I may be the most excited when I get emails about any new issue or series from Mad Cave Studios. What I got to read today has definitely made my Monday much more palatable (as I'm rocking my Monday's huh shirt). I'm thoroughly excited to preview Bountiful Garden, which debuts in Previews on June 30th with a September 8th release date!
Bountiful Garden #1 (Mad Cave Studios)
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In the year 2200, a team of teenage scientists are sent on a terraforming mission to a distant planet. Selected as the best and brightest of their generation, architect Jonas, botanist Marnie, biologist Jane, engineers Anya and Kamari, and security detail Kurt are all put into cryostasis expected to wake up when it is time to prepare to land on their assigned planet. When they are awakened abruptly, ten years early, halted above a strange planet, the teens are tasked with trying to figure out why they’re stalled – or what stalled them. As they break into two teams, one tasked with fixing the ship, the other with exploring the unknown planet below, they’re faced with an increasingly nightmarish scenario as they encounter a cosmic horror that seems to not only have attacked their ship, but also their minds..
With a set of teenage scientists abruptly awoken from cryogenic sleep, they need to figure out why they aren't quite at their planetary destination. Learning the roles of different children and some insight as to why they have taken this mission gives rapid insight into the world which is being built. I really believe Weir has done a great job jolting the readers into feeling the same sense of urgency which our teenage terraformers are experiencing. My heart was literally pounding from page 2 until the very end! In offering their thoughts on not just the series, but the creative team and process, Ivy says:
When I first came on to Bountiful Garden I was excited for the opportunity to do a Sci-Fi/Horror story. I do a lot of Horror but rarely get to do much Sci-Fi. As the story started coming together and we started seeing the different themes that were being explored, excitement just grew! Ivy did an amazing job getting us connected to the players in such a short amount of time. Giorgio's color work is amazing. His work improved mine 10 fold. The hardest thing about this book was stopping.”
Black Cotton #3 (Scout Comics)
By: Patrick Foreman, Brian Hawkins, Marco Perugini, Francisco Zamora
Release Date: June 9, 2021
After the explosive turn of events at the hospital throughout issue 2, we get more behind the scenes at the effect of the shooting and the protests on the Cotton family.
While there is a great deal of discussions of the racial hierarchy (and we get to see what the white equivalent of the n-word) there is the rise of a new presence in the final third of the book which makes the ongoing exploration of not just the racial dynamics more intriguing but class as well!
I am a big fan of alternate history style tales (like what if the result of X battle changed, and we have a new timeline etc.). Blowback offers a mind-bending time trap in the Bermuda Triangle. An absolutely WILD tale of the impact of both people and technology when a convergence of 21st century Marines, 20th century technology and 18th century inhabitants of Bermuda converge in an explosive tale!
By: James Hereth, Rhonda Smiley, Kev Hopgood, and Charlie Kirchoff
Writer/Creators James Hereth & Rhonda Smiley are veteran screenwriters whose credits include the live-action Ninja Turtles and Jungle Book series, the animated feature, Race, and Chris Pratt’s movie debut, Extreme Team.
Artist, Kev Hopgood has worked on Action Force, Doctor Who, and 2000 AD, but is most well known as a penciller on Iron Man. During his run on that book, he co-created War Machine and the Hulkbuster Armor with Len Kaminski, both of which are featured prominently in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Colorist, Charlie Kirchoff has brought many titles to life, including Star Wars Adventures, Star Trek Year Five, and Back to the Future: Tales from the Time Train, as well as the Image series, Secret Identities and The Hard Place.
If you like high-octane action reads, you should definitely check out this book. It's got several low and high level conflicts, its got romance, an epic final battle, and an appearance of both Ben Franklin and George Washington. I was not expecting to read a gem like this today, and I'm infinitely glad I did.
Basilisk #1 (2nd Print)
Release Date: June 30, 2021
- Check out the AMAZING cover art for the second printing from the supremely talented Danny Luckert (Red Mother).
- There is a PREVIEW of Enter the House of Slaughter #1, one of the Free Comic Book Day offerings from Boom!
In a press release, Boom! Studios shares their excitement with the success of the title, and a good argument for why anyone should check it out!
“We are incredibly excited at the response to BASILISK,” said Filip Sablik, President, Publishing & Sales, BOOM! Studios. “Cullen Bunn and Jonas Scharf along with Alex Guimarães and Ed Dukeshire, the amazing team behind Bone Parish, have created truly terrifying, pulse-pounding world and cast of characters that no one will want to miss!”
Something is Killing the Children #17
By: James Tynion IV, Werther Dell'Edera, Miquel Muerto and Andworld Designs
Releases: June 23, 2021
In the previous issue we learned what events led to young Erica arriving at House Slaughter, and in issue 17 we get a tiny look into her initiation into the order. Check out some of these preview pages below!
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Rimmey is a high school history/government teacher & speech and debate coach in Kansas. He has slowly been rediscovering his love for comics since June of 2019.
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