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PREVIEW | BOOM! Studios: May 2014 solicitations
Published on Thursday, February 27, 2014 by
Check out the covers and issue descriptions of the BOOM! Studios family of imprints’ planned May 2014 releases. Highlights include debuts of The WoodsBee and Puppycat, The Last Broadcast, and Clive Barker’s Nightbreed!

BOOM! Studios Previews for May 2014

(schedule subject to change without notice)

Abbreviations and initialisms used in this article:

  • HC: Hardcover
  • OGN: Original graphic novel
  • TP: Trade paperback

Prior solicitation listings:

NEW LAUNCHING SINGLES

THE WOODS #1
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: James Tynion IV
  • Artist: Michael Dialynas
  • Cover Artists: A: Ramón Pérez B: Matthew Woodson C: Paul Duffield (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: As fans of James Tynion IV’s work in the Batman universe (the upcoming BATMAN ETERNAL, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS), we were eager to publish his first original comic series. THE WOODS gives us that same eerie, small-town horror feel we get whenever we read a Stephen King novel.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: James Tynion IV is a former protege of BATMAN writer Scott Snyder, so you know he’s learned a lot about how to craft a compelling tale. If you’re a fan of teen conspiracy comics like MORNING GLORIES, SHELTERED, and REVIVAL, you’ll immediately be sucked into THE WOODS.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.

CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #1
  • Retail Price:  $3.99
  • Authors: Clive Barker and Marc Andreyko
  • Artist: Piotr Kowalski
  • Cover Artists: A: Riley Rossmo B: Christopher Mitten (Incentive) C: Mike Mignola (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Comics are full of outcast characters, but this is an outcast story, Clive Barker-style. True to this modern horror master’s other work, NIGHTBREED is full of horrifying creatures that captivated us in the 1990 film and live on in this new story. Plus, writer Marc Andreyko is a HUGE fan of NIGHTBREED!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Before FABLES, before ONCE UPON A TIME, Clive Barker created a secret town of monsters that live among us. Don’t worry if you’ve never seen the film—Barker and writer Marc Andreyko (MANHUNTER) have crafted a story that all horror fans can enjoy. Add to the mix Piotr Kowalski’s art (MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK) and this is a story that can’t be missed.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The Nightbreed is a secret society of monsters and misfits that hide away from humans, but have been a part of this world since time immemorial. Explore both the past and the present of this clandestine tribe, unleashing new secrets and horrors as they fight to coexist with mankind.!

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1
  • Imprint: KaBOOM!
  • Retail Price:  $3.99
  • Authors: Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson
  • Artist: Natasha Allegri
  • Cover Artists: A: Natasha Allegri  B: Zac Gorman C: Coleman Engle (Incentive) D: Becky Dreistadt (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Because Natasha Allegri is simply amazing. She built up a big fan-following on Tumblr while working on the Adventure Time cartoon, then created gender-swapped characters (Fionna and Cake) that became so popular they put them into the show. Then, she created BEE AND PUPPYCAT and it became the most funded web series project in Kickstarter history. How could we NOT publish it?

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: You might already love it if you’re one of the thousands who supported the Kickstarter campaign, but for those of you just joining us, if you like stories that feature magical girls like SAILOR MOON, MADOKA MAGICA, and POWERPUFF GIRLS, you will enjoy BEE AND PUPPYCAT! It’s a slice-of-life story with a twist, and it has so much comedy and enchantment, you can’t help but be swept up.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: It’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray…whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret. Fighting bad guys has never been so funny.

REGULAR SHOW 2014 ANNUAL #1 (One-shot)
  • Imprint: KaBOOM!
  • Retail Price: $4.99
  • Authors: Kevin Burkhalter, T. Zysk, Yumi Sakugawa, Nick Sumida, and Andy Kluthe
  • Artists: Tessa Stone, T. Zysk, Yumi Sakugawa, Nick Sumida, and Andy Kluthe
  • Cover Artists: A: Allison Strejlau B: Jen Lee (Incentive) C: KC Green (Incentive)

Mordecai and Rigby find themselves at odds over a haunted pair of sneakers, Pops might be lost inside a hidden labyrinth and he’s not quite sure how he got there, and Skips might finally have a problem that even he can’t solve. It’s going to be an action-packed collection of stories!

