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

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

Solicitations: Action Lab Entertainment
for April 2017


NEW 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+


ACTION LAB: DOG OF WONDER: VOLUME 2-WHERE MY DOGS AT?

Writers: Vito Delsante and Scott Fogg
Artist: Reilly Leeds
Cover Artists: Jay Peteranetz

Action Lab’s adventure continues! After rescuing a falsely imprisoned dog in our last story arc, Percy and the Action Lab League set out to bring down a criminal dog racing ring! And not a hoax! Not an imaginary story! Percy’s secret is revealed and EVERYTHING CHANGES! Written by Scott Fogg and STRAY co-creator Vito Delsante with art by newcomer Reilly Leeds!! Collects issues 4 – 6!

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96 pgs./ E / FC $9.99


Cover A – Main by Devin Roth (unlimited)

AMERIKARATE #2

Writers: Brockton McKinney, Corey Kalman
Artist: Devin Roth
Cover Artists: Devin Roth, Daniel Arruda Massa, April O’Neil
Cover A – Main by Devin Roth (unlimited)
Cover B – Karate Commando by Daniel Arruda Massa (limited to 1500)
Cover C – Photo Cover: April O’Neil (limited to 1500)

Sam Kickwell has been thrown back into the high-stakes world of professional karating thanks to the ninja assassin who took his limbless brother’s life. But while he prepares for the fight of the century, he inadvertently comes kick-to-kick with FBI karate expert Cynthia Weaver. Will the two team-up to take down a megalomaniacal maniac…or will their sparks ignite a karate-fire that will consume them both?!

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COVERS AVAILABLE

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


BLUE HOUR #5

Writer: Dino Caruso
Artist: Chad Cicconi
Cover Artist: Chad Cicconi

Blue Hour reaches its climactic conclusion, as open warfare breaks out between three factions among the human colonists and the Maasym. In a last desperate attempt to salvage the situation, Wardell is forced to make the ultimate choice to prevent genocide or extinction.

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32 pgs./ T / FC $3.99


BRIGANDS VOL. 1

Writer: Ram V
Artists: Nick Barber, Alex Diotto, Jason Lewis, ROSH, Kel Nuttall
Cover Artist: Mukesh Singh

A rat-pack of medieval conmen, thieves, cut-throats, hasbeens and never-will-bes are set to carry out the heist of their lives. For some, it is a second chance at a better life. For others, it’s the only chance they’ll ever get. And in the treacherous world of BRIGANDS there are only two sureties to life; the steel in your hand and the promise of a dagger in your back.

Collects BRIGANDS #1-5.

160 pgs./ T+ / FC $14.99


Cover A – Standard (unlimited): Dan Mendoza

DOLLFACE #4

Writers: Dan Mendoza & Bryan Seaton
Artist: Dan Mendoza
Cover Artists: Dan Mendoza, Bill McKay, Victoria Harris, Xenia
Cover A – Standard (unlimited): Dan Mendoza
Cover B – Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – Risque variant cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover D – Bill McKay Pin-up variant cover (limited to 1500)
Cover E – Bill McKay Pin-up Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000)
Cover F – Marcelo Trom Pin-up variant cover (limited to 1500)
Cover G – Marcelo Trom Pin-up Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000)

The tables have turned now on Dollface and the gang, as Zombie Tramp tries to take each one of them out. Are Lila and Ivan ready to deal with such a powerful witch this early in the game?

COVERS AVAILABLE

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


HERO CATS OF SKYWORLD PT. 1 (HERO CATS #16)

Writer: Kyle Puttkammer
Artist: Omaka Schultz
Inks: Omaka Schultz
Colors: Julie Barclay

Cover Artist: Omaka Schultz

A new beginning! Bandit is transported to the Crow King’s realm and it’s a land of magic, dark spirits, and fairies.

Featuring new Hero Cats – Lancelot, Sapphire, Newton, and Madalyn. This is a perfect starting point for new readers.

