Posts Tagged "BOOM! Studios"

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Kate Kasenow recommends The Woods #3

In the first two issues, new and original BOOM! Studios’ series The Woods established itself as the perfect storm of apocalyptic high school adventures in sci-fi horror. If that phrasing alone seems a bit intense for you, then you’d better fasten your seatbelts, because issue #3 is one wild ride.

Despite what the faculty and staff seem to think, things are looking grim for the students of Bay Point Prepartory Academy. After getting mysteriously transported to another world, the principal is daydreaming while the athletics department is turning the school into the dystopian setting of 1984. Meanwhile, Adrian Roth is fighting over control of a ragtag group of students with Sanami Ota. Both have powerful ideas about what needs to be done, but, unfortunately, so does everyone else.

Underneath the fantastic setting and lurking horrors of the plot, the story is essentially a diverse set of character studies. Writer James Tynion IV (jamesthefourth) has done a brilliant job of delving into each character’s personality and initiatives while still leaving a lot of mystery for readers to contemplate. Not to be discounted in the least, Michael Dialynas’ (thewoodencrown) artwork gives a unique look and feel to the multitude of genres represented. I’ve long been a fan of Dialynas’ work and seeing him tackle both endearing character moments as well as monstrous acts of violence is both refreshing and invigorating. Like a bright cherry atop this cake of terror, Jose Gonzalez’s colors add vibrance and surreality to this mysterious new world and its newest residents.

By now you might be asking yourself, “Why high school students? How will they survive? Who’s behind all this?”

Jump into The Woods now and find out!

[Read The Woods #3 on comiXology!]

For fans of: actionscience fictionhorror

Kate Kasenow is a comics artist from Indiana currently living in Manhattan. She works at ComiXology as a Lead Digital Editor and spends most of her spare time re-reading J. R. R. Tolkien.

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Six-Gun Gorilla by sispurrier & jeffstokely

Welcome to “the Blister,” a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier, a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there…

[Read Six-Gun Gorilla on comiXology]

#LongReads: Every Thursday Afternoon comiXology Unbound suggests a comic to read for those who are looking for something more than 22 pages!

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Molly Brooks recommends Six-Gun Gorilla by sispurrier & jeffstokely

The framing genre of this comic is science fiction– a futuristic couch potato society sending armies to fight a war off-planet– but most of the action takes place in the territory being fought over: a pseudo- old western frontier called the Blister, governed by dream logic and populated by bandits, monsters, and deadly sunlight.

The society fueling the war in the Blister has forgotten the value of crafted fiction in favor of pure spectacle; in a ghoulish extension of reality tv, suicide troops with recording equipment implanted in their brains are sent in with the regular soldiers to capture their (hopefully gruesome) deaths for the audience back home. Wartime tactics are determined by the ratings and advertising figures they’re likely to draw.

The main character, Blue-3425, is one of these suicide troops. Blue is a heartbroken former librarian who thinks he has nothing left to live for, until he gets to the Blister and his brain camera records something it shouldn’t. Suddenly, caught in a warzone in a half-imaginary place, he has a mission again, and a mysterious laconic gorilla commando companion to help him see it through to the end.

Six Gun Gorilla’s strength lies in its worldbuilding; this is a story about story, flipping genres and spitting nonsense at every turn, and it could have easily collapsed into an incoherent mess. But seamless exposition, interesting characters, and a strict adherence to internal logic make it work well as both a sci-fi-cowboy-spy adventure, and as meta-commentary on the value of a good yarn. I enjoyed it immensely, and I highly recommend picking it up!

For more adventures about the nature of storytelling, try The Unwritten.
For more surreal and intriguing takes on the western genre, try Pretty Deadly and East of West.

[Read Six-Gun Gorilla]

For fans of: western, science fiction

molly brooks is an artist from nashville currently living in brooklyn. she works at comixology as a digital editor.

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April Malig recommends Bee & Puppycat #2

Bee and Puppycat from Boom Studios is the comic counterpart to Natasha Allegri (natazilla)’s online animated series of the same name, and like the show, is completely and utterly charming. Fans of Adventure Time will recognize Allegri’s name as a storyboard artist for the show as well as her work on the gender-swap series, Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake.  Like Allegri’s previous series, Bee and Puppycat features a heavy dose of fun surrealism, wittily written characters, with a side of magical girl-style action.

