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Wonderbound Reveals its Entire 2022 Graphic Novel Slate

Today at the US Book Show, Wonderbound announced their entire 2022 publishing lineup of original graphic novels from a dazzling array of talent, including Shea Fontana, Brian Middleton, Agnes Garbowska, Colleen Coover, Paul Tobin, Galaad, Rebecca Horner, Kelly Mellings, Corey Lansdell, Lisa LaRose, Sam Beck, Ryan Haddock, Nick Wyche, Heather Nuhfer, Patricia Daguisan, Michael Moreci & many more.  

Wonderbound is the middle grade and young adult publishing imprint of Vault Comics. Every Wonderbound book is a ticket to a land of wonder, inviting you to leave behind the ordinary, and explore a world of magic, marvels, and mysteries. Whether you’re learning fantastical wrassling, going on zany quests to deliver packages (and stuff), solving the mysteries of a gothic mansion, or settling into a spooky new apartment, you’re always in for an adventure. 

Check out the full list of Wonderbound’s 2022 titles below:   

WRASSLE CASTLE VOL. 2: RIDERS ON THE STORM

Written by Colleen Coover & Paul Tobin, drawn Galaad, colored by Rebecca Horner & Galaad, and lettered by Jeff Powell

Synopsis: Sequel! Lydia Riverthane faces more dangerous challenges as she fights for her brother’s freedom and wrassling glory.

Format: YA, 96 pages, $9.99, full color.

Tentative Release Month: February 2022

WRASSLE CASTLE VOL. 2: RIDERS ON THE STORM

POIKO: QUESTS & STUFF

Written & Illustrated by Brian Middleton.

Synopsis: Have you ever had to deliver a care package to a dragon with allergies? Have you ever been waylaid by a school of space fish? That’s just an average day for Poiko, the kingdom’s most reliable courier. The world can be a big, scary place, but it can also be wondrous. Sad things can happen, but there are always good friends to turn to, or new friends to make. And no matter what, there is always, always someone who could use your help. Poiko learns all these lessons and more every time he brushes his tail, pulls on his hoodie, and steps out into a new adventure. The philosophical whimsicality of Calvin & Hobbes meets the fantasy-scapes of Adventure Time in this modern-day classic.

Format: MG, 128, $9.99, full color.

Tentative Release Month: March 2022 

POIKO: QUESTS & STUFF

KENZIE’S KINGDOM

Written by Shea Fontana, drawn by Agnes Garbowska, and colored by Sil Brys.

Synopsis: Kenzie hates that her family moved to a castle to start a Medieval-themed resort, but all that changes when a time-travelling squire needs Kenzie’s help to get back home to the past! From the best-selling creative team behind DC Superhero Girls, this is a perfect read for fans of Phoebe and her Unicorn, The Baby-Sitter’s Club, or Witches of Brooklyn.

Format: MG, 128, $9.99, full color.

Tentative Release Month: April 2022

KENZIE'S KINGDOM

GHOSTER HEIGHTS

Written by Kelly Mellings & Corey Lansdell, and drawn by Lisa LaRose.

Synopsis: When Ona moves into her Baba’s apartment complex after a traumatic event, she befriends a ghost she discovers haunting the boiler room. When her new friendship starts allowing her to see other ghosts—the ghosts who haunt the other residents of her building—she decides to use her ability to help her new neighbors face their troubles and free themselves from their specters. In doing so, however, Ona must eventually come face to face with a much darker foe—her own trauma and grief. The earnestness of Judy Bloom meets the raw emotion of I Kill Giants in this beautifully hopeful story of childhood tragedy.

Format: MG, 208, $14.99, full color.

Tentative Release Month: June 2022

GHOSTER HEIGHTS

VERSE VOL. 2: THE IRON GATE

Written & illustrated by Sam Beck.

Synopsis: Sequel! In the wake of disaster, Neitya and Fife must part ways in order to discover their own destinies.

Format: YA, 240, $14.99, full color.

Tentative Release Month: July 2022 

VERSE VOL. 2: THE IRON GATE

WRASSLE CASTLE VOL. 3: PUT A LYD ON IT

Written by Colleen Coover & Paul Tobin, drawn Galaad, colored by Rebecca Horner & Galaad, and lettered by Jeff Powell.

Synopsis: Final Volume! Lydia and her brother uncover that the plot against them goes much deeper than they realized!

Format: YA, 112 pages, $9.99, full color.

Tentative Release Month: August, 2022 

WRASSLE CASTLE VOL. 3: PUT A LYD ON IT

THE BROTHERS FLICK

Written by Ryan Haddock, drawn by Nick Wyche with layouts by David Stoll, and colored by Whitney Cogar.

