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PREVIEW | BOOM! Studios: April 2014 solicitations
Published on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by
Check out the covers and issue descriptions of the BOOM! Studios family of imprints’ planned April 2014 releases.

BOOM! Studios Previews for April 2014

(schedule subject to change without notice)

NEW LAUNCHING SINGLES

TRANSLUCID #1 (OF 6)
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
  • Artists: Daniel Bayliss
  • Cover Artists: A: Jeff Stokely; B: Ming Doyle (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert have given us such BOOM! Studios favorites as KILL AUDIO and KEY OF Z. Their latest book takes the superhero trope of “the neverending battle” and turns it into a completely different beast.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: TRANSLUCID is the superhero story you’ve wanted but never thought you’d see. It explores the thin line between heroes and villains, and the space between childhood hope and loss.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The Horse has been the arch-enemy of The Navigator for years. But The Horse feels The Navigator’s moral compass slipping, and even a villain can’t let that happen. The Horse decides to get a closer look into The Navigator’s past that he’s buried deep in his subconscious and find out what drives a person to make the right choice, and what propels someone to make a selfish one. Thus begins an exploration of why a young man would take the mantle of a superhero.

DEAD LETTERS #1
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Christopher Sebela
  • Artist: Chris Visions
  • Cover Artists: A. Chris Visions; B. Ron Wimberly (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Here at BOOM! Studios, crime is in our blood. From our comic-turned-feature film 2 GUNS to our critically acclaimed series HIT, we’ve always had a passion for all things noir. DEAD LETTERS is the next step in our exploration of the genre.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Creators Christopher Sebela (GHOST, HIGH CRIMES) and newcomer Chris Visions are two fresh voices that are about to take the industry by storm. Don’t miss out on a wholly unique take on crime fiction.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Waking up in a fleabag motel with bandaged arms and a revolver on his desk, Sam doesn’t remember a thing – not how he got here, where here is, or who he is. But the armed men knocking on his door do and Sam will have to use every trick from his forgotten repertoire to outrun and outsmart his way through a hardboiled wonderland of gang wars, femme fatales and big secrets.

HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 (OF 5)
  • Imprint: KaBOOM!
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Mike Kunkel
  • Artist: Mike Kunkel
  • Cover Artists: A. Mike Kunkel; B. Humberto Ramos (Incentive); C. George Pérez (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Tyler and Herobear are back in an all-new original adventure! We’ve been waiting to see these two back in action and we’re looking forward to see what shenanigans these two get up to in SAVING TIME, the first new Herobear series in ten years.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Whether you’re already a fan of this dynamic duo, or new to HEROBEAR AND THE KID, nobody does the magic of childhood quite like Mike Kunkel.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Henry, the family’s magical butler, is missing!! It’s up to Tyler and Herobear to figure out what happened to their friend…only they might learn a lot more about Henry than they initially thought…and be forced to get help from an unsuspected source.

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1
  • Imprint: KaBOOM!
  • Retail Price: $4.99
  • Authors: Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistdat
  • Artist: Becky Dreistdat
  • Cover Artists: Becky Dreistdat; B. Lorena Gomez (Incentive); C. Audra Furuichi (Incentive)

Cake is a sweet little kitten gettin’ into magical mischief with her best friend… little adventurer Fionna! A very special, horizontally formatted issue by dynamite creators Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson (“Baby Kitten Teeth”) bring you the cutest thing imaginable…Baby Fionna and Cake!

GARFIELD: PET FORCE 2014 SPECIAL #1
  • KABOOM_Garfield_Pet_Force_001Imprint: KaBOOM!
  • Retail Price: $4.99
  • Author: Scott Nickel
  • Artists: Gary Barker and George Lane III
  • Cover Artist: Gary Barker

A mission in outer space leads Pet Force to encounter versions of the team from across the galaxy, while their oldest foes prepare a special welcome for them once they return to Planet Dorkon…

LUMBERJANES #1 (OF 8)
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Imprint: BOOM! Box
  • Authors: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
  • Artist: Brooke Allen
  • Cover Artists: A. Noelle Stevenson; B. Madéleine Flores (Incentive); C. Lauren Zukauskas (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp…defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves, and giant falcons…what’s not to love?!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: It’s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” meets “Gravity Falls” and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake. And with the talent of acclaimed cartoonist Noelle Stevenson, talented newcomer Grace Ellis writing, and Brooke Allen on art, this is going to be a spectacular series that you won’t want to miss.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.

