Boom Studios Solicitations for February 2016
Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Brian Joines Artist: Bachan Cover Artists: Main Cover: Jamal Campbell Subscription “Album” Cover: Logan Faerber Incentive Cover: Sean “Cheeks” Galloway Incentive Cover: Scott Koblish What’s to Love: It’s time again to be excellent to each other! We showed just how much we love Bill & Ted with 2015’s Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return, and since 2016 is the 25th anniversary of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, why not celebrate with a new mini-series that sends the lovable duo back to Hell? What It Is: Bill & Ted are back for a brand-new miniseries, this time with the Imagine Agents team of Brian Joines and Bachan at the helm. Bill & Ted and the Princesses have to reunite with their historic friends to knock down the Devil’s door and get their friend Death back. With the help of Rufus, Billy the Kid, Joan of Arc, and more, this is the showdown that will rock the supernatural world. History vs. Hell. Too bad Hell has some surprises up its sleeve…
KENNEL BLOCK BLUES #1 (of 4) Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Ryan Ferrier Artist: Daniel Bayliss Cover Artists: Main Cover: Daniel Bayliss Incentive Cover: Nick Pitarra What’s to Love: From Oz to Shawshank Redemption, we just love great prison dramas. But what if the prison in question is an animal shelter? Ryan Ferrier (Curb Stomp) and Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) combine the tradition of great anthropomorphic stories like Wild’s End and Blacksad with the madcap twists of Six-Gun Gorilla and Chew in their new series Kennel Block Blues. What It Is: Oliver is a good dog. A family dog. But without warning, he’s sentenced to Jackson Kennel, where he’s instantly placed on Death Row with the rest of his fellow inmates, awaiting a lethal appointment on The Table if salvation doesn’t come. He’ll need help escaping the Kennel, but when the stress of prison life builds, he starts escaping reality instead, imagining a fantasy world of cartoon friends. It’s time to break out…into a musical number?
STEVEN UNIVERSE AND THE CRYSTAL GEMS #1 (of 4) Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Josceline Fenton Artist: Chrystin Garland Cover Artists: Main Cover: Kat Leyh Subscription Cover: Jeremy Sorese Incentive Cover: Amber Rogers What’s to Love: Cartoon Network’s Steven Universe animated series has given us a serious case of the feels over and over again, and our first Steven Universe comic series was met with enthusiasm from our fellow fans, so we had to head back to Beach City for more adventures! What It Is: Josceline Fenton (Hemlock) and Chrystin Garland (Adventure Time) help keep Beach City weird with this new four-issue miniseries. Steven takes the Gems out for a camping trip and tells them spooky stories around the camp fire. The Gems don’t give him much of a reaction, but they do tell him a spooky story of their own about a monster who turns bad Gems into glass and shatters them. Pearl assures a terrified Steven that it’s just a story, but suddenly people around Beach City start turning up frozen in glass…
JONESY #1 (of 4) Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Caitlin Rose Boyle Cover Artists: Main Cover: Caitlin Rose Boyle Incentive Cover: Lissa Treiman What’s to Love: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Jonesy is a comic about love that makes us swoon! Sam Humphries (Legendary Star Lord, Citizen Jack) and fresh talent Caitlin Rose Boyle (Buck n’ Lou & the Night Crew) bring something special to BOOM! Box with this series about mad-cap shenanigans, friendship, pals, being a teenager, and figuring out who you are…with a teen cupid twist! If you like Giant Days, dig adorkable romance stories, or just want to smile from ear to ear after reading a comic, you’ll fall in love with Jonesy! What It Is: Jonesy is a self-described “cool dork” who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows. She has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone. With anything. She’s a cupid in plaid. With a Tumblr. There’s only one catch—it doesn’t work on herself. She’s gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong…
THE LAST CONTRACT #2 (of 4) Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Ed Brisson Artist: Lisandro Estherren Cover Artist: Lisandro Estherren Synopsis: The Man is on the run, searching for the person from his past who leaked his kill list.
VENUS #3 (of 4) Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Rick Loverd Artist: Huang Danlan Cover Artist: W. Scott Forbes Synopsis: In the wake of a horrific tragedy, Pauline struggles to maintain order and keep the crew focused on survival.
SNOW BLIND #3 (of 4) Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Ollie Masters Artist: Tyler Jenkins Cover Artist: Tyler Jenkins Synopsis: After the attacker is taken into police custody, Teddy’s parents take the family to a cabin to get away for a few days, unaware that Teddy knows the truth about everything.
WELCOME BACK #5 Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Chrstopher Sebela Artist: Claire Roe Cover Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer Synopsis: Now an ongoing series! With Showtime at her side, fan-favorite character Lorena sets out to find Mali—but is she still Mali, or has she reincarnated into a new life?
