WASTELAND #50 goes on sale this week.
‘Burning Inside’ is the penultimate issue of the final Newbegin arc, wherein deceptions are exposed, secrets revealed, and the very survival of the city is at stake…
The streets of the Artisian district run red with blood, as the branded man’s quest comes to an end. All shall be judged… and many found wanting. Who will survive? Is there any mercy in Marcus’ mysterious father? And just how is one noble in particular going to escape the city…?
As always, WASTELAND #50 is available from comic stores everywhere (the order code is SEP131253) and digital readers can find it at Comixology.
Time for a WASTELAND news round-up…
During the Oni Press panel at New York Comic Con last week, we announced two big pieces of news regarding WASTELAND artists.
First, the legendary Sam Kieth will draw issue #52, our last-ever ‘interlude’ issue! You may know Sam from having created a couple of small indie titles, SANDMAN and THE MAXX… (!) I’m geeking out over having Sam work on WASTELAND, frankly. It’s amazing.
Also amazing, as you no doubt already know, is the inimitable Christopher Mitten, the man who created WASTELAND (and the upcoming UMBRAL) with me. Well, UMBRAL isn’t all we’ve been working on together recently, because…
Chris is returning to WASTELAND to draw the final story arc!
He’ll continue to supply covers, too, never fear. We’ve actually been planning this for some time, so I’m very happy we can finally tell the world. Chris has already begun work on these issues, and I can’t wait for you all to see them.
Issue #49 is now on sale. This is ‘Forever Failure’, as the final Newbegin story arc continues, people die, secrets are revealed, and even now, new alliances are forged.
As Marcus retreats to the safety of council chambers, the branded man wades through the Disciples trying to stop him, led by Jakob! Can anything slow him down? Will Jakob survive staging this defense? And when Marcus and his father finally meet… who will prevail?
The order code for this issue is AUG131392, available from comic stores everywhere and digitally through Comixology. Don’t forget you can now Subscribe at Comixology, too.
Also released today is the much-anticipated Apocalyptic Edition, Volume 3, the latest in our series of gorgeous hardback collections.
Michael and Abi have left the city of Newbegin to the mercy of the Sunners and their rebellion, but they won’t find themselves welcome in the next town they stumble into. Reprinting issues #26-#39 of Wasteland, this second volume also includes the fan-favorite “Walking the Dust” stories and features a color art gallery of covers by Ben Templesmith and Christopher Mitten!
The order code for that is MAY131219, and of course it’s also available from comic stores everywhere, and from better book stores too.
There’s still just about time to pre-order Issue #50, the penultimate issue of this story arc, titled ‘Burning Inside’ (order code SEP131253).
And while you’re about it, you can also pre-order issue #51, ‘Thy Kingdom Gone’, which is the last ever Newbegin issue. The end of an era, or the dawn of a new beginning…? Either way, The order code is OCT131261.
(Can I just say how amazing it is that we’ve even reached issue #50? When I first started WASTELAND, I wasn’t even sure it would last past issue #6. I had no idea if anyone else wanted to read the kind of bleak, epic post-apocalyptic story I’d always wanted to write, let alone enough people to sustain the series through to its end.
But there were, and are, and new readers continue to find it all the time. Because of them, seven (!) years on from our humble beginnings, WASTELAND is now reaching a milestone that not only eludes most indie comics, but frankly eludes most comics, period — even at the largest publishers.
That’s pretty incredible, and it’s all because of our loyal readers. Thank you.)
Finally, Book 09: A Thousand Lies is in next week’s edition of PREVIEWS.
This volume actually collects the final Newbegin story arc — yes, the one we’re still publishing right now! — so you already know what’s going on in it. Apart from the end. Because we haven’t published those issues yet.
Man, comics can be confusing.
Anyway, the order code for this collection is NOV131167. Go forth and pre-order.
WASTELAND #48 goes on sale this week.
