In the week (well just over a week) of news from BOOM! Studios comes the announcement of the Power Rangers (along with the White Ranger) returning in issue #40, a new Lumberjanes one-shot, a special Firefly origin story for Saffron, and more.
Coming this June will be MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #40 which will see the team return after the events that took place in Shattered Grid.
LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1 will have a main cover by artist Alexa Bosy, a variant cover by artist Veronica Fish, and an additional story by cartoonist Mariana Costa when it hits stores on May 29th.
The special one-shot issue will give the readers more details on the origin of Saffron aka Mrs. Reynolds and how she became a grifter and thief.
The week in news ended with 2 big announcements, the first being that writer Kieron Gillen artist Dan Mora would be teaming up for a new limited series starting this August.
The synopsis for ONCE AND FUTURE #1 from the press release is as follows “When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat. Now the two must navigate the complicated history of the McGuire family and combat the deadly secrets of England’s past that threaten its very future”
And finally this week is a preview of the new graphic novel from the creator of GOOSEBUMPS.
JUST BEYOND: THE SCARE SCHOOL from R.L. Stine and artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews is about a group of 12-year-olds in old fashion clothing who are trying evade a cyborg creature called Drogg while at the same time blend in with middle school students.
All press releases are below. All artwork courtesy of BOOM! Studios.
The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Return…with The White Ranger!
“Necessary Evil” Reveals The True Fate of Power Rangers in June 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 16, 2019) – BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc., announced today that the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will make their official return after the events of Shattered Grid in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40, arriving in stores June 2019.
The new series creative team of writer Ryan Parrott (Go Go Power Rangers) and artist Daniele Di Nicuolo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) begin a bold new era as the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are back in Angel Grove…with the White Ranger as their leader! But what happened to the team after they defeated Lord Drakkon? And what does the White Ranger’s first appearance mean for the future of the team? Those answers – and more – arrive in the first chapter of Power Rangers: Absolute Power, as shocking secrets are revealed!
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40 features a main cover by Jamal Campbell (Naomi), with variant covers by Goñi Montes (Sandman Universe) and Kris Anka (Runaways).
New York Times Bestselling author Ryan Parrott is a writer in multiple mediums. A graduate of Chapman University, Parrott has written on television series NBC’sRevolution and Hulu’s Chance. In comics, Ryan was a co-writer on DC’s Batman: Gates of Gotham, several of IDW’s Star Trek titles, including Starfleet Academy, Boldly Go and Manifest Destiny, as well as the NBC series finale Revolution: Endgame. Parrott was one of the key architects of the landmark Power Rangers: Shattered Grid comic book event and currently writes Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers at BOOM! Studios, along with creator-owned projects Volition and Oberonfor Aftershock Comics, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
“I’m writing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The reality of that statement hasn’t quite sunk in yet but I’m sure when it does, I’ll feel a mixture of exhilaration, disbelief and sheer panic,” said writer Ryan Parrott. “Working on the franchise for the last two years has been one of the most creatively rewarding experiences of my life, not only because of the incredibly talented people I get to collaborate with behind the scenes but also because of all the amazing fans I’ve encountered along the way. I’m not going to lie. Kyle Higgins set the bar unapologetically high with his work on the series so far, not to mention the biggest Power Ranger comic book event ever inShattered Grid, but I’m looking forward to digging deep into these characters we all love and building off the stage that’s been set. May the power protect me.”
Born and raised in Milano, Daniele Di Nicuolo made his American comics debut withMirror’s Edge at Dark Horse. He has since worked with numerous publishers like IDW Publishing on The Infinite Loop Vol. 2, distinguishing himself at BOOM! Studios on top-selling series including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink and as the main artist on Mighty Morphn Power Rangers during the record-breaking Shattered Gridevent celebrating the franchise’s 25th anniversary.
“If with Shattered Grid we went big, now we’re going deep, straight to the core of what means to be Power Rangers and, most of all, what consequences come from choices made for a greater good,” said artist Daniele Di Nicuolo. “I couldn’t be happier to reunite with BOOM! Studios and the Rangers again. I’m super excited to explore the fallout of the adventures that we started with Kyle and honored to face this new journey with a great writer like Ryan, my pal Walter Baiamonte and so much of the crew from Shattered Grid. It’s Morphin time again!”
Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating over 25 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest running kids live-action series in television history with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 withMighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise celebrates its milestone anniversary year with the 25th season, Power Rangers: Super Ninja Steel currently airing on Saturdays at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S.
“The first appearance of the White Ranger is only one of the big revelations inAbsolute Power, as we learn just what happened after the Mighty Morphin team disappeared after the events of Shattered Grid,” said Dafna Pleban, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Ryan and Daniele, along with our partners at Hasbro, have crafted a Power Rangers epic with surprises around every turn and an ending that changes everything!”
Print copies of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #40 will be available on June 26th, at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you), or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
Softcover collections of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Go Go Power Rangers and other Power Rangers releases from BOOM! Studios are available now, everywhere books are sold.
For continuing news on the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS series and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow@boomstudios on Twitter.
BOOM! Studios Announces LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1
Discover a New Tale in the The New York Times Best-Selling Series About Adventure and the Power of Friendship
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 20, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today announced LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1, an oversized one-shot comic book about the power of friendship, by New York Times best-selling author Seanan McGuire (Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider) and artist Alexa Bosy, with an additional story by cartoonist Mariana Costa (Peritale), available in stores May 2019.
From Seanan McGuire and Alexa Bosy comes a magical tale about a rainy day at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types, when the ‘Janes succumb to cabin fever and set out into the storm on a quest to reunite what look like lost kittens with their mother, and instead stumble upon a mysterious and fiercely guarded secret garden in the middle of the forest. Discover a new corner of the Lumberjanes universe you’ve never seen before, a green haven full of magical and wondrous plants that would be the perfect place for the Lumberjanes to earn their Cryptobotany badges…but only if the creatures they find there let them leave.
In Mariana Costas’ short story, the Yetis are back! Only this time, they need help from Jo and the rest of the Lumberjanes when a storm knocks out the power to their treehouse and plunges the entire Camp into darkness. It’ll take brains, guts, and the power of teamwork to fix this problem, but the Lumberjanes have yet to meet a challenge they can’t handle together.
Launched in 2014 under BOOM! Studios’ YA-focused BOOM! Box imprint by series co-creators Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson,Lumberjanes was originally solicited as a limited series, but the overwhelming response from fans transformed it into an ongoing series that has become a New York Times best-seller, earned numerous nominations for prestigious awards including the GLAAD Media Award and the Eisner Award (which it has won twice), and has even crossed over with heroes from the DC Comics Universe (inLumberjanes/Gotham Academy). The Lumberjanes have expanded to middle-grade novels at Abrams Books, a diverse array of merchandise from pins to patches, and a feature film in development at 20th Century Fox.
LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1 features a main cover by artist Alexa Bosy and a variant cover by artist Veronica Fish (Sabrina the Teenage Witch).
“The Lumberjanes are fearless and ready for everything, which means they’re willing to tackle any adventure and right every wrong with the power of friendship, but it’s hard to be heroic or a good friend when you’re bored, stuck indoors, and quickly reaching your boiling point.” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “This special reminds us that cultivating friendships is hard work that’s not only built out of the big moments but also the small, where kindness, patience, and a willingness to listen can be just as important as the heroic, last minute saves.”
LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1 is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, home to groundbreaking original series such as Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin;Smooth Criminals by Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Leisha Riddell;Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad; and The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes.
Print copies of LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1 will be available May 29, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
For continuing news on LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1 and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.
FIREFLY: BAD COMPANY #1 Reveals The Secret Origin of Saffron
The Most Dangerous Woman in the ‘Verse Returns With A New Special in March 2019
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 21, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at the highly anticipated FIREFLY: BAD COMPANY #1, the first oversized special issue from the company’s sold out continuation of Joss Whedon’s sci-fi epic, in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, giving us the secret origin story of the infamous Mrs. Reynolds, available in stores March 2019.
