The GeeksversePREVIEW | BOOM! Studios: July 2014 solicitations

PREVIEW | BOOM! Studios: July 2014 solicitations
Published on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 by
Check out the covers and issue descriptions of the BOOM! Studios family of imprints’ planned July 2014 releases. Highlights include debuts of Black Market, the Robocop ongoing series, Steed and Mrs. Peel: We’re Needed, and Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy!

BOOM! Studios Previews for July 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:


  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Frank J. Barbiere
  • Artist: Victor Santos
  • Cover Artists: A: Victor Santos B: Cameron Stewart (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Here at BOOM!, we’ve never shied away from exploring the dark crevices of the superhero genre. From Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE to Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, we love finding new ways to push the boundaries of our medium’s favorite genre.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: BLACK MARKET mixes the visceral noir/pulp sensibilities of Frank J. Barbiere’s Five Ghostsand Victor Santos’ Filthy Rich with a truly modern take on superhero mythos. If you love Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ work on Sleeper like we do, this series is for you.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Ray Willis is a broken man, a disgraced medical examiner making ends meet by preparing corpses at a funeral parlor. His scientific genius is being wasted—that is, until his estranged criminal brother Denny shows up on his doorstep, supposedly cleaned up and proposing a once-in-a-lifetime partnership to cure not just cancer, but all disease. The catch? It exists within the DNA of superheroes.

  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Ian Edginton
  • Artist: Marco Cosentino
  • Cover Artists: A: Stacey Lee B: Babs Tarr (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: We love our pop culture history and STEED AND MRS. PEEL, the original Avengers, are a cornerstone of the foundation of modern spy fiction. We’re honored to contribute to a legacy that spans over 50 years. This time, Ian Edginton (Hinterkind, Leviathan) joins us as our first English writer on the series for epic Spy-Fi action.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The classic Avengers television show was one of the first British television shows to cross the Atlantic in the mid-1960s. John Steed and Emma Peel were instrumental in forming our view of smart, stylish spy heroes and Edginton will take them on their strangest, most psychedelic adventure yet.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: When an old associate of John Steed is killed, a grand conspiracy is suspected. This will take Steed and Peel to a strange village, where one of the spies finds themself a prisoner.

  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Joshua Williamson
  • Artist: Carlos Magno
  • Cover Artists: A: Goñi Montes B: Carlos Magno (Incentive) C: Alexis Ziritt (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: If you’re like us, the classic 1987 film holds a special place in your fan heart. Now, we’re taking the next step to give fans an original, ongoing RoboCop series set in that very world. This is the hard-bitten world of RoboCop we all grew up on!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you’ve ever wondered what happens to RoboCop and his partner, Anne Lewis, after the first film, wonder no more. Joshua Williamson (GHOSTED) crafts a story of crime and corruption that fans of Gotham Central, Stray Bullets, and Transmetropolitan will enjoy. Carlos Magno (PLANET OF THE APES, DEATHMATCH) brings RoboCop and Old Detroit to life in detail and intensity never seen before.

WHAT’S IT ABOUT: A deadly and charismatic criminal, Killian, is released from jail. He went into the slammer before RoboCop hit the streets. Now he wants to take out the biggest cop in the city. When OCP wants to take guns off the street, Killian sees it as his opportunity to take on the former Alex Murphy!

  • BOOM_Revelations_Pen_and_Ink_001Retail Price: $14.99
  • Author: Paul Jenkins
  • Artist: Humberto Ramos
  • Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos

WHY WE LOVE IT: With one of the most recognizable styles in the industry, Humberto Ramos has made his indelible stamp on everything from superheroes to vampires and even the Vatican! As fans of Humberto’s work, we couldn’t wait to showcase the art that Humberto is proudest of in its purest form.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: It’s not every day you get a peek behind the curtain of a comics master, much less read the thinking behind their striking and energetic arc. With annotations from both Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos, REVELATIONS: PEN & INK #1 gives a rare look into the work of two masters of the craft.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Collecting REVELATIONS #1-2 in an oversized prestige format, REVELATIONS: PEN & INK #1 presents Humberto Ramos’ artwork stripped down to the inks side-by-side with in-depth annotations from the entire creative team. This item will be limited to the initial print run.

