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On The Shelf: Boom Studios Solicitations for October 2015

Boom Studios Comics Shipping October 2015.

ROWANS RUIN #1 (of 4)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mike Carey
Artist: Mike Perkins
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Mike Perkins
Jackpot: Mike Perkins
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Incentive Cover: Andre de Freitas
What’s to Love: The team of Mike Carey (Suicide Risk, The Unwritten) and Mike Perkins (Deathlok) come together for the first time since 2005’s Spellbinders for a taut horror thriller set in their native England. If you’re a fan of horror films like Insidious and The Conjuring, or comics like Curse and Nailbiter, you’ll love how Rowans Ruin unfolds as it slowly clues you in on the terrifying secret that is at the heart of the story.
What It’s About: Katie has always had things pretty easy, growing up in comfortable circumstances in Florida. But when she finds herself with a long summer break before grad school, she decides to do a house-swap with a British girl, Emily, as a way to vacation relatively cheaply—and to get out from under her parents’ attentiveness. England is great, so different from Florida, and the house, called Rowans Rise, is charming. But soon she starts having nightmares—really, really, strong ones. Curious, Katie researches the owners of the house, and discovers it may have more of a sinister history than she thought…

COGNETIC #1 (of 3)
Retail Price: $4.99
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Eryk Donovan
BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover:  Brian Stelfreeze
Incentive Cover:  Juan Doe
What’s to Love: The creative team behind the award-nominated Memetic is back with another apocalyptic tale! We obviously love working with James Tynion IV (see The Woods, UFOlogy, and the aforementioned Memetic), and we know partnering him once again with artist Eryk Donovan will lead to another great-looking story. In Cognetic, Tynion and Donovan offer a look at the fundamentally human desire for control—that deep-seated belief we all feel in our darkest moments that if we had total, absolute power, we would be able to create a perfect world.
What It Is: Every human believes that they are self-reliant, self-determined individuals, each set on their own course. They’ve built civilizations, they’ve built culture, they’ve built lives… But what if that isn’t the right track? What if there is a singular mind ready to take back control and finally right the destiny of mankind and build a better tomorrow? Cognetic is the story of a powerful psychic being that once controlled one-third of the world’s population as a part of its hivemind, and his return to humanity in modern-day New York City. It’s a psychic action thriller, precariously positioned on the edge of outright apocalypse. It’s also the story of the young woman, the assistant to the director of the FBI, who might be the only one who can save humanity, but at a terrible, terrible cost. The second entry in Tynion and Donovan’s “Apocalypse Trilogy.” Each issue in this miniseries is oversized with 48 pages!

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ADVENTURE TIME 2015 SPOOOKTACULAR ONE-SHOT #1
Retail Price: $4.99
Author: Hanna K.
Artist: Hanna K.
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Simon LeClerc
Incentive Cover: Emily Partridge
What’s to Love: There’s no better way to celebrate Halloween than with a self-contained story about Marceline the Vampire Queen set during the… summer? Ah well, you get the idea! What’s even better is that this one-shot is written and illustrated by Hanna K., a storyboard artist for the Adventure Time animated series!
What It Is: If you’ve ever wondered what Marceline was like before she became a vampire, here’s your chance to find out! In this oversized, self-contained tale that takes place before she was “turned,” we learn all about Marceline’s backstory and find out how she became the Vampire Queen she is today!

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LUMBERJANES: BEYOND BAY LEAF #1
Retail Price: $4.99
Author: Faith Erin Hicks
Artist: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Nick Sumida
Incentive Cover: Eva Eskelinen
What’s to Love: It’s our first-ever Lumberjanes special and we could not be more excited to welcome writer Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl) and newcomer artist Rosemary Valero-O’Connell to our growing Lumberteam. This self-contained story perfectly captures the spirit of what the Lumberjanes are: hardcore lady-types who can fend for themselves, but also quick to help those who are in need!
What It Is: In this special one-shot issue, a monster is terrorizing the Lumberjanes camp and the girls go to stop it. However, it turns out that the monster is being framed and now the girls have to figure out who’s doing it and to what end! Join April, Jo, Mal, Molly and Ripley as they earn their Beyond Bay Leaf pin!

