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Hypernaturals Director’s Commentary with Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning

With the release this week of BOOM! StudiosHypernaturals Vol. 1, we were lucky to get a director’s commentary directly from the creators themselves, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning!

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Hey, everyone! This is Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, writers and creators of Boom! Studio’s epic cosmic superhero extravaganza, the Hypernaturals! From the feedback we’ve been getting over the run so far, you’ve been really enjoying the world – or should that be universe? – we’ve been building. As we approach the publication of the first trade paperback collection (an excellent opportunity to catch up if you’ve missed anything, hint! hint!), we thought we’d provide a little “director’s commentary’ on some highlights from the first couple of issues! Let’s go!

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Dan: Our issue “zero” was a Free Comic Book Day exclusive, but we’re delighted that it’s going to be collected along with the opening issue in the first trade. We didn’t just want it to be a sneak preview of issue one, we wanted it to be a proper issue in it’s own right. That called for a careful balance – it had to be a satisfying read all by itself, and a good primer for the series, but not SO essential that the actual first issue didn’t make sense without it (in case people missed the FCBD issue).

Andy: Exactly. When BOOM gave us the opportunity to write the FCBD issue we decided to use it to tell a prologue story: a sort of ‘pre credits sequence’ that introduces the world and the main characters. We also used this issue to establish the graphic look for subsequent issues- specifically the use of two artists, the Q-Data recap page, Fake Ad pages, and the use of text pieces like fake magazine article.

We are both big fans of Keith Giffen’s ‘5 years later’ Legion of Superheroes series as well as (who isn’t?!)  Give me Liberty and Watchmen, and all these comics used text material and fake articles and ads to flesh out and develop the world and universe the stories were set in.

Dan: We decided early on to use the same device as a way to use a lot of the background material we were generating while we developed the series.

With every new script we produce a lot of extra ‘world building’ material, it’s part of the fun and challenge of creating your own comic universe from scratch. Each script is accompanied by a separate picture reference document to help the artist understand what we’re rambling on about, as well as a ‘text extras’ document.

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Andy: this is the first time we see the Q-Data Link which we use every issue as a sneaky recap/introduction page. It also gives us a chance to add extra ‘color’ to the Quantinuum universe with newsflow items featuring items from the latest episodes of AI Law to weather reports from across the universe. As you can see the awesome design team at BOOM realised our sketch brilliantly. The page is meant to be a representation an interactive holo-feed interface between an individual and the Quantinuum.

Dan: Every citizen of the Quantinuum – which is the name of the galaxy-spanning human culture in this series – has a direct, personal link to the god-like Quantinuum AI which runs the culture for the benefit of all mankind. That link, the “Q-data” appears as a small holographic logo that floats along with the person wherever they go and is an instant access to news, data and communication. The indent top left is what the 3D logo looks like.

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Andy: This is the first ad we thought of based around the fantastic artwork Phil Noto drew as one of the alternate covers for issue #1. Gauss is the Quantinuum’s version of Hugo Boss or Calvin Klein- the ad was meant to have the look of a fashion shot: minimum and elegant, and the designers really pulled it off.

Dan: The word ‘trip’ in the slogan is a reference to the Qauntum Trip network, an interstellar teleportation system that allows the citizens of the Quantinuum to step instantly from world to world. Pay attention, because tripping will become increasingly important to the story.

Andy: there are still spaceships in the Hypernaturals universe – space travel is basically a much slower and cheaper form of travel. Think of it as a two-tier system. Passengers in the world today fly rapid trans-atlantic or coast to coast in an airliner, but bulk freight goes more slowly in cargo ships or railroad because it’s more cost efficient.

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Dan: This faked up article from ‘Cosmopolis’ magazine is another fine example of how the brilliant design team at BOOM make our scribbled rough look really cool.

Andy: It gave us a chance to flesh out the character of Magnetar and give some extra information on the ill-fated Centennial team, who only really appear in the FCBD issue, without clogging up the flow of the strip pages.

Dan: The backup pages basically become expositional short-hand to help us manage the scale of the new stuff we’re bringing to the reader, without making the narrative slow and overloaded. Similarly, the in-story Q-data captions are also short-hand “primer” notes for the reader. We literally label things like items of technology, characters, or even hyperpowers and their effects, rather than having clunky “As you know, team-mate of mine I’ve worked with for fifteen years, my superspeed hyperpowers take a huge calorific toll on me, etc etc” type dialogue. No one wants that.

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Andy: We’ve been really fortunate to have some fantastic cover artists: Trev Harsine, Phil Noto, Tim Green, Wes Craig, Fransceo Mattina and the legendary Bill Sienkiewicz.

Dan: I think the spectacular and diverse range of covers reflects the growing complexity of the Hypernaturals universe. It’s not a place restricted to the stylistic viewpoint of one artist. It can happily stand many powerful interpretations.

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Andy: Early on we were lucky to have awesome artist Brad Walker come on board to design the characters and costumes for the Hypernaturals as well as draw some of the FCBD issue. Unfortunately, Brad’s schedule was such that he couldn’t commit to draw an entire issue, so we came up with a way to have him involved for the first few issues. We decide on a 6 page prologue sequence in each issue which would deal with some aspect of the previous iterations of the team. This gave us the opportunity to have Brad draw some issues while his schedule allowed as well as offering us a chance to delve further into the team’s history and introduce characters from the past and situations that have or will have an effect on the current team’s dilemma.

