Two of US publisher BOOM! Studios’ biggest hits of 2022, including one by British creators, are getting second arcs this autumn. The news comes out of the ComicsPRO 2023 event in Pittsburgh, a gathering of publishers and retailers, during BOOM! Studios’ presentation on what’s to come for this landmark year.
Briar by Eisner Award-nominated writer, producer, and director Christopher Cantwell (Regarding the Matter of Oswald’s Body, Iron Man, Halt and Catch Fire), and rising star artist German Garcia (Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land), will return for a new arc following the initial four-issue limited series. The new arc will continue the savage reimagining of the iconic fairy tale story that has captivated fans’ imaginations, exploring even more of the brutal fantasy world that time forgot.
A collection of the first much-praised volume will be published in August and is available to pre-order now.
Damn Them All by highly celebrated, Eisner-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (Hellblazer, Coda) and legendary artist Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead) will return for a new bloody, demon-filled arc. The initial six-issue run established Ellie “Bloody El” Hawthorne as an instant icon of the horror genre, and the new story arc will continue her journey to track down the 72 exiled devils of the Ars Goetia.
The fifth issue of the first Damn Them All series was released in comic shops this week, the entire run to date available digitally from services such as AmazonUK (Affiliate Link). BOOM! tell us a collection is in the works.
These fan-favourite ongoing series now join other proven franchises like James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Erdera’s Something Is Killing The Children, and Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano’s Grim, adding to a growing roster of unique, dark, female lead titles at BOOM! Studios.
• Briar Volume One by Christopher Cantwell and German García will be released on 3rd August 2023 and is available to preorder now from all good book and comic shops | 128 pages | ISBN: 978-1684159000 | Buy it from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)
An apocalyptically dark take on Sleeping Beauty for fans of Monstress and Grim!
What if Sleeping Beauty never got her happily ever after… and had to save herself instead? One-hundred years after Briar Rose first fell into her slumber, the sleeper has now become the sleepwalker, and she must face a brutal, bleak world ruled by a tyrant from her past. Burdened by prophecy and betrayal, it will take everything Briar and her band of misfits have to survive the wasteland where magic went to die. As they journey through a land of untold terrors, Briar nurtures a burning pledge of vengeance. But will it be enough to bring some semblance of a happy ending to the land… and her heart?
Eisner Award-nominated writer, producer, and director Christopher Cantwell (Iron Man, The United States of Captain America, Halt and Catch Fire) and rising star artist Germán García (Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land) reimagine the classic tale as an epic dark fantasy adventure. Collects Briar #1-4.
• The fifth issue of the first Damn Them All series was released in comic shops this week, the entire run to date available digitally from services such as AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)
In this new dark supernatural thriller for fans of We Have Demons and Something is Killing the Children, meet Ellie “Bloody El” Hawthorne: occultist-for-hire. Following the death of Ellie’s uncle, an infamous magician and occult detective, the 72 devils of the Ars Goetia are mysteriously freed from their infernal realm.
It’s now up to Ellie to track down each of these exiled demons and damn them right back to Hell by any means necessary… holy water, conjuration, or just her trusty, rusty claw hammer.
Legendary The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard teams up with Step By Bloody Step scribe Simon Spurrier to introduce your favourite new occult antihero since John Constantine!
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.