Graphic Novel program featuring some of Marvel’s most iconic Super Heroes including Miles Morales, Kamala Khan, Shuri, and more! These new stories will launch as part of Scholastic’s Graphix Media line, building from the success of Marvel and Scholastic’s prose collaboration program that kicked off earlier this year.

Next spring, Marvel and Scholastic’s new OGNs will make their debut with Miles Morales: Shock Waves, written by bestselling author Justin A. Reynolds with art by Eisner Award-nominated artist Pablo Leon! Following one of Marvel’s most popular characters, Miles Morales: Shock Waves will introduce readers to a riveting new story that will thrill both new and well-versed comics readers alike.

In Miles Morales: Shock Waves, Miles Morales is a normal school kid who happens to juggle school at Brooklyn Visions Academy while swinging through the streets of Brooklyn as Spider-Man. After a disastrous earthquake strikes his mother’s birthplace of Puerto Rico, Miles springs into action to help set up a fundraiser for the devastated island. But when a new student’s father goes missing, Miles begins to make connections between the disappearance and a giant corporation sponsoring Miles’ fundraiser. Who is behind the disappearance, and how does that relate to Spider-Man?

Following Miles Morales: Shock Waves, Marvel and Scholastic will debut all-new adventures following Kamala Khan, written by rising graphic novel writer Nadia Shammas, and Shuri, written by New York Times bestselling author Roseanne A. Brown! More details on these new OGNs will be released in the coming months.

Earlier this year, the collaboration between Marvel and Scholastic launched to critical acclaim with Shuri: A Black Panther Novel by New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone; soon to be followed by Avengers Assembly: Orientation by popular middle-grade author Preeti Chhibber this August. In addition to releasing new OGNs starting in 2021, Marvel and Scholastic will continue its prose collaboration with new and sequel novels for readers everywhere.

Review: All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World

All We Ever Wanted

When it comes to how the future will look, most creators these days only show us how worse the world can get. This direction may be attributed to the decline of the environment and the primal predilection of man. Things don’t exactly look all that great for us. The stories usually involves zombies like The Walking Dead or the widening of the gap between the poor and rich like The Hunger Games. Rarely do they involve utopias as dystopias create the more interesting conflicts that drives our entertainment.

The thing is there was a time and place where we looked to the stars and though of the possibilities. This is why Back to The Future II was one of the most indelible movies of 1980s and probably most talked about out of that franchise. It gave us hope of what the world could be. Utopias for some reason seem out of reach to the modern imagination. In the latest anthology form A Wave Blue World, All We Ever Wanted, we get several different visions of life in the future where life can be better.

In “The Pilot,” a pilot controls a ship her VR glasses only to encounter an alien queen and her earthbound ally. In “The Weight of Time,” one scientist uses time travel to try and wipe out anti LGBTQ backlash but instead realizes the problem is actually ahead. In “Una,” an alien wins the hearts and minds of the citizens she protects, eventually becoming a citizen because of it. In “Seventeen Souls,” one hero risks it all to save one girl from certain death. In “It Looked like Our Dreams,” two siblings wonder about a future where humanity does save itself. In “Gaea,” mother nature and technology defeat an alien invader in which one protagonist uses to her advantage.  In “Bombs Away,” a world is imagined where violence no longer leads to advantages or problem solving but unity as it was always intended.  In “And The Rest Was Magic,” one woman finds out how it is when one doesn’t buy into the propaganda of a dire future. In “Everything I Own,” one self-admitted pariah slowly builds a community around herself while at the same time, evolving. In “The Inventor’s Daughter,” one woman reunites with her mother after death and returns her to the essence. In “Blackstar,” one man helps people see their future for a cost. In “Life’s A Devil’s Bargain,” one woman shows how hate is more of a choice than one realizes. In “Chat Room,” one awkward girl finds solace with a friend that met online. In “Can you See it Now,” one couple finds out an evil corporation is behind a friend’s death. In “Just Like Heaven,” one young man’s defiance leads to him finding out the secret to the utopia he is living in. In “Alternica,” a man wakes up from being frozen to a world where money doesn’t exist. In “Owning Up To The Past,” one man admits to his daughter, the unjust violence he committed. In “Good Time,” one man’s wish is to see his daughter years after he is released from jail. In “Day At The Park,” a young girl teaches a robot how to fly a kite. In “Choice,” one man designed a robot to have the power of free will, to only regret his decision immediately. In “Seeds,” the grim reaper reminds a retired superhero that there is more to life than regrets.  In “Two Left Feet,” two thieves steal for the love of dance.

Overall, the anthology is an excellent collection of stories that shows that the future can be bright and we all should wear shades. The stories are as diverse and extraordinary as each contributor showing off a wide range of voices and visions. The art by each creator is magnetic, alluring, and vivid. Altogether, the world needs more visions of utopias and this book more than proves it.

Story: Matt Miner, Eric Palicki, Tyler Chin- Tanner, Lucia Fasano, Tess Fowler, Eliot Rahal, Jason Copland, Jennie Wood, Vasilis Pozios, Chris Visions, Lela Gwenn, Alex Paknadel, Chris Peterson, Alisa Kwitney, Mauricet, Josh Gorfain, Matt Lejuene, Howard Mackie, Dean Trippe, Justin Zimmerman, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Toby Cypress, Paul Allor, Jarrett Melendez, Taylor Hoffman, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Rich Douek, James Maddox, Gavin Smith, Nadia Shammas, Erik Burnham, Kay Honda, Maria Frohlich
Art: Dean Trippe, Danica Brine, Chris Peterson, Robbi Rodriguez, Michael Wiggam, Maria Frohlich, David Stoll, Ryan Lee, Juan Romera, Tony Gregori, Tess Fowler, Chris Visions, Ethan Claunch, Jude Vigants,  K.R.Whalen, Matt Horak, Jeff McComsey,  Gavin Smith, Ryan Cody, Liana Kangas, Anthony Marques, Jason Copland, Eryk Donovan, Micah Meyers, Josh Jensen, Nick Wentland, Taylor Esposito, Matt Krotzer, Zakk Saam
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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