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EXCLUSIVE: BOOM!/Archaia May 2015 Solicits Feature Bemis’ “Oh, Killstrike”

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EXCLUSIVE: BOOM!/Archaia May 2015 Solicits Feature Bemis’ “Oh, Killstrike”

May will see a number of new releases from BOOM! Studios and Archaia. CBR has the exclusive first look at the publisher’s solicitation copy and covers, including musician and writer Max Bemis‘ latest comic, “Oh, Killstrike,” a new “Bravest Warriors” series, the long-awaited debut of “Lantern City” and much more.


Retail Price: $3.99

Author: Alex Paknadel

Artist: Eric Scott Pfeiffer

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Matt Taylor

BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover:  Frazer Irving

Incentive Cover:  Eric Scott Pfeiffer

What’s to Love: Our long tradition of breaking new talent-like Rafael Albuquerque (The Savage Brothers, American Vampire), Emma Rios (Hexed, Pretty Deadly), and Declan Shalvey (28 Days Later, Moon Knight)-continues with the debut of Alex Paknadel and Eric Scott Pfeiffer, two new creators whose extensive world-building in the sci-fi thriller Arcadia evokes comparisons to epics like Game of Thrones, The Matrix, and Astro City.  

What It Is: When 99% of humankind is wiped out by a pandemic, four billion people are “saved” by being digitized at the brink of death and uploaded into Arcadia, a utopian simulation in the cloud. But when Arcadia begins to rapidly deplete the energy resources upon which the handful of survivors in the real world (aka “The Meat”) depends, how long will The Meat be able-and willing-to help? Featuring the first of five connecting covers by Matt Taylor.

OH, KILLSTRIKE #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99

Author: Max Bemis

Artist: Logan Faerber

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Logan Faerber

BOOM! 10 Years Incentive Cover: Frazer Iving

Incentive Cover: Kris Anka

What’s to Love: Say Anything frontman Max Bemis writes a love letter to 1990s superhero comics in this tongue-in-cheek homage to the era, featuring the art stylings of Logan Faerber-reminiscent of works by Chip Zdarsky and Jeff Lemire. Much like Polarity, Oh, Killstrike is very personal to Bemis: It’s about a new dad who loves comics from his youth. Part twisted buddy comedy, part profound coming-of-age story, we could not stop smiling when reading Oh, Killstrike.

What It Is: Jared, a new father, fears parenthood. An old comics fan, he turns to them for comfort. But when he unwittingly lets loose his favorite character, Killstrike-a single-minded, vengeance-loving anti-hero-onto the world, Jared must find a way to send him back before he harms all the people he loves the most. But before that happens, Killstrike leads Jared on a quest of self-discovery to make him realize the kid who loved this character is not the man he has become.


Retail Price: $4.99

Authors: John Omohundro, Paul Allor, Ryan Ferrier, Adam Smith, & Mad Rupert

Artists: Eryk Donovan, Adam Del Re, Jorge Corona, Hannah Christenson, & Mad Rupert

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

Incentive Cover: Artyom Trakhanov

What’s to Love: What do you get when you cross Star Trek’s Holodeck with the wacky irreverence of the Bravest Warriors? Why, the Holo John, of course, a restroom that can make your wildest (or lamest) fantasies happen! This oversized one-shot contains five short stories set in the lavish lavatory, including ones by Paul Allor (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Mad Rupert (Adventure Time: Banana Guard); and John Omohundro, the voice of Danny on the Bravest Warriors animated series!

What It Is: What happens when you flush a pet fish down the Holo John? (Hint: It fantasizes it was a shark instead!) Or what if the Holo John gains sentience and “dreams of electric pee”? All that and more are covered in this collection of short stories about the Bravest Warriors’ out-of-this-world outhouse. Who knew they used their emotions-based powers in the loo, too?


