Illustrated by Wes Craig, colored by Jason Wordie, lettered by Tom Napolitano
After their village and civilization is destroyed, Kaya is tasked by her dying uncle to take her half-brother, Jin, across the world to Monk Islands. There, he will be safe and be able to communicate with the gods and gain his promised powers. Once he comes into his own, he will be powerful enough to destroy the evil Atrian Empire and restore humanity to glory. But along the way, Kaya reunites with a childhood friend and supposed betrothed, Seth of the Lizard Riders. They’ve been tasked with killing a fierce beast, the Magron, and could use Kaya’s strength and magical arm. Jin despises the detour, but the money could bring them much needed supplies, as long as they survive the fight and aren't betrayed along the way.
Illustrated by Ryan Browne
The population of the planet Earth reaches eight billion, and out of thin air pop in genies - one for each person. For the group in the bar, a quick wish to keep the building and its inhabitants safe means they are spared some of the horrors of what happens in the first eight seconds. For a few years, they’re fine being inside and letting the people destroy themselves, but soon, some start to venture out into the world. They find a few mega-cities at war with one another, a few safe havens, like for artists or families, and slowly, the group start to use their wishes to find a place for themselves in all the chaos.
Vol 4: Bleed, illustrated by Stephanie Hans, lettered by Clayton Cowles
The group has to come to terms with what they have done to this world and still somehow get home. Ash and Izzy discover much of the secrets of how the world of Die came to be, and what toll it exacted from Sol. They create a plan to reunite with the others in order to go home, but first Ash must make a choice about who to use her Voice on. The reunited party They race to the center of Die to try to stop the vicious cycle between Earth and Die. There, they find more questions and more answers as to how this world came to be.
Illustrated by Elisa Romboli
In a United Kingdom that has already been ravaged by war, soldiers have magical Medium Stones that augment their deadly fighting skills. Uriel is dissatisfied with the powerful Eden Army, which uses their Medium to oppress and exploit others. She steals a Justice Light, a powerful type of medium, and absconds to join the Eclipse Rebels in the fight to bring Eden down. Uriel also has a mind for inventions and hopes her inside knowledge and creativity can bring more solutions to the Eclipse as they face a foe much larger and much more powerful than they. Along the way, Uriel has to prove herself to the rebels by not only providing them with valuable information but attuning with a stone that already has a master.
Vol 2: On a Cold Winter's Night, illustrated by Marcos Martín & Muntsa Vicente
Friday is on her own to solve the biggest case of her life, but she'll have to get over crippling depression and through tons of cryptic clues in order to do it. As she starts to piece together the last few cases Lancelot tried to solve, she realizes there's a much bigger picture that she'll need to look at to connect all the dots. Some of her sleuthing introduces some magical objects and mystical beings, so Lance's hunches for the supernatural being involved prove correct!
Vol 2: A Fairy Tale of New York, illustrated by Terry and Rachel Dodson
Claire and her family adjust to her life as the modern-day Adventureman incarnation, and that means getting sucked into dastardly plots. Claire meets a Chris, Central Park buggy driver who a descendant of the Crossdraw Kid. The Kid is a title passed down from generation to generation, and Chris' grandpa was one of Adventureman's former allies. The two try to figure out why the ghosts of New York Past have been way more active and violent. Just as these ghosts kick up their ghastly ways, Claire is running out of the serum that gives her the Adventureman powers, so it's up to her family to discover the formula while still making it in time for son Tommy's opening night of A Christmas Carol.
Illustrated by Carola Borelli, Gab Contreras, and Tom Chu
Three sisters - Rose, Poppy, and Violet - try to solve the mystery of the murder of their mother, Jasmine. Jasmine and Rose ran a flower shop together, but previously, Jasmine hunted Nazis in World War II, and even brought home an older pistol as a trophy. She trained all of her daughters to be fighters, even to regard each other as competitors and enemies, in order to strengthen them for the violent world they would grow into. Now, Poppy is married with two kids, Violet has a successful modeling career, and none of them speak to each other nor use the fighting skills they honed. But, they come together and try to follow leads faster than the detective on the case so they can deliver their own brand of justice to whoever murdered their mother.
Vol 1: Past Mistakes, written and illustrated by Zdarsky.
Miles Dallas can't stand anything to do with The Domain and the whole superhero universe run by Singular, a mega corporation that screwed his dad, Syd, out of all rights to the character he created decades ago. Miles thinks Syd should fight for some more of the profits that are coming out of these mega-movies and all the merchandising. When an older copy of the rights paperwork is found by a Singular worker, they learn that Syd might actually have more of a stake in his creations than he originally thought! Meanwhile, Miles is trying to climb out from under loan sharks and find another writing job since he's been kicked to the curb. Getting what the family is owed is going to take all of them working together - something the Dallases haven't been great at!
Illustrated by Elsa Charretier
Joan Peterson has been in love so many times, in so many lifetimes, and in so many different eras, but none of them work out the way they should. There’s always something slightly wrong about the man proposing marriage - he was her sister’s boyfriend, or she wants to travel the world, or he wants a life totally different than what she wants. She’s also being dogged by a cowboy who always shows up at the worst possible time, and then she’s thrown into a different time, different life, with a different beau. Just when she hoped to get answers as to why she's being put in this perpetual trauma, she's whisked away once more into another life.
Illustrated by Lauren Knight, colored by Sofie Dodgson, flatted by Shayne Hannah Cui, lettered by Becca Carey
In this world, any woman who is past child-bearing years has been deemed useless to society and is banished to a remote island off the coast of any civilization. There, these women have made their own society and rules a-la Lord of the Flies. There is a group dedicated to helping with anyone deceased; there are the Red Hats who seem bent on destruction and domination; and there's Rosie and her friends, Lottie, and Caroline, who just want to raise chickens, have tea, and keep to themselves. Jay has been thrust into this world a little unexpectedly, having gone through early-onset menopause, and is now seen as a threat to the equally young leader of the Red Hats. There's also lots of backmatter that includes book reviews, recipes, and insights into the workings of the island.
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