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ACTIONVERSE #1 featuring Stray by Vito Delsante & Sean Izaakse Launches Superhero Universe at Action Lab Entertainment

STRAY Returns to Action Lab’s ACTIONVERSE

New storyline explores backstory and important current issues

ACTIONVERSE stars StrayMidnight Tiger and Molly Danger get their own story arcs in this new ongoing monthly series. Action Lab Entertainment will be leading the launch off with a six part Stray story arc but you can expect to see guest appearances by many of your favorite Actionverse heroes and maybe some new legends in the making.

After a long absence (and a second successful Kickstarter campaign), STRAY by Sean Izaakse (SECRET EMPIRE) and Vito Delsante (SUPERMAN) is back on shelves again beginning this September in ACTIONVERSE. Described by some as “Nightwing without a Batman,” the book, about a grown-up sidekick who takes his own path, returns with a new storyline. Called “The Rottweiler Years,” this arc takes a look at the the title character’s earlier days as a sidekick and teenage hero.

“Sean and I are extremely happy to be back and showing Rodney’s new…and old…adventures,” said series co-creator and writer Delsante. “A lot of readers wanted some of his backstory filled in, so we crafted a story that looked back, but pushed his character arc forward.”

Taking on two serious topics (police-related violence and teen suicide), STRAY is coming back in a new and maybe unexpected way. “The first mini-series was basically about how I dealt with my father’s death and the ensuing depression that I still deal with today,” continued Delsante. “I never want STRAY to be just about punching bad guys or whatever the typical superhero fare is.”
Cover A – by Sean Izaakse
Cover C by Sean Izaakse & Chris O’Halloran
Cover B by David Golding

ACTIONVERSE #1 featuring Stray 

Writer:
Vito Delsante


Artists:
Sean Izaakse,
Lee Gaston,
Chris O’Halloran, Wilson Ramos Jr.


32 pgs./ T / FC

$3.99 

Shawn Pryor, the President of Creative Relations at Action Lab, comments that “It’s great to see the return of the STRAY series. Vito and Sean did a fantastic job with telling a heart-wrenching story wrapped in a super-hero motif, and this time around we get to see more of the Rottweiler as this series continues to make its imprint for Action Lab and the Actionverse.”

What is also exciting about this new series is that it is the launch pad for a new ongoing Actionverse Universe of titles. Action Lab’s CEO Bryan Seaton had this to say about the Actionverse line of titles and Stray’s place in it: “It is hard to believe that it has been over 5 years since I approached our super hero creators with the idea of a launching a creator owned super hero universe called the Actionverse, it is amazing to see all the incredible stories and the way the creators have worked together and united there unique characters into one single universe.” He went on to say, “I am super excited to take the next step into an ongoing Actionverse series and Stray is the perfect hero to lead the charge.”

PREVIEW PAGES

What people are saying about Stray: Who Killed the Doberman?:

“Marvel and DC should take note of the pairing of Delsante and Isaakse…” (FreakSugar)

“Stray #1 is a love letter to superhero comics.” (Unwinnable)

“Izaakse’s artwork is as polished as any major book from the big two, and is in many cases even better.”
(Word of the Nerd)

“Stray is an exceptional work of art;
the writing and illustrations work very well together and guarantee a great experience.”
(Fortress of Solitude)

Following STRAY will be the long awaited return of MIDNIGHT TIGER by Ray-Anthony Height (X-MEN BLUE/SUPERB) with new artist, Eric Van Elslande, with Delsante providing scripts based on Height’s plots. Other Actionverse titles will be announced at a later date.

STRAY is written by Vito Delsante with art by Sean Izaakse and newcomer, Lee Gaston. Colors are by Wilson Ramos, Jr and Chris O’Halloran. ACTIONVERSE #1 featuring Stray will launch with a two covers by Izaakse and an action figure variant by David Golding (INFESTED EARTH).

ACTIONVERSE #1 featuring Stray will be in a comic book store near you on September 6th.


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 chief editor, a contributing writer, and comic book reviewer/reporter. One with the Force. Browncoats Unite! So say we all!

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