  • Imprint: KaBOOM!
  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Kent Osborne
  • Artist: Mad Rupert
  • Cover Artists: A: Aimee Fleck B: Michele Petrucci C: Natalie Hall (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Not only are the Banana Guards hilarious as the Candy Kingdom’s protectors, but this series is written by Kent Osborne, head writer of the ADVENTURE TIME animated series. Kent is responsible for some of our favorite episodes of the show and we’re thrilled to have him write his first comic book.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you love ADVENTURE TIME, you can’t get beat a comic series written by one of the show’s writers and the creator of Root Beer Guy! Also great if you like bananas.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Turns out that there is a lot to being a Banana Guard—but being a Banana is not mandatory. This crazy adventure follows Root Beer Guy as he starts his search for new recruits among Ooo’s citizens. Only the best will do in his quest to protect the Candy Kingdom!


THE EMPTY MAN #2 (of 6)
  • BOOM_Empty_Man_002Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Cullen Bunn
  • Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
  • Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey

Agents Langford and Jensen have uncovered a hidden Witness Cult in the middle of American suburbia they suspect is behind the kidnappings plaguing the country, but will they catch up to Markoff and Patient Zero before the Empty Man virus strikes again?

THOMAS ALSOP #2 (of 8)
  • BOOM_Thomas_Alsop_002Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Chris Miskiewicz
  • Artist: Palle Schmidt
  • Cover Artist: Palle Schmidt

Thomas Alsop is the “Hand of the Island,” the latest in a family of warlocks that protect Manhattan. But now that family is angry with Thomas. Between his drinking and his reality show, they wonder if Thomas is chasing the right type of spirits. With a long-dormant curse coming back, he better change his ways!

  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: James Tynion IV
  • Artist: Michael Dialynas
  • Cover Artists: A: Ramón Pérez B: Michael Dialynas (Incentive)

As the darkness of night falls, monsters begin to reveal themselves—from both outside and inside the school. Maria struggles to break free of her false imprisonment before Coach Clay succeeds in instilling martial law, and the exploratory crew finds themselves being hunted by unseen shadows.

  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: John Carpenter and Eric Powell
  • Artist: Brian Churilla
  • Cover Artists: A: Eric Powell B: Joe Quinones (Connecting) C: Dan Panosian (Incentive)

Before, Jack Burton and Wang had to save Wang’s kidnapped-bride-to-be. Now, Wang’s the one who’s been kidnapped and Jack Burton’s back in action! Jack and Egg Shen travel through Chinatown’s Black Road and the villains Jack faced before have something new on their mind: REVENGE!

  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Marc Andreyko
  • Artist: Piotr Kowalksi
  • Cover Artists: A. Riley Rossmo B. Christopher Mitten (Incentive)

Without a home to call their own, the Nightbreed must escape the world of the living and find a life away from humanity. As Peloquin makes meat of the naturals in the south, Shuna Sassi must discover what it means to truly be haunted. Without Midian, the night is made for monsters.

TRANSLUCID #4 (of 6)
  • BOOM_Translucid_004Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
  • Artist: Daniel Bayliss
  • Cover Artist: Jeff Stokely

As we dive deeper into The Navigator’s troubled past, things escalate between Cornelius and his father. While The Navigator is fighting off villains, Cornelius is battling his inner demons, which shape the hero he will become.

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

Sam’s first case in his new “job” comes to a close as he uncovers the ultimate fate of his predecessor, “the Old Op,”—along with a secret that will blow the top off of the gang war raging across “Here.”

  • BOOM_Clockwork_Angels_005Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Artist: Nick Robles
  • Cover Artist: Hugh Syme

Owen’s been given a chance to take on the skies aboard Commodore Pangloss’ airship. But a heart like Owen’s can never stay in one place for too long before longing for a new frontier. With the Seven Cities calling to him, we’re off again on a new journey!

  • BOOM_Evil_Empire_005Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Max Bemis
  • Artist: Joe Eisma
  • Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

How does someone truly evil cope with the prevalence of evil in society? A serial killer finds himself losing the impetus to kill now that it’s no longer dangerous or taboo. Artist Joe Eisma (MORNING GLORIES) teams up with Max Bemis to explore this chilling tale for a special one-shot issue of EVIL EMPIRE.