Synopsis:  At Strander House, things are…weird. There’s an ogre wedged in the closet and you have to be careful not to slip on the leak coming from the ocean in the attic. What’s possibly weirder than the fact that you can walk into the bathroom and end up in next Tuesday are the four brothers who investigate these strange occurrences…the Brothers Flick! Leo, Desmond, Remy, and Cub seek to get to the bottom of every bump in the night, every shadow you swear you saw move. If they happen to stumble upon answers to the mysterious disappearance of their own family along the way, all the better. Sherlock Holmes meets Wayside School in this Edwardian-era supernatural sleuthing graphic novel.

Format: YA, 208 pages, $12.99, full color.

Tentative Release Month: September, 2022 

THE BROTHERS FLICK

CREEPY THE SNOWMAN

Written by Michael, Noah, & Jackson Moreci.

Synopsis: Creepy the Snowman will get you, maybe today at noon. Creepy the Snowman will get you, even on the moon. Half-melted and half-evil, Creepy the Snowman, along with his fire-breathing sidekick space chicken, seeks to destroy children’s fun, find love, and either save the world or destroy it, depending on what day of the week it is. Created and written by brothers Noah (8) and Jackson (6) Moreci, along with their father, critically-acclaimed horror writer Michael Moreci, this is a book FOR kids BY kids. For readers of Dog Man, HiLo, and Max and the Midknights.

Format: MG, 176 pages, $12.99, full color.

Tentative Release Month: October, 2022 

CREEPY THE SNOWMAN

LUNCH

Written by Heather Nuhfer. 

Synopsis: New to her middle school and terrified of navigating the cafeteria at lunchtime, Tia discovers that when she eats the same food as someone else, she can hear that person’s thoughts. Quickly, she and her new friend Leigh, realize that this power can help them fight back against the popular kids who have excluded them from their lunch table. As Tia connects with more and more of her classmates, not only does she realize that the popular kids are just as nervous and insecure as she is, but she discovers the power of creating a community through food. A perfect bridge to fantasy for readers of Smile, Awkward, or Click.

Format: MG, 208 pages, $12.99, full color.

Tentative Release Month: November, 2022

LUNCH

Preview: The O.Z. #1

THE O.Z. #1

Written by David Pepose
Art by Ruben Rojas
Colors by Whitney Cogar
Lettering by DC Hopkins

What if The Hurt Locker took place in The Wizard of Oz? Find out in THE O.Z., the smash-hit Kickstarter series from Ringo Award-nominated writer David Pepose (Spencer & LockeScout’s Honor) and rising star artist Ruben Rojas (Proton)! This action-packed series follows Dorothy Gale’s granddaughter, a disillusioned Iraq war veteran who is swept up by a tornado and stranded in the war-torn land of Oz. Forced to confront her past and her grandmother’s ties to this magical battlefield, this new Dorothy will have to navigate the Tin Soldier, the Scarecrow, and the Prince of Lions if she hopes to bring peace to the Occupied Zone… or as the locals call it, The O.Z.

THE O.Z. #1

Preview: Wicked Things #6

Wicked Things #6

(W) John Allison (A/CA) Max Sarin
In Shops: Nov 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

FINAL ISSUE With the attempted murder Lottie was framed for still under investigation, and the victim still in a coma, Lottie is running out of time to prove her innocence. And the police just enlisted Lottie for a sting operation at London’s best casino! Will Lottie be able to foil a heist, prove her innocence, and keep up her hair game in just one night?

Wicked Things #6

Get a First Look at the Series Finale in John Allison and Max Sarin’s Wicked Things #6

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Wicked Things #6, the final issue of the limited series reuniting the Eisner Award-winning team of writer John Allison, artist Max Sarin, colorist Whitney Cogar, and letterer Jim Campbell, about everyone’s favorite young detective from the world of Giant Days: Charlotte “Lottie” Grote.

With the attempted murder Lottie was framed for still under investigation, and the victim still in a coma, Lottie is running out of time to prove her innocence. Plus, the police just enlisted Lottie for a sting operation at London’s best casino! Will Lottie be able to foil a heist, prove her innocence, and keep up her hair game ALL. IN. JUST. ONE. NIGHT?! 

Wicked Things #6 will be available on October 28, 2020.

Wicked Things #6

Head Back to a War-Torn Oz in The O.Z.

Writer David Pepose heads to Kickstarter for his latest series with The O.Z., a re-imagining of the classic story that sees a disillusioned Iraq War vet surviving in a war-torn land of Oz.

Described as The Hurt Locker meets The Wizard of Oz, Pepose teams with artist Ruben Rojas for a 44-page first chapter. Along for the fantasy ride is colorist Whitney Cogar and letterer DC Hopkins.

The Kickstarter is for the first issue of the series and features digital copies as well as variant covers. Some tiers also include behind-the-scenes material like scripts, inks, and colors. Higher tiers include original art, the chance to be drawn into the comic, and even plush dolls from Pepose’s Spencer & Locke!

