PopCultHQ’s First Look: February 2017 Solicitations from Action Lab Entertainment

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Popculthq looks at all of the comics and trade paperbacks releasing from Action Lab in February 2017…

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Solicitations: Action Lab Entertainment
for February 2017


ladybug-1NEW RATING SYSTEM:

E: Appropriate for everyone
A: Appropriate for ages 9 and up
T: For readers ages 12 and up
T+: For older teen readers and adults
M: Mature readers 18+


PrintATHENA VOLTAIRE AND THE VOLCANO GODDESS TPB

Writer:  Steve Bryant
Artist: Steve Bryant                                                                   
Cover Artist: Steve Bryant

Collecting the fan-favorite pulp heroine’s Action Lab debut miniseries! When her father gains possession of a supernatural artifact, Athena Voltaire sets off on an adventure that pits her against Nazis, deadly assassins, an old nemesis, and an angry fire goddess! Written and drawn by Eisner and Manning Award-nominated creator Steve Bryant.

96 pgs./ T / FC                   $9.99


blue_hour_4_solicit_coverBLUE HOUR #4

Writer:  Dino Caruso
Artist: Chad Cicconi
Cover Artist: Chad Cicconi
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The unity of Two-Sun colony is torn apart as both the colonists and the indigenous Maasym choose sides and prepare for an inevitable confrontation which could spell the end of the colonists’ dreams – or their very lives.
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32 pgs./ T / FC                   $3.99


brigands-4-coverBRIGANDS #4

Writer: Ram V
Artists: Alex Diotto, ROSH, Kel Nuttall
Cover Artist: Mukesh Singh

Our heroes make their last stop at the port city of Cartaduan to take a ship across the Niere into Krantal where they must steal the Myros Pendulum. But Stilian Desault’s past is catching up with him. There’s a price on his head and an assassin known only as The Count is aiming to collect. Meanwhile a familiar foe is out for revenge and on the prowl in the streets of the port city. Cartaduan’s a great place to visit but the stay will kill you. Danger lurks around every corner and sharp ends and devil’s deals must both be negotiated.

32 pgs./ T+ / FC                   $3.99


cougar-and-cub-2-regular2COUGAR AND CUB #2

Writers: Nick Marino, Rosie Knight
Artist: Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover Artist: Daniel Arruda Massa

The crime-fighting chemistry has dramatically dipped following Cougar and Cub’s unexpected one night stand! With Megaville’s supervillains eager to pounce on their vulnerable prey, a trap is set at Megaville Comic Con by Norm and the Regulars. Can our feline fighters fend off this bunch of belligerent bullies?

Plus, peer into the past through a sensuous silver age story as Cougar struggles to pry her wayward Cub from the paws of a rodent interloper!

Rekindle your romance with our Flashback Backup variant (limited to 1,500 copies) and massage your tender eyes with our Love Is Gross variant (limited to 1,500 copies).

32 pgs./ M / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


Cover A – Dan Mendoza (Unlimited)
Cover A – Dan Mendoza (Unlimited)

DOLLFACE #2

Writers: Dan Mendoza & Bryan Seaton
Artist: Dan Mendoza
Cover Artists:

Cover A – Dan Mendoza (unlimited)
Cover B – Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – Pin-up variant cover (limited to 1500): Dan Mendoza
Cover D – Pin-up Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover E – Ray-Anthony Height variant cover  (limited to 1500)
Cover F – Victoria Harris Pin-up variant cover (limited to 1500)

Still getting used to her new body and life in our modern day time period, Lila comes to find that she is not the only soul from the past that exists in the 21st century. After hundreds of years will Lila at long last exact revenge and put her soul to rest? Get ready for this action-packed second issue, “FIRST KILL!”