  • BOOM_Suicide_Risk_015Retail 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…

  • BOOM_Sons_of_Anarchy_011Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Ed Brisson
  • Artist: Damian Couceiro
  • Cover Artist: Garry Brown

With bridges getting burned every day, the Sons of Anarchy work hard to get as many allies as they can before time runs out. Wounded, Jax plays every trick in the book to keep the Sons safe behind bars!


  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Frank Gibson
  • Artist: Tyson Hesse
  • Cover Artists: A. Missy Pena B. Zachary Sterling C. Irene Flores (Incentive)

Gumball and Darwin might have done of lot of things that could be considered immature and dangerous in the long years that they’ve been alive, but none of that even comes close to what they’re about to do in this issue. May Anais have mercy on their souls…

  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Natasha Allegri
  • Artist: Natasha Allegri
  • Cover Artist(s): A. Natasha Allegri B. Zac Gorman C. Chrystin Garland (Incentive)

Bee just wants to get paid! Sure, she might not be qualified for any actual jobs—or at least any jobs in the normal world—but she’s a hard worker…most of the time, and she gets stuff done…sometimes! This mission might be tougher than it looks; aliens always tend to complicate things. It’s a hard life but at least she has PuppyCat to help her out!

  • KABOOM_Herobear_and_the_Kid_004Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Mike Kunkel
  • Artist: Mike Kunkel
  • Cover Artist: Mike Kunkel

Von Klon continues his plot to take over at the stroke of midnight and it’s up to Tyler to save the day and his captured friends before Von Klon can officially destroy Christmas. With some luck on his side, Tyler might be able to stop Von Klon for good but will it be too late? And where is baby Henry?

  • KABOOM_Garfield_027Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Mark Evanier
  • Artist: Andy Hirsch
  • Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch

As the summer heats up, Garfield and the gang keep it cool with two all-new stories. First, a tall-tale telling mouse stirs things up for Garfield and Odie, and then, Garfield must solve a whodunit: Who stole his Orange Meringue Pie?

  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Kate Leth
  • Artist: Ian McGinty
  • Cover Artists: A: Mike Bear B: Sibylline Meynet C: Claire Sullivan (Incentive)

The Bravest Warriors know how to save the universe and they know how to save it good! But what happens when it’s the universe’s time to save them? It’s going to be a crazy mission but maybe the universe is up to it, and if not, then hopefully Catbug will come up with something. Right?

  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Ryan North
  • Artists: Liz Prince, Carey Pietsch, Rebecca Tobin, Yumi Sakugawa, and Jon Vermilyea
  • Cover Artists: A: Mike Holmes B: Nick Iluzada (Subscription Cover) C: Luke Pearson (Incentive)

It’s a rad stand-alone ZINE Special! Enjoy this crazy special as the citizens of Ooo create their own zines to share. Marceline has a lot to say about her music, Peppermint Butler has a few life tips for anyone who will listen (and everyone should listen), and Finn creates his very first journal comic. A sick homage to DIY and mini-comics culture printed on uncoated paper and made to look like a zine from the ADVENTURE TIME gang!

  • KABOOM_Peanuts_020Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Charles M. Schulz and Various
  • Artists: Charles M. Schulz and Various
  • Cover Artists: Charles M. Schulz and Various

After Peppermint Patty throws a foul ball off of Charlie Brown’s head, Lucy decides there is only one course of action to take: It’s time to sue, Charlie Brown! “Legal Beagle” and many more fun adventures can be found in this month’s all-new issue of PEANUTS.

  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Minty Lewis
  • Artist: Allison Strejlau
  • Cover Artists: A: Andy Hirsch B: Cole Closser (Subscription Cover) C: Fellipe Martins (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’ve been publishing REGULAR SHOW for a year and it’s official: It is our favorite show and comic about two best bros just trying to get through their work day… with the craziest, most unexpected turns you can imagine.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you’re a fan of REGULAR SHOW, then this is definitely something you don’t want to miss: Storyboard artist and the voice for Eileen, Minty Lewis, will be writing this issue. And if you haven’t seen the show, who better to show you around the Park?

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Eileen gets recruited to help Mordecai and Rigby decorate the park for the annual park party and it’s the only a matter of time before something goes wrong…a small fire, three missing children, and a crashed blimp later, things are only going to get worse and the party hasn’t even started yet.