Dan: What was a pragmatic solution to a scheduling conflict actually became a neat creative device that gives the story extra dimension and the series a distinct look.

Once again, we’ve been blessed with the art as, when Brad’s schedule got too crowded, Andreas Guinaldo (who handled the ‘now’ sequences on issue #1) took over as prologue artist and the uber-talented and machine-like, Tom Derenick (who split the art with Brad on the FCBD issue) took over the main art chores.

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Andy: The opening sequence to issue #1 not only gave us a cool action sequence and shows another version of the team with a new character (Shard), it also introduced Sublime, the team’s arch nemesis or the first time – establishing him as a major threat and adding extra mystery and tension to the ‘now’ part of the story as his involvement with the missing team becomes clear.

Dan: We love the breakneck pace of this opening, and the fact you catch up with the who’s and what’s and why’s as we blast through it.

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Andy: Love this page by Andreas as it really establishes how far Clone 45 has fallen, especially cutting from him in his prime in the previous sequence.

From the script: ‘FULL PAGE SPLASH.

Cut to Clone 45 waking up in his tiny, squalid, capsule-like apartment. The place is a mess, bottles everywhere, food containers, clothes strewn everywhere. The bed is next to the cubicle that serves as toilet and shower. The kitchen area is a hob and work top that pulls down from the ceiling, with a small sink set into a corner and the bed folds back into the wall. Oh, and 45 has a hovering Q logo (pretty much everyone should have one).

It’s a tiny, space with a window that looks out (from a very high level) across a dirty, dark, Tokyo-meets-Blade Runner city, where it’s filthy and constantly raining. Clone 45 is not in costume. He’s unshaven and hungover. He could also be upside down in this shot – at a really odd angle to us. He is not happy to be waking.’

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Dan: More establishing stuff on Clone 45 to show that life post Hypernaturals is not a bed of roses – in fact in 45’s case, his life has spiraled into a series of menial jobs that are too low even for a droid to undertake on backwater worlds. It’s only later in the series that we reveal he’s not just a drunken bum and there’s more to his decline than post-fame fatigue.

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Andy: This page again shows the use of the ubiquitous Q-Data icons that float around every character’s head – showing their link to the Q data-sphere which feeds them information as well as acting as their PDA. Here, it also makes for a good, techy-seque into the press conference scene that follows. We cut THROUGH the hyperlink…

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Andy: …and end up in Hypernaturals headquarters in San Diego. Why San Diego? Kinda of because it’s the spiritual home of comics, US Comics especially, and it was great to sit launching the book at ComiCon and feel we were on location.

Dan: Note that there are no aliens in The Hypernaturals. The humans of the Quantinuum have never made contact with any sentient alien races… ever (though everything up to large animal forms have been discovered on alien worlds). We wanted this to be a significant part of the Hypernaturals Universe – no alien races. Alien life, but no other cultures. The alien looking dudes in the press gang are just humans who have had body-morphs, grafts, mutations or other body-modifying augmentation. In this future you can be – thanks to Quantinuum technology – anything or anyone you want to be… for cosmetic or environmental reasons.

Andy: The lack of sentient alien cultures may be a plot thread. Or a red herring. Or both :)

BOOM! Studios in January 2013


DEATHMATCH #2 (A)
DEATHMATCH #2 (B)
DEATHMATCH #2 (C)
Written by Paul Jenkins
Drawn by Carlos Magno
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
 

The battle royale continues as the world’s greatest superheroes are forced to fight each other to the death in a mysterious, otherworldly prison. Who will be crowned the victor in this month’s grudge match? More importantly, who will be the loser? And will the cabal of Sable, Meridian, Sol Invictus, and the Manchurian be able to decipher the mysteries of the prison before one of them is selected to enter the arena? Written by industry legend Paul Jenkins (SENTRY, INHUMANS) and drawn by comics superstar Carlos Magno (PLANET OF THE APES, TRANSFORMERS), DEATHMATCH is a dark, psychological deconstruction of the superhero genre that can’t be missed.


 

EXTERMINATION #8 (A)
EXTERMINATION #8 (B)
Written by Simon Spurrier 
Drawn by V Ken Marion 
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

FINAL ISSUE! It all ends here – in the heart of the Abattoir, Nox and Red Reaper attempt to unleash Absolute on the world. Will their final gamble succeed in ridding our dimension of the EDDA infiltration? Will they both survive the encounter? And what will become of the post-post-apocalypse? The superhero epic comes to its conclusion, straight from the minds of Simon Spurrier and artist V Ken Marion! 


 

EXTERMINATION VOL. 1

Written by Simon Spurrior
Drawn by Jeffrey Edwards and V Ken Marion
SC, 128 pgs, FC, SRP: $14.99
 

WE LOST. THEY WON.
In the wake of an apocalyptic alien invasion, the world’s greatest super-heroes and deadliest super-villains must form an alliance to prevent their own extermination. Two archenemies — Nox, a driven hero, and the Red Reaper, a ruthless villain — form a volatile partnership for the greater good. The enemy of your enemy is your friend…but will they be able to ultimately put aside their bitter past to prevent global genocide? What happens when all the battle lines are redrawn and foes become unlikely allies in a desperate war for the fate of the very planet, and the outcome of a species?Written by Simon Spurrier (X-Men: Legacy, X-Club), EXTERMINATION is a super-hero survival story by an author that boldly explores the dark crevices of an entire genre! 

FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES #10 (A)
FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES #10 (B)
Written by Sam Humphries & Shane Houghton
Drawn by Jerry Gaylord
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

 

Hey… you remember Rob and Burger? Two of the founding members of the Wrecking Crew, one of them had a thing with Jenna and the other was a bit loose in the cage with a penchant for going hyphy? Whatever happened to those dudes? FIND OUT HERE, in the very first FvZ flashback issue! 

 

FREELANCERS #4 (A)
FREELANCERS #4 (B)
Written by Ian Brill
Drawn by Joshua Covey
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

The wild and crazy first arc of the breakout hit series comes to its thrilling conclusion! Val and Cass’ hunt for their missing man (and the rest of their payday) has led them back to the Kung Fu Orphange where they built their bonds and learned how to break bones. Now, they will learn secrets about the dojo that should have stayed buried… Oh, and that missing man? He’s back & ready to kick their butts. Another round of fire from Ian Brill & Joshua Covey! 


HIGHER EARTH #9 (A)
 HIGHER EARTH #9 (B)
Written by Sam Humphries
Drawn by Francesco Biagini
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

THIS IS IT, THE FINAL ISSUE! For the first time in her life, Heidi is absolutely certain of what she must do next…and Rex is forced to face the consequences of the events he has set in motion, as the final push against HIGHER EARTH comes to its epic conclusion! 

HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW  #4 (A)
HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW #4 (B)
Written by Brandon Seifert
Drawn by Haemi Jang
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
 

FINAL ISSUE! DON’T MISS THE HORRIFYING CONCLUSION! Ruling Hell isn’t as easy as it looks… Kirsty Cotton has been thrown into the middle of a decades-long family feud, and her choices will end it once and for all. The bloody finale to Kirsty Cotton’s “Year One” story! 


THE HYPERNATURALS #7 (A)
THE HYPERNATURALS #7 (B)
Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Drawn by Tom Derenick and Andres Guinaldo
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

With their greatest enemy on the loose, the Hypernaturals are left with little choice but to pursue the only avenue of inquiry they have left, one that might save the Quantinuum, or plunge the universe into a greater, more terrifying darkness… 


PLANET OF THE APES: CATACLYSM #5 (A)
PLANET OF THE APES: CATACLYSM #5 (B)

Written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman
Drawn by Damian Couceiro
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99


BRAND NEW ARC! PERFECT JUMPING-ON POINT FOR NEW READERS! After the destruction of Ape City, Doctor Zaius, his family, Cornelius and Marcus are faced with the difficult and often treacherous task of rebuilding…but what terror lies beneath the ruins? Find out what the Ape City cataclysm has awoken… 


PLANET OF THE APES VOL 4
Written by Daryl Gregory 
Drawn by Carlos Magno
SC, 144 pgs, FC, SRP: $19.99

 

THE PLANET OF THE APES SAGA CONTINUES! Don’t miss the fourth volume of the sci-fi masterpiece that pits man versus ape in the continuity of the landmark original feature film. The world has changed — humans seemingly have learned their place, and the utopia that Voice Alaya sought for her people has seemingly arrived at last. Writer Daryl Gregory and artist Carlos Magno continue their critically acclaimed run on PLANET OF THE APES!

STEED AND MRS. PEEL #5 (A)
STEED AND MRS. PEEL #5 (B)

Written by Caleb Monroe
Drawn by Will Sliney
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

Mods…IN SPACE….

It’s well established that our spies are the swingingest secret agents in all the land, but what about in the galaxy? Emma Peel and John Steed enter the Space Race, thanks to the rocket-fueled talents of Caleb Monroe and Will Sliney!


 


GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA ONGOING #3 (A)
GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA ONGOING #3 (B)
Written by Grace Randolph
Drawn by Russell Dauterman

SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
THE FAN-FAVORITE SERIES CONTINUES! After last month’s shocking events, Hella struggles to keep her carefully constructed suburban world from crumbling around her… While Jeremy and Eli attempt to escape the jungles of Mongolia, with the Daughters of Bright Moon hot on their tail, the Jenkins marriage hits a snag as Tia wishes to rejoin the “workforce…” Zari and Sara’s play-date is crashed by an uninvited visitor, and Gio makes an announcement that shocks the world, but none more so than Paul… All that, AND a cliffhanger that will have everyone talking. Don’t miss it! 

 


ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE #1 (A)
ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE #1 (B)
ADVENTURE TIME: FIONNA AND CAKE #1 (C)
Written & Drawn by Natasha Allegri
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

FAN-FAVORITE ADVENTURE TIME SENSATIONS FIONNA & CAKE ARRIVE TO THE HIT ADVENTURE TIME COMIC!
Join Cake the Cat and Fionna the Human in this totally algebraic new adventure, written and drawn by Fionna & Cake creator and ADVENTURE TIME storyboard artist Natasha Allegri! When Fionna rescues a feral flame boy from a pack of wild fire lions, it starts her on a quest she’ll never forget… Don’t miss out on this sure-to-be INSANELY popular new ADVENTURE TIME mini-series! 


