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Preview: The Avant-Guards #6

The Avant-Guards #6

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer:  Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Noah Hayes
    Preorder Cover: Cara McGee
Price: $3.99

Reeling from a crushing defeat at the hands of the Selfies, the Avant-Guards must rediscover their team spirit and remember what makes them love the game. It doesn’t help that a member of their team is horribly smitten with a Selfie player.

The Avant-Guards #6

Your First Look at The Avant-Guards #6

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at The Avant-Guards #6, the newest chapter in the twelve-issue series from writer Carly Usdin and artist Noah Hayes about a ragtag group of friends who band together to build the first ever basketball team at their historic women’s art college, available in stores June 19, 2019. 

The Avant-Guards are blazing past their competition as they head into a three-game streak where they’ll be facing teams from the MedCenter College of Endocrinology, the Royal Academy of Punk Rock, and the American Institute of Internet Influencers over four days! And in between all the games, they’ll be celebrating Ashley’s birthday with a karaoke party at the local bar, where a certain crush may or may not make an appearance. It’s gonna be a busy week for our favorite team of artistic ball players, but will they be able to handle all the heat, or will they lose control on the court?

The Avant-Guards #6 features a main cover by Hayes and a variant cover by Cara McGee.

The Avant-Guards #6

Preview: The Avant-Guards Vol. 1 Discover Now Edition

The Avant-Guards Vol. 1 Discover Now Edition

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Veronica Fish
Price: $14.99

Giant Days meets Check, Please, from the creator of Heavy Vinyl!

Welcome to the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, an historically all-female school whose population is decidedly more drama geek than jock.

Liv, aspiring actor and basketball enthusiast, doesn’t understand why she can’t be both, but she seems alone in that belief…until Charlie.

Charlie is a recent transfer, a star basketball player, and the answer to all of Liv’s problems. She’ll stop at nothing to get Charlie to join the ragtag group of misfits that make up their fledgling basketball team.

Carly Usdin (Heavy Vinyl) and Noah Hayes (Wet Hot American Summer) present a touching tale about finding what you’re looking for… on and off the court.

Collects issues #1-4 in an exclusive comic shop release.

The Avant-Guards Vol. 1 Discover Now Edition

Preview: The Avant-Guards #5

The Avant-Guards #5

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Noah Hayes
    Preorder Cover: Cara McGee
Price: $3.99

The Avant-Guards have been on a roll when it comes to their newly-formed Athletic Coalition, Charlie has been getting more comfortable with her new teammates, but when they hit the end of their winning-streak, will these new friendships survive?

The Avant-Guards #5

Save the Team in The Avant-Guards #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at The Avant-Guards #5, the newest chapter in the twelve-issue series from writer Carly Usdin and artist Noah Hayes about a ragtag group of friends who band together to build the first ever basketball team at their historic women’s art college, available in stores May 22, 2019.

The Avant-Guards scored big on their first foray into organized basketball but the league has been cancelled, and now what are six art students to do? Go to an art exhibit, of course! Jay is hard at work preparing for their art show with Ash’s help, but the rest of the team is falling apart at the seams looking for a solution to the basketball drama, while Liv and Charlie are just hoping to keep anyone from catching onto certain…romantic…developments. Can they get it together in time to find a way to save the league, or are their basketball dreams doomed to fall flat? 

The Avant-Guards #5 features a main cover by Hayes and a variant cover by Cara McGee.

The Avant-Guards #5

Preview: The Avant-Guards #4

The Avant-Guards #4

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Noah Hayes
    Preorder Cover: Cara McGee
Price: $3.99

Everything is going great! Charlie is on the team, and the Avant-Guards are on a winning streak, taking the liberal arts sports scene by storm. It’s more impressive than it sounds. However, that winning streak is all at risk when they face off against the Selfies of the American Institute of Internet Influencers.

The Avant-Guards #4

Make Your Move in The Avant-Guards #4

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at The Avant-Guards #4, the latest chapter in the twelve-issue series from writer Carly Usdin and artist Noah Hayes about a ragtag group of friends who band together to build the first ever basketball team at their historic women’s art college, available in stores April 24, 2019.

Victory tastes sweet! The Avant-Guards have defeated their first opponents, The Cuddly Retrievers of the American Institute of Veterinary Curiosities, and now it’s time to celebrate their success. Liv finally has the confidence to approach Charlie at the victory party to try to make a move, but everyone and everything seems to be getting in the way! Will Liv and Charlie be able to find some time alone together or will they miss their chance to take things to the next level?  

The Avant-Guards #4 features a main cover by Hayes and a variant cover by Cara McGee.

The Avant-Guards #4

Preview: The Avant-Guards #3

The Avant-Guards #3

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Noah Hayes
    Preorder Cover: Cara McGee
Price: $3.99

The basketball season is off to a start, and Charlie, Liv, and the rest of the Avant-Guards are trekking across state for their very first game. They’ve hardly had time to polish their skills, though, and if the season isn’t going to end before it’s really begun, they’ll have to fight to make their dreams come true!

The Avant-Guards #3

Your First Look at the Dream Team in The Avant-Guards #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at The Avant-Guards #3, a new chapter in the twelve-issue series from writer Carly Usdin and artist Noah Hayes about a ragtag group of friends who band together to build the first ever basketball team at their historic woman’s art college, available in stores March 27, 2019.

The Avant-Guards’ efforts have paid off, and with the addition of new transfer student and former basketball star, Charlie Bravo, they are finally an official basketball team. But just because they’ve got the right number of players and a spot in the league doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready to compete on the court, and their first game is only a few days away! Liv and Charlie will have to scramble to train their fellow art school misfits to work together and trust each other in time to face their first opponents of the season… The Cuddly Retrievers of the American Institute of Veterinary Curiosities!

The Avant-Guards #3 features a main cover by Hayes and a variant cover by Cara McGee.

The Avant-Guards #3

Review: The Avant-Guards #2

The Avant-Guards #2

Charlie is done with team sports. Nope. Not happening. Never again. But Liv and the rest of the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics basketball team are determined to get Charlie to join them, and they’ve cooked up a ruse to woo her! For basketball. Nothing else.

The Avant-Guards #2 continues the fun, cute, series, that continues BOOM! Studios and BOOM! Box‘s streak of winning sports themed comics.

Written by Carly Usdin, the second issue focuses on Liv and the rest of the potential team attempting to get Charlie to join. The comic is beyond adorable wearing the fun on its sleeve. But, what Usdin also makes the comic wear its progressive values on its sleeve as we learn more about each girl.

The second issue gives each a moment to shine as the “team comes together” and the presentation is adorable. There’s an energy about the comic, a vibe about it all, that’s hard to not enjoy and that’s partially the enthusiasm of the character Liv and what she brings to the series. Usdin has created a character that should be annoyingly perky but somehow doesn’t cross the line and instead sucks us into the story as that enthusiasm is infectious.

Noah Hayes‘ art with colors by Rebecca Nalty and lettering by Ed Dukeshire is fantastic. Each character, even if they’re in the background, has personality, and each is beyond unique in their own way. No two are the same and the designs tell stories by themselves. There’s Hayes also presents body language that gives each character a way to move that is subtle but also feels important in establishing each character.

The first issue was solid and second is just as fantastic. The Avant-Guards is the queer basketball comic you didn’t know you wanted but whose voice makes it hard to not get sucked into the excitement.

Story: Carly Usdin Art: Noah Hayes
Color: Rebecca Nalty Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

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

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