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WILD’S END: THE ENEMY WITHIN #2 (of 6)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Dan Abnett
Artist: I.N.J. Culbard
Cover Artist: I.N.J. Culbard
Clive and the others continue to plan their escape from the military controlled Lower Crowchurch, while Susan comes face-to-face with an old…friend?

SLEEPY HOLLOW: PROVIDENCE #3 (of 4)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Eric Carrasco
Artist: Victor Santos
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Victor Santos
Incentive Cover: Robert Sammelin
The Wild Hunt get closer to the compound that Abbie, Ichabod, and Jenny are staying at, and even the Hexenmeisters’ magic might not be enough to ward them off.

WELCOME BACK #3 (of 4)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Cover Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
Tessa arrives in Kansas City looking for Mali, but instead finds Lorena, Mali’s reincarnated stepfather in the body of a 10-year-old girl who is also a Soldier and ready for battle.

JOHN FLOOD #3 (of 6)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Justin Jordan
Artist: Jorge Coelho
Cover Artist: Jorge Coelho
In trying to stay two steps ahead of the killer, Flood puts the one closest to him in the most danger.

STRANGE FRUIT #3 (of 4)
Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: J.G. Jones & Mark Waid
Artist: J.G. Jones
Cover Artist: J.G. Jones
The townspeople of Chatterlee make every effort to conscript the stranger to help with the fast-failing levee—but ​the growing racial divide in town makes choosing sides virtually impossible even as the clock ticks towards disaster.

THE SPIRE #4 (of 8)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jeff Stokely
Cover Artist: Jeff Stokely
Shå is running out of time, and war approaches.

ARCADIA #6
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Alex Paknadel
Artist: Eric Scott Pfeiffer
Cover Artist: Eric Scott Pfeiffer
Lee Pepper is taken to a meeting led by the charismatic Uncle Cosmas, who promises the sickly crowd that he can upload them to Arcadia. In Arcadia, Coral teaches Giacomo to code by torchlight.

CLUSTER #8
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artist: Dylan Burnett
Final issue! All-out war breaks out as Samara and the prisoners fight for the futureof Midlothian.

ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #11
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Maxim Simic
Cover Artists:
Main: Jason Copland
Incentive: Ibrahim Moustafa
When Snake is imprisoned, he comes face-to-face with The President for the first since the events of the film!

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #17
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Dan McDaid
Cover Artists:
Main: Joe Eisma
Incentive: Eryk Donovan
A sorcerer’s convention may just be the key to rescuing Margo from Baba Yaga!

OVER THE GARDEN WALL #3 (of 4)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Pat McHale
Artist: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jim Campbell
Subscription Cover: Rex Hackleberg
Incentive Cover: Matt Forsythe
Greg and Wirt follow a band of musical forest animals who are parading around the woods.

ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA & CAKE: CARD WARS #4 (of 6)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jen Wang
Artist: Britt Wilson
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jen Wang
Subscription Cover: Dana Terrace
Incentive Cover: Rachel Saunders
The Card Wars tournament is in full throttle as Cake takes on all opponents.

REGULAR SHOW #28
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mad Rupert
Artist: Wook Jin Clark
Cover Artists:
Main: Douglas Holgate
Subscription: Rian Sygh
It’s a supernatural love-triangle showdown as the three publishers courting Muscle Man, Starla, Mordecai, and Rigby go to war with each other!

ADVENTURE TIME #45
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Hastings
Artist: Zachary Sterling
Cover Artists:
Main: Maya Kern
Subscription: André Falat
Special one-shot issue! Princess Bubblegum needs Lemongrab’s help, but that means she needs to do things his way for once.

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TYSON HESSE’S DIESEL #2 (of 4)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Tyson Hesse
Artist: Tyson Hesse
Cover Artist: Tyson Hesse
Diesel and Phil inspect the mysterious flying engine with shocking consequences.

