Black Mask Announces Wave of New Titles for 2016

Black Mask Comics is betting big on the coming year being it’s breakout, with a long slate of new series from established and rookie creators.

Today the Los Angeles-based independent comic book publisher announced ten new series as well as the continuation of We Can Never Go Home from writers Matt Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon, and artist Josh Hood as well as a second volume of Fabian Rangel Jr and Alexis Ziritt‘s Space Riders.

The new series run through a broad range of genres, from science fiction/fantasy to contemporary slice-of-life, but all seem to have the trademark “edgy” approach upon which Black Mask has prided itself since their inception. The creative teams are comprised of a similarly diverse collection of individuals, including a large number of female creators, persons of color, all of which go to Black Mask’s mission of separating itself from the sort of “white guys club” which seems to dominate the majority of the comic book industry.

The first of these new titles will be released this week, as Matt Rosenberg and Tyler Ross4 Kids Walk Into a Bank is due to hit comic shops on Wednesday, April 27th.  The rest of the titles lack specific release dates, though Jade Protection Services is set for a June release, and Kim & Kim is set for July.

The large number of new releases marks a big step up for Black Mask, as they seek to exit the “Other” portion of Diamond’s monthly charts and come into their own.

The complete lineup of Black Mask’s Class of 2016 can is as follows:


Jade Street Protection Services #1Jade Street Protection Services
Writer: Katy Rex
Artist: Fabian Lelay
Colorist: Mara Jayne Carpenter
Covers: Annie Wu (Black Canary)


From an all-new creative team, Jade Street Protection Services is Black Mask’s first all-ages book, decribed as The Breakfast Club of Hogwarts.

Jade Street Protection Services follows a group of (bad) students at Matsdotter Academy, an elite private school for magical girls. When they all meet for the first time in a totally unfair detention, these punk rock witch delinquents cut class and discover the fates Matsdotter has in store for them are even more sinister than they suspected. 

JSPS channels Black Mask’s edgy, subversive sensibility into a whipsmart all-ages adventure for delinquents young and old.

Release Date: June 2016

Kim & Kim #1 CoverKim & Kim
Writer: Magdalene Vissagio
Artist: Eva Cabrera
Colorist: Claudia Aguirre
Cover: Tess Fowler (Rat Queens), Devaki Neogi (Curb Stomp)


Another one from an all-new creative team, Kim & Kim is a Tank Girl-esque buddy adventure about a trans woman and her best girlfriend.

Kim & Kim is a day-glo action adventure that’s bursting with energy and enthusiasm and puts queer women and trans women front and center. Badass besties Kim and Kim are out to make a name for themselves in the wild world of interdimensional cowboy law enforcement – and they very quickly end up in way over their heads. 

Blending the punk exuberance of Tank Girl with the buddy adventure wackiness of Superbad (if Michael Cera was a trans woman and Jonah Hill a queer girl partner in crime), Kim & Kim focuses on the power and meaning of female friendships as engines of validation. A bright, happy, punk rock sci fi adventure that is queer as shit. 

Release Date: July 2016

Black #1 CoverBlack
Writer: Kwanza Osajyefo
Co-Creator/Designer: Tim Smith 3
Artist: Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Molly Danger)
Covers: Khary Randolph (Robin Wars)


In a world that already hates and fears them – what if only Black people had superpowers? 

After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Now he must decide whether it’s safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free.

X-Men meets The Wire, BLACK’s Kickstarter blazed through Black History Month 2016 earning $91,973, more than three time its funding goal.

Release Date: 2016

Run For The Shadows #1 CoverRun For The Shadows
Writers: J.M. DeMatteis (Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt, Justice League), Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller)
Artist: Josh Hood (We Can Never Go Home)
Cover: Amancay Nahuelpan


Julie was a good girl from an elite family with her whole life ahead of her, until she got mixed up with bad boy Winston. After a decade of hard drugs and harder living, Julie is finally pulling her life back together. In rehab, she undergoes intensive therapy that unearths a deeply repressed trauma: her memory from being 16 and giving up her and Winston’s baby for adoption. She realizes it’s a lie. An implanted memory. There was something else that took the baby. Something evil. Julie tracks down Winston and forces him to tell her what truly happened, a horrifying revelation that will lead them both on a journey into darkness. 

A lyrical and fantastical tale of rebellion, redemption, and hellfire, but, most of all, a story of family.

From legendary writer J.M. DeMatteis, co-written by Matt Pizzolo fresh off his smash hit Young Terrorists and illustrated by Josh Hood still on fire from We Can Never Go Home.

Release Date: 2016

The Skeptics #1 CoverThe Skeptics
Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Devaki Neogi (Curb Stomp)


A stylish, period, political adventure about a pair of hip, clever teens who fool the world of the 1960s into believing they have superpowers. Like X-Men: First Class meets Project Alpha.

It is the 1960s. The Russians have the A bomb, the H bomb, and now the most terrifying weapon of all: a pair of psychically superpowered young people. Terrified and desperate, the US top brass scours from coast to coast in search of psychic Americans. Enter Dr. Isobel Santaclara, an eccentric illusionist and grifter who has recruited two teenagers and trained them to trick the US government, the Russians, and the whole world into believing they are dangerous psychics. Skeptical is a pre-punk period piece, a sort of honest, unfuzzy, non-nostalgic look at the Cold War 1960s in DC. 