In this comic, Bee (a human woman) and Puppycat (a puppy? cat? or both?) travel through a magical dreamscape called Fishbowl Space in search of… employment via Magical Temp Agency. Bee, like most wayward 20-somethings, hops from job to job to survive while Puppycat, well, really wants to buy a sweet pair of platform heels. This issue features the duo setting off to repair a magical music box on a snowglobe-shaped planet, but, as always, things are more complicated than they seem. 

The comic as a whole succeeds at multiple things at once, it is both intelligent and kid-friendly, relatable yet odd, goofy with hints of a greater depth. Oh, and I didn’t even mention how beautiful the artwork is (drawn by Allegri herself, with colors by Patrick Seely and letters by Britt Wilson). Allegri, as well as the team of fresh new comic artists also contributing their talents—  co-writer Garrett Jackson, Madeleine Flores (madeleineishere) and Becky & Frank (beckyandfrank) — have created an immersive (also, this issue features music via QR code, how cool is that?) mysterious world with great characters while also being laugh out loud funny. Fans of the animated series as well as newcomers of all ages should read this comic (and then, like I do, eagerly anticipate future issues).

[Read Bee & Puppycat #2 on comiXology]

For fans of: female leads, cute, humor

April Malig is a digital editor and cartoonist who loves candy.


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Mike Isenberg recommends Nightbreed #1

Not too long ago a co-worker of mine, knowing my taste for weird horror flicks, recommended that I check out Clive Barker's 1990 film Nightbreed. Having enjoyed Barker’s other creations (Hellraiser, Lord of Illusions, and Candyman), I promptly put it on my “to watch” list and then forgot about it.

Fast forward a few months, I notice that BOOM! is soliciting Nightbreed as an upcoming comic series.  Reminded of my co-worker’s recommendation, I finally tracked down the film and gave it a watch.

It’s pretty great.  Supernatural horror clearly stamped with Clive Barker’s particular strain of wonderful weirdness.  Without giving too much away, the story features a secret, subterranean city called Midian, populated by supernatural freaks and outcasts known as the Nightbreed, all of whom have sworn off any contact with the natural world.  The film is filled with colorful characters, imaginative designs, and a relatable underdog story.

Like Hellraiser before it, Nightbreed presents the surface of a vibrant mythology.  But whereas Hellraiser has had numerous sequels to explore the nature of the Cenobites and their puzzle box, the Nightbreed have only the one film to tell their story.

Enter writer Marc Andreyko and artist Piotr Kowalski, to continue the story in comic book form, with assistance from Barker himself. 

Issue #1 starts off the new series with a peek into present-day Midian, before delving into the Nightbreed’s past.  In the swamps of 1857 Louisiana a couple flees a lynch-mob only to have one of the Nightbreed intervene, though perhaps not in a way they would have liked.  And in 1945 Boston a senator visits a house of ill-repute that caters to some very particular tastes.

The story being told is all new, so you don’t have to have seen the movie, although some knowledge of the basic premise (i.e. Midian is a secret city, home to outcast monsters known as Nightbreed) does help.  The book is tense and mysterious, and definitely worth checking out.  For fans of the movie, fans of Clive Barker, or fans of weird horror in general, I can absolutely recommend this book.

[Pick up Nightbreed #1 here!]

For fans of: horror

Mike Isenberg is an Associate Production Coordinator at comiXology, and the co-writer of First Law Of Mad Science.  He lives in Harlem with his cats, Tesla and Edison

Fans of awesomeness, rejoice!

Bee & Puppycat #1 by Natasha Allegri (natzillaaa), the brains behind Fionna & Cake is on sale today!

Read it here!

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Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time #1

Henry, the family’s magical butler, is missing!! It’s up to Tyler and Herobear to figure out what happened to their friend…only they might learn a lot more about Henry than they initially thought…and be forced to get help from an unsuspected source.

[Read Herobear & the Kid’s latest adventure]


#ComicsForYourKids: Every Thursday Evening comiXology Unbound suggests a great comics to read with your kid!

Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand takes a once-lost screenplay by Henson and turns this story he never got to tell into one of the most beautiful and mesmerizing graphic novels ever created.  Tale of Sand follows scruffy everyman, Mac, who wakes up in an unfamiliar town, and is chased across the desert of the American Southwest by all manners of man and beast of unimaginable proportions. 

Picking this up for your #LateNightReads is sure to give your subconscious something to play with while you sleep. 

For fans of: art, surrealism

[Read Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand on comiXology]