POWER UP #4 (of 6)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Matt Cummings
Cover Artist: Matt Cummings
When Kevin has to face a brutal baddie on his own, he learns an important lesson about self-perception and true strength!

GIANT DAYS #7
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
It’s time for end-of-semester exams, but Esther was “too busy living” to attend most of her lectures and it’s up to Daisy and Susan to help her prepare. Meanwhile, Susan goes through the schmoopy romantic phase of a new relationship.

MUNCHKIN #10
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Tom Siddell
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artist: Bridget Underwood
Flower and Spyke pillage and double-cross their way through another dungeon!

LUMBERJANES #19
Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Carolyn Nowak
Cover Artists:
Main: Carolyn Nowak
Incentive: Maarta Laiho
April does her best to repair the mermaids’ friendship, but she just keeps making things worse!

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THE THIRD WITCH #2 (of 6)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mairghread Scott
Artist: Kelly & Nichole Matthews
Cover Artist: Kyla Vanderklugt
Smertae has gone against her sister’s wishes and must face the consequences, but prophecies are tricky things…

AMERICATOWN #3 (of 8)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Bradford Winters & Larry Cohen
Artist: Daniel Irizarri
Cover Artist: Michael Choi
Arroyo begins interrogating the undocumented Americans who were captured in a raid.

HACKTIVIST VOL. 2 #4 (of 6)
Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Artist: Marcus To
Cover Artist: Marcus To
.sve_urs3lf wins a short-lived victory, and Grace meets two ghosts.

LANTERN CITY #6
Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Matthew Daley & Mairghread Scott
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artist: Benjamin Carré
The hardest part of Sander’s first days in the Grey Guard is adjusting to how much easier life is.

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DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? OMNIBUS TP
Retail Price: $39.99
Author: Philip K. Dick
Artist: Tony Parker
Cover Artist: Jay Shaw
What’s to Love: If you loved the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner, chances are you know it’s based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? From 2009-2011, we published a 24-issue graphic interpretation of the novel as realized by artist Tony Parker. Now, for the first time, all 24 issues of the Eisner Award-nominated series are collected into one complete omnibus edition, featuring a brand-new cover by Mondo artist Jay Shaw and essays from Jonathan Lethem, Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis, Matt Fraction, and more.
What It Is: San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. The World War has killed millions, driving entire species to extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic fakes: horses, birds, cats, sheep…even humans. Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter tasked to find six rogue androids. They’re machines, but look, sound, and think like humans—and infinitely more dangerous.

MEMETIC TP
Retail Price: $14.99
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Cover Artist: Eryk Donovan
What’s to Love: Memetic is truly an event comic, and a wholly unique take on the disaster genre. Much like his work on The Woods, writer James Tynion IV—with the help of fantastic newcomer Eryk Donovan (The House in the Wall)—brings horror to a whole new generation of fans of J-horror films like Uzumaki and The Ring. Plus, Memetic was nominated for the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Comic!
What It Is: A meme is an idea that starts with an individual, and then virally spreads to multiple persons and potentially entire societies. Richard Dawkins suggests a meme’s success comes from its effectiveness to the host, but history shows that destructive memes can spread just as rapidly through society. Memetic shows the progression of a weaponized meme that leads to the utter annihilation of the human race within 72 hours. The root of this apocalypse is a single image on the internet, a “meme” in the popular sense. A meme that changes everything. Collects the complete three-issue miniseries.

FICTION SQUAD TP
Retail Price: $19.99
Author:  Paul Jenkins
Artists: Ramon Bachs
Cover Artist: Ramon Bachs
What’s to Love: After publishing Paul Jenkins’ Fairy Quest, we kinda have a thing for Fablewood, where all fairy tales and bedtime stories live side-by-side. So when he came up with a mystery and fantasy mash-up adventure set there and enlisted his Civil War: Front Line artist Ramon Bachs, we hopped aboard faster than Alice went down the rabbit hole. In Fiction Squad, every nursery rhyme is a crime scene in the making. If you like your mystery mashed up with fantasy, like Fables and Once Upon a Time, this has got you covered.
What It Is: Fablewood is a pretty dangerous place, but no area is more dangerous than the City of Rimes, deep in the heart of the Children’s Realm. After transferring in from the realm of Mystery, a failed detective from an unfinished prose novel, Frankie Mack, is about to uncover a conspiracy that could unmake storytelling itself. After Humpty Dumpty is pushed to crack and Jack (of Jack and Jill) goes AWOL, Frankie and his partner, Simple Simon, are put on the case. Collects the complete six-issue miniseries.