THE LAST BROADCAST #1 (OF 7)
  • ARCHAIA_Last_Broadcast_001_WEBImprint: Archaia
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: André Sirangelo
  • Artist: Gabriel Iumazark
  • Cover Artist: Gabriel Iumazark

WHY WE LOVE IT: Ever wonder what’s behind that “No Trespassing” sign? Co-creators André Sirangelo and Gabriel Iumazark take us deep into the renegade world of urbEx (urban exploration). Throw in a decades-old conspiracy involving vaudeville magicians and occult spiritualists and you’ve got us hooked.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The cunning, daredevil urbEx members of Backbone will win you over as the ragtag, Ocean’s Eleven-style crew of the sewers and abandoned warehouses. Iumazark’s Brazilian/Japanese-fusion indie art style brings edgy energy to every dark corner. And fans of THIEF OF THIEVES and the film NOW YOU SEE ME will find a lot that entices them.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: An urban spelunking group in San Francisco discovers a secret bunker belonging to the long-vanished 1930s stage magician Blackhall the Incredible at the same time as young, out-of-work magician Ivan receives a mysterious package that points him toward a possible conspiracy involving Blackhall’s death in 1934. Both groups dive into the mystery, not yet realizing that it’s about the change their lives forever.

BOOM! STUDIOS ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

TRANSLUCID #2 (OF 6)
  • BOOM_Translucid_002Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
  • Artist: Daniel Bayliss
  • Cover Artist: Jeff Stokely

From one nightmare to the next… Down the rabbit hole we go, straight into The Navigator’s dark past. What happened to a young dreamer that made him the hero he is now? No one is more curious than his arch-nemesis, The Horse. In the vein of IRREDEEMABLE, this is Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert’s dark take on the superhero’s journey!

DEAD LETTERS #2
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Christopher Sebela
  • Artist: Chris Visions
  • Cover Artists: A: Chris Visions B: Ron Wimberly (Incentive)

After his harrowing first day in the city only known as “Here,” Sam Whistler finds himself in the employ of the Big Man himself, tasked with infiltrating the two rival gangs warring for control over the abandoned domain.

CLOCKWORK ANGELS #3 (OF 6)
  • BOOM_Clockwork_Angels_003Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart
  • Artist: Nick Robles
  • Cover Artist: Hugh Syme

When Owen joined the travelling carnival, he learned to find joy in chaos and frivolity. But with the forces of both the Anarchist and the Watchmaker lurking over him, how long can the fun last?

THE RETURNING #3 (OF 4)
  • BOOM_The_Returning_003Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Jason Starr
  • Artist: Andrea Mutti
  • Cover Artist: Frazer Irving

As the police and Federal law enforcement get closer to catching Marcus and Beth, Beth trusts the wrong person and not even the hope of life after death can stop the horror that is coming for the rest of the world…

EVIL EMPIRE #3
  • Retail Price:  $3.99
  • Author: Max Bemis
  • Artist: Ransom Getty
  • Cover Artists: A:. Jay Shaw B: Signed Symbol (Incentive)

With the presidential election looming close, and Reese even closer to the truth of the corruption at the heart of America, she must struggle to separate her friends from her enemies before it’s too late. Lines are drawn and sides are being taken. And there’s no backing out for Reese now that she has blood on her hands.

LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL #4 (OF 4)
  • BOOM_Loki_Ragnarok_And_Roll_004Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Eric M. Esquivel
  • Artist: Jerry Gaylord
  • Cover Artist: Alexis Ziritt

After his battle with many of the world’s gods, Loki seems more powerful than ever! But in Loki’s world there’s always some trick about to be pulled. But who is the trickster this time: Loki or someone else?

REVELATIONS #5 (OF 6)
  • BOOM_Revelations_005Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Paul Jenkins
  • Artist: Humberto Ramos
  • Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos

What once began as a murder investigation has taken on a life of its own. Detective Charlie Northern has gotten too close to the truth and the people he cares for the most have been taken out of the equation. With nothing left to lose, Northern will find the truth behind the murder and the secrets buried within the Vatican, or die trying.