32 pgs./ M / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


hc-15-cover-rgb-jpeg-1HERO CATS OF STELLAR CITY #15

Writer: Kyle Puttkammer
Artists: Kyle Puttkammer, Andrea Puttkammer
Cover Artist:  Kyle Puttkammer
Inks: Sarah Elkins
Colors: George Gant

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Rocket’s origin is revealed! Debuting the art of Hero Cats writer and creator Kyle Puttkammer.
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32 pgs./ E / FC                   $3.99


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INFINITE SEVEN #1

Writer: Dave Dwonch
Artists: Arturo Mesa
(Pencils), Geraldo Filho (Colors)
Cover Artists: Arturo Mesa
(Covers A, B, D-F), Kirbi Fagan (Cover C)

For centuries, a secret world government has employed the INFINITE SEVEN, the world’s greatest assassins to do their dirty work. The only way to become one of their members is to prove your worth by killing one of their members. But what happens when Anthony Zane, a teenage boy from the suburbs does just that? Action hero archetypes are re-imagined in what is sure to be the blockbuster series of the year!

NOTE:  Covers D and E interlock with 5 covers to be released throughout the first arc to form a MASSIVE Infinite Seven Poster! 

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32 pgs./ T+ / FC                   $3.99 (CVRS A-B), $4.99 (CVRS C-E), $5.99 (CVR F)


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Cover A

MIRACULOUS #10

Writer: Zag Entertainment
Artist: Zag Entertainment
Cover Artist:  Zag Entertainment
Arranged and Adapted by: Cheryl Black and Nicole D’Andria

It’s Valentine’s Day! Marinette is determined to declare her love for Adrien while Kim confesses his love for Chloé. Great mistake for the latter: rejected by the pesky Chloé, Kim gets turned into Dark Cupid by Hawk Moth.  Now a black angel, he flies over Paris to shoot the inhabitants with evil roses. With their wounded hearts, the Parisians see the love they have for their friends turn into hate. Ladybug and Cat Noir intervene, but they don’t know that their feelings will be put to the test…

64 pgs./ E / FC                   $4.99


peachsmall-coverimagePEACH AND THE ISLE OF MONSTERS OGN

Writer:  Franco
Artist: Agnes Garbowska
Cover Artist: Agnes Garbowska

A young girl rumored to be born from a Peach is shunned and bullied in her own village and sets off on a quest for Monster Isle to prove to others she is more than just what they think of her.  Her journey brings her encounters with not just monsters, but hunters and pirates and witches.  She must learn that she has nothing to prove to anyone except herself.

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96 pgs./ E / FC                   $9.99


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Cover A

PETER DAVID’S ARTFUL #3

Writer:  Adapted by Nicole D’Andria from the Peter David novel
Artist: Laura Neubert
Cover Artist: Laura Neubert

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The adaptation of award winning author and comics legend Peter David’s novel Artful continues! This issue of the Oliver Twist spin-off has a princess, a wax museum and vampires. Dodger and Bram must rescue Drina from Fagin and his horde of vampires. Will they succeed? With a little help from a surprise source, they just might…

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32 pgs./ A / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


Standard Cover A: Marco Carrillo (pencils/inks) , Yann Perrelet (colors)
Standard Cover A: Marco Carrillo (pencils/inks) , Yann Perrelet (colors)

PUPPET MASTER #22

Writer:  Shawn Gabborin
Artists: Marco Carrillo (pencils/inks) , Yann Perrelet (colors)
Cover Artists:

Standard Cover A: Marco Carrillo (pencils/inks), Yann Perrelet (colors)
Variant B: Standard Cover Sketch: Marco Carillo (pencils/inks)
Variant C: Hand Painted Cover: Kelly Williams (pencils/inks/colors)
Variant D: Kill Cover: Andrew Mangum (pencils/inks), Gene Jimenez (colors)
Variant E: Kill Cover Sketch: Andrew Mangum (pencils/inks)

The Great Transition has begun, but not all members of the Peterstown cult are excited about it. Can Andre Toulon and the Retro Puppets save those who wish to be saved? The odds are not in their favor!

Variant and variant sketch covers limited to 1,500 copies each.

32 pgs./ T+ / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


Cover A
Cover A

THE CIRCLE #3

Writer: Damon Clark
Artist: Alyzia Zherno
Cover Artists: Alyzia Zherno, David Murdoch

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The ritual has begun with the spilling of blood, and Christian’s soul is cursed forever… unless he can do the only thing that can reverse the ritual. Christian must kill all of his friends.
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32 pgs./ M / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

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TOMBOY #11

Writer: M. Goodwin
Artist: Michelle Wong
Cover Artists: M.Goodwin, Danny Araya
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Warren lures Irene to the courthouse determined to find out what happened to his daughter, Jessica. Irene isn’t impressed with the trap he’s set for her, however, as Fate pulls all the major players together for one last showdown.