Writer Josh Lee Gordon and artists Francesco Mortarino (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Giuseppe Cafaro (Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon), and Moy R. (Dinosaucers) reveal the long awaited origins of the most beloved Firefly character in the ’Verse—SAFFRON! Long before she was Yolanda or Saffron or Bridget, she was a pickpocket on the streets of an Alliance planet, close enough to touch the rich and admire their wealth yet too far to ever dream of being a part of their glamorous world. Go all the way back to the early days of Saffron’s story and learn how she became the extraordinary grifter and master thief who’s wreaked countless havoc throughout the ‘Verse and caused especial trouble for Serenity and her crew, including the current bounty on Mal’s head in the pages of Firefly…unless she’s lying about this, too.
FIREFLY: BAD COMPANY #1 features a main cover by Diego Galindo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and a variant cover by Jamal Campbell (Green Arrow).
“Saffron is an enigma wrapped in a mystery surrounded by a puzzle, but at the heart of all the fake names and complicated lies is a woman who learned early on how to fend for herself and who knew that if she wanted anything in life, she had to go out and grab it,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “BAD COMPANY takes us on an eye-opening journey through Saffron’s early adventures as we discover the daring escapades that helped the infamous YoSaffBridge craft each new layer of mystery and intrigue around herself to become the baddest woman in the entire system.”
Created by Whedon and set 500 years in the future in the wake of a universal civil war, FIREFLY centers on the crew of Serenity, a small transport spaceship that doesn’t have a planet to call home. Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds, a defeated soldier who opposed the unification of the planets by the totalitarian governed Alliance, will undertake any job — legal or not — to stay afloat and keep his crew fed. Thrust together by necessity but staying together out of loyalty, these disparate men and women are seeking adventure and the good life, but face constant challenges on the new frontier, such as avoiding capture by the Alliance, and evading the dangers you find on the fringes of the universe.
FIREFLY is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, Abbott, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.
Print copies of FIREFLY: BAD COMPANY #1 will be available for sale on March 20, 2019, exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one). Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
For continuing news on FIREFLY and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.
Kieron Gillen & Dan Mora Debut ONCE AND FUTURE at BOOM! Studios
New York Times Bestselling Author’s First Original Series From BOOM! Studios Debuts August 2019.
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 22, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today announced ONCE AND FUTURE #1, an extra-sized issue kicking off an all-new limited series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus) exploring the mysteries of the past, the complicated truths of our history and the power of family to save the day…especially if that family has secret bunkers of ancient weapons and decades of experience hunting the greatest monsters in Britain’s history!
When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat. Now the two must navigate the complicated history of the McGuire family and combat the deadly secrets of England’s past that threaten its very future.
Kieron Gillen is an award-winning writer based in London. He’s the co-creator of hit books such as The Wicked + The Divine, Die and Phonogram for Image. His work for Marvel includes Young Avengers, Star Wars, Iron Man, Uncanny X-Men, Thor, Journey Into Mystery and Darth Vader, where he co-created Doctor Aphra.
“I’ve been chewing over how the classic explorer adventure serial could operate in the twenty-first century for a while. Doctor Aphra transplanting the genre to space was one conclusion. ONCE AND FUTURE is another, taking a genre whose core has barely changed since the 19th century, and updating it for the now,” said writer Kieron Gillen. “Adventure, romance, supernatural horror and too much bloody research, as always. When BOOM! Studios told me one of the most talented action artists of his generation was interested in collaborating, I knew that we had all the ingredients we needed to create gold. Gold which, inevitably, our heroes will steal.”
Dan Mora is the artist behind some of the biggest hits in comics today, from the recent re-imagining of Buffy The Vampire Slayer to the landmark Power Rangers: Shattered Gridcomic book event at BOOM! Studios, along with a number of iconic covers for Marvel Entertainment and DC Comics. In 2016, Mora was honored with the Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award for his work on the chart-topping Klaus series from BOOM! Studios.