‘Watchfire’ is the mid-point of the final Newbegin story arc, as the branded man finally reaches the city. Violence and chaos ensue…
The branded man is at the gates! Can anything stop him? Perhaps Marcus knows more than he’s letting on… Not that it will matter, if Jakob succeeds in assassinating him during the Festival! But cracks are appearing in everyone’s plans, as the branded man wreaks havoc in the city, and Brother Bryn finds his faith tested… for the last time.
Justin is still posting regular sneak peeks of this arc on Twitter, although it’s getting more and more difficult to find panels that aren’t massive spoilers!
As always, WASTELAND #48 is available from comic stores everywhere (the order code is JUL131216) and digital readers can find it at Comixology. Don’t forget that you can now also Subscribe at Comixology, ensuring that you never miss an issue.
WASTELAND #47 goes on sale this week.
‘Happiness in Slavery’ continues the final story arc of Newbegin, as the end times — and the branded man — approach…
As Marcus prepares for the Festival of the Founder, he finds himself dealing with a too-suspicious Artisian Frodrik, a too-unreasonable delegation from Wosh-Tun, and the imminent appearance of the branded man! Can even a living god deal with all of these threats? Especially when the closest threat of all lies among the ranks of his own Artisians…
Justin continues to post sneak peeks on Twitter, and remember that you can always see a preview of the issue at Comixology once it’s released. For print readers, the comic store order code is JUN131230.
WASTELAND #46 goes on sale this week.
‘World Leader Pretend’ is the start of a new arc — in fact, it’s the final story arc set in Newbegin. The city, and its people, face their toughest times yet… and it might just be the end of everything.
Justin Greenwood returns for this part of the story, and it’s without question his best work yet. He’s even doing all his own grey tones.
Here’s the solicit text for the issue:
Lord Founder Marcus is beset by visions of his city burning around him, as the branded man closes in on Newbegin, and Mary is wracked by illness. But will he even last that long? Jakob and his secret coterie of Artisians are busy plotting to kill Marcus, and the annual Festival of the Founder could be their golden opportunity…
You can get a peek at some pages from the issue at Justin’s blog, and the order code for this issue is MAY131218.
Finally, as always a new story arc also means the release of a new song for the WASTELAND Original Soundtrack; so check out the classically-inclined ‘Suddenly Awake’ at the WASTELAND website.
WASTELAND BOOK 08: LOST IN THE OZONE, the eighth trade paperback collection of the series, goes on sale this week.
Collecting issues #40-44, this arc follows Michael and Abi as they continue their journey into the west, encountering new allies, making new enemies, and even splitting up along the way — before reaching what could finally be their journey’s end, in the depths of the fabled Golden Sea…
The arc is illustrated by the awesome Russel Roehling, who really stepped up and put in his best work before Justin returns for the next story.
The comic store order code for LOST IN THE OZONE is JAN131226, and the bookstore ISBN is 978-1620100134. It’s available from all good comic and book stores, and if you’re a digital reader you can buy the whole story arc from Comixology.
I don’t talk much about pre-orders on here.
For years, it was something of a circular notion; if you needed to be told what pre-ordering was, you probably weren’t the sort of person who would pre-order anyway.
(Which is fine. I think it’s absurd that ours is the only entertainment market in the world that’s literally built on pre-orders. Alas, that’s the way it is, at least for now.)
But it feels like things have changed a little, recently. The rise of all things “indie” and “artisanal” — and the specific upsurge of interest in indie comics — has led many people to ask what they can do to help support their favourite books, and creators.
The answer is very simple; pre-order the books you want to read.
Sadly, the act of pre-ordering isn’t quite so simple.
One of the best recent rundowns of pre-ordering I’ve read, explaining why it’s important and how to do it, is by my friend and awesome writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. You should read what she says, then think about which of your favourite books you could support in the same way.
(Please note, you don’t actually have to fill out a form. KS did that to make it ultra-simple for her CAPTAIN MARVEL readers. But all you actually need to do is give the store a book’s Diamond order code, or ISBN if it has one.)
