There’s A New Game In Town: AWA Studios May Solicitations

by Olly MacNamee

We made a big song and dance about new comic book. publishers AWA Studios last weekend, so it’s only right we follow that up by sharing their own May solicitations. Have a look and take it all in, as there’s plenty of great books and great, experienced top-end talents involved in this new start-up that are worthy of your consideration. I really think this is going to be the publishing company to watch this year and we’re just glad we got in on the ground floor.

Old Haunts #1
On-Sale: May 6, 2020

Cover Price: $3.99
Writers: Ollie Masters & Rob Williams
Artist: Laurence Campbell
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Cover: Laurence Campbell
Letterer: Sal Cipriano

Three Made Men, standing at the brink of retirement, find their unbreakable bond put to the ultimate test when they are suddenly assaulted by the ghosts of their past. Confronted by decades of buried secrets – resentments, affairs, double-crosses, and murders – the three friends have no choice but to unearth the deepest, darkest sin from their past and pray they don’t find an empty grave.

Year Zero #2
On-Sale: May 13, 2020

Cover Price: $3.99
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Ramon Rosanas
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Cover: Kaare Andrews
Letterer: Sal Cipriano

Ben Percy (Wolverine) and Ramon Rosanas (Star Wars: Age of Resistance) team up to present an epic tale that offers a global look at the Zombie Apocalypse. A Japanese hitman, a Mexican street urchin, an Afghan military aide, a Polar research scientist, a midwestern American survivalist – five survivors of a horrific global epidemic who must draw upon their unique skills and deepest instincts to navigate a world of shambling dead. Year Zero wrestles with the weighty moral and theological questions posed by the pandemic and investigates its cause and possible cure.

Archangel 8 #3
On-Sale: May 13, 2020

Cover Price: $3.99
Writer: b
Artist: C.P. Smith
Colorist: Snakebite Cortez
Cover: Jeff Dekal
Letterer: Sal Cipriano

In a world beyond the sight of mortals, Heaven and Hell wage war for the souls of mankind. Principal among God’s legion are seven archangels written about in religious texts for millennia. But there is an eighth archangel, known only from passing allusions in Apocrypha, who operates under a different code. Fighting without God’s sanction, he faces the enemy on his own terms, and shows just how bad good can be.

Red Border #3
On-Sale: May 20, 2020

Cover Price: $3.99
Writer: Jason Starr
Artist: Will Conrad
Colorist: Ivan Nunes
Cover: Tim Bradstreet
Letterer: Sal Cipriano

A young Mexican couple narrowly escapes the Juarez Cartel by fleeing across the border into Texas, only to be run down in the desert by the Cartel’s most brutal thugs. Rescued by a mysterious local who takes them to the safety of his family’s ranch, the couple soon realize they must escape a house of horrors beyond their wildest imagination. The army of assassins closing in on them might be the least of their problems.


The Resistance #3
On-Sale: May 20, 2020

Cover Price: $3.99
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: Mike Deodato Jr.
Colorist: Frank Martin
Cover: Razzah
Letterer: Sal Cipriano

J. Michael Straczynski – creator of Babylon5, co-creator of Sense8, and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One – returns to comics, teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. – the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains for the 21st Century. As the world adjusts to the appearance of these superpowered “reborns,” one young hero must choose his identity and decide between publicity and action.


Hotell #3
On-Sale: May 27, 2020

Cover Price: $3.99
Writer: b
Artist: Dalibor Talajić
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Cover: Keron Grant
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
You won’t find it on any map, but if you happen to be driving down Route 66 in the dead of night and you’re truly desperate for shelter, sanctuary or secrecy, you might see a battered sign on the side of the road. The Pierrot Courts Hotel – where the tormented make their last stand with the demons that haunt them…where many check in, but few check out.

Upshot Now #2
On-Sale: May 6, 2020

Cover Price: $5.00

Looking to catch up on Upshot’s April releases? This massive, specially-priced volume re-presents all five issues in black and white. This includes the debut issue of Benjamin Percy & Ramon Rosanas’s globe-spanning look at the Zombie Apocalypse, Year Zero. Full second issues: J. Michael Straczynski & Mike Deodato Jr.’s origin story for a new shared universe in the superhero epic, The Resistance; Michael Moreci & C.P. Smith’s supernatural espionage thriller Archangel 8; Jason Starr & Will Conrad’s noir horror thriller of border paranoia taken to the limit, Red Border; and John Lees & Dalibor Talajic’s horror anthology, Hotell. As a bonus, this volume also includes a preview of the second issue of Year Zero.


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