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[Preview] Action Lab’s ATHENA VOLTAIRE PULP TALES – Collected Stories of the 1930s Aviatrix Spanning the Globe ft. Over a Dozen Contributors

Athena Voltaire gets back to her roots with
ATHENA VOLTAIRE PULP TALES

1930s adventuress Athena Voltaire is admittedly inspired by Doc Savage, the Shadow, and other giants of the pulp era, and now she’s starring in her own collection of pulp-style stories. This November, Action Lab Entertainment unleashes Athena Voltaire Pulp Tales—a collection of two-fisted stories that send the aviatrix across the globe and back again!

ATHENA VOLTAIRE PULP TALES – VOLUME 1

Editors: Chris Murrin, Steve Bryant
Artist:
Steve Bryant
Cover Artists: Steve Bryant, Jason Millet
320 pgs./ T / BW
$14.99 

Contributors to this volume include Tom King (Batman, Vision), Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman (Invisible Republic), Genevieve Pearson (TBS’ King of the Nerds), Dirk Manning (Nightmare World), and over a dozen more. They take Athena Voltaire around the globe, battling supernatural creatures, power-hungry occultists, and, of course, Nazis. Along the way she rubs elbows with the most famous figures of the 1930s and becomes part of some of the most pivotal moments in history.

“It’s amazing to see the different takes on the character,” said creator Steve Bryant. ”It’s a real pleasure—and challenge—to tackle what each author has come up with.”

According to co-editor and writer Chris Murrin, the book has something for everyone. “While the stories are action-packed in the pulp tradition, each author brought their own influences to the table as well, so there are elements of horror, romance, mystery, suspense, and even some philosophy in the mix,” he said.

In addition to penning one of the stories, Bryant illustrates the entire volume, providing seventeen stunning black and white images, as well as collaborating on the cover with digital painter Jason Millet.

Athena Voltaire launched as part of the Modern Tales family of webcomics in 2002 and was nominated for a Best Digital Comic Eisner Award in 2005. The feature was included in St. Martin’s The Year’s Best Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga (2004 edition), and it has subsequently garnered Manning and Harvey Award nominations as well.

Athena Voltaire Pulp Tales is a 320-page illustrated prose collection, joining the 96-page trade paperback Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess and the 224-page hardcover Athena Voltaire Compendium in the Action Lab library. This will be followed by the ongoing Athena Voltaire comic series, which kicks off in early 2018 with Athena Voltaire and the Sorcerer Pope. With its period setting, rapid-fire action, and strong female lead, the series is sure to appeal to fans of Indiana Jones, the Rocketeer, and Wonder Woman.

ATHENA VOLTAIRE PULP TALES will be available on November 29.
Preorder it with the Diamond item code SEP171036.


 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.

 

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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