The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth. A title like that is gonna catch your attention, yes? Thought so. According to the publishers, “The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo… until the gates shut at night. That’s when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare’s greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they’ve got what counts: Heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth. Ian Lendler’s hilarious tale of after-hours animal stagecraft is perfectly paired with the adorable, accessible artwork of Zack Giallongo (Broxo, Ewoks). And with Romeo and Juliet coming in book two, this is a promising new series of graphic novels for young readers.” The book is coming out later this month in hardcover and trade paperback editions, both from First Second.
Boom! Studios’ Kaboom! imprint have previously presented several graphic novels for Adventure Time with Finn and Jake, but now they present the very first full-length original graphic novel (OGN) from the popular TV series The Regular Show with everyone’s favorite dopey coon and bluejay, Rigby and Mordecai. And the timing is perfect: “The summer is turning into a roast-fest and Mordecai and Rigby are desperate to find a way to cool down. But when a mystery pool suddenly appears and offers a chance to beat the heat, it’s only a matter of time before these two best bros find themselves in totally water-logged trouble.” Written by Rachel Connor (Ed, Edd N Eddy) and illustrated in full color by Tessa Stone (Bravest Warriors), Regular Show Volume 1: Hydration is available now. Find out more at Boom’s web site.
Wild’s End, a new 6-issue full-color comic miniseries from Boom! Studios, is being described as “H.G. Wells meets A.A. Milne.” Only in this case it’s brought to us by writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy) and illustrator INJ Culbard (At the Mountains of Madness). “When a rural English community of the 1930s is the victim of an alien invasion, the residents’ lives are upended by the harsh realities of life-and-death violence. Led by the town’s outsider and retired war veteran, they will have to rally together to uncover the secret of their invaders and ultimately fight back.” Oh, those residents? They include a rabbit, a fox, a mink, and a hound dog. For more on how this collaboration came about, go check out the interview with writer Dan Abnett over at Comic Book Resources.
Well all we can say is this is different… “If you think that White Sharks are bad, prepare yourself to meet DarkShark! A commando in a solo mission – hunting down Don Walrus the Narco, an evil drug lord and gun-addict – with a water gun, guy is in rehab. But Walrus controls the Duckong and brutal mercenaries! Did you miss all the gun-toting grim-and-gritty nonsense from the 90?s? This is your book! Guns! Poaches! Grinned teeth! Duck shooting!” Did any of that make sense to you? Well maybe this promo video over at the Amigo Comics site will give you some idea. Beast Commandos #1 is written and illustrated (in bloody full color) by Roger Bonet, with assistance from Sonia Moruno. It’s coming your way later this month.
We’ll finish up our werewolf triple-play with this one. Later this month Alterna Comics will release Empire of the Wolf issues #1 through #4 as a singe graphic novel in trade paperback. From Previews: “During the Roman conquest of Britain, a werewolf’s bite re-ignites the legendary feud between Romulus and Remus, pitting two centurions against each other in an epic war of werewolves that will decide the fate of Roman Empire itself. Empire of the Wolf is the saga that reveals the myth behind the history of ancient Rome. ” It’s written by Michael Kogge and illustrated by Dan Parsons.
Action Lab must be on a werewolf kick lately. This one is from their Danger Zone imprint: “Pearl City is full of vampires, zombies, werewolves, and more. In a futuristic world where supernatural beings live among humans in peace, Jack Crimson finds his life as a werewolf frustrating and wants nothing more than a cure. Desperate to free himself from this curse, he makes a series of decisions leading him down a path that will change his life forever.” Crimson Society is written by Mike Hunau and illustrated in full color by Carlos Trigo. You can go have a look-see over at Comixology.
The power of Nature (for good and bad) runs headlong into The Evil That Men Do in Southern Dog, a new full-color 4-issue comic miniseries from Jeremy Holt (writing) and Alex Diotto (art). “When awkward high school teen Jasper Dixon conceals an injury sustained during a hunting excursion with his family, his infected wolf bite combined with the hormonal changes of puberty triggers a disturbing physical transformation. Now he’s forced to confront his Deep South upbringing and monsters far worse than what he’s become!” It’s out now from Action Lab, and you can get a preview over at Comic Book Resources.
There is nothing resembling an easy way to describe God Hates Astronauts by Ryan Brown. But Image Comics gave it the old college try: “God Hates Astronauts follows the story of a group of incompetent, small-minded, super powered narcissists called ‘The Power Persons Five’ who are hired by NASA to stop all farmers from launching themselves into space in homemade rocket ships. Unfortunately for NASA, this goal is scarcely even addressed and the book focuses more on extramarital affairs, bank-robbing owls, big gross swollen heads, ghost cow heads, olde tyme boxers, tigers eating cheeseburgers in the Crab Nebula, buffalo judges, and tons of aggressive swearing. Not so much a superhero book as it is a parody of basically everything and a celebration of weird that is jam-packed with references to RoboCop and Die Hard.” Got all that? Oh they neglected to mention the army of magic bears, too. Image released the first God Hates Astronauts full-color trade paperback last year, and now they have a brand-new G.H.A. comic book series starting up this month.
The folks at Image Comics bring us a new full-color science fiction/western mash-up with Copperhead, written by Jay Faerber and illustrated by Scott Godlewski and Ron Riley. Clara Bronson is human, a single mother, and the newest sheriff of Copperhead, a dusty mining town on a backwater planet inhabited by humans and aliens. Among them Clara’s tall and furry head deputy — who rather resents his new boss, for several reasons. Things get complicated quickly, needless to say. Read about it over at the Image Comics web page, and look for Copperhead in stores later this month.