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Preview BOOM’s ‘Coda’ #2, out June 13

The following is solicit text from BOOM Studios:

A dangerous person from Hum’s past has returned. Now he’s bound, blindfolded and sent into exile on the back of Nag, his loyal Pentacorn. Things don’t seem like they can get worse for Hum…until they get much worse.

“If you liked the craziness that Si and Matias cooked up in the first issue of CODA, you’re gonna love where they take the story next – though Hum might think otherwise,” said Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “It’s exciting to see readers, retailers, and press all embrace the exciting new world created within the pages of this series, and it’s the team’s goal to make every issue more surprising than the last.”

Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Main Cover A: Matías Bergara
Intermix Cover B: Lee Garbett
Incentive Cover C: Chris Wildgoose

See what else BOOM has cooking in June.

Preview Archie’s ‘Betty and Veronica: Vixens’ #7, out June 13

The following is solicit text from Archie Comics:

“Hunted,” Pt 2: The Vixens encounter a rival gang—but are these formidable foes or potential new members?  Meanwhile, the girls struggle with trusting their new behind-the-scenes leader.

Script: Jamie Lee Rotante
Art: Jen Vaughn, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
Cover: Jen Vaughn
Variant Covers: Sanya Anwar, Audrey Mok
On Sale Date: 6/13
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Check out covers for Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ #1, out May 23

The following is solicit text from Marvel:

A NEW DIRECTION FROM TA-NEHISI COATES & DANIEL ACUNA! A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T’Challa has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed… Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T’Challa’s name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now find out the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! Ta-Nehisi Coates welcomes aboard fan-favorite artist Daniel Acuna for a Black Panther story unlike any other! Rated T

Celebrate 50 issues of BOOM’s ‘Lumberjanes’ on May 23

The following is solicit text from BOOM Studios:

In this oversized anniversary issue, April, Mal and Ripley make several very cool and also pretty gross discoveries deep in the tunnels beneath the Mess Hall. Up above in the civilized world Jo and Molly join Emily, Diane and the  Zodiac cabin for a fun and totally chill game of total world conquest! Contains a special short story illustrated by Brooklyn Allen. Oversized Anniversary Issue!

Writers: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Artist: Dozerdraws, Brooklyn Allen
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover: Veronica Fish
Connecting Variant Cover: Veronica Fish
Wraparound Foil Incentive Cover: Veronica Fish
Colorist: Maarta Laiho
Letterer: Aubrey Aiese
Price: $4.99

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Preview Valiant’s ‘Harbinger Wars 2’ #2, out June 27

The following is solicit text from Valiant:

From East to West, the nation has been cleaved down the middle as Livewire’s defensive attack on the U.S. power grid envelops America in darkness and sets the stage for the biggest clash of powers ever witnessed… On one side, Peter Stanchek’s ragtag team of Renegades – alongside their newly activated army of untrained and wildly unstable psiots – ready themselves for an unsparing firefight with H.A.R.D. Corps and the agents of Omen. On the other, Ninjak and Bloodshot prepare to enter Livewire’s domain inside blacked-out Los Angeles. But as the casualties pile up and the losses mount on both sides, none of them will be ready to confront the full fury of raw power personified, as X-O Manowar makes his long-awaited return after a year of self-imposed exile among the stars…and delivers a single concussive strike that will send shockwaves across the whole of the Valiant Universe!

On June 27th, the most powerful Valiant event attempted continues in full force with another seismic chapter as New York Times best-selling author Matt Kindt and superstar artist Tomás Giorello unleash X-O Manowar on a world he thought he’d left behind in HARBINGER WARS 2 #2…and fire off the next brutal volley in the coast-to-coast clash of comics icons that will leave no hero unscathed! Featuring covers by J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA), Felipe Massafera (Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern), and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT SALVATION)!

Preview Valiant’s ‘Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome’ #1, out July 25

The following is solicit text from Valiant Comics:

The Roman standard – the eagle borne at the front of each Roman legion – was more than just a symbol of the soldiers that carried it… It was a symbol of Rome itself, the ultimate embodiment of the empire’s power…

But now, in the mist-shrouded Germanic forest of Tottenwald, the unthinkable has happened: A rampaging barbarian horde has crushed three of Rome’s most highly skilled detachments in battle… and captured their mighty Roman eagles.

His authority threatened by this all-too-public shame, the mad emperor Nero has dispatched Antonius Axia, the empire’s finest “detectioner” and hero of Britannia, and Achillia, the sword-wielding champion of the gladiatorial arena, to reclaim his stolen relics at any cost.