BOOM! STUDIOS ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

THE RETURNING #2 (OF 4)
  • BOOM_The_Returning_002Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Jason Starr
  • Artist: Andrea Mutti
  • Cover Artist: Frazer Irving

Beth thought she had nowhere to turn—until a mysterious man who calls himself Marcus seemingly comes to her aid. Now, as they move through Indiana, Marcus not only claims to know why the NDE victims turn to violence, but also information about Beth’s family. Can he be trusted, or are his hands as bloody as Beth’s?

EVIL EMPIRE #2
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Max Bemis
  • Artist: Ransom Getty
  • Cover Artists: A. Jay Shaw; B. Symbol (signed by Max Bemis) (Incentive)

The sands are shifting in America’s public consciousness. One action has torn the country apart in a debate over the meaning of right and wrong, and Reese is not about to stand by as the American people support the rantings of a mad man. But how far will people go to take a stand for what they believe in?

CLOCKWORK ANGELS #2 (OF 6)
  • BOOM_Clockwork_Angels_002Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart
  • Artist: Nick Robles
  • Cover Artist: Hugh Syme

From RUSH visionary Neil Peart and best-selling author Kevin J. Anderson, this is the world of CLOCKWORK ANGELS brought to life! Owen Hardy never thought he would make it to Crown City, home of the Clockwork Angels. But now that he’s here, his life is turning for the worse. That’s when The Anarchist steps in!

LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL #3 (OF 4)
  • BOOM_Loki_003Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Eric M. Esquivel
  • Artist: Jerry Gaylord
  • Cover Artist: Alexis Ziritt

Loki’s rise to the fame has angered the gods! Not just the Norse gods—pantheon after pantheon is after this little trickster. Humanity has elevated Loki to a god—a god of rock and roll! With that much belief invested in him, even a god armada had better watch out!

REVELATIONS #4 (OF 6)
  • BOOM_Revelations_004Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Paul Jenkins
  • Artist: Humberto Ramos
  • Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos

Things are finally coming together for Detective Charlie Northern. With the aid of Vatican Lawyer Lucille Pellicci, Northern’s investigation has picked up the pace and the answers are coming together. Little does Northern know that the closer he gets to the truth, the more desperate others will be to keep their secrets buried.

CURSE #4 (OF 4)
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel
  • Artists: Riley Rossmo and Colin Lorimer
  • Cover Artists: A. Riley Rossmo B. Colin Lorimer (Incentive)

Laney Griffin has shouldered more heartbreak than most. With his son’s life and his own criminal innocence hanging in the balance, Laney must take drastic measures to stay one step ahead. But as the captive werewolf emerges with the full moon and Sheriff Nora Hughes’ forces close in, the hope for survival looks slim—for father and son.

DECEIVERS #5 (OF 6)
  • BOOM_Deceivers_005Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Steven Grant
  • Artist: Jose Holder
  • Cover Artist: Lorena Carvalho

The deceived become the deceivers, as Lincoln and Nicky team up with Patrice to entrap the corrupt intelligence agencies plaguing Europe. But when our con men are forced to choose between giving up their cover identities or dying in style, can Lincoln and Nicky return to life as normal American civilians Mark Linton and Scott Dunn?

SUICIDE RISK #12
  • BOOM_Suicide_Risk_012Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Mike Carey
  • Artist: Elena Casagrande
  • Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

Now awake, aware, and furious about what’s been done to him, the murderous super-villain known as Requiem wants answers. There are huge gaps in his memories—he doesn’t understand how he comes to be in this world he doesn’t know, in this life that isn’t his. But he does know there’s no one he won’t hurt or kill to get information. Not even Leo Winters’ family.

