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After the Button… Bad Idea Launches with Five Titles in 2021

Bad Idea is on the way! After an interesting build-up, the comic publisher is ready to do something new, get some comics on the shelves!

Beginning in March 2021, comic fans will be getting at least one brand-new Bad Idea release per month in a variety of tastes-good, feels-great formats by a fleet of world-class creators, including writers Matt Kindt, Robert Venditti, Marguerite Bennett, and Zeb Wells, artists Doug Braithwaite, Juan Jose Ryp, Adam Pollina, Renato Guedes, and Adam Pollina, and even more yet to come (like Mae Catt, Joshua Dysart, Tomas Giorello, Eric Heisserer, David Lapham, Lewis LaRosa, Jeff Lemire, Peter Milligan, and more).

Bad Idea is taking a new spin on comic distribution. Comic books will be sold exclusively in participating comic book stores. No digital releases. No trade paperbacks or hardcovers. And no variant covers, either. Just super-high quality comics that will always leave you wanting more – because they’ll never publish more than two in a given month.

The publisher’s goal is for every single issue to look and feel special with prestige-format package, deluxe matte laminate covers, and heavy-duty interior paper stock. There’ll also be extra-long page counts, guest appearances from artists, and standalone bonus stories in every issue at no extra cost. That means more The Hero Trade from Matt Kindt and David Lapham and… the bird of a shared universe!?

All of that for just $3.99 per issue.

You’ll have to visit a Bad Idea “destination store” – one of the 100 and counting comic shops around the world that have signed on to join our independent network of direct-distribution retail partners – and buy them on a Wednesday (or simply pre-order them in advance by phone or email and pick them up whenever you’re damn well ready).

What will we see next year? Lets find out!

ENIAC #1 (of 4)

MATT KINDT (writer)
DOUG BRAITHWAITE (art)
DIEGO RODRIGUEZ (colors)
LEWIS LAROSA with LAURA MARTIN (covers)

Seventy-seven years ago, the United States unlocked the key to defeating the Axis powers, but, in their desperation to end the war, created a far more powerful threat: ENIAC (Electronic Numerator Integrator and Computer), the world’s first supercomputer. ENIAC’s calculations proved vital to turning the tide against Germany and Japan – until it ordered the second atomic bomb to be dropped on Nagasaki without any human order or approval. America had inadvertently created the first artificial intelligence without ever realizing the full extent of its abilities…or its ambitions. For the more than 50 years that followed, ENIAC manipulated global affairs from the shadows, waging a cold war that pitted spy against spy, nation against nation…until it went dark and disappeared from view. Now, years later, an encrypted countdown has just been detected in Earth’s satellite network and mankind only has three days left before ENIAC executes its endgame. With few options and even less time, the Secretary of Defense has just given two covert operatives the most important mission in human history: kill ENIAC…before it kills us.

From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), incendiary artist Doug Braithwaite (Justice), and colorist Diego Rodriguez (X-O Manowar), Bad Idea’s long-awaited debut starts here with a science-fiction thrill ride that will send shockwaves for decades to come.

FOUR ISSUES // MONTHLY // BEGINNING MARCH 2021

ENIAC #1 (of 4)

TANKERS #1 (of 3)

ROBERT VENDITTI (writer)
JUAN JOSE RYP (art/covers)
JORDIE BELLAIRE (colors)

The CEO of global energy conglomerate Greenleaf Oil has just discovered a terrifying secret: the planet only has a decade or less of petroleum left before it’s gone forever. But he has a plan to make sure his great-great grandchildren can continue to generate maximum shareholder value – and secure his own legacy in the process. Rather than develop a game-changing renewable energy source through the power of corporate innovation, Greenleaf has perfected the next best thing – time travel (duh) – so that a team of six field-rat contractors armed to the teeth in individually customized mech suits can go back to the Cretaceous Period, tweak the trajectory of the meteor that killed the dinosaurs, and give mankind another 500 millennia worth of oil reserves. What could go wrong? Only all of human history, of course – because when Greenleaf’s team of Tankers come home, they’ll discover that not only did the dinosaurs never die out, they’ve kept evolving for another 60 million years…and they’re more pissed off than ever.

Bone-shredding destruction! Wanton corporate malfeasance! Reckless use of industrial machinery! And lots and lots of ammunition. Like a Saturday morning cartoon that’s run irresponsibly overbudget, New York Times bestselling writer Robert Venditti (Justice League), blockbuster artist Juan Jose Ryp (Wolverine), and Eisner Award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (Pretty Deadly) are here to take all of our insecurities about mankind’s most self-destructive impulses and turn them up until the knob snaps off with THREE DOUBLE-SIZED ISSUES shipping BIMONTHLY (that means every other month, don’t look it up).

