You love Emma Rios, I love Emma Rios, we all love Emma Rios!
See some of her earliest mainstream work in Hexed, on sale for the rest of the day along with the rest of the books included in our BOOM! Leading Ladies Sale!
Just so you’re all aware, you know we have the first 3 issues of Lumberjanes on sale, right?
You better hurry yr buns off though, because our BOOM! Leading Ladies sale ends tonight at 11pm EDT!!
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Hanni Brosh recommends Steven Universe #1
They… ARE the Crystal Gems!
They being the stoic Garnet, sassy Amethyst, fretful Pearl, and Steven, our young hero with a golden heart and a gemstone belly button. Steven Universe, created by rebeccasugar, is the latest animated series to make the jump to the comic page, joining Adventure Time and Bee and Puppycat in BOOM’s impressive cartoon lineup.
Steven balances being a magical Crystal Gem and a regular human boy - a protector of the universe who is still a fun-loving, energetic kid. While his fellow Gems are neutralizing unsavory creatures, Steven keeps their spirits up with his optimistic attitude (and some wacky yesteryear sunglasses). Writer jeremysorese and artist colemanengle make up the main story team and their debut issue is a hit; Sorese captures small character moments among the chaos of battle (notably Amethyst and Pearl’s bickering), while Engle’s bold brushwork and bright colors bring a gaseous rainbow beast to life and send it whizzing through magnificent temple ruins. Three back-up stories round out the issue - an adventure with some side characters, a hot dog recipe, and a charming attempt at birthday cake baking.
Steven Universe is a delight for readers of all ages - rich in creative locales, thoughtfully realized characters, and a good dose of magically-charged brawling. The first issue sets a high mark for the ongoing series, making “Steven” a comic you can believe in!
Hanni Brosh is a digital editor at comiXology. She draws comics and has a really cute dog.
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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!
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.
comiXology Unbound's #LongReads
↳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…
#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!
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).
April Malig is a digital editor and cartoonist who loves candy.