32 pgs./ E / FC $3.99


HERO CATS VOL. 5

Writer: Kyle Puttkammer
Artists: Kyle Puttkammer (Pencils), Tracy Yardley (Pencils), Sey Viani (Pencils), Marcus Williams (Pencils), Sarah Elkins (Inks), Brandon Page (Inks), Sigi Ironmonger (Colors), George Gant (Colors)
Cover Artist: Jenny Parks

From the streets of Stellar City to the mountains of Mars, the Hero Cats prevail. This volume features a phenomenal tour of talented artists with new visions of familiar faces.

Collects HERO CATS #13-15.

96 pgs./ E / FC $11.99


Cover A – Main by Arturo Mesa (unlimited)

INFINITE SEVEN #3

Writer: Dave Dwonch
Artists: Arturo Mesa (Pencils), Geraldo Filho (Colors)
Cover Artists: Arturo Mesa (Covers A, B, D, E), Josh Greathouse (Cover C)
Cover A – Main by Arturo Mesa (unlimited)
Cover B – Movie Poster by Arturo Mesa (limited to 1500)
Cover C – Artist Variant by Josh Greathouse (limited to 1500)
Cover D – Sherlock by Arturo Mesa (limited to 1500)
Cover E – Washington by Arturo Mesa (limited to 1500)

Anthony has done the impossible by becoming the newest member of the Infinite Seven, Smash Brannagan. But can he survive his first mission? Training Day gets a new meaning as Anthony and Washington track the Sandsnake to Japan!

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COVERS AVAILABLE

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

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


MIRACULOUS #12

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

Fred Haprele was supposed to play the part of a Mime at the premiere of a show, but his stand-in manages to have Fred miss the show. Betrayed, Fred gets akumatized and turns into Le Mime, determined to prevent the performance from happening.

64 pgs./ E / FC $4.99


MIRACULOUS VOL. 3 CLAWS OUT

Ladybug and Cat Noir must battle against the Pharaoh, a super-villain with the powers of the gods of Ancient Egypt; Copycat, a Cat Noir lookalike who frames him for theft; and Timebreaker, who uses her powers of time travel to go back in time, which means double the Timebreaker and double the Ladybug! Will Ladybug and Cat Noir’s miraculouses finally fall into the hands of the nefarious Hawk Moth? There’s only one way to find out!

SPOTS ON, CLAWS OUT!

Collects MIRACULOUS #7-9.

192 pgs./ E / FC $9.99


Cover A – Main by Laura Neubert (unlimited)
Cover B – Concept Sketch by Laura Neubert (limited to 1500)

PETER DAVID’S ARTFUL #5

Writer: Adapted by Nicole D’Andria
from the Peter David novel

Artist: Laura Neubert
Cover Artist: Laura Neubert
Cover A – Main by Laura Neubert (unlimited)
Cover B – Concept Sketch by Laura Neubert (limited to 1500)

Drina struggles to fight against her instincts. Meanwhile, Artful and Bram get into even more trouble! Who is friend and who is foe in the latest issue of legendary comic writer Peter David’s Artful?

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


Cover A by Jorge Santiago, Jr.

SPENCER AND LOCKE #1

Writer: David Pepose
Artists: Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Pencils), Jasen Smith (Colors)
Cover Artists: Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Cover A); Maan House (Cover B); Joe Mulvey (Cover C)

When his grade-school sweetheart is found dead, there’s only one friend Detective Locke can trust to help solve her murder — his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer. But when they face a vicious crime syndicate and memories from Locke’s traumatic youth, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to find the truth?

 

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COVERS AVAILABLE

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


Cover A by Alyzia Zherno
Cover B by Damien Worm

THE CIRCLE #5

Writer: Damon Clark
Artist: Alyzia Zherno
Cover Artists:
Alyzia Zherno (Cover A),
Damien Worm (Cover B)

Christian has taken down two and has three to go to break the circle. This is it, his last chance. If he can’t finish the job, his soul will be damned forever.

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


TOMBOY VOL. 3

Writer: M. Goodwin
Artist: Michelle Wong
Cover Artist: M.Goodwin

Addison’s hunt leads her ever closer to a confrontation with the notorious Irene Trent, and the truth behind her mysterious powers. Fate finally pulls the Brody family back together, but the curse of their bloodline guarantees there are no happily ever afters for monsters. The exciting and epic conclusion to the twelve issue series!