  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Authors: Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson
  • Artist: Brooke Allen
  • Cover Artists: A. Noelle Stevenson B. Kris Anka (Incentive)

After a lot of convincing, the girls are able to agree to get Jen to take them on a hike. Making their way up to the tower and hoping to finally get some answers, they make their way closer only to be stopped by the neighboring boy camp! April, Mal, Molly, Jo, and Ripley have to figure out how to get to the tower, even if they have to use Jen as a distraction to do it.

  • Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: Ryan North
  • Artists: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
  • Cover Artists: A. John Keogh B. Andrew Hussie (Incentive)

Ladies and gentlemen, the end is nigh… of THE MIDAS FLESH, that is. Our crew has done everything in their power to stop the universe from ending from the Midas curse, but were their efforts enough? Tune in for this finale that’s so crazy, you wouldn’t believe us if we spoiled it for you right now.


  • ARCHAIA_Last_Broadcast_003Retail Price: $3.99
  • Author: André Sirangelo
  • Artist: Gabriel Iumazark
  • Cover Artist: Gabriel Iumazark

Ivan, Harumi, and Niko venture back into Blackhall’s bunker, and this time, they stumble on more than they bargained for. As more secrets are revealed about the conspiracy surrounding the magician, the members of Backbone start to realize that this may be their most dangerous exploration yet.


  • BOOM_Day_Men_v1_TPBRetail Price: $14.99
  • Authors: Matt Gagnon and Michael Alan Nelson
  • Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
  • Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’re honored to publish the first ongoing comic book work from industry legend Brian Stelfreeze since 2005, and Matt Gagnon (FREELANCERS) and Michael Alan Nelson (SUPERGIRL, HEXED) have created a nuanced, action-packed piece of genre fiction that is core to BOOM!’s DNA.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Any fan of smart, sexy vampire fiction will love the juxtaposition of classic crime noir elements in DAY MEN. The world of DAY MEN is utterly unique and completely engrossing.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: For thousands of years, the world has been controlled by the “50 Families,” a secret network of vampire covens engaged in a timeless struggle for power. But when the sun rises, the vampires are forced to employ the services of a human who acts as their daytime fixer and protector. Trained for centuries to be the mortal soldiers of their vampire employers, the Day Men go forth at sunrise, alone into the world, to do the bidding of their sleeping benefactors. Collects issues #1-4.

  • BOOM_Fanboys_vs_Zombies_v5_TPBRetail Price: $14.99
  • Author: Shane Houghton
  • Artists: Jerry Gaylord and Bryan Turner
  • Cover Artist: Jerry Gaylord

Four standalone tales featuring fan-favorite characters from the FvZ Universe, including the phantasmic Drake Masterson teaming up with original Wrecking Crew member J-Mac; the sadistic Gunther escaping into a copy of Kurt Kiel’s SURVIVAL OF THE DAMNED; the untold story of Felix and Chato; and a very special alternate reality clash of the titans: the Wrecking Crew vs. Team FvZ!

  • BOOM_Talent_Deluxe_Edition_TPBRetail Price: $14.99
  • Authors: Christopher Golden and Tom Sniegoski
  • Artist: Paul Azaceta
  • Cover Artist: Paul Azaceta

For our next full-size reprint of classic titles we decided to spotlight an early series from artist Paul Azaceta (The Amazing Spider-Man), written by Christopher Golden (SONS OF ANARCHY) and Tom Sniegoski (B.P.R.D.). When a plane mysteriously crashes, sole survivor Nicholas Dane discovers he can channel his fellow dead passengers’ talents. Chased by the killers who destroyed the plane, Dane fights to stay a step ahead of death, while piecing together the puzzle of his life. Featuring an all-new cover by Azaceta!


  • KABOOM_AT_Fionna_and_Cake_Mathematical_HCRetail Price: $39.99
  • Author: Natasha Allegri
  • Artist: Natasha Allegri
  • Cover Design: Hannah Nance Partlow

When Fionna rescues a feral flame boy from the Ice Queen, it starts her on a quest she’ll never forget. It’s a crazy adventure with magic flan and magic wands, everything you need in a monster-fighting, queen-defeating, wacky story filled with friends and sweet, sweet justice. Join Cake the Cat and Fionna the Human in this totally algebraic new adventure, written and drawn by FIONNA & CAKE creator and ADVENTURE TIME™ storyboard artist Natasha Allegri! This totally mathematical hardcover edition features never-before-seen extras, including an inside look at the ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA & CAKE comic!