And in that spirit, here are some books which became available for pre-ordering this week:
This is the collected edition of the series that’s been running since last year.
I’ve been kind of blown away by how well FASHION BEAST has been received. I really thought it would be a bit too, well, odd for many people to get into. But readers have really taken to it, and I’m glad.
There’s a softcover version, which has the Diamond order code JUN130807, or the ISBN 978-1592912117.
There’s also a deluxe hardcover version, Diamond code JUN130808. No ISBN for that one; you can only buy it in comic stores.
WASTELAND #46 & #47
WASTELAND #46 was actually available for pre-order last month, and maybe I should have been more organised and told you about it then, because it was the first issue of a new story arc, with the amazing Justin Greenwood returning to art duties.
#47, which is available for pre-order this month, is the next issue of that arc. Worse than that, it’s issue forty-seven, and this story arc will be the final appearance of many established characters. I won’t lie to you — if you’ve never read WASTELAND before, you won’t have the faintest idea what’s going on in this story arc.
(And so I encourage you to start at the beginning, instead…!)
But that doesn’t mean books like WASTELAND don’t benefit from pre-ordering.
If you already read WASTELAND, or a similar long-running book, and you just go and pick up a copy from your local store whenever it’s released… well, first I’d like you to thank that store on my behalf, because you may not realise how rare stores that stock shelf copies of indie books are.
But second, I’d like you to ask your retailer to pre-order WASTELAND for you, and add it to your “pull list”. Every guaranteed sale helps keep the book on people’s radar, and also gives the publisher confidence in the book’s continued existence.
The Diamond order code for WASTELAND #46 was MAY131218. The code for #47 is JUN131230.
(NB: This is not a cry for help! WASTELAND is not in danger. We only have 14 more issues to go, for Mother Sun’s sake. But the point is a general one worth making.)
WASTELAND #45 goes on sale this week.
‘Fatherland’ is one of our ‘interlude’ issues, a stand-alone one-shot featuring guest art from rising star Omar Olivera.
It shines a light on Jakob’s life in Newbegin after Golden Voice’s execution, and leads directly into the following story arc — which is the conclusion to the city’s story in WASTELAND.
Here’s the solicit text:
In Newbegin, the custom is for men to venerate their fathers. But the last thing Jakob Ofoskorr wants is to look in the mirror and see his own father staring back… Now, with the Sunners facing new dangers and Marcus preparing for an unknown war, can anything drag Jakob out of the doldrums?
The order code for this issue is FEB131091, available from all good comic stores, and from Comixology for digital readers.
You can also read a preview of the issue at Comic Book Resources.
WASTELAND #44 goes on sale this week.
‘The Wreckage of My Flesh’ is the concluding part of the current arc, and signals the beginning of the end — as Michael, Abi, and Thomas are all reunited, and press on to what they hope will be their final destination.
But before that, there are questions to be asked, and clues to be found:
Their long journey through the wasteland is almost over… if Michael, Abi, and Thomas can make it through just one more strange encounter. The people of the valley, tattooed and suspicious, don’t take kindly to intruders. But their Oracle thinks different, and wants to meet these odd people…even if they may not want to meet her!
The order code for this issue is JAN131227, available from all good comic stores, and from Comixology for digital readers.
You can also read a preview of the issue at Comic Book Resources.
WASTELAND #43 is now on sale, this time following Michael as he walks the wasteland alone — a situation with which he’s very familiar.
But changes are afoot, as the solicit text hints:
Separated from Abi, Michael does what he’s always done — walks the desert alone, for as long as it takes. But not everything out here is a barren wasteland, and maybe Michael isn’t as alone as he thinks! When he meets an old Artisian called Collyn, Michael’s journey reverts to violence, and… a new friendship?
The order code for this issue is DEC121188, available from all good comic stores and Comixology for digital readers.