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Boy Scouts Take On Grown-Up Danger in Black Badge from Kindt & Jenkins

If you believe that children are our future, the new monthly BOOM! Studios series Black Badge will give them a chance to let them lead the way. CBR has the first details.

Black Badge is scheduled to debut in August and reunites the team of writer Matt Kindt, artist Tyler Jenkins and colorist Hilary Jenkins, whose BOOM! Studios series Grass Kings is up for Best New Series at this year's Eisner Awards. The premise feels appropriately timely given a current environment where student-led demonstrations have demanded action from fully grown elected leaders (and following last fall's news that the Boy Scouts of America would start becoming open to girls): A top-secret group of elite boy scouts, called the Black Badges, who take on missions that adults couldn't handle. As the Los Angeles-based publisher puts it in its official promotional material, "kids who know they must fix the world that adults have broken."

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Here's BOOM! Studios' official description of the series: "Among their organization, the Black Badges are the elite; the best of the best. Themissions they take are dangerous, and they will only get worse as their leader’s attention is split between their mission and tracking down a lost team member. A member who disappeared years ago, presumed dead."

"I'm super excited to be teaming with Tyler and Hilary on a new project after the amazing run we had on Grass Kings,” Kindt said in a statement. “Black Badge is an idea I'd had for a long time -- 'Boy Scouts -- but for real.' Sending them on real scouting missions and into danger. It's an idea that started out as a joke with me complaining about how the scouts never really scout. But now that I'm writing the series -- I'm realizing the deeper and (sometimes) horrible consequences of sending these kids out on missions. It's going to be funny, emotional and horrific -- sometimes all on one page."

Jenkins described Black Badge as comparatively lighter than the "unrelenting darkness" of Grass Kings, but don't expect some humor to diminish the stakes inherent in the premise.

"Black Badge is another vehicle for us to tackle subjects and ideas that mean something to us," Jenkins said. "I am very excited to explore a completely different world... a world with a tad more levity. This is going to be an adventure. A wild adventure. But it’s gonna get real, so hang on!”

Black Badge is slated to debut in Aug. 2018, and issue #1 will feature a main cover by Matt Kindt, and variants by Tyler Jenkins and Jeff Lemire. CBR has a first look at all three issue #1 covers below, along with a four-page preview of the interiors.

Black Badge #1 main cover by Matt Kindt

Black Badge #1 variant by Tyler Jenkins
Black Badge #1 variant by Jeff Lemire
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