DECEIVERS #6 (OF 6)
  • BOOM_Deceivers_006Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Steven Grant
  • Artist: Jose Holder
  • Cover Artist: Lorena Carvalho

The last joyride of Lincoln and Nicky is here! With their double lives on the line, the con men stage one last Micah heist with the help of recently burned agent Patrice in an attempt to lure the corrupt espionage ring out into the open.

SUICIDE RISK #13
  • BOOM_Suicide_Risk_013Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Mike Carey
  • Artist: Elena Casagrande
  • Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

While it was super-villain Requiem who stood trial for crimes against humanity, it was beat cop Leo Winters who paid the price. Now with the horrifying truth coming out, it’s up to Leo’s daughter Tracey to find away to save her family…and hopefully even herself.

SONS OF ANARCHY #9
  • BOOM_Sons_Of_Anarchy_009Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Ed Brisson
  • Artist: Damian Couceiro
  • Cover Artist: Garry Brown

With the Sons of Anarchy behind bars, it’s up to Gemma and Tara to keep the homefront safe. But sharks smell blood in the water, and Tara must use everything she’s learned both as a doctor and an “old lady” to keep the club intact in Jax’s absence. Meanwhile Jax must do everything he can to keep the Sons safe and whole behind bars…

KABOOM! ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #2 (OF 5)
  • KABOOM_Herobear_And_The_Kid_Saving_Time_002Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Mike Kunkel
  • Artist: Mike Kunkel
  • Cover Artist: Mike Kunkel

Herobear and Tyler have a new ally and they’re going to need it as time crosses over. Will they be able to save Vanessa’s shop from the giant T-Rex and what happened to Tyler’s family? With notes from unlikely sources and now two best friends at his side, Tyler is going to have to chase Von Klon to the very beginning to save Henry!

ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 (OF 6)
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
  • Artist: Wook Jin Clark
  • Cover Artists: A: Colleen Coover B: Melissa Pagluica C: Yale Stewart  D: Kali Ciesemier (Incentive)

Ooo is in chaos, everything is up in smoke and the only way to set it all back to normal is to get Monkey Wizard to FINALLY kidnap Painting Princess—Finn and Jake have even done all the work for him!! It looks like the simpler the task, the harder it’s going be for our heroes!

GARFIELD #25
  • Retail Price: $4.99
  • Authors: Mark Evanier and Scott Nickel
  • Artists: Andy Hirsch and David DeGrand
  • Cover Artists: A: Gary Barker B: George Pérez (Incentive)

We’ve spent an amazing two years with Garfield and the gang, so of course we’re going to bring you an extra-large sized anniversary issue, full of two all-new jumbo stories, to celebrate! First, Mark Evanier and Andy Hirsch team up to tell a tale of a very special day in Garfield’s life. Then, Scott Nickel and David DeGrand join forces for the return of Garfield’s food foes; this time, they’ve all joined forces to take down the Fat Cat once and for all! And if THAT isn’t enough, the legendary George Pérez does this issue’s variant cover!

BRAVEST WARRIORS #20
  • Retail Price:  $3.99
  • Author: Breehn Burns
  • Artist: Mike Holmes
  • Cover Artists: A: Jose Garcia  B: Genevieve FT C: Jason Adams (Incentive) D: Anissa Espinosa (Incentive)

It’s the final issue of guest writer Breehn Burns’ story. Looks like the Bravest Warriors have finally met their match and this might be a problem that not even an Emotion Lord can solve! Will the Warriors make it out or will this be the end of our favorite group of teenage heroes?

ADVENTURE TIME #28
  • Retail Price:  $3.99
  • Author: Ryan North
  • Artist: Jim Rugg
  • Cover Artists: A: Mike Holmes B: Kyla Vanderklugt C: James Lloyd (Incentive) D: Zan Czyzewski (Incentive)

With one answer, there is always a million questions. Finn and Jake find themselves out of one problem and into another. It looks like it’s going to be a race to the finish as our heroes discover what it really means to be a friend, and learn something about themselves along the way.