  • KABOOM_Garfield_v4_TPBRetail Price: $13.99
  • Authors: Mark Evanier and Scott Nickel
  • Artists: Andy Hirsch and various
  • Cover Artist: Gary Barker

The good times continue to roll in this next collection of Garfield comic book stories! In this round, we see how the gang beats the heat, learn if Jon can finally stop being late, and if Nermal can set a world record. Also, Pet Force stops by!


  • Punching_Zoo_Cover_F1.inddRetail Price: $14.99
  • Authors: Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, Matt Melvin, Dave McElfatrick
  • Artists: Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, Matt Melvin, Dave McElfatrick
  • Cover Artists: Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, Matt Melvin, Dave McElfatrick

WHY WE LOVE IT: One of the most popular and successful webcomics, like, ever, CYANIDE & HAPPINESS has consistently offered up a humorous look at life—in stick-figure form—and we are big fans. The experimental, hilarious voice of CYANIDE & HAPPINESS embodies the spirit of BOOM! Box and we jumped at the chance to collect it.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you are on the Internet, you’ve read CYANIDE & HAPPINESS. Generating over a million hits a week, the webcomic is one of the longest-lasting strips out there, and everyone can relate to its hilarious slice-of-life depictions. CYANIDE & HAPPINESS takes the language of stick figures and mashed it up with Internet culture, bringing us some of the best satire and dark comedy out there.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: PUNCHING ZOO includes a buttload of our favorite comics from the site, 30 brand-new, too-hot-for-the-Internet comics, “The Hot Date” (a chew-your-own-adventure where you decide the story), and a nice foreword by Alexis Ohanian, one of the founders of reddit.


  • PrintRetail Price: $24.99
  • Authors: Alyssa Milano, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly
  • Artists: Marcus To and Ian Herring
  • Cover Artist: Marcus To

Alyssa Milano is a successful actress, producer, entrepreneur, and activist, so we weren’t really surprised when she also brought us an amazing comic book idea. Alyssa’s love of activism and the world of emerging technology only added to our love of the project. In HACKTIVIST, the co-founders of a social networking company that has changed the way the world connects with each other are also the largest black-hat hacking group on the planet. When their operation is discovered, they must face the real world beyond the code and choose between friendship and what they believe to be right. Collects the complete limited series and features a foreword by Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter.

  • ARCHAIA_Tale_of_Sand_Illustrated_ScreenplayRetail Price: $24.99
  • Authors: Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl
  • Artist: Ramón K. Pérez
  • Cover Artist: Ramón K. Pérez

WHY WE LOVE IT: We are process junkies and love sharing this incredible and unfiltered look behind the curtain at how Ramón K. Pérez took Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl’s original screenplay and turned it into one of the most critically acclaimed graphic novels of the last decade.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you love the imagination of Jim Henson, are an aspiring artist, or just a fan of the creative process, the final draft of this unproduced screenplay is a must-have. Plus, nine all new black-and-white pages illustrated by Ramón K Pérez that were cut, 19 original inked pages, 16 pages of layouts, and never-before-seen drawings, hand-written notes, and artifacts created from the Jim Henson Archives.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Adapted by Archaia into an award-winning graphic novel, this is the final 1974 draft of TALE OF SAND with Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl’s handwritten edits, as well as layouts and inked pages from the adaptation in gorgeous black-and-white, and never-before-seen sequences that were cut during the production of the graphic novel, newly illustrated by Ramón K. Pérez.

  • Retail Price: $49.99
  • Authors: Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl
  • Artist: Ramón K Pérez
  • Cover Artist: Ramón K Pérez


This is the definitive way to experience the groundbreaking JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND graphic novel. Featuring an all-new, wrap-around illustration by Ramón K. Pérez, this beautiful slipcase box includes the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel adaptation of the lost Jim Henson screenplay and the new JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND: THE ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY hardcover.

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