WILD’S END: THE ENEMY WITHIN #6 (of 6) Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: I.N.J. Culbard Cover Artist: I.N.J. Culbard Synopsis: Final issue! While the other survivors struggle in the woods against the aliens, Peter and Susan desperately try to alert the public in time.
ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK #15 Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Christopher Sebela Artist: Maxim Simic Cover Artist: Jason Copland Synopsis: Snake’s on the run with a ton of cash, but a member of his crew has sold them out.
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #21 Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Fred Van Lente Artist: Victor Santos Cover Artist: Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz Synopsis: Final arc! After an unfortunate misfire, Egg’s magic sends Jack Burton and Winona back through time to where it all began: San Francisco 1848…the year Chinatown formed.
ADVENTURE TIME: ICE KING #2 (of 6) Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Emily Partridge Artist: Natalie Andrewson Cover Artists: Main Cover: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb Subscription: Joey McCormick Incentive: Chrystin Garland Synopsis: Ice King turns to Marceline to help him become hip enough to join up with the cool wizards.
REGULAR SHOW #32 Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Mad Rupert Artist: Laura Howell Cover Artists: Main: Igor Wolski Subscription: Ryan Inzana Synopsis: Rigby and Skips battle for survival in the Crystal Colosseum as Mordecai and Benson work together to steal the Crystal King’s magical jewel. It’s a prison break from the prettiest joint in the sky!
ADVENTURE TIME #49 Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Christopher Hastings Artist: Zachary Sterling Cover Artists: Main: Paul Reinwand Subscription: K.L. Ricks Synopsis: Finn and Jake must re-banish their old friend from reality in order to defeat a monstrous threat.
PEANUTS #31 Retail Price: $3.99 Writers: Charles M. Schulz, Various Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Various Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz, Various Synopsis: In “Thompson Trouble,” Snoopy dons a mustache and rushes to help his pal Thompson, and Peppermint Patty is after a gold star in “Go for Gold.”
BOOM! BOX – ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES
GIANT DAYS #11 Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: John Allison Artist: Max Sarin Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman Synopsis: Now an ongoing series! It’s Susan’s birthday and she receives the greatest gift at all: it’s time for the medical students to start cutting up cadavers.
LUMBERJANES #23 Retail Price: $3.99 Writers: Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh Artist: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell Cover Artists: Main: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell Incentive: Claudia Aguirre Synopsis: Molly spends time with the Bear Woman to learn more about shape-shifters, and the girls finally have a plan to help Seafarin’ Karen get her boat back!
ARCHAIA – ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES
JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: DRAGONS #3 (of 4) Retail Price: $3.99 Writers: Hannah Christenson Artist: Hannah Christenson Cover Artist: Hannah Christenson Synopsis: Hannah Christenson (Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard) presents “Albina,” the genderswapped retelling of the Russian folktale wherein a legendary warrior and her servant face the threeheaded dragon Tugarin Zmey.
TOIL AND TROUBLE #6 (of 6) Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Mairghread Scott Artists: Kelly & Nichole Matthews Cover Artist: Kyla Vanderklugt Synopsis: Final issue! Smertae must make things right with her sisters, even if it means the end of Macbeth.
AMERICATOWN #7 (of 8) Retail Price: $3.99 Writer: Bradford Winters & Larry Cohen Artist: Daniel Irizarri Cover Artist: Michael Choi Synopsis: Owen’s lawyer meets with Derek at the detention center and assures him that Owen has a plan.
LANTERN CITY #10 Retail Price: $3.99 Writers: Matthew Daley & Mairghread Scott Artist: Carlos Magno Cover Artist: Benjamin Carré Synopsis: Sander attempts to save Lantern City from Killian’s schemes as the Fortache army approaches.
BOOM! STUDIOS – TPS, OGNS, AND HARDCOVERS
BILL & TED’S MOST TRIUMPHANT RETURN TP Retail Price: $ 19.99 Writer: Brian Lynch Artist: Jerry Gaylord Cover Artist: Felipe Smith What’s to Love: Just in time for the 25th anniversary of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, we’re returning readers to one of our favorite—and most excellent—cult-classic properties with a new Bill & Ted adventure of epic proportions. Brian Lynch (Minions screenwriter, Angel: After the Fall) and Jerry Gaylord (Fanboys vs. Zombies) bring you all the silly humor and likable characters mixed with some cool historical science fiction you love! What It Is: After winning the Battle of the Bands, Bill & Ted’s destiny is now in full swing. As the world waits for the Wyld Stallyns to unite the world with their music, Bill & Ted have to discover how to live up to such wild expectations. Collects the complete six-issue mini-series and features an Introduction by Alex Winter, who played Bill in the films.