SONS OF ANARCHY #8
  • BOOM_Sons_of_Anarchy_008Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Ed Brisson
  • Artist: Damian Couceiro
  • Cover Artist: Garry Brown

In this new story arc set after the events of season three, Gemma and Tara must keep the peace on the homefront as Jax, Clay, and the others serve their time in prison. The town of Charming is more dangerous than ever with the SONS OF ANARCHY behind bars!

CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT #12 (OF 12)
  • BOOM_Next_Testament_012Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Clive Barker and Mark Miller
  • Artist: Haemi Jang
  • Cover Artist: Goñi Montes

The finale of Clive Barker’s original series is upon us! All the pain and suffering Tristan and Elspeth have gone through has led them to Providence, where they are reunited with Julian…but that’s not the only family reunion taking place, as Wick finally faces his jailers. Clive Barker, Mark Miller, and Haemi Jang bring this epic to a shocking conclusion!

KABOOM! ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #4 (OF 6)
  • Retail Price: A-B: $3.99
  • Authors: Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
  • Artist: Wook Jin Clark
  • Cover Artists: A: Colleen Coover; B: Courtney Bernard; C: Rebekka Dunlap (Incentive); D: Marguerite Sauvage (Incentive)

Everything is messed up and it’s only getting messier! Finn and Jake find themselves in the middle of a war with no way out. They have to face the battle head on… but what about the FLANKS?! Things are backwards and it looks like it’s just going get more twisted as our heroes try to finish the adventure they started.

REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS #6 (OF 6)
  • Retail Price: A-B: $3.99
  • Author: Mad Rupert
  • Artist: Mad Rupert
  • Cover Artists: A: Mychal Amann; B: Laura Knetzger; C: Aaron Conley (Incentive); D: Theresa Zysk (Incentive)

It’s the final issue and things are crashing down! Will Skips and Ted be able to figure out how to get out of this never-ending cycle of park torture? They might have finally gotten a handle on Mordecai and Rigby but the problem is going to end up being a lot more complicated than that…

GARFIELD #24
  • KABOOM_Garfield_024Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Mark Evanier and Scott Nickel
  • Artists: Andy Hirsch and Miranda Yeo
  • Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch

While Garfield and Odie get into some seasonal shenanigans, Liz decides to spend a lovely Spring day with Arlene and meets a fairy princess. Guest artist Miranda Yeo joins the fun as we bring you two more all-new tales of the Fat Cat!

BRAVEST WARRIORS #19
  • Retail Price: A-B: $3.99
  • Author: Breehn Burns
  • Artist: Mike Holmes
  • Cover Artists: A: Kyle Fewell; B: Kelly & Nichole Matthews; C: Jason Adams (Incentive); D: Emily Partridge (Incentive)

Things are finally winding down for our heroes. The Bravest Warriors can finally take a breather…or can they? Could it be that they are in an illusion that just wants them to relax before it breaks and reigns terror on them? What if there is a memory donk nearby and they just can’t remember the mortal peril they are actually in?

ADVENTURE TIME #27
  • Retail Price: A-B: $3.99
  • Author: Ryan North
  • Artist: Jim Rugg
  • Cover Artists: A: Brittney Williams; B: Sabrina Scott; C: Tom Hunter (Incentive); D: Chrystin Garland (Incentive)

This special arc with guest artist Jim Rugg continues!! Finn and Jake might have finally met their match, but what will happen with it turns out that the match isn’t a match at all? Things are getting crazy in the land of Ooo and it looks like our heroes might need someone to save them this time around.

PEANUTS #17
  • KABOOM_Peanuts_017Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Charles Schulz and Various
  • Artists: Charles Schulz and Various
  • Cover Artist: Charles Schulz

Snoopy loves Woodstock, but sometimes his storytelling can get a little rusty. He tends to fall asleep mid-sentence and laugh endlessly at his own jokes. “Tasty Is a Virtue” and many more adventures can be found in this month’s issue of PEANUTS.