THREE ISSUES // DOUBLE-SIZED // BI-MONTHLY // BEGINNING APRIL 2021

TANKERS #1 (of 3)

WHALESVILLE #1

MATT KINDT (writer)
ADAM POLLINA (artist/cover)
MATT HOLLINGSWORTH (colors)

You never thought you’d see a Bad Idea like this! From the limitless imaginations of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), veteran artist Adam Pollina (X-Force), and Eisner Award-winning colorist Matt Hollingsworth (Hawkeye) comes a very special whale tale for all ages (and species) in the tradition of Hayao Miyazaki and Pixar!

When young Wawae – the seaborn son of a whaling captain – is thrown overboard and swallowed whole by a whale, he knows his father will relentlessly pursue revenge against the creature that stole away his boy. What he didn’t expect, however, is what he’s about to find inside: the town of “Whalesville” – a colorful, cobbled-together village inhabited by an astounding collection of talking sea creatures, including a crab named Caleb, an angler fish called Angela, and a seadragon that prefers to go by Lilly. But, to Wawae’s new friends, Whalesville isn’t just their home, it’s the whole world – and they don’t understand the danger that now pursues them from above the waves or that they are even inside a whale at all. To rescue his new best buddies, Wawae will have to convince them of the truth…and save Whalesville before his own father sends them sinking into the inky depths forever.

WHALE-SIZED ONE-SHOT // ON SALE MAY 2021

WHALESVILLE #1

THE LOT #1 (of 4) 

MARGUERITE BENNETT (writer)
RENATO GUEDES (artist/cover)

In 1970, legendary filmmaker Oliver Larsen began production on his latest horror masterpiece on the lot of Los Angeles’ famed Cloverleaf Studios. Obsessed with bringing authenticity to the genre, the director insisted on casting real-life occultists to perform a genuine Satanic ritual live on camera – until something went horribly wrong. In the bloody aftermath, the production was shut down, the footage was confiscated, and the soundstage was forever shuttered.

Until today.

On the heels of a promotion that’s just made her the youngest studio chief in decades, Aviva Copeland is planning to overhaul Cloverleaf’s fading image for the 21st century – starting with the prime piece of California real estate that’s gone unused for 50 years: the very same lost soundstage where Larsen filmed his doomed masterpiece. But, as Aviva will soon discover, this corner of the lot may have been closed for a half-century, but it’s far from empty…and the evil that lives within its haunted walls will soon seize its chance to kill again.

New York Times best-selling writer Marguerite Bennett (AnimosityA-Force) and artist Renato Guedes (DCeased: Hope at World’s End) present a terrifying vision of horror and Hollywood in the boldly bloody Bad Idea manner!

FOUR ISSUES // MONTHLY // ON SALE JULY 2021

THE LOT #1 (of 4)

SLAY BELLS #1

ZEB WELLS (writer)
DAVID LAFUENTE (artist/cover)
ULISES ARREOLA (colors)

You’ve heard of black comedies? Well, this is the first one that’s not just black, but red and green and covered in reams of extremely flammable tinsel that’s already been banned in Canada!

Every Christmas Eve, little Bobby Hamilton and his father rise at dawn for an early morning hunting trip. It was their favorite tradition – until they accidentally killed a certain red-nosed reindeer. They should have known better. They shouldn’t have tried to cover it up. Because Santa Claus knows that they’ve been naughty – and, now like so many fragile Christmas ornaments violently shaken free, the yuletide peace of a quaint Midwestern farming hamlet will forever be shattered as Old Saint Nick comes to town to reap the sweetest gift of all: vengeance.

This July, Emmy Award winner Zeb Wells (HellionsRobot Chicken), mischief-making artistic all-star David Lafuente (Ultimate Spider-Man), and colorist Ulises Arreola (Action Comics) are ready to ruin Christmas a solid six months in advance with the only thing we really wanted this year, anyway: another king-sized Bad Idea one-shot that will soon go down in infamy!

SANTA-SIZED ONE-SHOT  //  ON SALE JULY 2021

SLAY BELLS #1

Preview: Hellions #4

Hellions #4

(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) Stephen Segovia
PARENTAL ADVISORY
In Shops: Sep 16, 2020
SRP: $3.99

HAVOK STANDS ALONE! Krakoa’s resident rabble are up against the grand dame of the damned – the Goblin Queen, Madelyne Pryor! Talk about a return that could raise some havoc!