But what began as a simple mission will soon become a terrifying journey into the dark heart of belief itself as the isolated woodlands of Rome’s enemies reveal unseen dimensions…and the true power of the legion’s lost eagles threatens to consume any who would pursue them…

On July 25, Peter Milligan and Robert Gill dive deep into BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #1 for an all-new, self-contained entry point into Valiant’s critically acclaimed exploration of the ancient world – featuring covers from Cary Nord (Conan the Barbarian), Brian Thies (Star Wars: Legacy) and David Mack (Kabuki).

Read the original series announcement, and see what else Valiant has cooking in July.

Preview John Allison and Christine Larsen’s ‘By Night’ #1, out June 13

The following is solicit text from BOOM Studios:

Aspiring documentarian (and actual chemistry major) Jane has recently reunited with her former best friend Heather, amateur urban explorer. When a trip into an abandoned industrial building leads them to another world, their plan begins to unfold—create a documentary about the world and become filthy, filthy rich. The other side of the portal is filled with monsters, magic and a chance for a whole new life. All they have to do is step through…

“I love a good spooky tale, especially in the hands of folks as deft and funny as John and Christine,” said Shannon Watters, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “This is already one of my favorite series to read each month, and I know it’ll be one of yours too.”

Issue #1 of the 12-issues series from Eisner Award-nominated writer John Allison (Giant Days) and artist Christine Larsen (Adventure Time) drops June 13.

See the original series announcement, and check out what else BOOM has coming out in June.

Meet the artists of the Sandman Universe

Vertigo on Tuesday announced the five artists behind the titles of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman Universe line, two and a half months after the writers.

Bilquis Evely will draw “The Dreaming,” written by Si Spurrier; Dominike “Domo” Stanton will draw “House of Whispers,” written by Nalo Hopkinson; Max and Sebastian Fiumara will draw Lucifer, written by Dan Watters; and Tom Fowler will draw “Books of Magic,” written by Kat Howard.

Mat Lopes colored sample art provided by DC.

The four series will be preceded by a “Sandman Universe” one-shot Aug. 8. “The Dreaming” and “House of Whispers” will launch in September, followed by “Lucifer” and “Books of Magic” in October.

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Evely is based in Brazil and debuted with Dynamite’s “Doc Savage” and “Shaft.” Her latest works include Sugar & Spike, Batman Annual #1, Wonder Woman and Lazarus X+66.

Stanton is a recent graduate of DC’s Artists Workshop. His published work includes DC Showcase, Starbrand & Nightmask, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, The Big Con Job and Darryl Makes Comics’ DMC.

The Fiumara brothers are from Argentina. The two often collaborate on projects including Dark Horse’s Abe Sapien. Individually, Max’s work includes The Amazing Spider-Man and most recently the Black Hammer spinoff series Doctor Star & the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows. Sebastian’s work includes Loki and All-Star Batman.

Fowler is a cartoonist and illustrator who has worked in comics, advertising, film and game design. His best-known comics include the MAD Magazine feature “Monroe,” Venom, Hulk Season One, Quantum & Woody, Rick and Morty and Mysterius the Unfathomable. He currently is an inker on Doom Patrol.

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Preview Oni Press’ ‘Ballad of Sang’ #3, out May 16

The following is solicit text from Oni Press:

IT’S TIME TO JAM! After Sang and Lucy manage to dispatch and escape THE VEXXED, the bounty on Sang’s head doubles. It’s the perfect incentive for the BLACK EYED BETTIES, a roller derby team who Lucy already has a history with. When Lucy and Sang make a stop at a familiar diner for sanctuary, the Betties spring on the opportunity… but everything doesn’t go entirely to plan.

(W) Ed Brisson
(A) Alessandro Micelli
(C) Shari Chankhamma
(CA) Alessandro Micelli with Shari Chankhamma
Age Rating: Mature Audiences
Genre: Action/Adventure
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Preview ‘Adventure Time: Beginning of the End’ #1, out May 23

The following is solicit text from BOOM Studios:

Finn breaks a promise he can’t remember making which leads to a confrontation with Chronologius Rex, the lord of Hours and All Time! Ted Anderson (My Little Pony) and Marina Julia (Lumberjanes, SLAM! The Next Jam) set Finn on a journey to confront the ghosts of his past selves, the alternate selves of his present, and all his possible futures, while Jake gathers help from all of Ooo and beyond. Together, they must save Finn before he goes beyond the Vanishing Point and is erased from every reality…which would be really, really bad.

Issue #1 (of 3) comes out May 23.