WELCOME BACK VOL. 1 TP Retail Price: $9.99 Author: Christopher Sebela Artists: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Claire Roe Cover Artist: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer What’s to Love: Eisner-Award nominated writer Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters, High Crimes) and artists Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Critical Hit) and Claire Roe bring you a tale of reincarnated assassins who are forever fighting, killing, and loving each other throughout endless lives. Featuring an introductory price of $9.99! What It Is: Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight. But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt… Collects issues #1-4.
OH, KILLSTRIKE TP Retail Price: $14.99 Writer: Max Bemis Artist: Logan Faerber Cover Artist: Logan Faerber What’s to Love: Say Anything frontman Max Bemis writes a love letter to 1990s superhero comics in this tongue-incheek homage to the era, featuring the art stylings of Logan Faerber—reminiscent of works by Chip Zdarsky and Jeff Lemire. Much like Polarity, Oh, Killstrike is very personal to Bemis: It’s about a new dad who loves comics from his youth. Part twisted buddy comedy, part profound coming-of-age story, we couldn’t stop smiling when reading Oh, Killstrike. What It Is: Jared, a new father, fears parenthood. An old comics fan, he turns to them for comfort. But when he unwittingly lets loose his favorite character, Killstrike—a single-minded, vengeance-loving anti-hero— onto the world, Jared must find a way to send him back before he harms all the people he loves the most. But before that happens, Killstrike leads Jared on a quest of self-discovery to make him realize the kid who loved this character is not the man he has become. Collects the complete mini-series, issues #1- 4.
HIT: 1957 TP *****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR MARCH 2016***** Retail Price: $14.99 Writer: Bryce Carlson Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey What’s to Love: Hit: 1955 was one of our favorite original series of 2013, a dark, violent dive into the depths of 1950s corruption in Los Angeles featuring the writing of Bryce Carlson and the debut of Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer nominee Vanesa R. Del Rey. Hit: 1957 takes us later in the seminal decade of change for the LAPD—familiar faces, new threats, and more sharp, smart noir. Even if you missed out on the first series, if you’re a fan of crime comics like Parker, Criminal, and Tumor, Hit is in your wheelhouse. What It Is: Crime is down in Los Angeles—at least, on the surface. Mickey Cohen has been quiet since his release from prison and the LAPD has seemingly regained control of the city. But the underground is a different story. Det. Harvey Slater and company have spent the last two years focused on Domino and his Syndicate’s unrelenting infiltration, but no matter how many people the hit squad kills, the real fight for Los Angeles rages on. Meanwhile, Slater’s being hounded by Internal Affairs, Bonnie Brae is missing, and everything is falling apart at the seams. Collects the complete mini-series, issues #1-4.
HEXED: THE HARLOT AND THE THIEF VOL. 2 TP *****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR MARCH 2016***** Retail Price: $ 14.99 Writer: Michael Alan Nelson Artist: Dan Mora Cover Artist: Dan Mora Synopsis: Lucifer and Madame Cymbaline collide in a way that has major repercussions for them and all they hold dear. Written by Michael Alan Nelson (Day Men) and illustrated by Dan Mora (Klaus), don’t miss this next installment of the the series that IGN says is “engaging, intriguing, and most of all, fun.” Collects issues #5-8.
KABOOM! – TPS, OGNS, AND HARDCOVERS
CLARENCE VOL. 1: CHICKEN PHANTOM OGN Retail Price: $14.99 Writer: Derek Fridolfs Artist: JJ Harrison Cover Artist: JJ Harrison What’s to Love: We’ve all been Clarence at one point. He’s an optimistic, nine-year-old kid who sees the best in everyone and is happy to play the day away with his best friends, Jeff and Sumo. Writer Derek Fridolfs and illustrator JJ Harrison bring all the heart from the hit Cartoon Network animated series to our firstever Clarence original graphic novel, and it reads like an extended episode of the show. Take a moment to relive childhood! What It Is: Clarence and his friends join the Rough Riders Scouts for a summer out in the woods. While looking through a cave, they discover a lost journal written by the notorious Black Buck The Pirate (an ancestor of Rough Rider Chicken founder Buckey O’Neill). It details his adventures on the ocean and where he buried his treasure. But he also warns of a phantom chicken that haunts the forest, and drove many of his crew mad. Now, Clarence and his friends are in a race against their rival, Joshua Maverick, to find the buried treasure, while avoiding the chicken phantom!