“Working with BOOM! Studios has opened the door to new dream projects every year, butONCE AND FUTURE is unlike anything I’ve ever worked on before,” said artist Dan Mora. “Kieron’s created a new world very much like our own, but plagued by supernatural and mythological creatures that are a joy to bring to life. And Bridgette, well, she’s one of the most fun – and surprising – characters I’ve ever worked on and I can’t wait for audiences to meet her!”
ONCE AND FUTURE is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott from Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury The Lede from Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Grass Kings from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins; and Klaus from Grant Morrison and Dan Mora. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Buffy The Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and Dan Mora; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Danielle Di Nicuolo.
“Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora are two of my favorite storytellers in comics, hands down. Not only was bringing them together a dream come true–speaking personally–but ONCE AND FUTURE has also blown away all of our expectations,” said Matt Gagnon, Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios. “Kieron & Dan are crafting a world of adventure that’s both epic and intimate, timeless and immediately relevant. This is truly one of the biggest projects in our company’s history.”
Print copies of ONCE AND FUTURE #1, featuring a cover by Dan Mora, will be available for sale on August 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
For continuing news on ONCE AND FUTURE and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.
Your First Look at R.L. Stine’s JUST BEYOND: THE SCARE SCHOOL Original Graphic Novel at BOOM! Studios
Discover an All-New Story from the Legendary Creator of “Goosebumps” and “Fear Street”
LOS ANGELES, CA (February 22, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at JUST BEYOND: THE SCARE SCHOOL, the first in a series of all-new original graphic novels debuting in September 2019 from R.L. Stine, the award-winning, bestselling horror author and creator of Goosebumps and Fear Street, artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews (Pandora’s Legacy) and featuring a cover by Julian Totino Tedesco (Life of Captain Marvel). This middle grade supernatural horror series takes young readers Just Beyondthe reality they know…Just Beyond their normal lives…Just Beyond the real world to an always-surprising place of fantasy and fright.
JUST BEYOND will be published through the company’s award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, marking the first time R.L. Stine has originated new concepts in the comic book medium as part of his multi-book agreement with the publisher. With the release of his debut novel Blind Date in 1981, R.L. Stine established himself as one of the most important voices in horror for a new generation. This was followed up with the release ofFear Street in 1989, which remains the best-selling YA series in history with more than 100 books published thus far, and Goosebumps in 1992, which transformed Stine into a worldwide celebrity. The series was soon adapted as a hit TV series and recently returned as a blockbuster film starring Jack Black in 2015 from Sony/Columbia Pictures, with a sequel hitting theaters October 12, 2018. Stine has continued to create exciting new horror concepts for younger audiences each year, in turn becoming one of the most successful American novelists of all time.
In JUST BEYOND: THE SCARE SCHOOL, the first original graphic novel in the series, something’s not quite right as we meet three 12-year-olds in strangely old-fashioned clothing creeping through the halls of Scare Middle School and trying to blend in with the present-day students while evading a menacing cyborg creature, the Drogg. Where did they come from? And why is this scary mechanical monster hunting them down? Thrust into the middle of this terrifying mystery are three modern day students, Josh, Jess, and Marco, who end up fighting for their lives while trying to escape the very nightmare that the three kids in old-fashioned dress were fleeing from, a school of horrors that existsJUST BEYOND their very own.
BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint is home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Rugrats, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Dodo by Felipe Nunes,Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and Brianne Drouhard, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt,Ruinworld by Derek Laufman, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.
“Middle school is terrifying enough as it is but R.L. Stine takes that fear to a whole new level in JUST BEYOND: THE SCARE SCHOOL,” said Bryce Carlson, Vice President, Editorial & Creative Strategy, BOOM! Studios. “I honestly couldn’t imagine a better way to kick off a series of middle grade horror graphic novels. This book is every kid’s nightmare come to life with chilling art by phenomenal illustrators Kelly and Nichole Matthews and a frightening story that only a modern master like Stine could tell.”
Print copies of JUST BEYOND: THE SCARE SCHOOL will be available for sale September 4, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore, and September 10, 2019 at bookstores. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.
For more news on R.L. Stine’s JUST BEYOND and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.