ADVENTURE TIME #12 (A)
ADVENTURE TIME #12 (B)
Written by Ryan North
Drawn by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

THE HOTTEST ALL-AGES COMIC CELEBRATES ITS ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! BMO’s sick, but it’s not just any virus…it’s a magical virus! And now, Finn and Jake have to seek out a sorta-no-good-very-bad wizard to set things right! Don’t miss the latest issue of what critics called “the best series of 2012!” 


BRAVEST WARRIORS #4 (A)
BRAVEST WARRIORS #4 (B)
Written by Joey Comeau
Drawn by Mike Holmes
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

THE NEW SERIES FROM THE CREATOR OF ADVENTURE TIME IS NOW ONGOING! DON’T MISS THE BODACIOUS CONCLUSION TO THE DEBUT ARC!
The Bravest Warriors have to band together to defeat the most nefarious villain of all…Sadness, bro! But Sadness isn’t going down without a weepy fight! The totally awesome comic adaptation of the new show from ADVENTURE TIME creator Pendelton Ward! 


GARFIELD #9 (A)
GARFIELD #9 (B)
Written by Mark Evanier
Drawn by Gary Barker, Dan Davis, Mike DeCarlo
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

What’s Garfield’s New Year’s Resolution? More lasagna, more pizza, and never ever to wake up on a Monday! Our amazing team returns in 2013 to bring you two more ALL-NEW Garfield stories, and this time they brought along a friend: the legendary artist Al Jaffee, who draws this month’s variant cover! Make sure to reserve your copy today! 


PEANUTS #5 (A)
PEANUTS #5 (B)
Written by: Charles M. Schulz,Vicki Scott
Drawn by Charles M. Schulz, Vicki Scott
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

NOW AN ONGOING SERIES! Peanuts is back for the new year with Snoopy’s most beloved personality taking center stage…The Flying Ace! Will his Sopwith Camel hold up against the Red Baron long enough for Snoopy to make it back to the café for a cold, tall root beer? Charles Schulz’s beloved creations keep going strong with all-new stories mixed in with Schulz original Sunday strips. 


 
 SNARKED VOL. 3
Written & Drawn by Roger Langridge

SC, 112 pgs, FC, SRP: $14.99

Eisner Award-winning creator Roger Langridge (THE MUPPET SHOW, THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER) returns as his critically acclaimed series SNARKED comes to its thrilling conclusion! After a perilous high seas journey, our heroes have finally reached their destination: Snark Island. But what dangers will they encounter on their search for the missing Red King? Will Scarlett be able to save the kingdom from the clutches of the dastardly royal advisors? And what will become of the Walrus and the Carpenter?

Hypernaturals #3 Sells Out, Goes To Second Print

BOOM! Studios is proud to announce that Hypernaturals #3 has completely sold out at the distributor level and the publisher has rushed to a second printing in order to meet demand. Comic book fans should bear in mind first printings of The Hypernaturals #3 may still be found at a local comic shop near you.

Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning finish the first arc of their cosmic superhero masterpiece in the making and will have you begging for more! It’s the return of Prismatica as she rejoins the Hypernaturals and faces her greatest fear: the man who killed her husband and the most diabolical supervillain the Quantinuum has ever known…Sublime.

The Hypernaturals #3second print ships with a brand new, must-have cover by Kris Anka and is available for immediate order under Diamond order code AUG128053.

BOOM! Studios in November 2012


GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA #1 (A)
GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA #1 (B)

Written by Grace Randolph
Drawn by Russell Dauterman
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

THE FAN-FAVORITE PHENOMENON RETURNS IN A BRAND NEW ONGOING SERIES! Meet the Meta Legion, the world’s foremost faction of crime-fighting capes. But what happens when the masks come off and the heroes are faced with the sordid problems of everyday life in the suburbs? From rising star writer Grace Randolph (Marvel’s NATION X, HER-OES) and hot new talent Russell Dauterman, GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA is a unique new twist on the superhero genre that appeals to both diehard fans and readers completely new to comics. New stories, new characters, new drama… Don’t miss out on what Bleeding Cool called “The Superhero Comic We’ve Been Waiting For”!


GRACE RANDOLPH’S SUPURBIA VOL. 1 
Written by Grace Randolph
Drawn by Russell Dauterman
SC, 112 pgs, FC, SRP: $14.99
What goes down when the capes come off? Meet the “Real Housewives” of Earth’s greatest super-team, the Meta Legion! It’s the egos, the tantrums, and the betrayals of the super set. Find out what happens behind the masks as superhero families are faced with the sordid problems of everyday life – and then some!  From rising star writer Grace Randolph (Marvel’s NATION X, HER-OES) and hot new artist Russell Dauterman, this series takes the familiar super-team and turns it on its head with a scandalous, TMZ-fueled look at what it’s like to live with a superhero!


