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PREVIEW | BOOM! Studios: June 2014 solicitations
Published on Thursday, March 27, 2014 by
Check out the covers and issue descriptions of the BOOM! Studios family of imprints’ planned June 2014 releases. Highlights include debuts of The Empty Man, Thomas Alsop, Big Trouble in Little China, and The Amazing World of Gumball!

BOOM! Studios Previews for June 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 EMPTY MAN #1 (of 6)
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Cullen Bunn
  • Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
  • Cover Artists: A: Vanesa R. Del Rey B: Goñi Montes (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: There’s nothing scarier than horror that hits home—a tale of terror only one or two steps removed from our reality. THE EMPTY MAN is a dystopic version of the world we know, where a terrifying disease has taken on almost deific connotations.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Cullen Bunn (THE SIXTH GUN, VENOM) and Vanesa R. Del Rey (HIT) are two of the most exciting talents in the industry, and perfectly in sync on this haunting new crime procedural.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: It’s been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia. As murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure.

THOMAS ALSOP #1 (of 8)
  • Retail Price:  $3.99
  • Author: Chris Miskiewicz
  • Artist: Palle Schmidt
  • Cover Artists: A: Palle Schmidt   B: Dean Haspiel (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Bringing readers great books from new talent has always been close to our hearts here at BOOM! Studios. Chris Miskiewicz and Palle Schmidt have created a warlock for these modern times, and we’re delivering them to the best audience in comics!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Fans of John Constantine and Dr. Strange will love this new take on the magic-wielding hero who battles demons on the streets… and in his own mind. Thomas has money and fame, but also the burden of a being this generation’s occult warrior. Can he survive the battles both within and without?

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Thomas Alsop is the current “Hand of the Island,” a title handed down from generation to generation. He guards Manhattan from evil, using his family’s prowess for magic. Being a thoroughly modern warlock, he deals with something even more evil than demons… reality television!

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #1
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Story: John Carpenter and Eric Powell
  • Script: Eric Powell
  • Artist: Brian Churilla
  • Cover Artists: A: Eric Powell B: Joe Quinones C: Chris Weston (Incentive) D. Terry Dodson (Incentive) E. Tank Top (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA is one of our favorite cult-classic films because it mashed together ’80s action and supernatural fantasy movies with ’70s kung-fu flicks. This is the first time any new BIG TROUBLE stories have been officially told, and we have the film’s original director, John Carpenter, working with Eric Powell (THE GOON) on the story. You can’t beat that!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Eric Powell is a huge fan of BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, so the sense of humor and over-the-top action he brings to THE GOON will be all over this book. Trust us, Brian Churilla’s (THE SIXTH GUN: SONS OF THE GUN) art on this is all kinds of fun.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Jack Burton, a macho, truck-driving adventurer, finds a stowaway hiding on his rig, The Pork Chop Express, but that soon becomes the least of his troubles. He helped his best friend Wang save his fiancée from the clutches of a demon, but now the wedding has been invaded by more evil forces with one thing on their minds—revenge against Jack Burton!

BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014 IMPOSSIBEAR SPECIAL
  • Imprint: KaBOOM!
  • Retail Price:  $4.99
  • Authors: Kevin Panetta, Nikki Mannino, Jeremy Sorese, Kevin Church, Kat Leyh
  • Artists: Paulina Ganucheau, Nikki Mannino, Jeremy Sorese, Jess Fink, Kat Leyh
  • Cover Artists: A: Ian McGinty B: Andy Hirsch

If there is one sassy fur ball in BRAVEST WARRIORS that deserves its own comic dedicated to how awesome he is, it’s Impossibear.  Impossibear and Catbug are up to no good with the Bravest Warriors off on a mission! But have no fear, there are plenty of shenanigans to be had!

THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #1
  • Imprint: KaBOOM!
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Frank Gibson
  • Artist: Tyson Hesse
  • Cover Artists: A: Missy Pena B: Zachary Sterling C: Paulina Ganucheau (Incentive) D: Troy Little (Incentive) E: Sonnye Lim (Subscription)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Not only to we get to work with some of our favorite creators on this project, but nothing these days has the mixed-media look of THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL, and we are the lucky ones who get to bring it to comics!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Popular webcomic creators Frank Gibson (TINY KITTEN TEETH) and artist Tyson Hesse (BOXER HOCKEY) bring the wacky adventures of Gumball and his friends to comics for the first time!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Gumball, Darwin, and all of their friends take on the world of comics! Gumball thinks he’s the coolest kid on the block, but his little sister Anais begs to differ, and Darwin just wants to keep them all out of trouble. There’s always another adventure to be had in their mixed-up world!

