Matt Kindt & Tyler Jenkins Send Boy Scouts On Secret Missions In Black Badge From Boom! Studios

by Hannah Means Shannon

Boom! Studios has announced new series Black Badge, which will be a monthly title created by Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins, who have worked together on Grass Kings, also published by Boom.

In this new series, we’ll meet the Black Badges, a “top-secret, elite branch of boy scouts tasked by the government to take on covert missions that no adult ever could”. They go on dangerous missions, and when their leader is distracted by tracking down a lost team member, things get more precarious.

Boom describes the book as “a haunting look at foreign policy, culture wars and isolationism through the lens of kids who know they must fix the world that adults have broken”. The first issue features a main cover by Matt Kindt, along with variants by Tyler Jenkins and Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer).

Kindt says:

I’m super excited to be teaming with Tyler and Hilary on a new project after the amazing run we had on Grass Kings. BLACK BADGE is an idea I’d had for a long time — ‘Boy Scouts — but for real.’ Sending them on real scouting missions and into danger. It’s an idea that started out as a joke with me complaining about how the scouts never really scout. But now that I’m writing the series — I’m realizing the deeper and (sometimes) horrible consequences of sending these kids out on missions. It’s going to be funny, emotional, and horrific — sometimes all on one page.

Jenkins adds:

Well, truthfully, I can’t even find words to express my happiness at working with Matt again. And this new series, BLACK BADGE, is another vehicle for us to tackle subjects and ideas that mean something to us. After the unrelenting darkness of Grass Kings, I am very excited to explore a completely different world…a world with a tad more levity. This is going to be an adventure. A wild adventure. But it’s gonna get real, so hang on!

Print copies of Black Badge will be available for sale in August 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the Boom! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the Boom! Studios app.