Retail Price: $3.99

Authors: Paul Jenkins & Matthew Daley

Artist: Carlos Magno

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Benjamin Carre

Jackpot Variant Cover: Carlos Magno

BOOM! 10 Years Variant Cover: Ben Caldwell

Incentive Cover: Dave Dorman

What’s to Love: From the writings of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, to comics like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Lady Mechanika, the detailed and imagination-fueled steampunk movement has excited fans worldwide. Set in an original, sprawling steampunk world, Lantern City explores everything we love about the genre and what it takes to change a person’s place in the world.

What It Is: Sander Jorve just wants to keep his wife and son safe. Living in the brutalized lower class of Lantern City means living in near constant darkness, the enormous walls of the city always looming overhead, while the upper class enjoys the elevated, interconnected towers and airships above. When Sander’s brother-in-law, the persuasive activist Kendal, convinces him to infiltrate the brutal ranks of the Guard, he’s set on a dangerous path that will test his abilities and beliefs, all in the name of making a difference for his family and his caste.

UFOLOGY #2 (of 6)

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Authors: James Tynion IV, Noah J.Yuenkel

Artist: Matthew Fox

Cover Artist: Matthew Fox

Following the disaster at the abandoned house, the bodies of Eustace and “the stranger” are examined while Becky lies in a hospital bed, wishing she could forget everything that happened. Malcolm knows there’s something bigger going on, though, and is eager to investigate.


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Authors: Brian Lynch

Artists: Jerry Gaylord

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Felipe Smith

Incentive Cover: Erica Henderson

As Bill & Ted bring popularity and happiness to the childhood of their future oh-so-evil arch-nemesis, De Nomolos, they may have accidentally changed more than just his taste in music. With the looming threat of an altered timeline ahead of them, it will take more than the intervention of Rufus or the Grim Reaper to bring excellence back to the universe! Featuring a prehistoric time-romping back-up story by Adam P. Knave & DJ Kirkbride (Amelia Cole) and Wook Jin Clark (Adventure Time: Flip Side).


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Authors: Jimmy Palmiotti & Matt Brady

Artist:  Dominike “Domo” Stanton

Cover Artist: Amanda Conner

The crew is picked, and now the con is on. Just when the team thinks nothing can go wrong, reality sets in and tosses a monkey wrench their way!

HIT: 1957 #3 (of 4)

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Author: Bryce Carlson

Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey

Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey

Slater and Haywood arrive in Las Vegas and meet with an old confidante within Domino’s ranks. As they stage an assault to save Bonnie, Sticky tracks down the Hollywood Hacker on his own in L.A.


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Author: Ed Brisson

Artist: Damian Couceiro

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Damian Couceiro

Incentive Cover: Declan Shalvey

The clock is ticking! Mourning the death of crew mates and trying to stay ahead of the enemies on their trail, Samara and Grace will have to decide who to trust in order to get back to prison before their time runs out.

CURB STOMP #4 (of 4)

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Author: Ryan Ferrier

Artist: Devaki Neogi

Cover Artist: Devaki Neogi

It’s the final showdown! The battle for Old Beach is on as the cops, The Wrath, and The Fever go head-to-head. Betty and her crew might be outnumbered, but they’ll fight to the death to defend their town.


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Author: George Perez

Artist: George Perez

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: George Perez

10-Copy Incentive Cover: George Perez (Character Spotlight)

25-Copy Incentive Cover: George Perez (Pencils Connecting)

50-Copy Incentive Cover: George Perez (Pencils Connecting)

Trapped in a time paradox, the Sirens must face off against zombie versions of themselves and figure out a way to prevent the second destruction of Earth!


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Author: Justin Jordan

Artist: Ariela Kristantina

Cover Artist: Matt Taylor

Harrow and Branch come face-to-face with the most notorious-and completely unknown-killer in U.S. history when Control informs them that they not only know who killed John F. Kennedy, but that the assassin is still alive.