EXTERMINATION #6 (A)
EXTERMINATION #6 (B)
Written by Simon Spurrior
Drawn by Jeffrey Edwards and V Ken Marion
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

The Alliance’s assault on the Abattoir continues! Having hijacked the monstrous alien landtrain, Nox & Red Reaper lead their rag-tag group of former heroes and
villains to the heart of the EDDA H.Q. in search of Absolute and their only hope of survival. Heroes will die — it’s just a matter of how many…


FREELANCERS #2 (A)
FREELANCERS #2 (B)
Written by Ian Brill
Drawn by Joshua Covey
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

Val and Cass, the Kung Fu bounty hunters, search for a businessman who ripped off his celebrity clients for millions, but they better hustle before their new reality star competition finds him first! The young guns: writer Ian Brill (DARKWING DUCK) and artist  Joshua Covey bring you another hot tale, exposing a side of Hollywood even the paparazzi can’t show you!


 
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #8 (A)
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #8 (B)
Written by Sam Humphries
Drawn by Jerry Gaylord
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

The zombies ruined Comic-Con. They overtook the entire city of San Diego, ate J-Mac and Drake, and left Rob and Burger MIA. But after last issue’s shocking twist, the Wrecking Crew has had enough… and they’re about to live up to their namesake.



HELLRAISER #20 (A)
HELLRAISER #20 (B)
Written by Clive Barker, Mark Miller
Drawn by Janusz Ordon, Marcio Loerzer
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

FINAL ISSUE! IT ALL COMES DOWN TO THIS! While Harry D’Amour and the Female Cenobite try to rein in the escaped Hellions, a revelation about Elliott Spencer’s past gives Kirsty Cotton a chance to succeed where the world’s combined military might has failed. Clive Barker’s newest chapter of the Hellraiser saga comes to its shocking conclusion.


HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW (A)
HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW (B)
Written by Brandon Seifert
Drawn by Ibraim Roberson
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

Kirsty Cotton, caught in the middle of a deadly family feud! The shocking story of the first time The LeMarchand Box summoned Kirsty Cotton continues!
Rising star Brandon Seifert (WITCH DOCTOR) and hot artist Ibraim Roberson (UNCANNY X-MEN) shed new light on Kirsty Cotton’s reign in Hell!



 HIGHER EARTH #7  (A)
HIGHER EARTH #7 (B)
Written by Sam Humphries
Drawn by Francesco Biagini
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

After the cataclysmic events of the last issue, Heidi seeks out an unlikely ally, one with an even greater stake in the matters at hand. But is this new ally friend or foe? And what connection do they have to the highest earth of all? It’s up to Heidi to keep one step ahead of the Queen’s forces as she struggles to keep everyone she’s ever held dear safe, and more importantly, alive…



THE HYPERNATURALS #5 (A)
THE HYPERNATURALS #5 (B)
Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Drawn by Tom Derenick and Andres Guinaldo
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

 Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning continue the cosmic thrills that they were never allowed to do until now!  With Sublime’s motivations in question, Thinkwell, Bewilder and Clone 45 must find a way to work with their greatest enemy if they’re going to face an even greater threat, one that might destroy the Quantinuum all together…



PLANET OF THE APES: CATACLYSM #3 (A)
PLANET OF THE APES: CATACLYSM #3 (B)

Written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman
Drawn by Damian Couceiro
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG120918

Running out of options, Cornelius, Prisca and the others try to find shelter before the fragments of the moon set off an even greater calamity: the destruction of the dam, and the only thing keeping Ape City away from the devastating waters…



STEED AND MRS. PEEL #3 (A)
STEED AND MRS. PEEL #3 (B)

Written by Mark Waid, Caleb Monroe
Drawn by Steve Bryant
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG120922
John Steed and Emma Peel are not fooled by the con the new Hellfire Club has pulled over Parliament and the leaders of the UK — but will they live long enough to do anything about it? Find out as the first arc of the swinging spy-fi series reaches its breathtaking conclusion!


STEED AND MRS. PEEL: THE GOLDEN GAME
Written by Grant Morrison, Anne Caulfield
Drawn by Ian Gibson
SC, 160 pgs, FC, SRP: $16.99
John Steed reunites with Emma Peel to investigate the disappearance of his new partner, Tara King, as the legendary Grant Morrison (ALLSTAR SUPERMAN, ARKHAM ASYLUM) and Ian Gibson (THE BALLAD OF HALO JONES) enter Steed and Mrs. Peel into “The Golden Game”! Also, Mr. Peel comes back to England from the Amazon — but some unwanted guests have come along for the ride. Emma Peel fights forher husband’s life in “Deadly Rainbow”!


ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 1 
Written by Ryan North
Drawn by  Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Mike Holmes
SC, 128 pgs, FC, SRP: $14.99

It’s ADVENTURE TIME™! Join Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, and Princess Bubblegum for all-new adventures through The Land of Ooo. The top-rated Cartoon Network show now has its own comic book! Don’t miss the first collected volume of this critically acclaimed “all-ages classic” that has fans and critics alike calling it “the best new comic of 2012”!


ADVENTURE TIME #10 (A)
ADVENTURE TIME #10 (B)
Written by Ryan North, Shane Houghton and Chris Houghton
Drawn by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Shane Houghton and Chris Houghton
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

THERE’S NO BETTER TIME TO JUMP INTO THE ALL-AGES SENSATION! Join Jake the Dog and Finn the Human as they have sensational adventures in the magical land of Ooo! If you haven’t checked out the comic book adaptation of the hit Cartoon Network show, now’s the time!



ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS #5 (of 6) (A)
ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS #5 (of 6) (B)
Written by Merdith Gran, Polly Guo
Drawn by Meredith Gran, Polly Guo
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

DON’T MISS THIS HIT ADVENTURE TIME MINI-SERIES! The Scream Queens are about to hit the biggest gig of their lives…and Marceline can’t take the heat! Can PB help the band find their center?



BRAVEST WARRIORS #2 (A)
BRAVEST WARRIORS #2 (B)
Written by Joey Comeau
Drawn by Mike Holmes
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

POWER! RESPECT! The Bravest Warriors are clowning around on a very special planet that needs their help! But can they overcome their own fears in time to do
it? The comic adaptation based on the new TOTALLY AWESOME show from ADVENTURE TIME creator Pendelton Ward! Don’t miss out on this hot new series!


GARFIELD #7 (A)
GARFIELD #7 (B)
Written by Mark Evanier
Drawn by Gary Barker, Dan Davis, Mike DeCarlo
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

A holiday where you eat and watch TV — that’s Garfield’s kind of day!That’s right, this month, in addition to a hilarious tale by the Garfield Dream Team of Evanier, Barker, and Davis — we also have a special Thanksgiving story! What’s for dinner? Find out in the pages of GARFIELD!



PEANUTS VOL. 2 #4 (of 4) 
Written by: Charles M. Schulz, Vicki Scott
Drawn by CHarles M. Schulz, Vicki Scott
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99

Election year fever spares no one… not even the Peanuts gang! It’s class election time as Charlie Brown and Frieda go head-to-head for the coveted Student Body President title. We can’t reveal the winner here, but you can be sure it’ll tickle your funny bone as PEANUTS closes out Volume 2!



GARFIELD VOL. 1  
Written by Mark Evanier
Drawn by  Gary Barker, Dan Davis, Mike DeCarlo
SC, 112 pgs, FC, SRP: $13.99

An extra-large collection of the fat cat’s return to comics! Garfield and the gang have returned to comics in a big way, and this delicious package brings the fun home to you & your family. Written by GARFIELD & FRIENDS TV Show scribe Mark Evanier, and drawn by the amazing team of Gary Barker, Dan Davis, and Mike DeCarlo, you’ll enjoy this as much as Garf loves lasagna!

Hypernaturals #2 Sells Out, Goes To Second Print

BOOM! Studios has announced that Hypernaturals #2 has completely sold out at the distributor level and the publisher had to rush to a second printing seven days before it was released on August 1st. Fans should bear in mind first printings of The Hypernaturals #2 may still be found at a local comic shop near you.

Long retired members of The Hypernaturals, Bewilder and Thinkwell, must assess the team’s ability to protect earth from the new, mysterious threat that has already decimated their most powerful members. Left with little to choose from but rookies and burn-outs, the Hypernaturals are running out of time… Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the superstar writing duo behind ANNIHILATION and THE LEGION, reunite with GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY artist Brad Walker, along with Tom Derenick (JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA), to continue their original series that takes cosmic super-heroes to an all-new frontier.

The Hypernaturals #2 second print ships with a brand new cover by Kris Anka and is available for immediate order under Diamond order code JUN128146.

The Hypernaturals #1 Sells Out Again, Goes To Third Print

BOOM! Studios has announced that The Hypernaturals #1 has completely sold out of its second printing at the distributor level and will be going to a third printing as BOOM! Studios works actively to meet market demand. The Hypernaturals is by writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with art by Brad Walker and Andres GuinaldoThe Hypernaturals #1 third print will be available through Diamond Comic Distributors and available for order in the July 30th Previews Plus.

It is the far future; the human race has finally colonized the galaxy, preserving an era of prosperity that’s only possible because of The Hypernaturals. They’re a celebrated, galaxy-wide superhero task force that keeps the peace. That is, until they all mysteriously vanish. Now, as the galaxy teeters on the brink of chaos, it’s up to a group of retired and long forgotten Hypernaturals — and their novice recruits — to save the galaxy from complete destruction. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the superstar writing duo behind ANNIHILATION and THE LEGION, launch an all-new original series that takes cosmic super-heroes to a new frontier.

The Hypernaturals #1 third print ships with a brand new cover by David Yardin with a Diamond order code of JUN128135.

BOOM! Studios in October


EXTERMINATION #5 (A)
EXTERMINATION #5 (B)
Written by Simon Spurrior
Drawn by Jeffrey Edwards
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG120926
Unlikely partners Nox and Red Reaper have survived the attacks of the deadly EDDA, traversed the post-apocalyptic landscape of the U.S., and formed a rag-tag alliance of former heroes and villains. Now…they plan to strike back.


FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #7 (A)
FANBOYS VS ZOMBIES #7 (B)
Written by Sam Humphries
Drawn by Jerry Gaylord
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG120908
As San Diego literally crumbles around them, the Wrecking Crew discovers the shocking secret behind the zombie outbreak… The fanboy-favorite series continues, from writer Sam Humphries (Marvel’s ULTIMATES, HIGHER EARTH) and Jerry Gaylord! After last month’s shocking issue, even we don’t know what’s in store for the Wrecking Crew!


