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Action Lab Entertainment Announces Next Wave of Creator-Owned Series for Q2 2017

ACTION LAB ANNOUNCES NEW SERIES FOR Q2 2017

If the first three months were any indication, 2017 looks to be a breakthrough year for Action Lab Entertainment. Fresh on the the heels of their largest release ever with DollFace #1, Action Lab announces its next wave of creator-owned series. Upcoming titles include Spencer & Locke, Medisin, Kid Sherlock and two Hero Cats series, Hero Cats of Skyworld and Midnight Vol. 2.

We’re out to make a statement in 2017,” said Dave Dwonch, Action Lab’s President of Marketing and Development. “These are the best books you’ll find on the shelves, period.”

In addition to these upcoming titles, Action Lab will continue to publish their all-ages series such as comic legend Peter David’s Artful, the sci-fi series Blue Hour and ZAG Entertainment’s Miraculous. Action Lab’s mature imprint, Danger Zone, will continue its various series, including AmeriKarate, DollFace, The Circle, Tomboy, Vampblade and Zombie Tramp.

UPCOMING TITLES Q2 2017
(APR/MAY/JUN)

Find out what happens if Calvin & Hobbes grew up in Sin City
with Action Lab: Danger Zone’s SPENCER & LOCKE in April.

SPENCER & LOCKE #1

Writer: David Pepose
Artists: Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Pencils), Jasen Smith (Colors)
Cover Artists:
Jorge Santiago, Jr. (Cover A – FEB171047)
Maan House (Cover B – FEB171048)
Joe Mulvey (Cover C – FEB171049)

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 both a vicious crime syndicate and memories from Locke’s traumatic youth, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to find the truth?

Written by David Pepose and illustrated by Jorge Santiago, Jr., Spencer & Locke follows Detective Locke, who returns to the scene of his horrific upbringing when his grade-school sweetheart, Sophie Jenkins, is found dead in a lonesome back alley. But when Locke’s investigation dredges up menacing figures from his traumatic past, there’s only one person he can trust to help him close the case — his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer.

Fans of Ed Brubaker’s Criminal, Nick Spencer’s Thief of Thieves, and the work of Bill Watterson will love Spencer & Locke.

<PopCultHQ’S Spoiler-Free Review: SPENCER & LOCKE #1 from Action Lab: Danger Zone>


In May, Action Lab welcomes MEDISIN, a six issue mini series
from Action Lab’s Danger Zone about healthcare for super villains.

MEDISIN #1

Writers: Jeff Dyer and Dr. Mark McKeon
Artists: David Brame (Pencils), Joaquin Pereyra (Colors), Adam Wollet (Letters)
Cover Artist: David Brame
(Cover A – MAR171212) (Cover B – MAR171213)   (Cover C – MAR171214)

Health care for super villains. What a concept. Ethan Sharp leads a team of down on their luck doctors who have been blackmailed by the sinister Malady into providing medical care for the worst super villains in the world. Ethan and his team are all broken individuals, struggling with their own personal issues. Are they upholding their Hippocratic Oath to “first, do no harm”? They struggle with these ethical dilemmas as they strive to escape from the grasp of Malady, who has all of them on a very tight leash. Ethan comes to terms with his own family history and learns a terrifying truth about himself along the way.

MEDISIN is a six issue mini series from Action Lab’s Danger Zone. The story arc is titled “First Do No Harm” and is written by Jeff Dyer and Dr. Mark McKeon, drawn by David Brame, colored by Joaquin Peyeryra and lettered by Adam Wollet.  Aimed at reader 20 years old and up, MEDISIN features a diverse cast of strong male and female characters that includes young and old, African Americans, Latinos, Asian and LGBT characters. With dark tones and intense situations, MEDISIN is sure to appeal to fans of Breaking Bad, Criminal, and Suicide Squad.


May also marks the continuation of the all-ages series Hero Cats
with HERO CATS OF SKYWORLD and MIDNIGHT Vol. 2.

HERO CATS #16 – SKYWORLD

Writer: Kyle Puttkammer
Artist: Omaka Schultz
Colorist: Julie H. Barclay
Artist: Omaka Schultz (Cover A – FEB171017)

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.

What if the Breakfast Club took place in a Dungeons & Dragons world? Now imagine that the jock, the criminal, the princess, the brain, and the basket case are all cats. Get ready for the wildest stories ever told in – “The Hero Cats of Skyworld”!


HERO CATS: MIDNIGHT OVER STELLAR CITY #1 (Vol.2)

Writer: Kyle Puttkammer
Artist: Alex Ogle
Artist: Alex Ogle (Cover A – MAR171188)

The claws of justice are BACK!  Midnight is forced to deal with the fallout of a prison break at the Taurus County Jail.  Can Midnight corral the criminals so Stellar City can sleep safe and sound?  With the help of fellow Hero Cat, Cassiopeia, they might just have a chance!

Midnight has to find a way to save the world! Take James Bond and Batman, mix it with some beautiful Frank Miller inspired art, and throw in a prison break. What do you get? An instant hit for cat loving fans everywhere!


June marks the beginning of the all-ages comedy mystery series KID SHERLOCK.

KID SHERLOCK #1

Writer: Justin Phillips
Artist: Sean Miller
Colorist: 
Lesley Atlansky
Cover Artists: Sean Miller (Cover A – APR171184), Dennis Culver (Cover B – APR171185)

John Watson doesn’t feel like he really fits in as the new student at Baker Elementary. If if wasn’t bad enough being the only dog, it seems he has already gained the attention of the class bully, Kyle. Out in the play yard, Watson feels even more alone until he meets a young boy named Sherlock Holmes. While quite clever, Sherlock is often so lost in his own thoughts that he is oblivious to the people around him. However, when Watson shows an interest in Sherlock’s work, the two become unlikely, and sometimes contentious, friends. Together they deal with bullies, track down lost toys, investigate stolen playground equipment, and even face an unseen threat terrorizing the school halls. All the while Watson tries to help Sherlock make friends with his fellow students and Sherlock tries to help Watson become a better detective.

Look for all of these titles and more in 2017 from Action Lab!

 

 

 

 

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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

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