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32 pgs./ T+ / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

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Cover A – Regular cover: Arturo Louga
Cover A – Regular cover: Arturo Louga

VAMPBLADE ’98 SPECIAL EDITION #1

Writer: Jason Martin
Artist: Arturo Louga
Cover Artists:

Cover A – Regular cover: Arturo Louga 
Cover B – Risqué variant (limited to 2000): Arturo Louga
Cover C – limited variant (limited to 1500): Pow Rodrix
Cover D – limited variant Risqué (limited to 2000): Pow Rodrix
Cover E – limited variant 2 (limited to 1500): Daniel Campos
Cover F – limited variant 2 risqué (limited to 2000): Daniel Campos

Take a trip back to the late 90’s, when everyone obsessed over Y2K, and “bad girl” books were the biggest thing in comics! One obscure book turned out to be real– the sexy nocturnal exploits of its titular vampire-slaying character weren’t tales of science-fiction, but chronicles of a hidden reality. Relive the cult classic story of Vampblade… for the very first time!

Features 3 pairs of regular and risqué 90s style covers.

32 pgs./ M / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


vampblade_volume3_cover_solicitVAMPBLADE VOL. 3

Writer: Jason Martin
Artists: Winston Young, Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist: Winston Young

As Katie learns more about the Vampblade suit, and the blades purpose, her confrontation with the other-dimensional Glarkian threat escalates. Is it too late to save her city from ultimate destruction at the hands of these demonic hidden invaders!?!

Collects the explosive third story arc of the on-going hit Danger Zone series.

128 pgs./ M / FC                   $14.99


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VORACIOUS: FEEDING TIME #3

Writer: Markisan Naso
Artist: Jason Muhr
Cover Artists: Jason Muhr, Kristen Gudsnuk

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Imprisoned, analyzed and interrogated by the Saurians, Nate is forced to face the monstrous effects his dinosaur hunts have had on the future of another world.

Featuring a “Midnight Special” variant cover by Henchgirl creator Kristen Gudsnuk! Limited to 1500 copies!

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32 pgs./ T+ / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)


Cover A - Regular: Celor
Cover A – Regular: Celor

ZOMBIE TRAMP #32

Writers: Jason Martin, Dan Mendoza
Artist: Celor
Cover Artists

Cover A – Celor
Cover B – Risqué (limited to 2500): Celor
Cover C – variant (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover D – risqué variant (limited to 2500): Dan Mendoza
Cover E – artist variant (limited to 2000): Winston Young
Cover F – artist risqué variant (limited to 2500):
Winston Young

It’s zombie witches vs monster truckers as Zombie Tramp’s road saga comes to a furious conclusion! Also, Vampblade’s along for the ride!!!

Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including a pair of variants by series creator Dan Mendoza (DollFace)!!

32 pgs./ M / FC                   $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

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new-al-bottomABOUT ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT– Formed in 2010 with the purpose of pooling their collective talents into a single, powerful entity, the members of Action Lab Entertainment have countless years in multimedia publishing, design, and business.  Their first release, Fracture, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and since then they have continued their mission to produce high quality, genre-spanning entertainment.  Since its formation, the accolades for A.L.E continue to build on a daily basis.  Among its more popular titles are all ages material like the Eisner, Glyph, Shel Dorf Award nominated series PRINCELESS, MIRACULOUS (based on the Nickelodeon Television series), Jamal Igle’s MOLLY DANGER, Artist/ Writer Katie Cook’s GRONK and Gayle Middleton’s (My Little Pony, The Littlest Pet Shop) monstrously adorable VAMPLETS. Action Lab’s Mature Readers imprint ACTION LAB DANGER ZONE continues to push the envelope of comics entertainment with titles as varied as Charles Band’s PUPPET MASTER and Dan Mendoza’s over the top horror-comedy ZOMBIE TRAMP, VAMPBLADE and ITTY BITTY BUNNIES IN RAINBOW PIXIE CANDY LAND, and socially relevant titles including SOUTHERN DOG, KINGDOM BUM and M Goodwin’s TOMBOY.

*** info courtesy of Action Lab Entertainment

 

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