Can you believe July is almost over? We’ve been trying to make the most of our summer and certainly hope you have, too! This week we have some great digital releases for you guys available at comiXology, from Digital Firsts to completed volumes to some exciting continuations of a few of your favorite Archaia titles!
Digital Firsts: Titles That Are Available Digitally Before the Print Edition’s Release
Rust Vol. 2: Secrets of the Cell #1
Writer/Artist: Royden Lepp
In creator Royden Lepp’s follow-up to his widely popular debut graphic novel, Rust: Visitor in the Field, the adventures of Jet Jones—the mysterious boy with the jet pack—continue.
After a second robot attack on the Taylor farm, Roman’s younger brother Oswald becomes more and more suspicious of Jet’s connection to the robots, while Jet himself tries to connect with the flesh and blood family that has harbored him. What they don’t know is that a new evil may be looming on the horizon. Will they be ready when it comes?
Spera Vol. 2 #1
Writer: Josh Tierney
Artists: Giannis Milonogiannis, Kyla Vanderklugt, Timothy Weaver, and Afu Chan
In this sequel to the critically acclaimed first volume of Spera, exiled princesses Pira and Lono travel to the bustling city of Kotequog to avoid the clutches of Pira’s mother, the Evil Queen. Obtaining jobs as adventurers, the two best friends set out on a series of quests that land them in perhaps more excitement than they’d bargained for. Told in four chapters and a series of stand-alone shorts, each drawn by a different rising talent in comics, Spera: Volume 2 brings the same gorgeous artistry as its debut installment. The series, based off the original webcomic experiment, brings artists together from around the globe to showcase their talents as some of the premier fantasy artists in the industry. Spera will appeal to art lovers and children of all ages, especially fans of The Legend of Korra, Patricia Wrede’s Dealing with Dragons, Disney’s Tangled, and the Flight series.
Iron: Or, the War After #3
Writer/Artist: S.M. Vidaurri
Download and enjoy the third chapter of the beautiful work that is Iron: Or, The War After.
It is the aftermath of a long war, in a world of constant winter. An intelligence spy from the Resistance—the rabbit, Hardin—steals secret information from a military base of the Regime. His actions set off a chain of events that reverberate through the ranks of both sides, touching everyone from Pavel the crow to Giles the goat, from the highest-ranking officials to the smallest orphaned child. When the snow finally settles, who will be the true patriot and who the true traitor?
In this spellbinding, beautifully illustrated anthropomorphic tale, the actions of a spy set off a chain reaction that affects both sides of the struggle, making each animal question their loyalty to their side.
Other Archaia Digital Releases
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1, complete
Writers: Brian Holguin and Brian Froud
Artists: Alex Sheikman, Lizzy John, and Brian Froud
Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1 is an original graphic novel set 1,000 years before the crystal cracked, before the world of Thra fell to strife and destruction. Original Dark Crystal movie concept designer Brian Froud plots, provides the cover, designs characters, and art directs this beautiful story. This complete edition contains bonus material.
Rust Vol. 1: Visitor in the Field, complete
Writer/Artist: Royden Lepp
This complete adventure can finally be found on comiXology! Rust is a high-octane adventure set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. Life on the Taylor family farm was difficult enough before Jet Jones crashes into the barn, chased by a giant decommissioned war robot! Oldest son Roman Taylor struggles to keep his family’s small farm afloat as the area heals from a devastating world war. While the rest of his family may not trust the mysterious boy with the jetpack, Roman believes the secrets of Jet’s past may be the key to their survival. Contains bonus material.
Spera Vol. 1, complete
Writer: Josh Tierney
Artists: Emily Carroll, Afu Chan, Hwei Lin Lim, Olivier Pichard and Kyla Vanderklugt
Lono’s life as a princess consisted of sitting, reading, and dreaming—until the day Pira, princess of a neighboring kingdom, arrived with news of a waking nightmare! With the help of Pira’s best friend—a fire spirit in the form of a dog named Yonder—the princesses now find themselves in a race against evil. The goal: Spera, a magical realm of which the princesses had only ever heard the tallest tales. The prize: their very lives!
Spera: Vol. 1 is illustrated by Kyla Vanderklugt, Hwei, Emily Carroll, Olivier Pichard and Afu Chan, and also includes short comics by Jordyn F. Bochon, Cécile Brun, Luke Pearson, Leela Wagner and Matt Marblo.
That’s all for this week! Check back next week for more new releases, including the complete versions of Black Charity, Everlast, and Hopeless, Maine!