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Author: Christopher Sebela

Artist: Diego Barreto

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Mike Henderson

Intermix Cover: Robert Sammelin

Incentive Cover: Darick Robertson

As clashing forces fight for control over the Trans-Siberian railway, Snake learns things have not changed much since his first time as a soldier. With the ever-watching eye of a masked stranger upon him, Snake will discover that the past is never too far behind him.


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Author: Matt Gagnon & Michael Alan Nelson

Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

The fallout from the Justice by Day battle reaches its climax as the Virgo and Ramses families fight for their survival against the Scourge.


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Author: Michael Alan Nelson

Artist: Dan Mora

Cover Artist: Dan Mora

Just as Lucifer went through her recent mysterious transformation, this special flashback issue takes a look at how the Harlot went from being human to becoming the Keeper of Secrets.


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Authors:  Joshua Williamson & Dennis Culver

Artist: Alejandro Aragón

Cover Artist: Carlos Magno

The final battle for Detroit rages on the steps of OCP headquarters. Death on all sides grows in numbers every second. With Killian making his way to the Old Man, Lewis and RoboCop must come together one last time to see this war to its end.


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Author: Christopher Sebela

Artist: Chris Visions

Cover Artist: Chris Visions

The Gang War between Ma and Jones has devolved into chaos between the boroughs and established factions. As each side threatens to wipe out the other, the very fabric of “Here” is imploding. God is shutting down the experiment.


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Author: Eric Powell

Artist: Brian Churilla

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Brian Churilla

Incentive Cover: Nick Robles

Lo Pan’s revenge against Jack Burton in the Hell of No Return is almost complete, but Egg and Wang are coming back to Chinatown, and they’re bringing Jack’s soul with them!


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Author: Ryan Ferrier

Artist: Matías Bergara

Cover Artist: Toni Infante

Tensions escalate as disgraced ex-prospect Dillon frames the Mayans for vandalizing the SAMCRO clubhouse and kidnapping Lyla.


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Author: Mike Carey

Artist: Elena Casagrande

Cover Artist: Elena Casagrande

Final issue! Leo must decide between his old life and his new life as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Does he save his real family, or the ones they forced him to love? Does it make a difference?


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Author:  Meredith Gran

Artist:  Carey Pietsch

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Reimena Yee

Subscription Variant Cover: Kevin Stanton

Variant Cover: Liz Fleming

As Marceline and Princess Bubblegum try to get back to Ooo, Finn has to figure out how to deal with the Suspencer when he can’t get close to him! Meanwhile, Cinnamon Bun is taking advantage of his new abilities to the extreme.


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Authors: Patrick Seery

Artists: Megan Brennan

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Flynn Nicholls

Subscription Variant Cover: Drew Green

Bee wants to get an awesome present for Deckard, but she’s totally broke. Luckily PuppyCat is on the case and gets her a mission…doing yardwork?


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Author: Mad Rupert

Artist: Allison Strejlau

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Andy Hirsch

Subscription Variant Cover: Andrew Stewart

Rigby and Hi-Five Ghost find cryptic information about the strange movie from Rigby’s childhood on a message board, leading them to believe it was about dinosaur aliens!


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Authors: Charles M. Schulz, Jeff Dyer, Various

Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Scott Jeralds, Various

Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz

With the arrival of an eclipse, Linus prepares the gang for the worst. Using Charlie Brown’s perfectly round head as a placeholder for the sun, he must do all he can to keep them from staring into the upcoming rays. “Sunny Disposition” and more adventures are in store in this brand-new issue!


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Author: Kate Leth

Artist: Ian McGinty

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Ian McGinty

Subscription Variant Cover: Victoria Elliott

Bugcat’s evil plan comes to fruition as he transforms into a monstrous beast to stop the Bravest Warriors and ruin summer camp forever! The Bravest Warriors are going to have to team up with the campers to defeat Bugcat, but do these kids have what it takes?