BOOM! STUDIOS ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

THE WOODS #2
  • Retail Price:  $3.99
  • Author: James Tynion IV
  • Artist: Michael Dialynas
  • Cover Artists: A: Ramón Pérez B: Michael Dialynas

While the crew of students led by Adrian and Karen come face to face with the unseen terrors of the alien woods, tensions boil over back at the school as power-hungry players seize the opportunity to take control.

CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #2
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Clive Barker and Marc Andreyko
  • Artist: Piotr Kowalski
  • Cover Artists: A. Riley Rossmo B. Christopher Mitten (Incentive)

The Nightbreed have always been with us. As Peloquin makes meat of slave owners, he will soon discover his true hatred for naturals. The only ones to trust are those made of the night. In another time, a world away, Shuna Sassi only knows a life of fear. With the death of an important senator, she is cast out from the world of prostitution and forced into the sewers. The voice of the man she has killed haunts her very soul, but will it tempt her to finally give herself the ultimate end?

TRANSLUCID #3 (of 6)
  • BOOM_Translucid_003Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
  • Artist: Daniel Bayliss
  • Cover Artist: Jeff Stokely

The Navigator, New York City’s only superhero, has been slipping. Could the secret be found in his childhood? Boy genius Cornelius is creating the holographic technology that allows him to become The Navigator. But what dark family secret drives him? From THE AMORY WARS and KEY OF Z authors Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert!

DEAD LETTERS #3
  • Retail Price:  $3.99
  • Author: Christopher Sebela
  • Artist: Chris Visions
  • Cover Artists: A: Chris Visions B: Ron Wimberly

You can’t die twice… unless you’re “Here.” Sam’s about to find that out the hard way, as his double-cross is discovered by Mr. Jones and his right-hand man Charnel, a serial killer in a past life who has found renewed vigor and purpose in the dark city.

CLOCKWORK ANGELS #4 (of 6)
  • BOOM_Clockwork_Angels_004Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart
  • Artist: Nick Robles
  • Cover Artist: Hugh Syme

Owen Hardy wanted to see the world. Now, the world is after him! Framed as the terrorist “The Anarchist,” he finds himself on the run for his life. The choices he makes take him to strange and terrifying heights in the next chapter of this steampunk epic.

THE RETURNING #4 (of 4)
  • BOOM_Returning_004Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Jason Starr
  • Artists: Andrea Mutti
  • Cover Artists: Frazer Irving

Beth Turner has been lied to, shot at, and put through the ringer in her quest for answers. Now, in the conclusion of Jason Starr and Andrea Mutti’s thriller, Beth will find out the truth about her accident, and whether the mysterious man known as Marcus is either friend or foe.

EVIL EMPIRE #4
  • BOOM_Evil_Empire_004Retail Price:  $3.99
  • Author:  Max Bemis
  • Artist: Ransom Getty
  • Cover Artist:  Jay Shaw

How have we let things come this far? As the lines are being drawn on both sides and alliances are forming, who can Reese trust? The country continues to spiral out of control and nothing is as it seems.

REVELATIONS #6 (of 6)
  • BOOM_Revelations_006Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Paul Jenkins
  • Artist: Humberto Ramos
  • Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos

Detective Charlie Northern is close to the truth behind the death of the Pope’s successor, but he struggles with his quickly fracturing faith. With the implication of a dark, corrupt cult at the very heart of the Vatican, Northern’s investigation into one unexplained death might dismantle one of the oldest, most valued institutions of the world. Discover the truth in this final chapter of Jenkins and Ramos’ thrilling mystery!

SUICIDE RISK #14

BOOM_Suicide_Risk_014

  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Mike Carey
  • Artist: Elena Casagrande
  • Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

With the Requiem identity in full control now, Tracey, Danny and Suni must find a way to survive the vengeful god now wearing Leo Winters’ body. But Requiem has his own plans, and having been thwarted before, he’s not going to let something as simple as family get in his way…

SONS OF ANARCHY #10
  • BOOM_Sons_of_Anarchy_010Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Ed Brisson
  • Artist: Damian Couceiro
  • Cover Artist: Garry Brown

With their release from prison rapidly coming due, Jax, Clay and the other jailed Sons of Anarchy must find a way to settle the score before they’re let loose, along with the hell that’s coming so close on their heels. Jail was bloody, but freedom may bring even more carnage to the Sons of Anarchy!

KABOOM! ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #2
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Natasha Allegri
  • Artist: Natasha Allegri
  • Cover Artist: A. Natasha Allegri  B. Zac Gorman C. Jeremy Sorese (Incentive)

Bee and Puppycat save the day! Sort of. It’s a crazy life when you’re job is beating up bad guys and your biggest worry is paying the rent. Hopefully things will start looking up for Bee as she learns the ropes of her new “job.”

HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #3 (of 5)
  • KABOOM_Herobear_Saving_Time_003Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Mike Kunkel
  • Artist: Mike Kunkel
  • Cover Artist: Mike Kunkel

Tyler and Herobear have to save Henry form the clutches of Von Klon! If only they could figure out where—and possibly when—they are! It’s going to be a crazy ride as the clock keeps ticking down and our heroes find help in the most unlikely of sources.

ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #6 (of 6)
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
  • Artist: Wook Jin Clark
  • Cover Artists: A: Wook Jin Clark B: Tyler Hutchinson C: Kyle Hotz (Incentive) D: Sarah Stone (Incentive)

Will Finn and Jake finally be able to get Monkey Wizard to kidnap Painting Princess and right all the wrong that is happening in Ooo?! Everything is backwards and sometimes forwards but always upside-down. Don’t miss out on the final issue of THE FLIP SIDE!

GARFIELD #26
  • KABOOM_Garfield_026Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Mark Evanier
  • Artist: Andy Hirsch
  • Cover Artist: Gary Barker

As summer heats up, we’ve got two all-new GARFIELD stories! In the first, Jon gets caught up in another wacky scheme, followed by a tale where Garfield spends the day making a new friend.

BRAVEST WARRIORS #21
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Ryan Pequin
  • Artist: Ryan Pequin
  • Cover Artist:  A: Mady Martin B: Rachael Hunt C: Jason Adams (Incentive)

Beth, Chris, Wallow and Danny finally get to sit back and relax as they take on their next mission—getting a super rad tan in the dying sun of Quandrant 107.5! NOT! It’s another crazy adventure with our favorite teen-aged heroes as they save the universe, one mission at a time!

ADVENTURE TIME #29
  • Retail Price:  $3.99
  • Author: Ryan North
  • Artist: Jim Rugg
  • Cover Artists: A: Mike Holmes B: Luchie Hua C: Mimi Yoon (Incentive) D: Carey Pietsch (Incentive)

Finn and Jake are back in their bodies, but it looks like the damage is done. Will our heroes be able to right everything they’ve done or is Ooo finally lost? With the help of an unlikely source, this day might be saved. Last issue by the talented Jim Rugg (Street Angel, Afrodisiac)!

PEANUTS #19
  • KABOOM_Peanuts_019Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Charles M. Schulz, Various
  • Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Various
  • Cover Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Various

After years without contact, Snoopy begins the journey of a lifetime, travelling through Kansas City in search of his beloved sister, Belle. “Finding Belle” and many more adventures await you within this month’s issue of PEANUTS.

BOOM! BOX ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

LUMBERJANES #3 (of 8)
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
  • Artist: Brooke A Allen
  • Cover Artists: A. Noelle Stevenson  B. Faith Erin Hicks (Incentive)

The girls have a lot more to worry about than crazy creatures and supernatural events…they have FIELD DAY. It’s a competition between the Lumberjanes and the Genteel boy camp next door that’s going to be filled with surprises!

THE MIDAS FLESH #7 (of 8)
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Ryan North
  • Artists: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
  • Cover Artists: A. John Keogh  B. David Hellman (Incentive)

PEW! PEW! It’s the final big boss battle for the powerful weapon that could bring the federation to an end. There will be greed. There will be vengeance. THERE WILL BE GOLD.

ARCHAIA ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

THE LAST BROADCAST #2 (of 7)
  • ARCHAIA_Last_Broadcast_002Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: André Sirangelo
  • Artist: Gabriel Iumazark
  • Cover Artist: Gabriel Iumazark

Ivan knows he’s gotten himself deep into conspiracy land when he discovers that Dmitri is missing and starts seeing a strange, hooded figure following him. Things are about to get even stranger, however, once his investigation leads him right smack into Backbone headquarters. And the urBex team is less than thrilled to meet his acquaintance…

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

SIX-GUN GORILLA TP
  • BOOM_Six_Gun_Gorilla_TPRetail Price: $19.99
  • Author: Simon Spurrier
  • Artist: Jeff Stokely
  • Cover Artist: Ramón Pérez

Welcome to “the Blister,” a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier, a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there…

FARSCAPE VOL. 7 TP
  • BOOM_Farscape_v7_TPRetail Price: $29.99
  • Author: Rockne S. O’Bannon, Keith R.A. Decandido
  • Artist: Will Sliney
  • Cover Artist: Joe Corroney

The long-awaited, final collection of BOOM! Studios’ Farscape comics, collecting “The War for the Uncharted Territories”! In this epic 12-issue storyline, co-written by Farscape creator Rockne S. O’Bannon, John, Aeryn, and the entire crew of Moya face their most dangerous adversary ever: the Kkore.