BOOM! BOX ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

THE MIDAS FLESH #5 (OF 8)
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Ryan North
  • Artists: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
  • Cover Artists: A. John Keogh; B. Emily Carroll (Incentive)

The ship is torn by a battle of head vs. heart. Now that they have the all-mighty power of The Midas Touch at their hands, do they have what it takes to use it on the Federation’s home planet? Lives are at stake and friendships are challenged in issue #5 of THE MIDAS FLESH!

ARCHAIA ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

HACKTIVIST #4 (OF 4)
  • ARCHAIA_Hacktivist_004Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Alyssa Milano, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly
  • Artists: Marcus To and Ian Herring
  • Cover Artist: Marcus To

Reeling from tragedy, Ed has to orchestrate the most elaborate and far-reaching hack so far in order to right the wrongs he has brought to Sirine’s doorstep in Tunisia. However, if his message is to reach the entire world under the eagle eye of Agent Ori and the CIA, he will need the help of an old friend. In this gripping conclusion to Alyssa Milano’s four-part series, will Nate and Ed come together in order to save each other and change the world?

BOOM! STUDIOS TRADE PAPERBACKS, ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND HARDCOVERS

PLANET OF THE APES: CATACLYSM VOL. 3 TP
  • BOOM_POTA_Cataclysm_v3_TPBRetail Price: $14.99
  • Authors: Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman
  • Artist: Damian Couceiro
  • Cover Artist: Alex Ross

Still recovering from the terrible cataclysm that rocked the planet, Doctor Zaius tries to maintain the fragile coalition of apes, chimps and orangutans, in an effort to ensure that the rebuilding of Ape City continues apace. But cleanup is turning out to be just as dangerous as the calamity itself. Ape must not harm ape, but soon there may be no choice… Collecting issues 9-12 of the critically acclaimed series from Corinna Bechko (HEATHENTOWN) and Gabriel Hardman (HULK) along with SONS OF ANARCHY artist Damian Couceiro, this volume concludes the PLANET OF THE APES: CATACLYSM saga!

STEED AND MRS. PEEL VOL. 3 TP
  • BOOM_Steed_and_Mrs_Peel_v3_TPBRetail Price: $14.99
  • Author: Caleb Monroe
  • Artist: Yasmin Liang
  • Cover Artist: Joseph Michael Linsner

After a series of stinging defeats, John Cartney has reached out for help in his battle against John Steed and Emma Peel, teaming up with the Cybernauts, robots designed to replace humanity. Our super-spies face their biggest challenge yet as their two fiercest foes join forces!

TANPOPO VOL. 2 HC
  • BOOM_Tanpopo_v2_HCRetail Price: $24.99
  • Author: Camilla d’Errico
  • Artist: Camilla d’Errico
  • Cover Artist: Camilla d’Errico

A fresh wound of the heart is torn open by the unmasking of Kuro’s deadly deception with Ni. His lessons in human emotion push Tanpopo to the limits of her resolve. Is this part of his plan as her otherworldly guide or has he underestimated Tanpopo’s dogged independence? Camilla d’Errico’s mythic and mystical take on literature is told through the unfolding narrative of Tanpopo—a mysterious girl guided by Kuro; the devil in disguise. Following from TANPOPO Vol. 1 Hardcover, the second hardcover edition continues Tanpopo’s journey into human emotion through the works of Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, and a foray into the 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS.

KABOOM! STUDIOS TRADE PAPERBACKS, ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND HARDCOVERS

ADVENTURE TIME: SUGARY SHORTS VOL. 1 TP
  • KABOOM_Adventure_Time_Sugary_Shorts_v1_TPBRetail Price: $19.99
  • Authors: Paul Pope, Lucy Knisley, Michael DeForge, Aaron Renier, and more
  • Artists: Paul Pope, Lucy Knisley, Michael DeForge, Aaron Renier, and more
  • Cover Artist: Logan Faerber

Comic creators from around the world unite to celebrate all things ADVENTURE TIME in this collection of incredibly original mini-adventures. Starring all of your favorite characters from Finn and Jake to Hot Dog Princess and Peppermint Butler, SUGARY SHORTS Volume One is a syrupy salute to the Land of Ooo that is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

REGULAR SHOW VOL. 1 TP
  • KABOOM_Regular_Show_v1_TPBRetail Price: $14.99
  • Author: KC Green
  • Artist: Allison Strejlau
  • Cover Artist: Chris Houghton

It’s a comic that is anything but regular! Benson just wants to have a quiet concert in the park…too bad Muscle Man has other plans! Will Mordecai and Rigby be able to stop the moshing before it gets out of control? Don’t miss these brand new adventures, written by cartoonist KC Green (GUNSHOW) and drawn by Allison Strejlau!