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Author: Christopher Hastings, Henry Leo & Matt Fraction

Artist: Zachary Sterling

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Paul Pope

Subscription Variant Cover: Lauren Dawson

Variant Cover: Simon Leclerc

It’s a special interactive, one-shot issue! Magic Man plans to use the reader to help beat Finn and Jake, but can our heroes turn the tables? Features a special short written by debut writer Henry Leo and Matt Fraction (Hawkeye)!

GIANT DAYS #3 (of 6)

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Author: John Allison

Artist: Lissa Treiman

Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman

Following a night of “mild abandon,” Esther finds herself singled out by the vile collegiate man-site “Laddzone.” When the university authorities are less than helpful, she vows to take down this cyber institution!


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Author: Madeleine Flores

Artist: Madeleine Flores

Cover Artist: Victoria Elliot

The evil demon has got his filthy claws into the world, and it’s up to Great Warrior to stop him. But what happens when her greatest secret is revealed?


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Author: Tom Siddell

Artist: Ian McGinty

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Ian McGinty

Variant Cover: Paul Maybury

THE FUTURE! Everyone lives underground now. The shadowy government decides to send someone back in time to rectify past mistakes. The time traveller runs into other time travellers, including a cyborg hunter sent to “terminate” a military leader, two high school kids on an Excellent Adventure, a crazy doctor and a young man who seem to be travelling back to the past/future, and Jeanne Claude Van Damme as TIMECOP from the movie TIMECOP. Turns out the future was messed up by all these conflicting time-travelling jerks.


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Authors: Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters

Artist: Brooke Allen

Cover Artists:

Main Cover: Brooke Allen

Variant Cover: Joy Ang

When a freak snow storm hits the camp, Jen gets lost! It’s up to Rosie and the girls to find their Roanoke cabin leader. As they search, Jen comes across the path of a mysterious taxidermist who rides a moose. What the junk is she up to?


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Authors:  David Petersen, Ramon K. Perez, Jake Parker, Eric Talbot

Artists: David Petersen, Ramon K. Perez, Jake Parker, Eric Talbot

Cover Artist: David Petersen

The mice at the June Alley Inn continue to tell their stories in an attempt to clear their tabs. Featuring inventive mice, haunting cicadas, and other stories from Ramón K Perez (Hawkeye), Jake Parker (Rocket Raccoon), and Eric Talbot (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

HALOGEN #3 (of 4)

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Author: Josh Tierney

Artist: Afu Chan

Cover Artist: Afu Chan

In a shocking display, Det takes down Hale so that she, Rell, and Mason can reach the HaloGen ship and escape. As they make their way back to Cityship Q, Rell has to figure out what to do with Det.

PLUNDER #4 (of 4)

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Author: Swifty Lang

Artist: Skuds McKinley

Cover Artist: Skuds McKinley

Final issue! Bahdoon is quickly running out of time. Will he choose his own survival over stopping the monster?

FEATHERS #5 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99

Author: Jorge Corona

Artist: Jorge Corona

Cover Artist: Jorge Corona

Feeling alone and betrayed by Bianca and Gabriel, Poe finds a humbled and apologetic Z, who tells him that all the Mice have been taken by the Scarf Man.


Retail Price: $14.99

Authors: Clive Barker, Marc Andreyko

Artist: Piotr Kowalski

Cover Artist: Riley Rossmo

What’s to Love: Before Fables, before Once Upon a Time, Clive Barker created a secret city of monsters that live among us. Don’t worry if you’ve never seen the film: Clive Barker and writer Marc Andreyko (Batwoman, Manhunter), along with  Piotr Kowalski’s gorgeous art (Dark Tower, Sex), have crafted a story for horror fans new and old.

What It Is: With Clive Barker’s vision for Nightbreed finally released-Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut-this series gives readers the untold histories throughout time for the monsters of Midian that fans have been craving. 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. Collects issues #1-4.