Hellions #4

See the Future for the X-Men in the X of Swords: Creation Trailer

This September ten X-Men will rise, swords in hand, to defend the new mutant nation of Krakoa from mysterious new enemies in X of Swords. The next chapter in Jonathan Hickman’s bold vision for mutantkind that began last year in House of X, X of Swords will be told in the tradition of classic fan-favorite X-Men crossovers such as X-Cutioner’s Song and Messiah Complex, tying into every current X-Men title. Packed with unbelievable revelations, memorable new characters, and breathtaking battles, this is the story that X-Men fans have been waiting for.

It all begins next month in X of Swords: Creation #1, and you can get your first taste of the action in a spellbinding new trailer, showcasing artwork by some of the industry’s top talents including Pepe Larraz, Mark Brooks, Leinil Francis Yu, Russell Dauterman, Adam Kubert, and more. Listen closely as Saturnyne, Majestrix of the Omniverse, foreshadows all the dramatic twists and turns that await in this grand saga.

Spinning directly out of current storylines in both Hickman’s X-Men and Tini Howard’s Excalibur, X of Swords was expertly crafted by every modern X-Men writer including Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, Ed Brisson, Zeb Wells, Leah Williams, and Vita Ayala.

Check out the trailer and don’t miss the start of the latest X-Men milestone when X of Swords: Creation #1 hits stands next month!

Preview: Hellions #3

Hellions #3

(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) Stephen Segovia
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

MAD AS HELL!
Krakoa’s resident rabble are up against the grand dame of the damned – the Goblin Queen, Madelyne Pryor! Talk about a return that could raise some havoc!

Hellions #3

The X-Men Clash with Mysterious New Foes this November in X of Swords

X of Swords, the massive X-Men crossover tying into each and every X-Men title, kicks off next month! By November, this sprawling story will reach a senses-shattering conclusion, and the covers for these exciting final chapters were unveiled today.

X of Swords will continue writer Jonathan Hickman’s grand vision for the X-Men that began last year in the hit series, House of X and Powers of X. Hickman and Excalibur writer Tini Howard join every current X-Men writer—Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, Ed Brisson, Zeb Wells, Leah Williams, and Vita Ayala—to deliver the next great X-Men milestone. Featuring breathtaking art by Leinil Francis Yu, Carmen Carnero, Pepe Larraz, Stefano Caselli, Joshua Cassara, Mahmud Asrar, Phil Noto, and more, X of Swords will be an unforgettable saga that will go alongside classic crossovers like The Mutant MassacreAge of Apocalypse, and Messiah Complex in X-Men history.

Amidst the dramatic battles and unbelievable twists, fans will get introduced to a host of new X-Men enemies when a mysterious group of swordbearers emerge from the land of Arakko. Get a closer look at these exciting new additions to the X-Men mythos in the newly revealed covers, including their enigmatic leader—a brand-new character who will send lasting shockwaves throughout the world of mutants.

X-MEN #14

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR & LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

X of Swords, Chapter 12
The Lovers. A Garden. A chasm of secrets.

X-MEN #14

MARAUDERS #14

Written by GERRY DUGGAN & BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by STEFANO CASELLI
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

X of Swords, Chapter 13
A toast. A dance. A dinner served: Part I

MARAUDERS #14

MARAUDERS #15

Written by GERRY DUGGAN & BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by STEFANO CASELLI
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

X of Swords, Chapter 14
A toast. A dance. A dinner served: Part II

MARAUDERS #15

EXCALIBUR #14

Written by TINI HOWARD
Art by PHIL NOTO
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

X of Swords, Chapter 15
Two swords. Two cups. Two must answer.

EXCALIBUR #14

WOLVERINE #7

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY & GERRY DUGGAN
Art by JOSHUA CASSARA
Cover by ADAM KUBERT

X of Sword, Chapter 16
Endurance. Survival. The true lesson of pain.

WOLVERINE #7

X-FORCE #14

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY & GERRY DUGGAN
Art by JOSHUA CASSARA
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER

X of Swords, Chapter 17
Chivalry gives way to fury. A knight must kneel.

X-FORCE #14

HELLIONS #6

Written by ZEB WELLS
Art by CARMEN CARNERO
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

X of Swords, Chapter 18
Chaos. Deceit. A hero returns. 

HELLIONS #6

CABLE #6

Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art and Cover by PHIL NOTO

X of Swords, Chapter 19
A son. The stars. A Fool and his bravery.

