I love so many series from BOOM!, but alas time and tide, time and tide. I miss reading my favorite stuff almost every other month. What’s a comic fan to do? Trades, my friend, TRADES!
BOOM! has sent us the info on what trades will be released this fall (October 2015), here’s a few of them, there’s no pre-order info yet but when we get it we’ll pass it on! Don”t hesitat to stop by your local shop and ask about pre-ordering a few.
LUMBERJANES! Our What’cha Reading Rat Queens love Lumberjanes, I do too. It was one of the most surprising, most enjoyable series I’d read in ages.
LUMBERJANES VOL. 2 TP
Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Noelle Stevenson & Grace Ellis
Artist: Brooke Allen
Cover Artist: Noelle Stevenson
“The second collection of the award-winning Lumberjanes is here! Five girls become instant best friends when they go to camp and discover there is a lot more to the summer than learning to how to paddle a canoe. Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types is not your average summer camp and Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are not your average campers. Between the river monsters, magic, and myths, this summer is only just beginning! Collects issues #5-8.”
Giant Days. The $10 trade is one of those things that made me love Image, I’m glad BOOM! is following suit. I hadn’t had the time to check this one out, but at $10 I’ll probably try it!
GIANT DAYS VOL. 1 TP
Retail Price: $9.99
Author: John Allison
Artist: Lissa Treiman
Cover Artist: Lissa Treiman
“What’s to Love: John Allison’s daily webcomics Bad Machinery and Scary Go Round are hilarious, the kind of strips where every panel makes you laugh out loud. As a result, John has earned a large, loyal following of readers that have followed his work daily for the past 12 years. Giant Days is an entertaining, slice-of-life look at three friends away at university, and is a series fans of things like Scott Pilgrim and Friends with Boys will not want to miss!
What It Is: Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of handwringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery mold, nuchauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Collects issues #1-4.”
Fiction Squad. I was on board for most of this series, then life stepped in and made me miss a few. I love Paul Jenkins’ work and this book is such a great example of what he can do when he builds worlds. Ramon Bachs’ art courts a chibi style without going too far. He definitely successfully pays homage to Humberto Ramos’ work in Fairyquest. If you’re a fan of that series jump into this mini.
FICTION SQUAD TP
Retail Price: $19.99
Author: Paul Jenkins
Artists: Ramon Bachs
Cover Artist: Ramon Bachs
“What’s to Love: After publishing Paul Jenkins’ Fairy Quest, we kinda have a thing for Fablewood, where all fairy tales and bedtime stories live side-by-side. So when he came up with a mystery and fantasy mash-up adventure set there and enlisted his Civil War: Front Line artist Ramon Bachs, we hopped aboard faster than Alice went down the rabbit hole. In Fiction Squad, every nursery rhyme is a crime scene in the making. If you like your mystery mashed up with fantasy, like Fables and Once Upon a Time, this has got you covered.
What It Is: Fablewood is a pretty dangerous place, but no area is more dangerous than the City of Rimes, deep in the heart of the Children’s Realm. After transferring in from the realm of Mystery, a failed detective from an unfinished prose novel, Frankie Mack, is about to uncover a conspiracy that could unmake storytelling itself. After Humpty Dumpty is pushed to crack and Jack (of Jack and Jill) goes AWOL, Frankie and his partner, Simple Simon, are put on the case. Collects the complete six-issue miniseries.”
Memetic. A slightly steeper price for the number of issues collected. But this was a hot series, James Tynion is a hell of writer and Eryk Donovan created such an iconic cover image it was the talk of Special Edition: NYC this year. If you missed this one it’s definitely worth a look.
Retail Price: $14.99
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Cover Artist: Eryk Donovan
“What’s to Love: Memetic is truly an event comic, and a wholly unique take on the disaster genre. Much like his work on The Woods, writer James Tynion IV—with the help of fantastic newcomer Eryk Donovan (The House in the Wall)—brings horror to a whole new generation of fans of J-horror films like Uzumaki and The Ring. Plus, Memetic was nominated for the GLAAD Award for Outstanding Comic!
What It Is: A meme is an idea that starts with an individual, and then virally spreads to multiple persons and potentially entire societies. Richard Dawkins suggests a meme’s success comes from its effectiveness to the host, but history shows that destructive memes can spread just as rapidly through society. Memetic shows the progression of a weaponized meme that leads to the utter annihilation of the human race within 72 hours. The root of this apocalypse is a single image on the internet, a “meme” in the popular sense. A meme that changes everything. Collects the complete three-issue miniseries.”
Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” is more than just the book that Blade Runner was based on, it’s also a much loved and lauded sci-fi masterpiece. I didn’t love this comic as a monthly, I felt that the narrative needed to be seamless. Guess I’ll have to read the trade and see if I was right.
DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? OMNIBUS TP
Retail Price: $39.99
Author: Philip K. Dick
Artist: Tony Parker
Cover Artist: Jay Shaw
What’s to Love: If you loved the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner, chances are you know it’s based on Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? From 2009-2011, we published a 24-issue graphic interpretation of the novel as realized by artist Tony Parker. Now, for the first time, all 24 issues of the Eisner Award-nominated series are collected into one complete omnibus edition, featuring a brand-new cover by Mondo artist Jay Shaw and essays from Jonathan Lethem, Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis, Matt Fraction, and more.
What It Is: San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. The World War has killed millions, driving entire species to extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic fakes: horses, birds, cats, sheep…even humans. Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter tasked to find six rogue androids. They’re machines, but look, sound, and think like humans—and infinitely more dangerous.
Well there’s a taste of what’s to come from BOOM! Studios this fall, see anything you like? Let us know your thoughts on what might be worth buying, pre-ordering, or skipping in the comments!