Retail Price: $14.99

Author: James Tynion IV

Artist: Michael Dialynas

Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

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, finding themselves countless light years away in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. One year prior, the school held its first rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” on a night that would prove fateful to both the students and faculty, as their lives crossed paths in an almost premonitory way, seeding the various horrors to come. Created and written by James Tynion IV (Batman Eternal) and illustrated by Michael Dialynas (Amala’s Blade), “The Swarm” collects the critically acclaimed second arc (issues #5-8) of the best-selling series.


Retail Price: $14.99

Authors: Paul Jenkins

Artist:  Humberto Ramos

Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos

What’s to Love:  We all grew up reading fairy tales. We all love fairy tales! But if you enjoy your fairy tales with a twist like Fables, Fairest, or Once Upon a Time, Fairy Quest is the perfect series for you. Plus, Paul Jenkins (Wolverine: Origin) and Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man) have already made the fans their co-publishers with a successful Kickstarter.

What It Is:  The adventures of Red and Mister Woof have only just begun. In Fablewood, all of the stories that have ever been told live side-by-side. But it is an evil place, overseen by the awful Mister Grimm and his cadre of Think Police. Red and Woof want to escape to a world where their friendship isn’t prohibited, but nothing can prepare them for what lies ahead in the Dark Forest.


Retail Price: $13.99

Author: Mark Evanier & Scott Nickel

Artists: Andy Hirsch & Various

Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch

It’s more all-new Garfield stories, including Garfield in a televised race, Nermal entering a beauty pageant, and Liz meeting a Scary Sorceress! Collects Garfield #21-24.


Retail Price: $14.99

Author: Frank Gibson

Artists: Tyson Hesse

Cover Artist: Zachary Sterling

What’s to Love: Based on the award-winning animated series, The Amazing World of Gumball features a wacky cast of characters and a ton of heart, so we were delighted to bring Gumball Watterson and the town of Elmore to comics for the first time.

What It Is: Gumball Watterson thinks he’s the coolest kid in school, his little sister Anais begs to differ, and Darwin just wants to stay out of trouble! Anything can happen in the crazy town of Elmore, and Gumball is the master of causing all sorts of trouble with his crazy schemes. Collects issues #1-4, including the Free Comic Book Day story.


Retail Price: $24.99

Author: Roger Langridge, Noelle Stevenson & Various

Artists: Frazer Irving, Roger Langridge, Dustin Nguyen, Noelle Stevenson & Various

Cover Artist: Cover Design by Jillian Crab

A collection of shorts featuring Finn, Jake, and the rest of the citizens of Ooo from the pages of Adventure Time #16-18, Adventure Time: 2013 Spoooktacular, Adventure Time: 2013 Summer Special, and Adventure Time: 2013 Annual.


Retail Price: $24.99

Authors: S.M. Vidaurri, Kyla Vanderklugt, Matthew Dow Smith & Jeff Stokely

Artists: S.M. Vidaurri, Kyla Vanderklugt, Matthew Dow Smith & Jeff Stokely

Cover Artist: Sonny Liew

What’s to Love: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller television show delighted fans for generations, and we’re honored to be able to collect new stories in the spirit of the beloved series. We’ve collected the four tales of wonder and witchcraft from Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches in a beautiful hardcover that will delight fans of all ages.

What It Is: Inspired by folklore from around the world and all told in the spirit of Jim Henson’s beloved beloved television series, this hardcover collects the watercolor story of “The Magic Swan Goose and the Lord of the Forest” from S.M. Vidaurri (Iron: Or, the War After), Spera artist Kyla Vanderklugt’s haunting tale of the snow witch, Matthew Dow Smith’s tale of a man shipwrecked on an island of witches, and the unproduced The Storyteller teleplay from The Jim Henson Company Archives, adapted by Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla). Features an all-new cover illustration by Sonny Liew (The Shadow Hero) and the never-before-seen, unproduced The Storyteller teleplay from The Jim Henson Company Archives.

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