 

FREELANCERS #1 (A)
FREELANCERS #1 (B)
Written by Ian Brill
Drawn by Joshua Covey
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $1.00
Diamond Code: AUG120900
Money Talks.
Val and Cassie are two women trying to make it in L.A…who just happened to grow up in a Kung Fu Orphanage, and now make their way in an ultra-competitive world of bounty hunting . They’ve watched each others’ backs since they could stand, and those bonds are tested daily as they navigate a city where loyalty usually only runs as deep as one’s bank account. Val and Cassie take the most dangerous jobs, and watch as others bask in the glory. But now, as their former mentor becomes L.A.’s most wanted fugitive, Val and Cassie will fight through L.A.’s glitziest and grimiest hoods as they learn just what sacrifices are necessary to make Hollywood dreams come true. Rising star scribe Ian Brill (DARKWING DUCK) and red-hot newcomer Joshua Covey team up for this raucous series full of wild nights, beautiful dreamers, and knock-down brawls in between trips to the newest food trucks.


HIGHER EARTH #6 (A)
HIGHER EARTH #6 (B)
Written by Sam Humphries
Drawn by Francesco Biagini
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG120929

With no one to trust, not even each other, Rex and Heidi must find a way to work together as the agents of Higher Earth come ever closer… Created and written by Sam Humphries (SACRIFICE, MARVEL’S JOHN CARTER: GODS OF MARS, FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES, THE ULTIMATES) HIGHER EARTH is his sci-fi follow up to last year’s surprise hit OUR LOVE IS REAL — the fast-paced epic of infinite possibilities continues!


HELLRAISER #19 (A)
HELLRAISER  #19 (B)
Written by Clive Barker, Mark Miller
Drawn by Janusz Ordon, Jesus Hervas, Jorge Lucas
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG120905
Every plan, every option, every Hail Mary pass against Elliott Spencer and his nation-state has failed. His power grows; cynicism and despair flow across the globe like the electricity through Spencer’s veins. Kirsty Cotton’s descent into Leviathan continues, as she decides, once and for all, if she is beyond redemption.


 HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW #1 (A)
HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW #1 (B)
Written by Brandon Seifert
Drawn by Ibraim Roberson
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG120911
Over the past year, within the pages of CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER, Kirsty Cotton has gone from a human resisting the forces of Hell, to the ruler of light in the darkest of places. Before her battle with former Pinhead Captain Elliott Spencer, she was called to New Orleans by a holder of the LeMarchand Device – a woman trying to end a decades-long family feud by any means necessary… Rising star writer Brandon Seifert (WITCH DOCTOR, HELLRAISER ANNUAL) and red hot artist Ibraim Roberson (UNCANNY X-MEN) unite to tell the story of the first time Kirsty Cotton was called to earth as the new Pinhead! This in-continuity tale reveals Kirsty’s first days in Hell, and how the road there is always paved with good intentions.


PLANET OF THE APES: CATACLYSM #2 (A)
PLANET OF THE APES: CATACLYSM #2 (B)
Written by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman
Drawn by Damian Couceiro
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG120914
Eight years before Astronaut George Taylor fell from the stars…the stars fell on the PLANET OF THE APES! As fragments of the planetary body that once was Earth’s moon begin to fall on Ape City, Doctor Zaius must find a way to bring the survivors together, before panic and fear plunges them all into chaos!


STEED AND MRS. PEEL #2 (A)
STEED AND MRS. PEEL #2 (B)

Written by Mark Waid and Caleb Monroe
Drawn by Steve Bryant
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG120918
The new Hellfire Club is determined to bring their version of “the future” to Britain – no matter the damage done to the crown. The club has marked for destruction landmarks throughout London, which sends John Steed and Emma Peel on a race against time! Mark Waid (IRREDEEMABLE, DAREDEVIL), Caleb Monroe (BATMAN 80 PAGE GIANT, ICE AGE) and Steve Bryant (ATHENA VOLTAIRE) continue the new adventures of the swinging super-spies!


THE HYPERNATURALS #4 (A)
THE HYPERNATURALS #4 (B) 

Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Drawn by Brad Walker and Tom Derenick
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG120922

Thinkwell, Bewilder and Clone 45 begin to discover just how deep Sublime’s scheming runs, as they discover the lone survivor of the cataclysmic event that seemingly wiped out the previous Hypernaturals team…



ADVENTURE TIME #9 (A)
ADVENTURE TIME #9 (B)
Written by Ryan North, Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt
Drawn by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb and Becky Dreistadt
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG120938
Join Jake the Dog and Finn the Human as they try to right the wrongs of a Jake-caused TIME PARADOX! If you haven’t checked out the comic book adaptation of the hit Cartoon Network show, there’s no better time to jump into the all-ages sensation!


ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS #4 (A)
ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS #4 (B)
Written by Merdith Gran, Yuko Oto, Ananth Panagariya
Drawn by Meredith Gran, Yoko Oto
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code:AUG120935
DON’T MISS THE LATEST ISSUE OF THIS POPULAR ADVENTURE TIME SPIN-OFF MINI-SERIES! Starring fan-favorite Marceline the Vampire Queen and the hit of San Diego Comic-Con. Popular with all-ages and a great way to get girls into your store!


