ONI PRESS Releases: Wednesday 13th January 2016
Each week, we take a look at the forthcoming ONI PRESS titles available in stores, and on digital, giving you a comprehensive guide to your weekly comics pull list.
ONI only have the one book out this week but it’s most certainly a statement of intent, as the overview from that books Editors – Ari Yarwood and Robin Herrara – tell us:
“You hold in your hands a sneak peek of three super awesome books that we here at Oni Press are very excited about. These are stories that we really believe in: they’re full of friendship, hijinks, magic, battles, suspense, tasty food… basically, all the ingredients for a FANTASTIC TIME!
- The first story you’ll find is ANOTHER CASTLE, a fantasy adventure by Andrew Wheeler and Paulina Ganucheau (who you might know from ZODIAC STARFORCE). Princess Misty of Beldora longs for a more exciting life, but gets more than she bargained for when she is captured by Lord Badlug, the ruler of the neighboring kingdom of Grimoire. He intends to marry her and conquer Beldora, leading the land into ruin and chaos. Together with the long-suffering citizens of Grimoire and a certain bumbling prince, Misty must fight to protect her kingdom and free both realms from Badlug’s tyrannical rule.
(I love this book with all my glittering heart! Andrew and Paulina are creating a *magically fun* book, and Misty is the princess I always wanted: determined, kind, capable, and fierce. — Ari)
- Next up is THE MIGHTY ZODIAC, an action-packed adventure by J. Torres and Corin Howell, with Maarta Laiho on colors. When six stars fall out of the sky and down to earth, Master Long sends a message to his students, all members of the Mighty Zodiac, to collect the stars and return them to their base. However, the Moon Rabbit Army is also after the stars, and will stop at nothing to get them. It’s up to the Mighty Zodiac to not only collect the stars, but protect their ailing Master Long from the Moon Rabbit Army’s might.
(This book hits on a lot of the things I love. I am the rare person who thinks Kung Fu Panda 2 was better than Kung Fu Panda, and the normal person who thinks Avatar: The Last Airbender was better than The Legend of Korra. If you like any of these titles, though, you’ll love THE MIGHTY ZODIAC as much as I do. — Robin)
- Finally, you get a preview of SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME, a gem of a story about plucky aspiring baker Peony, who’s about to star in one of the most popular reality shows in the galaxy! SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME pits six chefs — all from different corners of the universe — against each other in a cooking melee! Don’t worry, it’s not nearly as dangerous as that other show, Cannibal Coliseum. Hardly anyone gets hurt on Space Battle Lunchtime. Then again, there’s never been a human contestant on Space Battle Lunchtime…
(I love me some cooking mangas. Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, Iron Wok Jan, Kitchen Princess… if it’s high stakes and there’s cooking involved, I WANT IT. So when Natalie Riess’s pitch came in through our open submissions, I knew I had to have it! What sets Natalie’s book apart, of course, is the setting. Outer space! Intergalactic ingredients! And of course, your usual dash of sabotage among chefs. — Robin)
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Writer(s) : Andrew Wheeler / J. Torres / Natalie Riess
Artist(s) / Cover Art: Paulina Ganucheau / Corin Howell / Maarta Laiho / Natalie Riess
“Exclusive previews of three of our upcoming spring titles, complete with behind-the-scenes photos and artwork!
First up, ANOTHER CASTLE by Andrew Wheeler (Editor-in-Chief of Comics Alliance) and Paulina Ganucheau (Zodiac Starforce). This sword and sorcery fantasy epic will surprise you at every turn!
Next, J. Torres (Teen Titans Go!, Brobots), Corin Howell (Bat-Mite, Jem and the Holograms, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and Maarta Laiho (Lumberjanes, Adventure Tiime: Candy Capers) join forces with THE MIGHTY ZODIAC, an action-packed adventure set in a rich fantasy world.
Finally, enter SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME by Natalie Riess—a high-stakes cooking competition in the far reaches of space!“
Release Date: 13th January 2015 / Full Colour
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