CABLE #6

X-MEN #15

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

X of Swords, Chapter 20
A great division. Bitter victories. Bitterer hearts.

X-MEN #15

EXCALIBUR #15

Written by TINI HOWARD
Art and Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

X of Swords, Chapter 21
A game abandoned, but a great gamble remains. A Tower answers.

EXCALIBUR #15

X OF SWORDS: DESTRUCTION #1

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN & TINI HOWARD
Art and Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

X of Swords, Chapter 22
The wheel of fortune turns. The unfortunate fall. A sword against the darkness.

X OF SWORDS: DESTRUCTION #1

Preview: Ant-Man #5 (of 5)

Ant-Man #5 (of 5)

(W) Zeb Wells (A) Dylan Burnett (CA) Eduard Petrovich
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• Macrothrax marches on the mainland!
• Ant-Man and Stinger make their stand as the continent’s first and last line of defense!
• Don’t miss out as this heroic father-daughter duo face extermination in this explosive series finale!

Ant-Man #5 (of 5)

It’s the Goblin Queen in Chris Bachalo’s Cover for Hellions #4

One of the most influential X-Men artists of all time, Chris Bachalo’s distinctive style brings the tortured soul of Madelyne Pryor to life in a stunning new variant cover for Hellions #4! The Goblin Queen has returned and will stop at nothing to taste vengeance for the wrongs committed against her.

Hellions #4 is by writer Zeb Wells, artist Stephen Segovia, with a variant and variant sketch cover by Bachalo.

Check out Chris Bachalo’s hair-raising variant cover below and see Madelyne Pryor raise hell when Hellions #4 hits stand next month!

Hellions #4 Chris Bachalo variant cover

The X-Men Face Mysterious Challengers in X of Swords

X of Swords, the next great X-Men crossover, kicks off this September and rages on in October with Chapters 3-11. The mysterious group of swordbearers come from the land of Arakko, and the X-Men will have to draw swords of their own to defend the new mutant nation of Krakoa. Arakko and its visitors are shrouded in mystery, and none more so than the group’s leader. While her identity remains classified, her story is sure to shock X-Men fans everywhere.

Spinning directly out of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men and Tini Howard’s Excalibur, X of Swords will be a massive mutant milestone that each X-Book will take part in. Every current X-Men writer— Jonathan Hickman, Tini Howard, Gerry Duggan, Benjamin Percy, Ed Brisson, Zeb Wells, Leah Williams, and Vita Ayala— have come together to craft a modern epic that will go down in X-Men history! Joined by incredible artists like Carmen Carnero, Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, Viktor Bogdanovic, Matteo Lolli, Mahmud Asrar, Phil Noto, and Rod Reis, the dramatic battles in store for the X-Men will be unforgettable.

WOLVERINE #6

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC
Cover by ADAM KUBERT

X OF SWORDS, PART 3

Descent. Penance. A legendary power reclaimed.

WOLVERINE #6

X-FORCE #13

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Art by VIKTOR BOGDANOVIC
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER

X OF SWORDS, PART 4

Stealth. The power within. The burden of knowledge.

X-FORCE #13

MARAUDERS #13

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by MATTEO LOLLI
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN

X OF SWORDS, PART 5

A secret flight. A long journey. A Thief and a Queen.

MARAUDERS #13

HELLIONS #5

Written by ZEB WELLS
Art by CARMEN CARNERO
Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA

X OF SWORDS, PART 6

Desperation. Help from unexpected places. An advance into the unknown.

HELLIONS #5

NEW MUTANTS #13

Written by ED BRISSON
Art by ROD REIS
Cover BY MIKE DEL MUNDO

X OF SWORDS, PART 7

Diligence. Discipline. A sword of the self.

NEW MUTANTS #13

CABLE #5

Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Art and Cover by PHIL NOTO

X OF SWORDS, PART 8

A hand held aloft. A mystery in the stars. An ace up the sleeve.

CABLE #5

EXCALIBUR #13

Written by TINI HOWARD
Art  by R.B. SILVA
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR

X OF SWORDS, PART 9

Opposition. Despair. The dark night of the soul.

EXCALIBUR #13

X-MEN #13

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

X OF SWORDS, PART 10

Lessons. Longing. What has begun cannot be undone.

X-MEN #13

X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1

Written by TINI HOWARD & JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by PEPE LARRAZ & MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

X OF SWORDS, PART 11

A ritual. A parliament. A game begins.

X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1
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