PEANUTS #18
  • KABOOM_Peanuts_018Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Charles Schulz,Various
  • Artists: Charles Schulz,Various
  • Cover Artists: Charles Schulz, Various

All Sally wanted was to return to school and continue where she left off. Nobody told her that every single year she would have to “break in” a whole new set of teachers! How can she progress her education when every year is a new starting point?! Sally won’t take it, and given her conviction, she may just convince the gang that this fresh beginning needs an old start.

BOOM! BOX ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

LUMBERJANES #2 (OF 8)
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
  • Artist: Brooke Allen
  • Cover Artists: A: Noelle Stevenson B: Tessa Stone (Incentive)

When you’re a scout, nothing is more important than being prepared, but how do you prepare for legions of supernatural creatures threatening to beat down your scouting camp’s door? Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are about to find out! It’s just supposed to be a normal day at camp with games and a bit of canoeing, but when the girls find themselves separated from the rest of camp they realize there really is a lot more going on and it might be a unhelpful river monster that gives them the key to figuring everything out. Don’t miss out on the second issue of this hot new series from Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen!

THE MIDAS FLESH #6 (OF 6)
  • Retail Price: $3.99 Author: Ryan North
  • Artists: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
  • Cover Artists: A: John Keogh B: David Malki (Incentive)

IT’S A TRAP! The General has gone mad and is scheming a plan to win back the missing flesh. But our crew has some tricks up their sleeves as well. Who will outwit who in this issue of THE MIDAS FLESH?

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

CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT VOL. 1 TP
  • BOOM_Next_Testament_v1_TPBRetail Price: $14.99
  • Authors: Clive Barker and Mark Miller
  • Artist: Haemi Jang
  • Cover Artist: Goñi Montes

Named the best miniseries of 2013 by Bloody Disgusting, this trade paperback collects the first arc of Clive Barker’s original comic book creation, with collaborators Mark Miller (HELLRAISER) and Haemi Jang (HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW). Julian Demond, captain of industry, leaves his life behind to begin a walkabout. While wandering the desert, he comes across a unique figure, who calls himself Wick…and claims to be God. Together, they begin a terrifying journey across the Earth, as neither man merely wants to merely make a mark on the world. Instead, they intend to leave a scar.

PLANET OF THE APES VOL. 5 TP
  • BOOM_Planet_Of_The_Apes_v5_TPBRetail Price: $14.99
  • Author: Daryl Gregory
  • Artist: Diego Barreto
  • Cover Artist: Marek Oleksicki

When the Lawgiver was assassinated by a human, Ape City fell into a vicious civil war. Ten years have passed since the horrific violence and a fragile peace is emerging. Voice Alaya has been deposed and awaits sentencing in Ape City’s prison. Meanwhile, Sully has begun to rally forces, both human and ape. Little do they know they’re both on a collision course towards an even greater danger… Collects the PLANET OF THE APES SPECIAL, SPECTACULAR, and GIANT issues and concludes the series Jason Aaron has called, “The best PLANET OF THE APES comics ever.”

THE SAVAGE BROTHERS DELUXE EDITION TP
  • BOOM_Savage_Brothers_TPBRetail Price: $9.99
  • Authors: Andrew Cosby and Johanna Stokes
  • Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
  • Cover Artist: Rafael Albuquerque

WHY WE LOVE IT: We are so proud to have been the first publisher to give Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, ANIMAL MAN) his first full-length American series! In fact, we’re so proud we’re bringing back the story in a full-size deluxe edition!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Before Albuquerque perfected vampires he was giving you another monster—zombies! Never has the zombie apocalypse looked so rich and vibrant! All under a brand-new cover by Albuquerque!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When the living want their undead loved ones put of their misery, the Savage Brothers are the only two guys for the job. But their latest job takes them on a strange trip, involving virgin strippers, heads in jars, and the secret of the zombie apocalypse! Written by Johanna Stokes and EUREKA’s Andrew Cosby.