DEATHMATCH VOL. 3 TP
  • BOOM_Deathmatch_v3_TPRetail Price: $14.99
  • Author: Paul Jenkins
  • Artist: Carlos Magno
  • Cover Artist: Carlos Magno

The final battle is here, as the two heroes left standing wage war for the fate of the universe. Secrets are revealed, questions are answered, and a champion is crowned in the conclusion of the vaunted superhero maxi-series from famed creators Paul Jenkins (FAIRY QUEST, INHUMANS) and Carlos Magno (PLANET OF THE APES, TRANSFORMERS).

ROBOCOP: THE HUMAN ELEMENT TP
  • BOOM_Robocop_Human_Element_TPRetail Price: $14.99
  • Authors: Joe Harris, Frank J. Barbiere, Ed Brisson, and Michael Moreci
  • Artists: Piotr Kowalksi,  João Vieira, Emilio Laiso, and Jason Copland
  • Cover Artist: Greg Smallwood

With the re-imagining of an all-time classic, fans of the new and old will be immersed in the action, oppression and humanity in these untold RoboCop stories. Explore the world of the new film, brought to you by some of the freshest voices in the industry.

KABOOM! TRADE PAPERBACKS, ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND HARDCOVERS

ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS MATHEMATICAL EDITION HC
  • KABOOM_Marceline_Scream_Queens_Mathematical_HCRetail Price: $39.99
  • Author: Meredith Gran
  • Artist: Meredith Gran
  • Cover Artist: Meredith Gran

Thanks to a newfound interest in rock ‘n’ roll, Princess Bubblegum volunteers to manage Marceline’s paranormal rock band for a pivotal tour across the land of Ooo! But when the band is threatened by everything from snobby scenesters to beasts born of self-doubt, can they hold it together and make it to the RADDEST GIG EVER in time, and manage to stay friends throughout the process?! Written and illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Meredith Gran (OCTOPUS PIE) and featuring short stories from several indie comics superstars, including Jen Wang (KOKO BE GOOD) and FRIENDS WITH BOYS cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks! This totally mathematical hardcover edition features never-before-seen extras, including an inside look at the making of MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS!

PEANUTS: THE BEAGLE HAS LANDED, CHARLIE BROWN! OGN TP
  • KABOOM_Peanuts_Beagle_Has_Landed_TPRetail Price: $13.99
  • Authors: Andy Beall, Bob Scott, and Vicki Scott
  • Artist: Vicki Scott
  • Cover Artist: Bob Scott

Charlie Brown and the gang have got space on the brain and Snoopy leads the way as the World Famous Astronaut! While the kids play space, Snoopy has got troubles of his own with The Cat Next Door, who has taken Snoopy’s supper dish! Will our favorite beagle get his dish back in time for dinner or will he have to travel to the moon on an empty stomach? Fire the rockets and see what happens in this all-new original graphic novel featuring Charles M. Schulz’s PEANUTS!

ARCHAIA TRADE PAPERBACKS, ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND HARDCOVERS

JIM HENSON’S THE DARK CRYSTAL: THE NOVELIZATION HC
  • ARCHAIA_Dark_Crystal_Novelization_HCRetail Price: $19.99
  • Authors: Jim Henson, A.C.H. Smith
  • Artist:  Brian Froud
  • Cover Artist: Brian Froud

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’re big Jim Henson fans, and nothing could be more exciting than getting the novelization of The Dark Crystal adapted by A.C.H. Smith and personally overseen by Jim Henson back in print, and for the first time in hardcover!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: This beautiful hardcover includes illustrations and concept designs by legendary illustrator and concept artist Brian Froud (The Goblins of Labyrinth, Faeries) that have never been published, as well as an exclusive peek into Jim Henson’s creative process with over 20 never-before-seen pages of his detailed notes on an early draft of the adaptation.

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

THE SECRET HISTORY OMNIBUS VOL. 3 TP
  • ARCHAIA_Secret_History_Omnibus_v3_HCRetail Price: $34.99
  • Author: Jean-Pierre Pécau
  • Artist: Igor Kordey
  • Cover Artist: Igor Kordey

Four immortal brothers and sisters, the Archons, consumed in an epic struggle to influence and shape the history of Western civilization, show us the true, secret, occult history of the world. Volume Three of this ongoing series translated from its original French publication follows Dyo, Reka, Aker, Erlin, and William as they manipulate, destroy, and protect the machinations of the world through the 1940s to the 1970s.

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