Featuring female doctors, black female college students, and other genius “undesirables.” Like a cross between Kill Your Boyfriend and Hard Day’s Night, but about politics and ethics and how punk rock it is to be the smartest person in the room.

Release Date: 2016

4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #1 Cover4 Kids Walk Into A Bank
Writer: Matt Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home)
Artist: Tyler Ross (VICE)


What is it?

11 year old Paige and her weirdo friends have a problem: a gang of ex-cons need her dad’s help on a heist… the problem is those ex-cons are morons. If Paige wants to keep her dad out of trouble, she’s going to have to pull off the heist herself. 

4KWIAB is a very dark & moderately humorous story about friendship, growing up, d & d, puking, skinheads, grand larceny, & family.

Release Date: April 27, 2016

The Forevers #1 CoverThe Forevers
Writer: Curt Pires (The Fiction, Mayday)
Artist: Eric Pfeiffer (Arcadia)


Live fast. Live forever. 

Five friends struggling on the brink of stardom sacrifice everything in a black magic pact that brings them all the wealth and glamour they ever wanted. But now, years later, the glow is fading. When one of them is killed in an accident, they each feel a pulse of magic rise in them. They realize the glow is spread evenly among the group, and if one dies that power is passed along to the rest. Suddenly, they are being hunted. One of them has decided to kill the rest and harness the remaining power. 

As they search for the killer, each of The Forevers will be confronted by the macabre reality of the lengths people will go to be adored, to make sure the spotlight never fades.

Release Date: 2016

No Angel #1 CoverNo Angel
Writers: Eric Palicki (Guardians of Infinity) and Adrianne Palicki (Actress, Mockingbird in Agents of SHIELD)
Artist: Ari Syahrazad


Religious texts from The Bible to the Sumerian tablets speak of strange creatures descending from the heavens and mating with humans, their children the superhuman heroes of myth. None of this ever meant anything to Iraq War veteran Hannah Gregory, until she found herself in the crosshairs of a dangerous cult convinced that she’s a descendant of these dangerous bloodlines… bloodlines they’re determined to eradicate. 

No Angel is a cosmological and conspiratorial modern western in the style of Preacher meets Justified by way of Jodorowsky.

Release Date: 2016

The Dregs #1 CoverThe Dregs
Writers: Zac Thompson (VICE) & Lonnie Nadler (VICE)
Artist: Eric Zawadski (Last Born)


In this bloodsoaked satire of gentrification, an exclusive new restaurant called Pijin becomes the hottest spot in town by serving high-end dishes of human flesh. Where is the meat coming from? No one knows for sure, but a drug addled homeless man named Arnold Timm notices his friends disappearing and is determined to find out if they’re being fed to the rich. 

A modern spin on Sweeney Todd in our world of excess where a touch of celebrity can make even cannibalism seem downright sexy.

Release Date: 2016

Tomorrow’s Ashes
Writer: Matt Pizzolo (Young Terrorists, Godkiller)
Artist: Anna Wieszczyk (Godkiller)


The creators of Godkiller (one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2015) return for an all new saga. 

In a twisted future where America has been divided into warring city states, escaped slavegirl Halfpipe and grifter Soledad roam the savage land on the fringes between civilizations. When they come upon a strange relic, they will uncover a secret history of America’s destruction. 

This grimy apocalyptic fantasy manages to be simultaneously fun and horrifying, both brutal and intellectual, a unique descent into the American nightmare.

Release Date: 2016

Space Riders Vol 2 CoverSpace Riders, vol 2: Galaxy of Brutality
Writer: Fabian Rangel Jr. (Space Riders)
Artist: Alexis Ziritt


The Skullship Santa Muerte rides again as the creators of Space Riders (one of The Village Voice’s Outstanding Comics of 2015) return. 

An ancient evil is gathering power throughout the cosmos, and it falls upon the legendary SPACE RIDERS to kick its a**! Having disbanded, the crew of CAPITAN PELIGRO, MONO, and YARA must reunite for what may be their final ride! 

The cult comic that electrified comic readers in the brain RETURNS to blast your fragile human psyche into oblivion!!

Release Date: 2016

We Can Never Go Home Vol 2 CoverWe Can Never Go Home, vol 2
Writers: Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home, QUAKE) & Patrick Kindlon (We Can Never Go Home, QUAKE)
Artist: Josh Hood (We Can Never Go Home)


The dream team behind 2015 breakout hit We Can Never Go Home (winner of Diamond Comics Gem Award for Best Indie Graphic Novel of 2015) are back. 

17 year old misfit Morgan was lost. Unsure if she imagined the teenagers with strange abilities who were involved in the death of her boyfriend or not, Morgan was worried she was losing her mind. She fell in with a rough crowd, developed some bad habits, and did whatever she could to try and forget the things she thought she saw. But when she runs into a very lonely and disturbed girl named Dania, everything changes. Like those teenagers from her past, Dania can do things other people can’t. Dania will be Morgan’s ticket out of their small town and into a bigger world… whether she wants to be or not.

Release Date: 2016

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Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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