ARCHAIA TRADE PAPERBACKS, ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND HARDCOVERS

JIM HENSON’S LABYRINTH: THE NOVELIZATION HC
  • ARCHAIA_Labyrinth_Novelization_HCRetail Price: $19.99
  • Authors: A.C.H. Smith and Jim Henson
  • Artist: Brian Froud
  • Cover Artist: Brian Froud

WHY WE LOVE IT: Finally back in print and for the first time in hardcover, the novelization of LABYRINTH written by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson. This is the first in a series of prose novels from the Jim Henson Archives presented by Archaia.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This beautiful hardcover features unpublished goblin illustrations by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud and an exclusive peek into Jim Henson’s creative process with 50 never-before-seen pages from his personal journal, detailing the initial conception of his ideas for LABYRINTH.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The story of the classic Jim Henson film LABYRINTH, wonderfully adapted for prose by author and playwright A.C.H. Smith.

DARKLIGHT OGN HC
  • ARCHAIA_Darklight_HCRetail Price: $24.99
  • Author: Chad Kultgen
  • Artist: Piotr Kowalski
  • Cover Artist: Frazer Irving

WHY WE LOVE IT: From New York Times bestselling author Chad Kultgen (THE AVERAGE AMERICAN MALE; MEN, WOMEN, & CHILDREN) and artist Piotr Kowalski (MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK, SEX) comes a sci-fi epic that is truly one of a kind.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Perfect for fans of the gritty realism of the rebooted “Battlestar Galactica” coupled with the sense of exploration and teamwork found in classic “Star Trek.”

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: We poisoned our planet. Sucked it dry of natural resources. Killed one another in the name of gods that never existed, and survived despite it all. Now, at the very edges of the fabric of space-time, the universe itself is starting to decay. Three warring races–the Human Empire, the organic Duron, and the cybernetic Luminids–must band together to stop their mutual destruction, and the future of the galaxy rests on Captain Rhodes and the crew of the H.E. Woden.

SPECIAL ITEMS

ADVENTURE TIME: SUGARY SHORTS VOL. 1 NYCC EXCLUSIVE HC
  • AdventureTime_SS_CVR.inddImprint: KaBOOM!
  • Retail Price: $49.99
  • Authors: Paul Pope, Lucy Knisley, Michael DeForge, Aaron Renier, and more
  • Artists: Paul Pope, Lucy Knisley, Michael DeForge, Aaron Renier, and more
  • Cover Artist: Dustin Nguyen

Previously only available at New York Comic Con, this special edition features a wraparound cover by Dustin Nguyen.

PROTOCOL: ORPHANS #1 (OF 4) LBCC EXCLUSIVE
  • BOOM_Protocol_Orphans_001_LBCCRetail Price: $9.99
  • Author: Michael Alan Nelson
  • Artist: Mariano Navarro
  • Cover Artist: Tonci Zonjic

Previously only available at Long Beach Comic & Horror Con, this special edition features a cover by Tonci Zonjic.

OFFERED AGAIN

I’M NOT A PLASTIC BAG OGN HC
  • I'm Not A Plastic Bag Cover_619x768Imprint: Archaia
  • Retail Price: $19.95
  • Author: Rachel Hope Allison
  • Artist: Rachel Hope Allison
  • Cover Artist: Rachel Hope Allison

Artist and storyteller Rachel Hope Allison’s debut graphic novel about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch brings to life the plight of our oceans in a moving fable of beauty, loneliness, and hope. Offered again this month in celebration of Earth Day.

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