BRAVEST WARRIORS VOL. 6 TP Retail Price: $14.99 Writer: Kate Leth Artist: Ian McGinty Cover Artist: Tyson Hesse Synopsis: The Bravest Warriors decide to take time off from saving the universe for some team bonding over a lovely picnic…what could go wrong? If their teleporter locks them out and traps them on the planet they’re visiting? A whole lot! When Chris is captured by the bad guys and Danny falls victim to the evils of RoboChris, it’s up to Beth, Plum, and Wallow to save their friends in butt-kicking, Bravest Warriors fashion. Collects issues #21-24.
STEVEN UNIVERSE VOL. 2 TP *****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR MARCH 2016***** Retail Price: $14.99 Writer: Jeremy Sorese Artist: Coleman Engle Cover Artist: Amber Rogers Synopsis: Join Steven as he starts his next adventure from trying to save the local library to getting lost inside Pearl’s head! It’s always a good day to be Steven Universe when you’re surrounded by such amazing friends and family. Collects issues #5-8, including all the covers and shorts.
ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 8 TP *****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR MARCH 2016***** Retail Price: $14.99 Writers: Ryan North, Christopher Hastings Artists: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb, Zachary Sterling Cover Artist: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb Synopsis: It’s the end of one era and the beginning of another in this collection that includes the very the last issue by Ryan North and artists Shelli & Braden as they take the AT gang on one last one-shot adventure, and introduces indie all-stars Christopher Hastings and Zachary Sterling as they start Finn and Jake on an adventure that is as tasty as it is dangerous! Collects issues #35-39
ARCHAIA – TPS, OGNS, AND HARDCOVERS
CURSED PIRATE GIRL TP Retail Price: $19.99 Writer: Jeremy A. Bastian Artist: Jeremy A. Bastian Cover Artist: Jeremy A. Bastian Synopsis: Available for the first time ever in a softcover trade paperback, Jeremy A. Bastian’s beautiful, astonishingly detailed line work is on display in his magnus opus Cursed Pirate Girl, a black-and-white original graphic novel about a girl on a quest in search of her father. It’s a journey filled with adventure above and below the mythical waters of the Omerta Seas. A nautical fairytale of strange creatures, whimsical characters, swashbuckling danger, and the most bizarre pirates you could hope for. It’s certain to amaze and captivate adults and children alike!
LANTERN CITY VOL. 1 HC *****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR MARCH 2016***** Retail Price: $24.99 Writers: Paul Jenkins, Matthew Daley & Mairghread Scott Artist: Carlos Magno Cover Artist: Dave Dorman What’s to Love: From the writings of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, to comics like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, and Lady Mechanika, the detailed and imagination-fueled steampunk movement has excited fans worldwide. Lantern City explores everything we love about the genre and what it takes to change a person’s place in the world. Created by Trevor Crafts, Bruce Boxleitner, and Matthew Daley, written by Daley, Paul Jenkins (Fairy Quest), and Mairghread Scott (Transformers), and illustrated by Carlos Magno (RoboCop), Lantern City explores what it takes to change a person’s place in the world, all set in an original, sprawling steampunk universe. What It Is: Sander Jorve just wants to keep his wife and son safe. Living in the brutalized lower class of Lantern City means living in near-constant darkness, the enormous walls of the city always looming overhead, while the upper class enjoys the elevated, interconnected towers and airships above. When Sander’s brotherin-law, the persuasive activist Kendal, convinces him to infiltrate the brutal ranks of the Guard, he’s set on a dangerous path that will test his abilities and beliefs, all in the name of making a difference for his family and his caste. Collects issues #1-4 and includes behind-the-scenes concept art and extras.
BOOM! BOX – TPS, OGNS, AND HARDCOVERS
HELP US! GREAT WARRIOR TP *****ADVANCE SOLICITED FOR MARCH 2016***** Retail Price: $19.99 Writer: Madeleine Flores Artist: Madeleine Flores Cover Artist: Nick Sumida What’s to Love: Madeleine Flores’ tale of a smart, hilarious, and intensely capable little warrior enchanted us immediately with its unique sense of humor and manga-influenced look and feel. If you love the brand of kick-butt girl power that the Lumberjanes bring to the page each month, then this sword-wielding girl and her hilarious adventures will be exactly what you need. Also, there are witches who turn everyone to hunks. What’s not to love? What It Is: Based on Madeleine Flores’ popular webcomic, Help Us! Great Warrior is about a very powerful Great Warrior (natch) who protects her village from evildoers and looks great in her armor while doing it. Possessing great strength and even greater self-confidence, she’s ready to kick some butts and save everyone, especially hunky guys. Collects the complete six-issue mini-series.