Monday, October 05, 2015

BOOM! Studios Original Series 'The Spire' #1 and 'Welcome Back' #1 Go to Second Print

The Spire #1 2nd Print Cover
The Spire #1 Second Print Cover by Jeff Stokely

Welcome Back #1 2nd Print Cover
Welcome Back #1 Second Print Cover by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer
October 2,  2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce that the first issues of two of its original series, The Spire and Welcome Back, have both sold out at the distributor level. The publisher has rushed to second printings to fill demand.
Welcome Back #1 second print ships with a modified main cover by series artist Jonathan Brandon Sawyer and carries a retail price of $3.99 under Diamond Code AUG158724. The Spire #1 second print ships with a modified main cover by series artist Jeff Stokely and carries a retail price of $3.99 under Diamond Code AUG158723. Orders for both issues close on October 5th, and they are anticipated to be in stores on October 21st.
Christopher Sebela and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer explore the lives of reincarnated assassins in Welcome Back. Mali and Tessa have lived hundreds of different lives throughout time, caught up in an eternal cycle as they take part in a war so old that neither side remembers what they’re fighting for anymore. As Mali wakes up in her newest life, she suddenly becomes self-aware and starts to question everything, especially why she continues to fight.  But elsewhere, Tessa is already on the hunt...
Praise for Welcome Back #1:
“...Welcome Back is a deftly told high-concept yarn that cleverly introduces itself through suburban life juxtaposed with stylized action and bloodletting.” - Newsarama
“This is the type of book I love to see from BOOM! Studios because the high concept idea is never dumbed down to make it more digestible. The creative team takes a risk and it pays off to make for a very exciting, action packed series with just the first issue.” - Multiversity
“This series is quickly shaping up to be something special…” - IGN
The Six-Gun Gorilla creative team of Si Spurrier and Jeff Stokely reunite in The Spire. The Spire is a mountain of metal and stone that rises from the toxic nowherelands; a city of twisting tunnels, grinding elevators, ancient machinery, and over one million human and non-human residents. Shå, the only citizen of her species, is Commander of the Watch: responsible for keeping order despite the racist views of those around her. When a string of grisly murders occurs on the eve of the new Baroness's coronation, Shå is tasked with bringing the killer to justice... and picking apart the wider mysteries tangled around the crime. But the city's new ruler seems sets to usher in a more xenophobic age, and Shå swiftly finds she has far more than one enemy at her back… Oversized first issue with 28 pages of story!
Praise for The Spire #1:
“...Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely take the best parts of their previous work and combine it into a new creation that is packed with unique character designs and visual charm…” - CBR
The Spire is one of the freshest recent takes on urban fantasy I’ve seen in any medium, delightfully weird but grounded in the language and problems of the real world.” - Graphic Policy
“Confident and controlled, Spurrier and Stokely have managed to create a whole new world that feels both satisfyingly fresh and immediately familiar.” - Multiversity
“ of the best first issues I’ve read in a long time.” - Comic Bastards
“...this is a really, really good introduction to a well-paced and balanced story that I recommend you get on board with as soon as possible.” - Big Comic Page

Comic book fans should bear in mind that first printings of Welcome Back #1 and The Spire #1 may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use or to find one!

Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Suicide Risk; The Woods; Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri's Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!'s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes Lumberjanes and Giant Days. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment ( Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox's vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

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