BOOM! Studios has released a list of new comic titles the publisher and it’s subsidiaries will be debuting before the end of the year which include everything from speed-racing rocket mechanics in space, hordes of human clones and the triumphant return of one of the most bad-ass characters to ever be conceived, Snake Plissken! New titles making their first issue debut in December include:
“Escape From New York #1″ (BOOM!)
“Eternal #1” (of 4) (BOOM!)
“Abigail and the Snowman #1” (of 4) (KaBOOM!)
“BOOM! Box 2014 Mix tape #1” (BOOM!)
Rocket Salvage (Archaia)
Escape From New York, based on the popular 1981 John Carpenter film of the same name starring Kurt Russell, came about after BOOM!’s recent success with their Big Trouble in Little China comic series also based off the popular John Carpenter film starring Kurt Russell. While this is the series that I am personally anticipating the most, some of the other titles seem pretty promising as well. You can check out descriptions and cover art for each series from the official press release below.
[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
“Escape from New York #1”
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Barreto
Cover Artists: A: Declan Shalvey 90% B: Tim Bradstreet 10% C: Riley Rossmo (Incentive) D: Jay Shaw (Incentive) E. Alice X. Zhang (Incentive)
WHY WE LOVE IT: We can’t get enough John Carpenter! It means so much to us to have brought Big Trouble in Little China to comics the right way. The response has been so strong that we knew we had to bring another Carpenter classic to comics in a style and approach that does Escape from New York justice.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you already love the Escape from New York film, this is a no-brainer. But if Escape from New York is new to you, writer Christopher Sebela has been garnering high praise for his recent BOOM! Studios original Dead Letters, as well as for his Eisner Award-nominated original, High Crimes.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The crime rate in the United States has risen 400 percent. After humiliating the President in front of the world and destroying America’s one chance to end World War III, Snake Plissken has become America’s Most Wanted man in a land of criminals and the insane. Everyone wants Snake dead. Luckily, Snake knows the feeling all too well. War hero. Outlaw. Renegade. Snake’s back!
“Eternal #1” (of 4)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: William Harms
Artist: Giovanni Valletta
Cover Artists: A: Frazer Irving B: Greg Smallwood (Incentive)
WHY WE LOVE IT: We love giving readers smart and thrilling science fiction books, such as The Hypernaturals, Six-Gun Gorilla, and our adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. We continue that tradition with Eternal, a story where humans can continually make clones of themselves, so death is a thing of the past. We need to know: What does a world like that look like?
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: William Harms (Imapler, inFAMOUS) is crafting a gripping, sophisticated story about what happens if science completely changes the rules of life itself. This is a story where characters’ ethics and loyalties are tested, for society has changed but human failings remain the same.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In a world of clones, the Human Liberation Army wants to free people from New Life’s grasp. Their leader Gail will take the most drastic, personal measures yet to do so. Rathmann, a former homicide detective turned New Life enforcer, is on the case, and is asking tough questions. Violet, a young girl and one of the few non-cloned humans (Pures, they’re called) left, is longing to enter the real world. But she has no idea the danger she is stepping into.
“Abigail and the Snowman #1” (of 4)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Roger Langridge
Artist: Roger Langridge
Cover Artists: A: Roger Langridge B: Sonny Liew (Incentive)
WHY WE LOVE IT: From his acclaimed run on The Muppet Show Comic Bookto his beloved Thor: The Mighty Avenger, Roger Langridge has earned a reputation for telling classic all-ages stories filled with heart and humor. After working with Roger on Jim Henson’s the Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow, we couldn’t wait to set him loose on his first creator-owned series since the Eisner Award-winning Snarked. The fact that there are Yetis in this only made us even more confident Roger’s latest is going to be something special.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The story of an imaginative young girl who befriends a sophisticated Yeti is perfect for fans of all-ages classics like Monsters, Inc. and Lilo and Stitch, while Roger’s fun, often hilarious art will be admired by fans who grew up on Calvin and Hobbes.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Abigail is a nine-year-old girl with a huge imagination who moves to a small town where she’s the new kid at school, struggling to make friends. All that changes when she meets a Yeti named Claude who has escaped a top-secret government facility. Abigail and Claude become the best of friends, but to make sure he can truly be free from the “Shadow Men” chasing him, they must go on an adventure to find Claude’s real home!
“Boom! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1″
Retail Price: $9.99 (8.5″ x 11”, 48 pages)
Authors: Maddie Flores, Paul Maybury, Ryan North, Noelle Stevenson, Eryk Donovan, Becca Tobin, Jake Lawrence, John Kovalic, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Rob DenBleyker, Stefan Toshef, Alexis Ziritt, and various
Artists: Maddie Flores, Nick Sumida, Paul Mayberry, Ryan North, Noelle Stevenson, Eryk Donovan, Becca Tobin, Jake Lawrence, John Kovalic, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Rob DenBleyker, Stefan Toshef, Alexis Ziritt, and various
Cover Artists: A: Jake Lawrence B: Jake Lawrence (Incentive)
WHY WE LOVE IT: You ever think of a story that you’d love to tell, but can’t think of a home for them? Well, those stories go to this sweet little orphanage for eccentric tales, called The Mix Tape. We gathered the best of the best, reached out to our favorite artists and storytellers, and created this oversized, deluxe love letter for you.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If you’re loving The Midas Flesh, Lumberjanes, Teen Dog, and Cyanide & Happiness and are excited for our comics adaptation of the Munchkin card game, delve into a world of like-minded stories! From the wacky to the touching, you’ll never know what you’re going to get. Here’s a hint: a brand-new Lumberjanes story written and drawn by Noelle Stevenson and the first ever Munchkin comic by John Kovalic.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: We reached out to a bunch of our favorite creators with one mission in mind—to bring original, unconventional characters and stories to life. The Mix Tape is an eclectic collection of stories based on characters that are anything but your average lot. Talking hamburgers, misunderstood ghosts, and punk rock grandmas are just the tip of these stories that are best described as “off the beaten track.”
“Rocket Salvage #1” (of 6)
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Yehudi Mercado
Cover Artists: A: Bachan B: Yehudi Mercado (Incentive)
WHY WE LOVE IT: When writer/animator Yehudi Mercado (Guardians of the Galaxy: Universal Weapon, Pantalones, TX) came to us with a dysfunctional family drama about three clones running a rocket ship repair shop, we were already on board. Throw in some spaceport street-racing and a few alien gangsters—just tell us when to start our engines!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Did we mention space racing?! With blow-your-gamma-gasket sequences from artist Bachan (Imagine Agents), this series has both action and heart. Fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Bravest Warriors, and Speed Racer will want to pick up a wrench and strap in for the ride.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Primo Rocket used to be the fastest speeder-racer in the galaxy, but after a crash that sealed the fate of his space-station-city home, Rio Rojo, Primo has resigned himself to life as a lowly spaceship salvage yard owner. However, his two “kids”—harvest clone Beta, and Beta’s genius girl-clone Zeta—can’t seem to keep out of trouble. When the dysfunctional family suddenly becomes the target of an intergalactic manhunt, the family has to come together to save their home.