BRAVEST WARRIORS #1 (A)
BRAVEST WARRIORS #1 (B)
Written by Joey Comeau
Drawn by Mike Holmes
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: AUG120941
POWER! RESPECT! Based on ADVENTURE TIME creator Pendleton Ward’s brand new animated series! Join Chris, Wallow, Beth and Danny, four 16-year-old heroes-for-hire, as they warp from galaxy to galaxy, saving alien races with the power of their…emotions. They’re noble, righteous and totally bodacious! This new series of original comics based on the new series from ADVENTURE TIME creator Pen Ward is sure to be a smash! ADVENTURE TIME #1 went to an unprecedented 3rd printing…don’t let your shop be caught short for this brand new sensation!


GARFIELD #6 (A)
GARFIELD #6 (B)
Written by Mark Evanier
Drawn by Gary Barker, Dan Davis
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code:AUG120949
Skip the candy, just give Garfield the lasagna — on second thought, throw in the candy, too! This month, we’ve got two terrific Halloween-themed stories for you! Garfield may be lazy, but offer him free treats, and he’s running to every house in town! The hilarious fun continues thanks to Mark Evanier, Gary Barker and Dan Davis! Ask your retailer about the limited edition Halloween cover!



ICE AGE: PAST, PRESENTS AND FUTURE  
Written by: Caleb Monroe
Drawn by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
SC, 24 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
ISBN13: 9781608862696
Diamond Code: AUG120932
AN ICE AGE HOLIDAY TALE! Recollecting what a huge “help” he was last year, Sid decides to pay Santa and the North Pole a visit and once again offer his assistance for Christmas preparations! Before anyone can stop him, he’s opened a box filled with Santa’s magic…and he finds himself visiting Sids in the past, present and future! A sweet holiday story featuring popular characters from the summer smash ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT!



IT’S TOKYO, CHARLIE BROWN 
Written by Vicki Scott
Drawn by Vicki Scott, Paige Braddock
SC, 112 pgs, FC, SRP: $13.99
ISBN13: 9781608862702
Diamond Code: AUG120946
The Peanuts gang touches down in Tokyo! Charlie Brown and Snoopy lead the charge as the gang’s team is selected to represent the United States in an international baseball game in Japan. Charlie Brown can’t believe his team was picked, but even with the addition of a sports star like Peppermint Patty, do they have any hope of winning? Between seeing the sights and taking in the best of Japanese culture, Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty and the rest of everyone’s favorite characters still manage to be their incorrigible selves.





CAROL LAY’S ILLITERATURE 
Written by Carol Lay
Drawn by Carol Lay
HC, 112pgs, FC, SRP: $14.99
ISBN13: 978-1-60886-282-5
Diamond Code: AUG12 0951

ILLITERATURE…a 2-dimensional world as vast as a page of Bristol board and as timeless as a Las Vegas casino. The middle ground between literature and illiteracy, between science and superstition, and it lies between the hollows of man’s horrors and the heights of his hilarity. This is the dimension of Carol Lay’s imagination, the uncanny land of Illiterature.From the Underground era to THE SIMPSONS comic book to her graphic novel THE BIG SKINNY, Carol Lay has been writing and drawing amazing stories for years. Her Story Minute strip, which gained a devoted following while appearing on Salon.com, is collected here for the first time, in this first in a series of handsome hardcover volumes.  Includes an introduction by Kim Deitch.

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The Hypernaturals #1 Sells Out, Goes To Second Print!

BOOM! Studios announced that their latest comic, The Hypernaturals #1, has sold out and gone to second print 14 days before its release tomorrow, June 27!  The series is written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning and art by Brad Walker and Andres Guinaldo. The second print will be available from Diamond Comic Distributors on Thursday.  This just means you need to snatch a copy when you go to your comic shop tomorrow.

It is the far future; the human race has finally colonized the galaxy, preserving an era of prosperity that’s only possible because of The Hypernaturals. They’re a celebrated, galaxy-wide superhero task force that keeps the peace. That is, until they all mysteriously vanish. Now, as the galaxy teeters on the brink of chaos, it’s up to a group of retired and long forgotten Hypernaturals — and their novice recruits — to save the galaxy from complete destruction. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the superstar writing duo behind ANNIHILATION and THE LEGION, launch an all-new original series that takes cosmic super-heroes to a new frontier.

The Hypernaturals #1 second print ships with a new cover by Mitch Breitweiser with a Diamond order code of MAY128105.

Preview – The Hypernaturals #1

The Hypernaturals #1

Created by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Brad Walker
Written by Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning
Art by Brad Walker & Andres Guinaldo
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER A: Francesco Mattina
COVER B: Trevor Hairsine
Diamond Code: MAY120940

It is the far future; the human race has finally colonized the galaxy, preserving an era of prosperity that’s only possible because of The Hypernaturals. They’re a celebrated, galaxy-wide superhero task force that keeps the peace. That is, until they all mysteriously vanish. Now, as the galaxy teeters on the brink of chaos, it’s up to a group of retired and long forgotten Hypernaturals — and their novice recruits — to save the galaxy from complete destruction. Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the superstar writing duo behind ANNIHILATION and THE LEGION, launch an all-new original series that takes cosmic super-heroes to a new frontier.

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