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ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 7 TP
Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Ryan North
Artist: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Cover Artist: Tait Howard
Finn is about to fall head-first into an adventure so intense, he’ll never remember it! Finn tries to take on the Mnemonoid only to wake up in the future with no recollection what has happened in the time jump! With his pals Jake, Princess Bubblegum, and Marceline, Finn must remember how to beat this mean dude before he forgets everything else! Collects issues #30-34.

GARFIELD VOL. 7 TP
Retail Price: $13.99
Author: Scott Nickel, Mark Evanier
Artists: Andy Hirsch, David DeGrand
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Featuring Garfield playing dentist, searching for his Orange Meringue Pie, and running from the returning Lasagna Monster & the Fantastical Foods of Fear, this extra-large collection of Garfield comics is the tastiest one yet. Collects the oversized issue #25 and #26-28.

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ISCARIOT HC
Retail Price: $24.99
Author: S.M. Vidaurri
Artist: S.M. Vidaurri
Cover Artist: S.M. Vidaurri
What’s to Love: If you’ve read S.M. Vidaurri’s first original graphic novel Iron: Or, the War After or his issue of Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches, you might understand when we say his watercolor stylings are hauntingly beautiful to look at—they have a soft gentleness to them, yet can convey the most stark of imagery. His new OGN has us completely mesmerized once again, invoking comparisons to The Legend of Korra and the works of Hayao Miyazaki.
What It Is: When Carson, a young girl living with cancer, is bestowed with age-old magic by a rebellious sorcerer named Iscariot, she must navigate her new powers, face the life she had thought she left behind forever, and take on the order of magicians who want to control her destiny. Carson discovers that Iscariot’s intentions might not have been as altruistic as it first appeared, and learns the hard way that magic comes at a cost.

GUNNERKRIGG COURT VOL. 2: RESEARCH TP
Retail Price: $16.99
Author: Thomas Siddell
Artist: Thomas Siddell
Cover Artist: Thomas Siddell
The second volume of Thomas Siddell’s popular and award-winning webcomic Gunnerkrigg Court is here published in softcover for the very first time for old fans and new readers alike! Annie and Kat begin their second year at Gunnerkrigg Court, a mysterious boarding school. Parts of Annie’s past are revealed, as well as mysteries that tie back to the origins of the Court itself. Finding a secret tomb of ancient robots beneath Kat’s workshop leads the two friends to question how they are linked to the mysterious ghost that attacked Annie the year before. And as a new Medium-in-Training, Annie is able to visit the powerful trickster god Coyote in Gillitie Forest, a visit that reveals more than she ever imagined!

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GIANT DAYS VOL. 1 TP
Retail Price: $9.99
Author: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman
What’s to Love: John Allison’s daily webcomics Bad Machinery and Scary Go Round are hilarious, the kind of strips where every panel makes you laugh out loud. As a result, John has earned a large, loyal following of readers that have followed his work daily for the past 12 years. Giant Days is an entertaining, slice-of-life look at three friends away at university, and is a series fans of things like Scott Pilgrim and Friends with Boys will not want to miss!
What It Is: Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery mold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Collects issues #1-4.

LUMBERJANES VOL. 2 TP
Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis
Artist: Brooke Allen
Cover Artist: Noelle Stevenson
The second collection of the award-winning Lumberjanes is here! Five girls become instant best friends when they go to camp and discover there is a lot more to the summer than learning to how to paddle a canoe. Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types is not your average summer camp and  Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers. Between the river monsters, magic, and myths, this summer is only just beginning! Collects issues #5-8.

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