Skybound Comet Announces A Second Wave Of YA/Middle Grade Titles For 2023
by Olly MacNamee
Image Comics/Skybound’s newest imprint, Skybound Comet, has yet to publish its first YA/Middle Grade graphic novel, but they’ve already got plans for a second wave of books coming in 2023.
In February they have Scurry by Mac Smith, collecting his webcomic in one complete volume. Then in April we get Outpost Zero, which collects the acclaimed YA series by Sean Kelley McKeever (Spider Man Loves Mary Jane) and Alexandre Tefenkgi (The Good Asian) in a single volume. And finally, in June comes Ava’s Demon Book One: Reborn by author Michelle Fus. The first book in a new series of graphic novels collecting their groundbreaking YA webcomic. So, collected works rather than original works.
Here’s what you need to know about each one:
“Scurry depicts a world in which humanity has disappeared, but danger is still lurking around every corner for a colony of house mice struggling to survive a long and strange winter. When Wix, the colony’s best scout, embarks on a perilous journey to find food and shelter, he suddenly finds himself lost and alone in the forest. To find his way home, the little mouse must navigate dangerous new threats, strange new creatures, and a destiny he never expected.”
“Scurry is a comic born out of my love for the postapocalyptic and (kind of dark) animated movies that I grew up watching, and I’m very happy to be working with Skybound to bring it to a new audience. This project was a lot of work to bring to life, and I’m so excited to finally tell the story of these brave rodents struggling to keep hope alive in an increasingly desperate world.” – Mac Smith
“Welcome to Outpost Zero: the smallest town in the universe and home to Alea, raised in an artificial environment on an uninhabitable frozen planet that was never meant to support human life…and yet, life has gone on. School, friends, the fights every Friday night—there’s plenty to distract Alea, yet she’s sure there’s something else out there. And when tragedy strikes, Alea vows to uncover the truth…even if it upends her world forever.”
“Outpost Zero is a series I created for readers to get thoroughly immersed in, so this single volume is the perfect package for anyone who wants to get lost in another world and connect with this cast of kids who are going through trials and triumphs not so different from our own,” said McKeever. “I can’t wait for a new audience to discover what Alex, Jean-François and I have made for the first time.” – Sean Kelley McKeever
“Outpost Zero was my very first step in the sci-fi genre. It gave me the freedom to let my imagination run wild. We created a frozen world filled with a cast of unusual and endearing characters. This comic has definitely brought the strange and mysterious out of me!” – Alexandre Tefenkgi
“In Ava’s Demon Book One: Reborn, a young, shy girl named Ava discovers that the demon who haunts her is actually the spirit of an ancient alien queen named Wrathia. The two form a powerful pact—in exchange for a better life, Ava must help Wrathia seek revenge against TITAN, the godlike being who destroyed her empire. To aid in the fight, Ava must assemble Wrathia’s most trusted warriors and their host lifeforms. The only problem is, she doesn’t know how to find them…”
“It’s been a long journey writing and drawing Ava’s Demon for the past ten years, so saying that I’m overjoyed to now be working with Skybound is definitely an understatement. I’m ecstatic to be releasing my work with the Skybound team. I hope Ava’s Demon helps new readers go on a journey of their own; that through my comic they can discover and escape to a thrilling and magical new universe.” – Michelle Fus
For more on Skybound Comet’s upcoming 2022 releases check out our previous coverage here.