Shelly Bond’s Black Crown expands with three more titles

New comics by Tini Howard, Gilbert Hernadez, David Barnett and Martin Simmonds, plus an anthology, set to debut after ‘Kid Lobotomy.’

When Shelly Bond’s Black Crown comics line was announced earlier this year, we were told “Black Crown” not only referred to the line’s name, but also to a pub that would anchor this shared, creator-owned universe. In April we found out that Kid Lobotomy will be the first Black Crown title, and now we know three more that will join it at the bar:

Assassinistas by Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez, due out in December. The six-issue miniseries will have “more attitude than you can shake a sword or a game controller at,” according to IDW Publishging’s press release. “Octavia is an ex-hitwoman who comes out of retirement to pay for her son’s college tuition — and, with any luck, rescue the kidnapped child of one of her former bounty-hunting partners. Octavia recruits her reluctant son Dominic and his boyfriend Taylor to become the next generation of Assassinistas.”

Punks Not Dead by David Barnett and Martin Simmonds, due out in January. “Fergie is a lonely, bullied teenager raised by a single mom who unexpectedly finds himself in search of the dad he never knew. But Fergie won’t be traveling alone. For some reason a strange branch of MI5 is hot on Fergie’s trail. Could it be the ghost of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious who becomes Fergie’s ethereal companion and unlikely father figure? Bound to Fergie for reasons unknown, is Sid in search of redemption himself or out to prove that punk is alive and well 40 years later?”

Black Crown Quarterly, an anthology that follows “right on the heels” of Peter Milligan and Tess Fowler’s Kid Lobotomy (so either October or November). It’ll feature a regular story by Rob Davis, as well as “a compendium of all things comics, culture and cool.”

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