Collects issues #9-12 of the hit series.

128 pgs./ T+ / FC $14.99


Cover A – Standard cover (unlimited): Winston Young

VAMPBLADE SEASON 2 #2

Writer: Jason Martin
Artist: Winston Young
Cover Artists: Winston Young (cover A-B), Celor (cover C-D), Pow Rodrix (cover E-F)
Cover A – Standard cover (unlimited): Winston Young
Cover B – Risqué variant (limited to 2000): Winston Young
Cover C – Artist variant (limited to 1500): Celor
Cover D – Artist risqué (limited to 2000): Celor
Cover E – 90s variant (limited to 1500): Pow Rodrix
Cover F – 90s risqué (limited to 2000): Pow Rodrix

Katie Carva is Vampblade, but now when she transforms, the blades are the ones in control… and the blades are really f$%#@d up! Consequently, so is Katie’s life!!

COVERS AVAILABLE

Features 3 covers (regular, artist, and 90s style), each with a risqué variant as well!

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


Cover A by Jason Muhr
Cover B byMarkisan Naso

VORACIOUS: FEEDING TIME #5

Writer: Markisan Naso
Artist: Jason Muhr
Cover Artists: Jason Muhr (Cover A), Markisan Naso (Cover B)

“If you haven’t read Voracious yet, you better get right on it. Incredible story with just as incredible illustration.” (Sci-Clops.com)

Gus Horncrasher is determined to find Owen at any cost, but first he has to go through Captain Jim. Back in Blackfossil, the Sheriff begins to unravel Nate’s secrets, Starlee prepares to leave town and Maribel’s first encounter with Tony is revealed, as the second volume of VORACIOUS concludes.

Featuring a “Dead Leaves” variant cover by VORACIOUS writer Markisan Naso! Limited to just 500 copies!

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


Cover A – Standard (unlimited): Dan Mendoza

ZOMBIE TRAMP #34

Writer: Dan Mendoza
Artist: Marco Maccagni
Cover Artists: Dan Mendoza (cover A – regular, B), Marco Maccagni (cover C-D), Marcelo Trom (cover E-F)
Cover A – Standard (unlimited): Dan Mendoza
Cover B – Risqué (limited to 2500): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – variant (limited to 2000): Marco Maccagni
Cover D – risqué variant (limited to 2500): Marco Maccagni
Cover E – artist variant (limited to 2000): Marcelo Trom
Cover F – artist risqué variant (limited to 2500): Marcelo Trom

Xula continues her tests and obstacles to prove her worthiness to Kaiju Queen. But will she accept her final challenge?

COVERS AVAILABLE

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

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


Cover A – Standard (unlimited): Dan Mendoza

ZOMBIE TRAMP: EASTER SPECIAL

Writers: Shawn Gabborin, Dan Mendoza, Jason Martin
Artist: Celor
Cover Artists: Dan Mendoza (cover A – regular, and B), Celor (cover C and D), Marcelo Trom (cover E and F)
Cover A – Standard cover (unlimited): Dan Mendoza
Cover B – Risqué (limited to 2500): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – Fuzzy Bunny variant (limited to 2000): Celor
Cover D – Fuzzy Bunny risqué variant (limited to 2500): Celor
Cover E – Sexy Bunny variant (limited to 2000): Marcelo Trom
Cover F – Sexy Bunny risqué variant (limited to 2500): Marcelo Trom

When Zombie Tramp comes across flyers for an annual Easter event called “Bunnyland”, she figures it’s a good spot to have some twisted fun. But instead of hiding eggs and doling out chocolate, its more like Pagan sacrifice and giant wicker rabbits!

COVERS AVAILABLE

This all new special issue comes with 3 regular and risqué variant covers!!

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


ABOUT 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

Jason Bennett
Jason Bennett is PopCultHQ's senior editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. He is a big lover of coffee, cats, cooking and comics (plus all things Green Lantern). He is a strong supporter of indie comics, creators, and publishers and Chris Hardwick is his spirit animal (we don't know how to respond to that). Follow Jason on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @TahoeJBennett
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