If you’ve wanted to check out Pepose’s past work, this is your chance as well with numerous print and digital editions of Spencer & Locke and Going to the Chapel.

The comic has a goal of $6,000 and runs until September 16.

Review: Wicked Things #1

Wicked Things #1

The teen detective, Lottie Grote, is an integral part of John Allison‘s shared universe, Bobbinsverse. She appeared as a main character in Bad Machinery, a few guest appearances in Giant Days, and is now starring in her own comic, Wicked Things. Wicked Things #1 reunites the Giant Days creative team of Allison, Max Sarin, and Whitney Cogar. It’s a more genre-centric story of a teen detectives award show that turns into a whodunit of its own.

However, Allison and Sarin take their time building the friendship between Lottie and Claire and showing her fandom for the famous Japanese detective, Miyamoto, and her not-so-thinly veiled disdain for her fellow detectives. Wicked Things #1 gets into the feeling of not caring, but actually caring, which is Lottie’s opinion towards teen detective awards. She doesn’t care if she’s nominated, then has a great, fun trip to the awards show in London, and isn’t present to get her award… for reasons.

Lottie is an exercise in breathtaking (and hilarious) facial expression from artist Max Sarin. She can go from moody, withdrawn teenager (Think Billie Eilish.) to wildly gesticulating across a row of panels when she think she’s been spurned by her idol, Miyamoto. Sarin and colorist Whitney Cogar make her magnetic presence sauntering from cluttered room at her mom’s house to a sunny train trip and the fancy hotel she got put up in for the teen detective awards.

Claire is a great counterbalance to her as her biggest cheerleader while also indulging in some of the hotel’s finer offerings like 18 types of birds. Her acceptance speech on behalf of the missing Lottie is a true study in sincerity. Sarin also gives her the same wide, wholesome eyes that she gave to Daisy back in Giant Days. Even though Lottie might seem burnt out on the whole detective thing, Claire is there to remind her of her passion for clues and capers. We could also use someone to believe us as much as she believes in Lottie. (The events of the last few pages of Wicked Things shed some doubt on this.)

If you like slow burn, character-driven mystery stories with quirky leads, then Wicked Things is the comic for you. The sheer absurdity of a teen detective awards show and convention makes it a showcase for comedy and fashion choices. (Claire rocks the Fleabag jumpsuit.) But, hey, there’s murder too.

Story: John Allison Art: Max Sarin
Colors: Whitney Cogar Letters: Jim Campbell
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5  Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: Wicked Things #1

Wicked Things #1

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Max Sarin
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:  
     Main Cover: Max Sarin
     Variant Cover: John Allison
    Unlocked Retailer Variant Cover: Gurihurui
Price: $3.99

The Eisner Award winning team of John Allison and Max Sarin return to the world of Giant Days for a new series about everyone’s favorite child detective; Charlotte Grote.

Nineteen year old Charlotte Grote has her whole life ahead of her; headed straight to Oxford and a future as a real detective—until she’s framed for murder!

Given the choice between going to jail basically forever or joining the police, Lottie decides to hit the beat, all while trying to find the real murderer. Lottie may have been running rings about the police since her 9th birthday, but she’s never been on this side of the security tape. 

Could the future of law enforcement be 5’2” with an extremely strong bangs game? Yes. Very yes.

Wicked Things #1

Preview: Steven Universe Vol. 6 SC: Playing By Ear

Steven Universe  Vol. 6 SC: Playing By Ear

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Grace Kraft
Artist: Rii Abrego
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artist: Missy Peña
Price: $14.99

It’s never a dull day for Steven and The Crystal Gems in this collection of all new adventures! Peridot looks to Steven and Greg for help in learning about the power of music; Cat Steven needs Connie to help Steven learn to be a better owner; and Pearl helps Steven try to find the perfect birthday surprise for Connie!

Writer Grace Kraft and artist Rii Abrego (Adventure Time™) present all new stories from the world of the Cartoon Network  Emmy® Award-nominated series featuring all your favorite characters!

Collects Steven Universe™ #21-24.

Steven Universe  Vol. 6 SC: Playing By Ear

Preview: Giant Days Vol. 12 SC

Giant Days Vol. 12 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Max Sarin, John Allison
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Max Sarin
Price: $14.99

It’s never a quiet day at the University of Sheffield as best friends Esther, Susan and Daisy try do regular things like solving comic book shop capers, attending McGraw’s brother’s wedding, and Daisy learning to drive OH MY GOD WE’RE ALL DOOMED. 

The Eisner Award nominated team of John Allison (By Night) and Max Sarin are back with new unforgettable stories about the best BFFs ever, including a special issue both written and illustrated by Allison himself.

Collects issues #45-48.

Giant Days Vol. 12 SC
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