KABOOM! TRADE PAPERBACKS, ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND HARDCOVERS

ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS TP
  • KABOOM_Adventure_Time_Candy_Capers_TPBRetail Price: $19.99
  • Authors: Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya
  • Artist: Ian McGinty
  • Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

FINN AND JAKE ARE MISSING?! It’s a dark day in Ooo, but fear not, Candy Kingdom—Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun will…protect…you? Desperate times call for desperate measures and Princess Bubblegum has no choice but to turn to the gummiest of gumshoes. Peppermint Butler is on the case, and with Cinnamon Bun’s complete lack of keen deductive skills, they just might have a chance at navigating Ooo’s shadowy underbelly and locating everyone’s favorite heroes…

HEROBEAR AND THE KID VOL. 1: THE INHERITANCE TP
  • KABOOM_Herobear_And_The_Kid_Inheritance_TPBRetail Price: $19.99 Author: Mike Kunkel
  • Artist: Mike Kunkel
  • Cover Artist: Mike Kunkel

After his grandfather passes away, 10-year-old Tyler inherits an old stuffed toy bear and a broken pocket watch. As if dealing with bullies in a new town wasn’t enough, he soon learns that things aren’t always what they seem…and that you shouldn’t judge a bear by its cover. Join Tyler as he goes on an amazing childhood adventure and learns the truth about his family. Come start at the beginning of the fabulous original adventures by acclaimed cartoonist Mike Kunkel.

ARCHAIA TRADE PAPERBACKS, ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND HARDCOVERS

RUST VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE ROCKET BOY OGN HC
  • ARCHAIA_Rust_v3_HCRetail Price: $24.99
  • Author: Royden Lepp
  • Artist: Royden Lepp
  • Cover Artist: Royden Lepp

WHY WE LOVE IT: Creator Royden Lepp continues his all-ages saga of Jet Jones and the Taylor family in this third and penultimate installment of Rust, giving us the lyrical and visually stunning ode to family, childhood, and sacrifice that we love.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: More secrets of the past are revealed for both Jet and the Taylors as they face their darkest fears in this calm before the oncoming storm. And, of course, more high-octane robot action!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Oz Taylor may know Jet Jones’ secret, but convincing the rest of his family may be harder than he counted on. As Oz plots to rid the Taylor farm of the rocket boy, Jet tries to prove himself to the family that has taken him in, in hopes of finding the home he has searched for for so long. However, when shadows of Jet’s past start coming back into his life, he realizes his days of running may be numbered.

THE KILLER OMNIBUS VOL. 2 TP
  • ARCHAIA_The_Killer_Ominbus_v2_TPBRetail Price: $24.99
  • Author: Matz
  • Artist: Luc Jacamon
  • Cover Artist: Luc Jacamon

For the first time ever, Volumes Three and Four of the Eisner Award-nominated series THE KILLER are collected in a definitive omnibus. After four years away from a world of violence and corruption, the Killer is drawn back to the life of a hired gun. Though his brief retirement has not dulled his skills or resolve, new jobs will threaten his way of life and the very foundation of his morality. From the creative team of Jacamon and Matz, this collection tells the continued story of one assassin’s journey through a world of relentless violence.

INTERESTING DRUG OGN HC
  • ARCHAIA_Interesting_Drug_HCRetail Price: $24.99
  • Author: Shaun Manning
  • Artist: Anna Wieszczyk
  • Cover Artist: Scott Newman

WHY WE LOVE IT: If you could take a pill and travel back to any time in your life, where would you go? Writer Shaun Manning hooked us with his fresh sci-fi thriller, illuminating the dangers of living in the past.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If Richard Linklater (A SCANNER DARKLY) directed a season of BREAKING BAD written by J. J. Abrams, it’d probably be pretty close to what Manning and Wieszczyk have built—a tripped-out psychological thriller full of scrappy anti-heroes and some of the most villainous scum of all space and time.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When a man from the future recruits average retail worker Andrew Smith to help him create a drug that will allow him to travel through time, Andrew thinks he’s found the way to erase all his problems. However, the power of nostalgia proves to be the strongest of drugs, creating an epidemic of addiction with Andrew as its unwitting kingpin.

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